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AFRICA: Investment key to doubling rice production
3 November 2008 (IRIN ), Greater investment to double rice production in Africa is needed to reduce food insecurity as well as improve livelihoods, specialists urged.
GLOBAL: UN chief calls for protection of migrants amid financial crisis
29 October 2008 (IRIN ), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on countries battered by the financial crisis to keep their doors open to foreign workers, stressing that migration could be used to help lift them out of economic gloom.
GLOBAL: No room for complacency about bird flu - experts
27 October 2008 (IRIN ), Some success has been achieved in reducing avian influenza outbreaks in poultry and humans, but the world must still be prepared to tackle an influenza pandemic, experts at an international conference in Egypt have said.
GLOBAL: Climate change may drown cities
24 October 2008 (IRIN ), People in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, prefer to commute in three-wheeled autorickshaws, taxis and buses that run on compressed natural gas (CNG), in their bid to slow down global warming.
GLOBAL: Forced to flee
23 October 2008 (IRIN ), Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are forced to flee their homes to escape war or natural disasters. Displaced within their own country and having lost loved ones, livelihoods and belongings, they face terrible hardships.
WEST AFRICA: Taking on climate change as a region
23 October 2008 (IRIN ), Climate experts and ministers in West Africa have committed to coordinating national efforts to fight climate change, at the conclusion of an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meeting in Benin’s economic capital, Cotonou, on 22 October.
AFRICA: Red Cross broadens its range of assistance
22 October 2008 (IRIN ), African governments are failing to make proper use of local Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, despite their capacity to provide much-needed broad humanitarian support, including funding and local volunteers, the agencies concluded at a conference this week.
GLOBAL: Climate change's threat to water needs more study
21 October 2008 (IRIN ), Models to predict the impact of climate change on potable water and the management of wastewater are needed to deal with the expected increase in water-related illnesses as result of global warming, says a new policy brief by the United Nations University (UNU).
WEST AFRICA: Tiny fonio cereal may hold big answers in food crisis
17 October 2008 (IRIN ), Despite growing for centuries in some of the driest, toughest agricultural zones of West Africa, the fonio cereal has been neglected by most agricultural development programmes, according to the World Bank. But skyrocketing rice price increases that have slammed rice-dependent West Africa and declining profits in other cash crops like cotton have some local producers turning back to the ancient cereal.
WEST AFRICA: Train the soldiers, protect the children
17 October 2008 (IRIN ), An international NGO is using cartoons to spell out to African soldiers the rights and wrongs of how to treat a child.

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