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GLOBAL: Bad ethanol, good ethanol
4 June 2008 (IRIN ), Biofuel is in the dock at the global food summit in Rome this week, with countries divided over whether it is the villain behind food insecurity, or the cheap energy of the future.
GLOBAL: Put your money where your mouth is
3 June 2008 (IRIN ), At least seven countries - almost all in Africa - are rated as highly vulnerable to rising food costs, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
GLOBAL: Sex crimes by aid workers “under-reported”
27 May 2008 (IRIN ), The extent of sexual abuse by aid workers and peacekeepers is being under-estimated because mechanisms to encourage victims to speak out against their attackers and to protect them are poorly developed, the British non-governmental organisation Save the Children warns in a report released today.
GLOBAL: Nowhere to run from nature
23 May 2008 (IRIN ), Norman Myers, a world renowned British environmentalist and authority on biodiversity, forecast more than a decade ago that as the impact of climate change intensified, the number of people fleeing natural disasters could climb to at least 50 million by 2010. Now, as the world grapples with food shortages brought on in part by climate change, he is revising his figures upwards.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Who will pay for peacekeeping?
19 May 2008 (IRIN ), The southern African contribution to the African Standby Force (ASF) to fulfil the African Union's (AU) peacekeeping ambitions will depend heavily on South Africa, but with its army already overstretched, underfunded and struggling to meet existing commitments, regional military experts believe this will be a burden the country cannot carry.
GLOBAL: Export controls curtail aid for hungry neighbours
14 May 2008 (IRIN ), Government attempts to control food supplies to ensure that their people have enough to eat are hampering efforts by the World Food Programme (WFP) to source cheap food for the hungry.
BOTSWANA-ZIMBABWE: Cross-border fuel lifeline cut
7 May 2008 (IRIN ), In the latest blow to Zimbabwe's wounded economy, the Botswana government has banned the export of bulk fuel to the neighbouring country. Scanty parallel market supplies are quickly running dry and transport is grinding to a halt across Zimbabwe.
GLOBAL: Canada to provide cash, not commodities in switch of food aid policy
5 May 2008 (IRIN ), Canada is the latest major donor country to break the link between overseas food aid and supporting its own farmers.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Human trafficking on the upswing
23 April 2008 (IRIN ), The victims of human trafficking in Southern Africa are often invisible because many countries in the region have failed to implement laws to combat it, Hans Petter Boe, Regional Representative for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), said in his opening remarks at a conference in the South African port city of Durban.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Zimbabwe not on summit agenda
20 April 2008 (IRIN ), Norway and the European Union on Sunday urged southern African leaders to resolve the political crisis in Zimbabwe as their credibility was at stake.

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