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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.
ZIMBABWE: What now from SADC?
18 April 2008 (IRIN ), However, Tsvangirai has said that the MDC would not take part in a presidential run-off ballot, as the high levels of violence and intimidation by Zimbabwe’s police and army since the first round of voting would amount to Mugabe "stealing the election".
GLOBAL: Costly food opportunity to review aid responses
16 April 2008 (IRIN ), High food prices have brought social unrest but they have also provided a "window of opportunity" to review global policies on the response to food insecurity, said a leading food aid analyst as experts and aid agencies began an unprecedented strategic re-think at a three-day meeting in Rome on 16 April.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Beefing up for a revolution
15 April 2008 (IRIN ), African farmers, particularly those in southern Africa, can benefit from the global boom in the demand for meat says new research that suggests several options for ensuring that the "livestock revolution" does not pass them by.
GLOBAL: Eat local produce, help farmers, says FAO
11 April 2008 (IRIN ), Rely more on local produce to cut food import bills and provide subsidised inputs to boost production, advised the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as it announced measures to help poor countries, many of which will now have to pay 74 percent more for food - up by US$6 billion from February 2008.

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