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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.
AFRICA: Climate change linked to spread of disease
9 April 2008 (IRIN ), Climate change is emerging as a major threat to health and adding pressure on public health systems, especially in Africa, a senior UN official has said.
GLOBAL: Climate change poses humanitarian challenges - top UN official
8 April 2008 (IRIN ), Global demand for humanitarian assistance is likely to grow in the coming decade because of climate change, warned John Holmes, UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator.
AFRICA: Welcome mat worn thin in SA
8 April 2008 (IRIN ), Recent attacks on Somali, Zimbabwean and Mozambican migrants in South Africa have been labeled xenophobic: but could the violence point to a much bigger problem than fear of the foreign, a problem much closer to home?
GLOBAL: "Let them eat subsidies?"
7 April 2008 (IRIN ), Food prices have the potential to change regimes and the course of history. When Marie Antoinette allegedly said, "Let them eat cake" in 1789, she was wondering why higher bread prices were causing so much trouble in Paris.
AFRICA: Soaring food and fuel prices may hurt growth
7 April 2008 (IRIN ), Tayech Ali arrived half an hour before the grain distribution centre in Gojam Berenda, in the capital, Addis Ababa, opened, but still had to queue for three hours before she could buy some wheat.
GLOBAL: Rich must pay climate change health costs
7 April 2008 (IRIN ), Countries, mostly in the developing world could spend between US$6 to $18 billion a year by 2030 to manage additional costs to health services as a result of climate change, according to independent research cited by a World Health Organisation (WHO) official, hence the need for rich countries responsible for global warming to help pay towards these additional health costs.

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