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GLOBAL: Differing views on a “new deal” to counter soaring food prices for the poor
6 April 2008 (IRIN ), With soaring food prices expected to continue for the foreseeable future, the World Bank is calling for a “new deal” of long-term measures, ranging from increased investment in African agriculture to genetically engineering fuel-producing plants.
GLOBAL: Gates Foundation moves to fight killer wheat disease
3 April 2008 (IRIN ), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given US$26.8 million to Cornell University in the USA for a new global project to fight wheat (stem) rust disease, which specialists say poses a threat to world food security.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Feeling the bite of rising food prices
28 March 2008 (IRIN ), With no end in sight to rising global food prices, families across southern Africa are being forced to tighten their belts.
GLOBAL: Killer wheat fungus a threat to global food security?
27 March 2008 (IRIN ), The Ug99 strain of the killer wheat fungus (stem rust), which recently infected wheat farms in western Iran, is a serious threat to global food security, agricultural scientists have warned. They have said the fungus may affect additional wheat-producing countries.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Region looks towards Zimbabwe's power plants
11 March 2008 (IRIN ), In a move that could alleviate Southern Africa's struggle to cope with the growing demand for electricity, while helping Zimbabwe with its chronic shortage of foreign exchange, neighbouring countries have proposed recapitalising some power stations and coal mining.
GLOBAL: An Ethiopian solution to costly food aid
5 March 2008 (IRIN ), As food prices hit record highs, analysts warn that a re-think of food aid strategies is needed - and Ethiopia, a traditionally food insecure country, could offer some answers.
GLOBAL: Less silence, more science could make anal sex safer
27 February 2008 (IRIN ), The silence and taboo surrounding anal sex is putting millions of men and women at risk of HIV, delegates attending the fourth international microbicides conference in New Delhi, India, heard this week.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Integration and the migrant migraine
27 February 2008 (IRIN ), The goal of Southern African regional integration is being set back by the outflow of Zimbabwean migrants to neighbouring countries, according to researchers.
GLOBAL: Climate change affecting fish stocks
26 February 2008 (IRIN ), Climate change is emerging as the latest threat to the world's fast declining fish stocks, which could affect millions of people who depend on the oceans for food and income, says a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
GLOBAL: ARVs in microbicide research - keeping hope alive?
25 February 2008 (IRIN ), After a string of depressing trial results, the fourth international microbicides conference in New Delhi, India, kicked off this week with a ray of hope that new research could deliver a new generation of HIV prevention approaches for women.

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