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AFRICA: New agriculture funds must target poor farmers
18 May 2009 (IRIN ), African Development Bank president Donald Kaberuka says medium-size farms are the engine for agricultural growth in Africa and given their position and potential they merit considerable investment. Agriculture campaigners say while they support such an approach, investors must not overlook small-scale farmers.
GLOBAL: Disaster risk increasing, exacerbated by climate change - report
17 May 2009 (IRIN ), The risk of disasters occurring worldwide is increasing due to the expansion of slums, the increasing vulnerability of rural livelihoods to weather changes and deteriorating ecosystems, a new UN report says.
GLOBAL: Sanitation vs. vaccination in cholera control
14 May 2009 (IRIN ), Only weeks away from the launch in India of an oral cholera vaccine significantly cheaper than available vaccines, community workers and health officials are still sceptical of whether a vaccine is the best way to control cholera, according to the International Vaccine Institute (IVI).
AFRICA: Helping fragile states survive financial crisis
14 May 2009 (IRIN ), Africa has taken a heavy blow with the global financial crisis and this week as the African Development Bank held its annual meetings in Dakar, Senegal, finance ministers, donors and academics gathered to examine ways to help the continent cope and mitigate setbacks. But coping is particularly difficult for post-conflict or “fragile” states, where institutions are tattered and donors wary.
GLOBAL: Climate change biggest threat to health, new study
14 May 2009 (IRIN ), Climate change will be the biggest global health threat in the 21st century, but little is known about its possible effects on developing countries, where the impact will be felt most, says a new report.
GLOBAL: Labour migration cuts will hurt developing countries, says World Bank
13 May 2009 (IRIN ), Several industrialised countries, including Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy, are cutting foreign worker migration quotas, which migration experts call a “mistake” for the economies of both developing and industrialised countries.
GLOBAL: Keep those vitamins coming
12 May 2009 (IRIN ), During the three-year Asian financial crisis in the 1990s, the number of children suffering from anaemia in Indonesia increased significantly as the poor could not afford quality food.
AFRICA: Improve coordination, funding for disaster risk reduction, governments urged
12 May 2009 (IRIN ), Better coordination between countries and aid agencies is necessary to improve preparedness and response to local and trans-boundary disasters, delegates at the second Africa meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Nairobi, said.
AFRICA: Tsetse fly costs agriculture billions every year
12 May 2009 (IRIN ), Each year in Africa the tsetse fly causes more than US$4 billion in agriculture income losses, kills three million livestock and infects up to 75,000 people with trypanosomiasis, according to the UN. Though sterilising the flies may help wipe out the offending parasite, it is a long, expensive process that is losing experts to other more well-funded health research, according to scientists.
AFRICA: Tractored out by “land grabs”?
11 May 2009 (IRIN ), Rich countries and firms are leasing or buying massive tracts of land in developing nations for the production of food or biofuel.

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