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GLOBAL: As NGOs cut jobs, “this is no time to lose talent”
30 January 2009 (IRIN ), As NGOs scale back staff in the bleak economic climate, human resource experts say managers should focus as much on developing skilled staff for the long term as they have on cutting back.
GLOBAL: Food aid must change to suit children
30 January 2009 (IRIN ), The response to global food price rises is failing small children, which could have a long-term impact on the economic growth of poor countries, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
GLOBAL: Talks and more talks about food
29 January 2009 (IRIN ), The two-day UN meeting in Madrid, Spain, to review global plans to deal with the food price crisis began amid claims of overlapping programmes and competition for resources between the UN agencies, and talk of setting up a global partnership to improve agriculture and food security.
GLOBAL: UNICEF feels the pinch of the food price crisis
28 January 2009 (IRIN ), As Ethiopia struggled with high food prices and a lack of relief aid in 2008, the UN children's agency, UNICEF, initiated one of the biggest responses to fight severe malnutrition ever undertaken.
Global: An anatomy of cholera
28 January 2009 (IRIN ), Cholera is a waterborne disease that has surfaced in almost all parts of the world, and the mere mention of its name is often enough to induce panic in communities. IRIN answers frequently asked questions about the disease that has killed nearly 3,000 people in its latest large-scale outbreak in Zimbabwe since August 2008.
AFRICA: Pastoralists grapple with climate change
28 January 2009 (IRIN ), As many as 250 million people in Africa may not have enough water to meet their basic needs by 2020 because of climate change, a specialist in poverty, environment and climate change said on 27 January.
WEST AFRICA: 2009 may wipe out recent employment gains - ILO
28 January 2009 (IRIN ), The global economic meltdown originating from high-income countries may reverse recent employment gains for workers in the poorest nations, according to International Labour Organization’s (ILO) latest Global Employment Trends Report.
WEST AFRICA: Yellow fever outbreaks on the rise
26 January 2009 (IRIN ), As international agencies respond to the emergence of the deadly yellow fever virus in Guinea, experts say they are increasingly concerned about a rise in outbreaks across Africa.
GLOBAL: Calls to reform Food Aid Convention
26 January 2009 (IRIN ), Calls for reforming a treaty that makes donor countries commit to providing food aid in cash as well as in kind were reiterated as a high-level two-day meeting to discuss the global food crisis began in the Spanish capital, Madrid.
GLOBAL: Splitting the food bill in Madrid
24 January 2009 (IRIN ), As food inflation shot to almost 60 percent in Ethiopia in 2008, the beneficiaries of a safety net programme offering cash to build resilience to face shocks opted for food.

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