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AFRICA: Trees "vital for food security"
28 August 2009 (IRIN ), Countries tackling food insecurity and climate change adaptation can greatly benefit from agroforestry - integrating fleshy plants and trees into their farming systems, environmental specialists say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85898/AFRICA-Trees-vital-for-food-security
WEST AFRICA: Babies force-fed to free time for fields
7 August 2009 (IRIN ), With limited access to time-saving agricultural tools and technologies, rural women in West Africa are forced to cut down on the time they spend breastfeeding, in some cases over-feeding their newborns into slumber to free time for the fields.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85625/WEST-AFRICA-Babies-force-fed-to-free-time-for-fields
WEST AFRICA: The hour-window to find the breast
6 August 2009 (IRIN ), One of nature’s most nutrient-packed foods, breast milk, is thrown out by mothers in parts of West Africa who do not see the value of colostrum – the thick, yellow form of breast milk that appears in the earliest days after delivery – calling it dirty, worthless and not recognizing it as milk.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85611/WEST-AFRICA-The-hour-window-to-find-the-breast
AFRICA: Relax trade rules, US urged
5 August 2009 (IRIN ), The US should rethink subsidies for American farmers and relax stringent market rules, among other measures, to encourage trade in agricultural commodities from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), says an advocacy group.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85589/AFRICA-Relax-trade-rules-US-urged
AFRICA: Male circumcision slowly taking off
23 July 2009 (IRIN ), The World Health Organization endorsed male circumcision (MC) as an HIV-prevention measure two years ago, but implementation of large-scale male circumcision programmes has been relatively slow.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85405/AFRICA-Male-circumcision-slowly-taking-off
WEST AFRICA: Disaster-risk reduction made simple
22 July 2009 (IRIN ), Partnerships between aid agencies and climate experts are finally paying off by helping NGOs’ disaster prevention and response, but specialists question why it took so long.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85377/WEST-AFRICA-Disaster-risk-reduction-made-simple
GLOBAL: Treating addiction can prevent HIV
22 July 2009 (IRIN ), Alcohol and drug addiction are major drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in many parts of the world, but for political and ideological reasons, scientists and clinicians have tended to shy away from this area of HIV research, while governments and donors have been reluctant to fund programmes targeting addicts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85387/GLOBAL-Treating-addiction-can-prevent-HIV
GLOBAL: IPCC to help prepare for short-term climate extremes
21 July 2009 (IRIN ), In a significant move, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international body of climate change experts, is set to produce a "how to" manual for policy-makers and disaster officials on managing the risks of extreme weather events and bolstering resilience, to promote adaptation to global warming.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85372/GLOBAL-IPCC-to-help-prepare-for-short-term-climate-extremes
GLOBAL: Test and treat to wipe out AIDS
21 July 2009 (IRIN ), The idea of using antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) not only to treat HIV infection but also to prevent new infections, and eventually to eradicate the virus almost entirely, is being hotly debated at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa, this week.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85373/GLOBAL-Test-and-treat-to-wipe-out-AIDS
GLOBAL: Changes afoot for US global AIDS policy
20 July 2009 (IRIN ), Just three weeks into his new appointment, United States Global AIDS Coordinator Dr Eric Goosby outlined on Monday some of the changes that President Barack Obama’s administration will make to the country's global AIDS policy at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/85353/GLOBAL-Changes-afoot-for-US-global-AIDS-policy

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