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AFRICA: Opposition building to Great Green Wall
8 April 2011 (IRIN ), What’s green, controversial, 15km wide, 7,775km long, cuts across 11 African countries and is designed to reduce livestock deaths and boost food security for millions of people? Nothing yet, but the Great Green Wall project, a pipe-dream for decades, was recently endorsed by a swathe of African states stretching from Senegal to Djibouti.
MADAGASCAR: No more free primary schooling
18 March 2011 (IRIN ), The burden of paying for education in Madagascar has shifted to the poor after donor funding was frozen in the wake of a coup on 17 March 2009.
MADAGASCAR: A poor country gets poorer
18 March 2011 (IRIN ), Madagascar, one of the world’s poorest countries, has lost about US$400 million in donor support since the 17 March 2009 coup in which Andry Rajoelina, with the support of the military, deposed President Marc Ravalomanana.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Taking the risk out of subsistence farming
8 March 2011 (IRIN ), Farming is a risky business anywhere in the world, but especially if you are a subsistence farmer in southern Africa, where a few weeks of too much or too little rain can wipe out your one hectare of maize and your ability to feed your family in the coming months.
MADAGASCAR: Picking up the pieces after Cyclone Bingiza
24 February 2011 (IRIN ), The five-day rampage of Cyclone Bingiza across Madagascar killed at least 14 people and destroyed nearly 6,000 homes, the office of the UN resident coordinator said in a situation report on 21 February.
MADAGASCAR: Cyclone Bingiza's legacy
18 February 2011 (IRIN ), The immediate impact of Cyclone Bingiza after it slammed into Madagscar was less than feared, but in its wake the expectation is for greater food insecurity across the island.
MADAGASCAR: Rice is 'becoming a luxury'
15 February 2011 (IRIN ), The price of rice, the staple food in Madagascar, has doubled in the past two years, forcing residents in the capital, Antananarivo, to halve their consumption. "At almost 2,000 ariary (US$1) a kilogramme, rice has become a luxury item," Tiana Randrianirina, a rice seller at the main market in the capital, told IRIN.
In Brief: Cyclone Bingiza strikes Madagascar
14 February 2011 (IRIN ), Cyclone Bingiza, the first major weather system to strike Madagascar this cyclone season, made landfall in the early hours of 14 February near Cap Masoala in the northeastern Sava region of the Indian Ocean island.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Risk of food insecurity in wake of floods
10 February 2011 (IRIN ), Above average rainfall across many parts of Southern Africa is prompting concern "about the food security of the affected population in the poorer parts of the sub-region over the coming months," the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a new report.
MADAGASCAR: Food insecurity tightens its hold
3 February 2011 (IRIN ), In parts of Madagascar's drought-prone south people have resorted to eating cattle-feed, as successive years of crop failures and the current lean season give food insecurity a firmer grip on the region.

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