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Floods, locusts leave Madagascar hungry
14 October 2013 (IRIN ), Faravavy, 32, lives in the middle of an arid plain 150km south of Betioke in southern Madagascar. She tries to support herself and her three children by cultivating maize, red beans and manioc, but is unable to grow enough to generate an income or even to feed her family year-round.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98940/Floods-locusts-leave-Madagascar-hungry
In the wake of a Madagascar cyclone
9 October 2013 (IRIN ), The fortunes of fisherman Melau Feaucre Johanison, 39, were sunk when Cyclone Haruna struck Madagascar earlier this year. He expects to recover financially from its impact only over the next few years - barring any other shocks to his livelihood.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98904/In-the-wake-of-a-Madagascar-cyclone
Analysis: Untangling China's aid to Africa
17 September 2013 (IRIN ), This year, the two most powerful men on the globe, presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, both embarked on Africa tours, pledging to increase aid and investment and work with the continent to improve development.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98771/Analysis-Untangling-China-s-aid-to-Africa
Analysis: Behind China’s aid structure
17 September 2013 (IRIN ), China’s role as an aid donor has been met with wariness, both from aid experts and recipients. Confusion over the nature of China’s aid arises because the country uses multiple ministries and agencies to give money, has different strategic priorities than traditional Western donors, and does not release detailed reports about how much aid it provides.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98772/Analysis-Behind-China-s-aid-structure
Learning to read in Madagascar
16 September 2013 (IRIN ), Marie Louise, 46, from the village of Namakia-Ankilibe, about one hour’s drive south of Toliara, in arid southwestern Madagascar, never saw the inside of a classroom as a child. “My mother died when I was two years old and my uncle took care of us, but he never sent my two sisters and I to school. There wasn’t one in the village anyway,” she recalls.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98759/Learning-to-read-in-Madagascar
Rethinking mental health in Africa
2 September 2013 (IRIN ), As African countries strive to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and plot a new development agenda thereafter, health experts are gathering evidence across the continent to make a case for a greater focus on its millions of mentally ill.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98680/Rethinking-mental-health-in-Africa
Slowing the plunder of Madagascar’s fish stocks
30 August 2013 (IRIN ), Thin government regulation of Madagascar’s fisheries industry has disguised a steady and unsustainable rise in the sector’s production over the past two decades, which threatens both the long-term survival of key marine species and the livelihoods of fishing-dependent coastal communities, according to local conservation groups.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98672/Slowing-the-plunder-of-Madagascar-s-fish-stocks
Eating locusts no substitute for Madagascar's lost rice harvests
14 August 2013 (IRIN ), Madagascar locust swarms are devastating rice fields and leading to hunger in some areas but locals are trying to make the best out of a bad situation, catching as many of the insects as they can to supplement their meagre diet.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98567/Eating-locusts-no-substitute-for-Madagascar-s-lost-rice-harvests
Volunteer health workers filling the void in Madagascar
26 July 2013 (IRIN ), A legion of over 35,000 community volunteers has been created to fill the health void left in Madagascar's remote rural villages in the wake of the country’s 2009 coup d'état.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98482/Volunteer-health-workers-filling-the-void-in-Madagascar
African governments still underfunding health
23 July 2013 (IRIN ), Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/98459/African-governments-still-underfunding-health

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