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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.
Countering Africa’s green revolution
8 July 2013 (IRIN ), Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies.
Thierry Mafisy Miharivonjy Razafindranaivo – Cook, Madagascar (June 2013)
2 July 2013 (IRIN ), Thierry Mafisy Miharivonjy Razafindranaivo, 26, is a cook in a fast food restaurant in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital. In the months since he was last interviewed by IRIN, life has gotten harder
Liliana Lova Rahoaritsalamanirinarisoa – Primary school teacher, Madagascar (June 2013)
2 July 2013 (IRIN ), Life has taken a turn for the better in the last few months, says Liliana Lova Rahoaritsalamanirinarisoa, 25, a single mother from the village of Ambohimanga Rova, about 24km east of Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo.
Our Lives - looking up
2 July 2013 (IRIN ), Late last year, IRIN launched the series Our Lives, which interviewed 20 men and women in 10 countries about how they coped with the cost of living. Those testimonies have been updated, along with basic monthly income and expenditure data, providing a fascinating insight into people’s domestic affairs.
Fears of a malaria relapse in Madagascar
7 June 2013 (IRIN ), Madagascar’s recent gains in the battle against malaria are likely to be reversed because funding problems have interrupted prevention activities.
Digital jobs offer skills, promise to Africa's unemployed youth
28 May 2013 (IRIN ), Although Africa’s economy has expanded rapidly in recent years, it has not kept pace with the growth of its youth population or their need for jobs.
Microcredit helps small businesses buck the system in Madagascar
16 May 2013 (IRIN ), Justine Sija, 60, begins her day at 4am, when she buys catch from local fishermen to hawk on the streets of St Augustin Village, in Madagascar’s southern Atsimo-Andrefana Region. The work is hard, but in the last year, access to microcredit has boosted both her business and her hope for the future.
Food insecurity opens door to TB in Madagascar
1 May 2013 (IRIN ), Health experts fear the interruption of food assistance in Madagascar is increasing incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in Toliara, the capital city of Madagascar’s southern Atsimo-Andrefana region.
Consecutive catastrophes hit Madagascar's farmers
8 April 2013 (IRIN ), Farmers in Madagascar’s southwestern province of Tulear have been hit hard, first by floods and then by locusts, threatening food security in a region already among the poorest in the island country.

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