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Analysis: Madagascar's unforgiving bandit lands
18 July 2012 (IRIN ), It took two years for Zakamihaingo Razafindranoivo, 37, to raise US$900 to replace his two stolen zebu (Madagascar’s distinctive and prized hump-backed cattle) by selling vegetables and spices grown on his plot in Ambotragano, a village about 20km north of the capital Antananarivo.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95892/Analysis-Madagascar-s-unforgiving-bandit-lands
AFRICA: AGOA uncertainty hurts textile workers
17 July 2012 (IRIN ), The livelihoods of tens of thousands of textile workers in Africa is hanging in the balance amid growing anxiety about whether a key provision of US trade legislation will be renewed before it expires in September.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95883/AFRICA-AGOA-uncertainty-hurts-textile-workers
MADAGASCAR: Cyclones, reduced aid compound malnutrition
26 June 2012 (IRIN ), The eastern Madagascan coastal town of Brickaville in Atsinanana region - ravaged by Cyclone Giovanna earlier this year - provided a refuge of sorts for Edwige Solo and her emaciated children fleeing the aftermath of rural devastation caused by the same storm.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95734/MADAGASCAR-Cyclones-reduced-aid-compound-malnutrition
AFRICA: Donor fatigue forces WFP to cut refugee rations
19 June 2012 (IRIN ), The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has halved food rations to refugees living in camps in at least four African countries citing a funding shortfall.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95597/AFRICA-Donor-fatigue-forces-WFP-to-cut-refugee-rations
REFUGEES: Moving out of the shadows
31 May 2012 (IRIN ), When night falls in the Dadaab refugee complex in eastern Kenya, nearly half a million refugees are plunged into darkness. The lack of light robs schoolchildren of the possibility of studying and provides perfect cover for thieves and rapists.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95558/REFUGEES-Moving-out-of-the-shadows
MADAGASCAR: A decaying health sector
25 May 2012 (IRIN ), The Basic Health Centre or Centre de Santé de Base (CSB) II in Anjalajala, near Antsohihy, the capital of Madagascar's northern Sofia Region, is housed in a recently renovated building and its status as a CSB II promises the availability of a trained doctor. But the doctor left for Antananarivo, the capital, in 2002 and has not been replaced, and whenever the remaining nurse is absent, services stop.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95533/MADAGASCAR-A-decaying-health-sector
MADAGASCAR: Low HIV prevalence has its own challenges
21 May 2012 (IRIN ), Madagascar has a low level of HIV prevalence, and managing its AIDS programme should present no major difficulties. But the apparent advantage of a low infection rate, combined with the ongoing political crisis, has brought its own challenges.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95487/MADAGASCAR-Low-HIV-prevalence-has-its-own-challenges
FOOD: Power to the people!
15 May 2012 (IRIN ), The UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched its first Africa Human Development Report today, stressing food security as a means to a better quality of life for all.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95459/FOOD-Power-to-the-people
MADAGASCAR: Peer pressure to stop teen pregnancy
4 May 2012 (IRIN ), Daughters as young as 12 in the villages surrounding Antsohihy, the capital of Sofia Region, in Madagascar's remote, traditional north, often suffer the harmful consequences of falling pregnant and giving birth too young when parents accept zebus (cattle) or cash as a dowry.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95397/MADAGASCAR-Peer-pressure-to-stop-teen-pregnancy
MALAWI: Without land reform, small farmers become "trespassers"
26 April 2012 (IRIN ), Dorothy Dyton, her husband and seven children used to make a living farming just over a hectare near the town of Bangula in southern Malawi’s Chikhwawa District.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95363/MALAWI-Without-land-reform-small-farmers-become-trespassers

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