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AFRICA: Funding boost for local think tanks
2 July 2009 (IRIN ), Under a new initiative international donors are backing Africa-based policy research to improve local decision-making on complex global issues with potentially enormous humanitarian consequences like food security and climate change.
WEST AFRICA: Another stab at the "resource curse"
2 July 2009 (IRIN ), In Africa billions of dollars from oil, gas and mining revenues go missing, leaving populations dependent on international assistance, according to a new report on natural resource use on the continent.
GLOBAL: Standard TB vaccine could be fatal to HIV-positive babies
1 July 2009 (IRIN ), HIV-positive babies who receive the global standard tuberculosis (TB) vaccine are at hightened risk of contracting this infectious disease, says a new study in Bulletin, a journal published by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
AFRICA: River blindness drug trial launched
1 July 2009 (IRIN ), Researchers are launching a clinical trial with 1,500 people infected with onchocerciasis (river blindness) in Liberia, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo to test a remedy that could help stop transmission, according to drug manufacturer Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and the World Health Organization (WHO).
AFRICA: Helping small farmers feed a continent
1 July 2009 (IRIN ), As an African Union summit on agricultural investments opens in Libya, donors and non-profits are calling participants' attention to the role smallholder farmers – mostly women – can have in feeding their communities.
GLOBAL: El Niño an early warning for food insecurity
1 July 2009 (IRIN ), Rising sea surface temperatures across the central and eastern Pacific Ocean herald El Niño, which could disrupt the rains in major cereal producing regions, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has warned.ño-an-early-warning-for-food-insecurity
GLOBAL: Climate change information for the poor
29 June 2009 (IRIN ), Under-resourced media are failing rural people in developing countries, who are most vulnerable to climate change and in greater need of information to protect themselves from more intense cyclones and longer droughts, according to a new study.
GLOBAL: "Climate refugees" gatecrash the agenda
25 June 2009 (IRIN ), The debate on providing protection to possibly several million "climate refugees" displaced by the vagaries of nature is heating up.
GLOBAL: Vitamin A deficiency and malaria
25 June 2009 (IRIN ), Vitamin A supplements in malaria-endemic areas can help reduce infections in children by one-third, according to the most recent Malaria Journal.
GLOBAL: New book outlines Islam’s influence on refugee law
24 June 2009 (IRIN ), Islam’s 1,400-year-old tradition of generosity and hospitality towards refugees has had more influence on modern-day international refugee law than any other historical source, says a new book by Ahmed Abu al-Wafa, a professor of law at Cairo University.

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