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GHANA: Can Obama match past presidential promises?
8 July 2009 (IRIN ), As Ghanaians gear up for President Barack Obama’s arrival on 10 July - his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa - they are mixing high hopes with caution.
GLOBAL: UK donor policy stokes concern of overpromising
8 July 2009 (IRIN ), Aid analysts applaud the “courage” of the UK government’s just-released development policy paper (link), which detailed plans to allocate at least half of all new bilateral funding to fragile states, but question how the government can do the job well without shrinking other aid commitments.
GLOBAL: Aid worker, rate thyself
7 July 2009 (IRIN ), If you are an aid worker and have an opinion on how poorly funded your organization is, how competent your fellow aid workers are or how well the international humanitarian system works with local authorities, ALNAP needs you.
GLOBAL: Top 25 ECHO cash recipients
6 July 2009 (IRIN ), The European Commission’s humanitarian aid department (DG ECHO) released its annual report on 1 July. According to the 110-page financial report, overall spending in 2008 was 937 million euros (about US$1.302 billion) across 60 countries. Of that, about three-quarters went to the top 25 recipient non-profit agencies and an aviation contractor.
AFRICA: Eyeing the wealth of the Guinea Savannah
6 July 2009 (IRIN ), In the 1980s a group of farmers in the West African country of Burkina Faso decided to fight back against years of drought by resuscitating their barren rock-hard land to grow more food than only what they needed to survive.
GLOBAL: Rice production high but imports steady
3 July 2009 (IRIN ), Paddy rice production in Africa is forecast to be 25.6 million tons this year, virtually unchanged from the record harvest of 2008 (link). But despite the projections most countries are also expected to increase rice imports, says the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
GLOBAL: “Hunger season” neglected
3 July 2009 (IRIN ), Most of the world’s 600 million hungry and under-nourished people suffer seasonal hunger rather than effects of conflict or natural disasters, but donors and governments often treat recurring nutritional problems as one-off emergencies and this weakens their response actions.
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: 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

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