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AFRICA: Agriculture an underestimated "safety net"
9 June 2009 (IRIN ), Investment in agriculture in developing countries, where most of the workforce consists of small-scale farmers, is akin to beefing up a "safety net" as the world struggles to limit the impact of the economic crisis, a UN agency head told IRIN ahead of the three-day World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Cape Town.
GLOBAL: WHO move boosts fight against fatal diarrhoea
9 June 2009 (IRIN ), The World Health Organization has paved the way for children in Africa and Asia to be vaccinated against a diarrhoea-causing virus that kills some 500,000 children annually worldwide – 85 percent of them in African and Asian developing countries.
AFRICA: Urbanisation, poverty reduction take centre-stage in ACP conference
8 June 2009 (IRIN ), More than 200 delegates have arrived in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, for the first joint conference of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of Countries (ACP) focusing on the challenges of urbanisation and poverty reduction for millions of slum dwellers.
GLOBAL: Buying local food is cheaper but not always easier - analysis
8 June 2009 (IRIN ), Buying food aid closer to where it is needed is cheaper and saves time, says a new US government report, but weak local markets and a lack of reliable suppliers can be problematic.
AFRICA: Camel farming could be the answer
3 June 2009 (IRIN ), Camel farming could be an option for some 20 million to 35 million people living on semi-arid land in Africa, who will soon be unable to grow crops because of climate change, says the co-author of a new study.
GLOBAL: Climate change information overload?
29 May 2009 (IRIN ), Millions, possibly even billions of people will be affected by the impact of climate change, some reports say; gloomy ones tell you it is already happening, more optimistic ones say it will happen by the end of the century.
GLOBAL: Basic healthcare crucial to beating HIV, study
27 May 2009 (IRIN ), Providing HIV prevention, care and treatment services at well-equipped local clinics could be the key to success in fighting the pandemic in the developing world, a new report by the international anti-poverty NGO, ActionAid, has said.
GLOBAL: Food prices will rise again, says report
26 May 2009 (IRIN ), Food prices will rise again by 2015, when economies are expected to have recovered from the global recession, pushing up demand once more, says a recent UN report.
GLOBAL: Diarrhoea – deadly and neglected, report says
22 May 2009 (IRIN ), The international aid system is contributing to millions of preventable child deaths by neglecting illnesses most deadly to under-five children such as diarrhoea, according to a report by the UK-based international non-profit Wateraid.
GLOBAL: Auditing aid providers - how do they fare?
21 May 2009 (IRIN ), Aid agencies are far more accountable to disaster affected people than they were a decade ago, says the latest Humanitarian Accountability Report, but problems remain in transparency about interventions, communication with aid recipients, monitoring and reporting on sexual abuse and eliminating corruption.

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