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All weather is local - getting the forecasting right for farmers
25 February 2014 (IRIN ), With the lean season reaching its peak, many villages in Zimbabwe have already exhausted their staple grain reserves. The most recent Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) report projects that at least two million people, out of a population of 13 million, will be without sufficient food until the end of March. But had they had access to high-quality rain forecasts for their areas, communities could have better prepared for the period between harvests, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99705/All-weather-is-local-getting-the-forecasting-right-for-farmers
Call for shake-up in Africa nutrition research
24 February 2014 (IRIN ), Rwanda has achieved remarkable success in reducing child hunger, and nutrition experts believe there may be lessons here for other countries in Africa.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99696/Call-for-shake-up-in-Africa-nutrition-research
Pastoralist aspirations versus policy in the Horn of Africa
24 February 2014 (IRIN ), Since the Horn of Africa drought of 2011 aid agencies have been working to understand the changes taking place in the drylands, hoping to better anticipate people’s needs. Recent research shows these changes go beyond climate and environment to encompass social and economic factors. The findings have important policy implications.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99698/Pastoralist-aspirations-versus-policy-in-the-Horn-of-Africa
The mass graves of Bor, South Sudan
24 February 2014 (IRIN ), A handful of volunteers in almost deserted Bor, capital of South Sudan's Jonglei State, remove dead bodies from homes, put them in body bags donated by the International Committee of the Red Cross, and place them in mass graves. Since the emergence of an armed rebellion in mid-December, government troops have lost and won control of the town several times. On 23 February, the army said it had repelled further attempts to take Bor.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99699/The-mass-graves-of-Bor-South-Sudan
Arms smuggling to Boko Haram threatens Cameroon
21 February 2014 (IRIN ), Recent arms seizures and arrests of traffickers in Cameroon’s Far North Region have highlighted the escalating insecurity caused by Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria and the impact of the unrest in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Sudan.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99682/Arms-smuggling-to-Boko-Haram-threatens-Cameroon
Long road to an African rapid reaction force
21 February 2014 (IRIN ), The African Union (AU) is rethinking how it can most effectively deploy military forces to tackle the continent’s crises.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99683/Long-road-to-an-African-rapid-reaction-force
Meningitis vaccine out of the cold
20 February 2014 (IRIN ), A pilot meningitis A immunization campaign targeting more than 155,000 people in Benin with a vaccine that does not require constant refrigeration has demonstrated clear benefits, enabling wider reach, more efficient administration and potential cost reduction, researchers say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99678/Meningitis-vaccine-out-of-the-cold
Brute force fails to break Boko Haram
19 February 2014 (IRIN ), Hoping to snuff out Boko Haram, Nigerian forces launched a crackdown in May 2013, swooping into towns, rounding up hundreds of youths and strafing suspected hideouts of the militia, who, despite being pushed back, continue to torment civilians and target security forces.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99672/Brute-force-fails-to-break-Boko-Haram
Burundi’s avoidable flood deaths
18 February 2014 (IRIN ), Building and planning code violations were largely to blame for the deaths - amid torrential rain earlier this month - of dozens of people in Burundi’s capital, and the destruction there of 3,500 homes, according to a leading urban planning expert who noted that numerous reports had warned of just such an eventuality.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99663/Burundi-s-avoidable-flood-deaths
Morocco's new migration policy masks continued abuses
18 February 2014 (IRIN ), Migrants in Morocco continue to suffer human rights abuses at the hands of security forces and resentful locals, despite migration policy reforms that were welcomed by local rights organizations when they were announced five months ago.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99668/Morocco-s-new-migration-policy-masks-continued-abuses

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