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Small steps towards forest conservation in Madagascar
24 April 2014 (IRIN ), An association of tour guides and community members at the Analamazaotra Forest Station, a protected area of rainforest about 150km east of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, has embarked on an ambitious reforestation project that is educating local people about the value of preserving the forest as well as generating an income for 400 nearby households.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99983/Small-steps-towards-forest-conservation-in-Madagascar
New-concept flood insurance could help Bangladesh's poor
11 April 2014 (IRIN ), A new insurance scheme in which pre-determined flood thresholds trigger speedy compensation offers hope for poor people in flood-prone Bangladesh, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99928/New-concept-flood-insurance-could-help-Bangladesh-s-poor
Hunger in Myanmar’s “dry zone”
10 April 2014 (IRIN ), Myanmar’s central “dry zone”, home to a quarter of its 58 million people, is falling short on food production, pushing local people into hunger, malnutrition and debt.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99919/Hunger-in-Myanmar-s-dry-zone
Kariba Dam collapse fears and disaster preparedness in Zimbabwe
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Could fears of the imminent collapse of the more than five-decade-old Kariba Dam on the Zambezi river between Zimbabwe and Zambia spur Zimbabwe into more effective disaster preparedness?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99904/Kariba-Dam-collapse-fears-and-disaster-preparedness-in-Zimbabwe
Predicting disease outbreaks in a changing climate
4 April 2014 (IRIN ), Satellite and other new technologies could be deployed to help predict disease outbreaks and give us more time to devise strategies to counteract them, suggests the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report,which cites examples of how weather information can be used in the battle against deadly pathogens.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99887/Predicting-disease-outbreaks-in-a-changing-climate
Drought begins to bite in Sri Lanka
4 April 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka has had six months of drought and could face severe crop losses and electricity shortages if the coming monsoon is as weak as forecasts predict, experts say.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99884/Drought-begins-to-bite-in-Sri-Lanka
Analysis: How effective is Pakistan’s disaster authority?
3 April 2014 (IRIN ), The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was set up shortly after the 2005 quake that killed at least 87,000 people in northern Pakistan to act as the “implementing, coordinating and monitoring body” for disaster management.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99880/Analysis-How-effective-is-Pakistan-s-disaster-authority
Mutant wheat fungus alarms food experts
2 April 2014 (IRIN ), Outbreaks of a deadly fungal disease in wheat crops in Germany and Ethiopia in 2013 have had the scientific community buzzing over the threat posed to global food security.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99877/Mutant-wheat-fungus-alarms-food-experts
Conflict in Indonesia’s Papua Region
28 March 2014 (IRIN ), The clearing of forests inhabited by indigenous people in Indonesia's Papua* Region by agribusinesses is fuelling conflict in the southern Merauke Regency, say campaigners.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99856/Conflict-in-Indonesia-s-Papua-Region
Jordan pins water hopes on controversial pipeline project
20 March 2014 (IRIN ), Jordan, one of the world’s most water scarce states, is facing a “perfect storm of pressures” including chronic scarcity, over-use, waste, and a massive increase in demand caused by refugee arrivals, according to a report published this month by the NGO Mercy Corps.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99807/Jordan-pins-water-hopes-on-controversial-pipeline-project
Niger’s black market pesticides backfire
14 March 2014 (IRIN ), Farmers in Niger are using dangerous, black market pesticides in unregulated quantities, with little impact on agricultural yield but with potentially severe health consequences, say experts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99777/Niger-s-black-market-pesticides-backfire
West Africa scores high in disaster risk
14 March 2014 (IRIN ), Researchers at the Madrid-based humanitarian research non-profit DARA have developed a new methodology, the risk reduction index, that they say could help more countries assess and reduce the risk of natural hazards and disasters. But an assessment using the index, carried out in six West African countries, found pervasive risks and limited capacity to reduce vulnerability.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99778/West-Africa-scores-high-in-disaster-risk
An alarming outlook for Senegal’s hungry
12 March 2014 (IRIN ), The number of food insecure in the Sahel is expected to grow from 11.3 million in 2013 to more than 20 million in 2014, mainly due to an increase in cases in northern Nigeria, northern Cameroon and Senegal. IRIN went to Louga, in northern Senegal, to find out why the number of hungry is so high.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99773/An-alarming-outlook-for-Senegal-s-hungry
Mystery kidney disease spreads in Sri Lanka
6 March 2014 (IRIN ), Increasing incidence of a chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology (CKDu) is quickly turning into Sri Lanka’s latest health crisis, with hospitals in the country’s most affected province linking 80 percent of patients’ deaths to renal failure. The disease some refer to as an “unknown plague” has triggered internal migration, particularly among youths living in disease-prone areas.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99747/Mystery-kidney-disease-spreads-in-Sri-Lanka
Under chronic stress, Niger farmers are losing ground
3 March 2014 (IRIN ), Farmers in drought-ridden parts of Niger are facing a dangerous combination of stresses - chronic drought, land degradation, pests and poor seeds - which threaten to throw them even deeper into hunger and poverty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99733/Under-chronic-stress-Niger-farmers-are-losing-ground
Jordanian farmers face “driest season in decades”
26 February 2014 (IRIN ), On the surface all looks well: the sky above southern Jordan is deep blue and the sun is shining over fields of wheat and barley. Some families are out playing in the fields and celebrating the first glimpse of spring.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99706/Jordanian-farmers-face-driest-season-in-decades
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
UN shifts approach to help Sahel’s 20 million hungry
3 February 2014 (IRIN ), Over 20 million people in the Sahel will need humanitarian assistance in 2014, up 8.7 million over the number of people in need in 2013, estimates the UN, which launched an ambitious three-year Sahel strategy today.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99584/UN-shifts-approach-to-help-Sahel-s-20-million-hungry
Island nation takes on the world’s polluters
3 February 2014 (IRIN ), A Russian film crew arrived in Palau at the end of 2013 to shoot the reality show ‘Octpob’ on one of the archipelago’s more than 500 islands. The show leaves contestants in isolated locales with limited water and food to test their survival skills. In 2004, the US version of the show, Survivor, was also shot in Palau.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99578/Island-nation-takes-on-the-world-s-polluters
Living without the state in Cairo’s slums
23 January 2014 (IRIN ), For the residents of the Middle East and Africa’s largest city, Cairo, 2013 ended with the often repeated government promise to finally provide basic services and development in the slums, where half of the city’s residents live.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99518/Living-without-the-state-in-Cairo-s-slums

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