Table of contents


  1. SWAZILAND: IMF recommends land reforms
  2. ZIMBABWE: Succumbing to the debt trap
  3. SWAZILAND: Illegal abortions endangering lives
  4. FOOD: Spotlight on "land grab" deals
  5. SOUTH AFRICA: Western Cape farmworkers join strikes


SWAZILAND: IMF recommends land reforms
JOHANNESBURG، 9/11/2012 (IRIN) - Land reform has been recommended by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as part of the solution to deepening economic decline in Swaziland, a country where more than two-thirds of the population lives in poverty. full report
ZIMBABWE: Succumbing to the debt trap
HARARE، 13/11/2012 (IRIN) - When Davis Moyo* was retrenched from his job at a financial institution in the Zimbabwean capital Harare last year, he counted himself lucky when he found another job almost immediately, and even luckier when he secured a loan to start a chicken-rearing business that he hoped would supplement his salary. full report
SWAZILAND: Illegal abortions endangering lives
MBABANE، 14/11/2012 (IRIN) - Abortions are illegal in Swaziland and have resulted in criminal convictions, but in October 2012 more than 1,000 women were treated for abortion-related complications at a single clinic in the country’s second city Manzini, says the Family Life Association of Swaziland (FLAS), a family planning organization. full report
FOOD: Spotlight on "land grab" deals
JOHANNESBURG، 14/11/2012 (IRIN) - "Land-grab" deals involving multinationals in developing countries have often been seen as detrimental to food security and the livelihoods of millions of small farmers, but a new study puts such deals into the context of agricultural investments more generally. full report
SOUTH AFRICA: Western Cape farmworkers join strikes
DE DOORNS، 16/11/2012 (IRIN) - Farm labourers are the latest group to join a wave of strikes across South Africa in recent months as food price increases outstrip the official inflation rate. full report