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Speaking out on rural poverty

12/07/2010 | Panos London

Siobhan Warrington, Head of Oral Testimony at Panos London speaks about the latest collection of testimonies, that Panos London created, for the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) Rural Poverty Report 2011 that was launched on the 6th December.

Ethiopian inequality will widen says climate report

06/14/2010 | Tania Ghosh

A new study predicts the effects of climate change will reduce Ethiopia's economic growth and widen the gap between the country's poorest and richest people by 20 per cent.

Uganda: Wetlands dry up as rice demand soars

06/02/2010 | Emmanuel Okella

Uganda's wetlands have provided drainage and prevented flooding during rainy seasons for centuries. But rice is rapidly replacing traditional crops, and becoming an environmental liability in the process.

Fishermen overlooked by climate change research

05/17/2010 | Tania Ghosh

More than 500 million people rely on fishing to make a living yet there is little information about how their livelihoods are affected by climate change, according to researchers in Malaysia. A new report by the World Fish Center in Penang, Malaysia, now aims to fill this research gap.

Drought-hit Uganda learns to love the banana

03/22/2010 | Henry Lutaaya

In Uganda bananas are helping to cushion families against unexpected weather changes providing a source of carbohydrates throughout the year. But they're not always easy to grow, with the drought forcing people to mulch and compost more than before.

Lesotho’s farmers miss out on agricultural information

03/08/2010 | Tania Ghosh

According to researchers an agricultural information service in Lesotho is failing to reach the majority of farmers in the country. The study, from the university of Botswana, says that many poorly educated farmers do not see information as relevant to them.

Aid fails to alleviate poverty in Mozambique

03/01/2010 | Tania Ghosh

Despite receiving US$12 billion in aid since peace was established 17 years ago, a new report says there has been no real poverty reduction in Mozambique. And the high levels of aid has also left the government accountable to donors, rather than the people.

Culture versus climate change in Burkina Faso

02/22/2010 | Tania Ghosh

Researchers believe cultural values are preventing certain ethnic groups in northern Burkina Faso from adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Did state politics shelve the GM aubergine?

02/17/2010 | Pierre Fitter

Last week India halted the commercial release of the world’s first genetically modified aubergine, or brinjal as it is known locally. While public interest has been hailed as the reason for sending the vegetable into cold storage, Pierre Fitter says it’s all about state politics.

Zambia: Farming revolution

01/12/2010 | Arnold Tutu

Zambia is pumping money into the commercial farming sector in the hope of turning around its economy. With overseas investors being invited to run farms on prime agricultural land, can smaller Zambian farmers hope to compete?

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