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The uncounted people: waste-pickers of India

03/21/2012 | Stella Paul

Woman picking over burning piles of rubbish on the edge of Mumbai's biggest slum, Dharavi, a thriving mix of poverty and enterprise that is home to over one million people - Mark Henley | Panos Pictures

It would be hard to call it a “living” but waste-picking allows Chinnamma to pay the Rs 1,500 monthly rent on her hut in a nearby slum. Without it she would be evicted. However, her means of survival is now under threat.

Right to live: a community-led campaign in the making

03/02/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Two women taking part in the community consultation - Stella Paul | Panos London

When many people are being forced to migrate into cities to find work, Bhan Sahu has been helping rural Indian communities work together to challenge corruption and make the most of government employment schemes in their own villages.

Better cotton, better for farming communities

02/27/2012 | Rina Saeed Khan

Two farmers stand beside the first crop of 'Better Cotton' in 2010 - Better Cotton Initiative

The pesticides used to treat cotton has been causing health problems for farmers in Pakistan, but the Better Cotton Initiative has a real solution.

Lucky few study beyond high school

02/09/2012 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Rina Saeed Khan | Panos London

Once they complete their Matriculation exams, most of the children in Maimoona’s school, especially the boys, have to find work.

From melon to haircuts, prices rise for Nigerians

01/23/2012 | Armsfree Onomo Ajanaku

Odutuyo Muibat - Sunday Akinlolu | Panos London

Armsfree looks into the link between Nigerian fuel subsidies and the recent food price protests, and speaks with the Nigerians affected by these changes.

“What women need is economic independence”

01/04/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Bhan Sahu

In her first blog, Bhan Sahu tells us about rural entrepreneurs in the Indian village of Vihiri, who are taking their futures in their own hands.

Renting wombs

01/02/2012 | Divya Gupta

Surrogate Mothers in Anand, Gujarat, India - Suzanne Lee | Panos London

“Human beings have two main instincts: the instinct of self-protection and the instinct to reproduce,” says Dr Nayana Patel.
And she should know – she has carved out a career matching infertile couples with poor women willing to “rent their wombs”.

“We, the rag-pickers of Pune, are in big trouble”

12/27/2011 | Stella Paul

Scavenging for food and anything that can be sold in the Bantella rubbish dump - George Georgiou | Panos Pictures

Rag-pickers, people who sift through rubbish for a living in India, travelled to Durban to take part in the UN climate change negotiations.

Women must beg for land from men

12/12/2011 | Kaidia Samaké

A woman walks home with a bucket of water on her head and a child on her back. She has to walk more than a kilometre between the well and home several times a day. Traditionally, water transportation is a woman's job, one of such importance that many girls are kept from attending school - Dieter Telemans | Panos Pictures

Men decide everything about the community’s life. When something must be discussed by the villagers, men meet in the chief of the village’s meeting room. Women don’t have the right to take part in those meetings.

Rural women want alternatives to ‘slash and burn’

11/30/2011 | Wendi Bernadette Losha

Slash and burn methods adopted by farmers have seen swathes of forest in the centre of the country go up in flames to create farmland in Sierra Leone - Fredrik Naumann | Panos Pictures

Before leaving for Durban, Wendi Bernadette Losha explained to Leocadia Bongben why ‘slash and burn’ farming techniques are bad for both local agriculture and the environment and why the Durban conference must provide alternatives for small scale farmers.

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