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How mobile phones are transforming agriculture in Africa

A short listing of articles on the application of new mobile technologies in African agriculture.

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Are we ready for ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’?

Is “Climate Smart Agriculture” the next big thing? Irish Aid has supported a new international alliance on CSA, but many CSOs are worried.

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In search of the next big “super food”?

One of the recurring securities of the “global development” sector is that, every so often, someone claims to have found the silver bullet. Most recently, there are many that claim that Teff, a grain variety grown mainly in Ethiopia, is the new solution to global malnourishment.

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Seeds in farmers’ hands: escaping poverty through diversity and local knowledge

An uplifting story of how indebted farmers in the Philippines regained control of their livelihoods, and their lives.

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Aid alone will not end Poverty – As we keep undermining its effectiveness

A new report highlights the EU’s track record in Development. Europe is a very big, and very good, aid donor. But is that enough?

“The big picture is fairly straightforward. Europe has generous and effective aid programmes, and makes a distinct contribution to global environmental challenges. But Europe’s policies on trade (especially agriculture), security and sharing technology have much less positive impact on development.”

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Can the world feed 7 billion people?

An overview of some of the key arguments made in relation to the growing world population.

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World Food Day – Time to remember the politics of Hunger.

Addressing world Hunger means recognising, and addressing, the political nature of Hunger.

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Surfing beach vendors of Bangladesh.

A group of 10-12 year old beach vendors in #Bangladesh, most of whom have dropped out of school to help support their families, have taken up #surfing.

24 year old surfer, lifeguard and beach worker Rashed Alam has been teaching the girls at his school/surf club. Like the girls, Alam dropped out of #school and started working on the beach to help support his family at a young age. He started surfing when he was 16. He says that his way of giving back is by ensuring that girls get a good future through surfing.

Read more at http://blog.allisonjoyce.com/?p=486 In #Iran, a female student gets to design and build a spectacular bridge.

Tabiat (“nature”) bridge, the largest of its kind in Iran, was architect Leila Araghian’s first project. She designed it five years ago while a student, winning a local competition for a plan to connect two parks separated by a highway in north Tehran.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/20/bridge-tehran-architect-iran-leila-araghian-tabiat-sanctions-iranian-designers

#Architects #architecture #women #globaldev #sanctions At “The World’s Best News” we’re on a mission: 
We want to bust some of the enduring myths about global development. 
You can help us by sharing / re-gramming  any of our news stories, so that others will see that extreme poverty has been halved and that developing countries are making huge progress.

Spread the word! “#Baghdad is where everything is happening – it’s like New York." Meet the artists hoping to reinstate Iraq's place in the contemporary art world: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/19/art-in-iraq

Photo: Hussein Adel with one of his drawings. He sells cartoons to newspapers to help pay the rent. Photograph: Ahmad Mousa/Corbis Marooned indefinitely in a desolate wasteland in #Jordan,  it would be easy for these #refugees to give up hope. 
But despite the horrors they have seen and the hardships they now face, the people profiled in this article show resilience and creativity, using their ingenuity to make life better for themselves and those around them. 
Read three inspiring profiles: 
http://tracks.unhcr.org/2015/03/the-inventors-of-azraq/

Photo: Since fleeing #Syria, Jihad, 52, has built a windmill-powered lamp, a mousetrap, a running water tap and other useful items for his home and community in Azraq camp. UNHCR/Jessica Chen Can 'supergeeks' save #Kenya's babies? 
Read about this programme by #Irish NGO Concern which links #healthcare workers and technology students to find innovative high-quality low-cost solutions for #maternity wards in Kenya. 
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-32255445 Meet the global feminists changing the world for girls, from Kenya to Egypt.

Around the world, people are not content to sit and complain;
They get up, and take action!

Here are some inspirational young women who are doing just that:

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/apr/13/meet-the-global-feminists-changing-the-world-for-girls-from-kenya-to-egypt

#feminism #women #citizenaction #globaldev #positive #positivenews In #Mozambique, African giant pouched rats are helping to clear #landmines left around, after 23 years of civil war.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/africa/why-mozambique-s-rats-are-man-s-best-friend-1.2170059 
Photo: Apopo deminer Victor Boquico gives a banana treat to 'Mocadas 53', who has just found TNT in the soil at the landmine clearance site Dombe in Manica province, Mozambique. 
Photo: Mary Boland #NigeriaDecides.

Despite the threats from the extremist group Boko Haram, this weekend 60 million people voted to shape the future of Nigeria.

At The World's Best News, we like elections. Have a read of these 3 stories:

Africa and democracy:
http://worldsbestnews.tumblr.com/post/102036767325/nothing-ever-changes-have-a-look-at-these

India: http://worldsbestnews.tumblr.com/post/85901866700/the-biggest-elections-on-earth-this-years

Mobile app mobilises voters in Nigeria: 
http://worldsbestnews.tumblr.com/post/90836673125/using-technology-to-bolster-democracy

Photo: AFP Do you remember the movie Slumdog Millionaire?

It made #Mumbai's Dharavi district, one of the world's largest #slums, famous the world over.

The group Slum Gods are proud of their area, but it needs a new image - and they will #dance and #rap to make sure it gets one. 
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/nov/28/slumgods-mumbai-hip-hop-dharavi

Photo: Akash and Sagar of the SlumGods. Photograph: Benita Fernando The small Central American country of #CostaRica is meeting its energy needs without burning fossil fuels.

Thanks to some heavy rainfall this year, Costa Rica’s #hydropower plants alone are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. With a boost from geothermal, solar, and #windenergy sources, the country doesn’t need an ounce of coal or petroleum to keep the lights on.

Read more: http://qz.com/367985/costa-rica-is-now-running-completely-on-renewable-energy/ How Ethiopia managed to supply water to 48 million people:

In 1990, only 6.9 million Ethiopians drank water from a tap or hand pump, rather than from an open stream. However, in the last 25 years #Ethiopia has managed to supply #water to 55 million people (10x the entire population of #Ireland!) The key to this success has been a combination of strong government leadership and persistent donor investment.

Read more: http://blogs.unicef.org/2015/03/23/how-ethiopia-managed-to-supply-water-to-48-million-people/

Photo: The Ebo clean water project benefits 27, 000 people in seven villages including 15,000 school children, with clean water in their school and households. Young girls now can attend school regularly without spending more time looking for water. ©UNICEF Ethiopia/2015/Bizuwerk

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