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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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For many years Butaleja District in Eastern Uganda has been ravaged by flood waters from the River Manafwa.

To help protect people against the destruction of their homes and farmlands, the Government of #Uganda installed solar	powered Flood Early Warning Systems to warn residents of raising water levels.

Read more: http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Pages/TouchingLives.aspx?itemID=2 At "The World's Best News", we are trying to change perceptions of developing countries.
Well, here you go! 
See http://www.dardistantimes.com/pakistan/News/2133637675/17-astonishing-places-you-wouldn-t-believe-are-pakistan

Photo1: View of the Neelam Valley, Kashmir. One of the better tourist ranges in Pakistan, this valley is a 200km long bow-shaped, deeply forested region. At "The World's Best News", we are trying to change perceptions of developing countries.
Well, here you go! 
See http://www.dardistantimes.com/pakistan/News/2133637675/17-astonishing-places-you-wouldn-t-believe-are-pakistan

Photo2: Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Balistan. It’s nearly Spring, so we felt like sharing a few photos of Zimbabwe in bloom.

Photos: #Jacaranda flowers in #Harare, capital of #Zimbabwe Meet the man who built an aeroplane in his back yard.

George Mel has dreamed of flying since he was a boy, but when his father died he had to give up his studies, and any chance of training to be a pilot. 
Instead he built a plane in his back yard - which so impressed his country's air force that it gave him a job. 
Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31097612 How well do you know today’s world?

Take Hans Rosling’s 4 question test!

http://bit.ly/HansRosling_quiz Years of struggle against a small but feared #parasite are finally starting to bear fruit. 
Worldwide, there are currently only registered 126 cases of the “#GuineaWorm” disease – a parasite that is transmitted to humans through contaminated drinking water - and in a few years, the nasty worm will finally have become history.

In 1986, the World Health Organisation unleashed a global strategy to help the approximately 3.5 million people infected by the worm, and The #CarterCenter - founded by former US President Jimmy Carter - led the fight against the parasite. 
The Guinea worm is an unpleasant creature. The #larvae live in water, and they can penetrate the gut wall of people who have been drinking contaminated water, and grow into spaghetti-like worms. They migrate gradually to the skin surface and form painful sores where the worm comes out through the skin - usually on the feet. The migration from the bowel to the skin can take a whole year, and the worm can be 70-130 cm long. Once the worm has penetrated the skin, it takes about a month to slowly roll it out of the body.

The disease is only endemic in four countries are today: South Sudan, Mali, Chad and Ethiopia. If the Guinea Worm is wiped out, it will be the first time that the world has managed to fully eradicate a human disease since the end of the smallpox disease, in 1980. While parts of North America are experiencing the worst measles outbreak in 15 years, a new report shows that Africa has increased immunisation rates significantly, making the continent a world leader in protecting children against the disease.

Read more at http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/07/measles-vaccination-rates-africa-surpass-north-america

Photo: A child receives a vaccination in Tchadoua, south-west Niger. Photograph: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images #Beer consumption is a very reliable thermometer for the growth of the middle class in a country.

The #Ethiopian economy grew by 10.5 percent between 2004 and 2013, making it the fastest growing economy on the continent, after #Angola. The beer
market grew in the last five years by about 20 percent per year.

This has prompted multinational companies to team up with NGOs to organise farmers and promote the growing of barley, for use in locally produced beers.

The aim is to make a profit while at the same time increasing farmers’ incomes and food security. Community police help stop Ebola in Guinea.

As #Guinea looks towards recovery from the #Ebola epidemic, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is training hundreds of community police officers to help keep case numbers down and prevent future outbreaks.

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http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/articles/2015/01/26/community-police-push-back-ebola-in-guinea-/ Photo: Community police officers listen to a resident in Matoto, Guinea. Photo credits UNDP

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