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African states should double agriculture research spending, report says

Posted by CID sourced from Thomson Reuters on 27 November 2014

A report by researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute released on Wednesday suggest that Sub-Saharan Africa needs to double its investment in agricultural research to meet the challenges of high population growth, climate change and deteriorating soils.

Ebola information for NGOs- NZ MoH

Posted by CID sourced from the Ministry of Health on 27 November 2014

On the 26th of November the New Zealand Ministry of Health adminstered information for New Zealand NGOs involved in the Ebola outbreak response in West Africa.

Opinion: SDGs: why 17 goals and 169 targets might not be such a bad thing

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 27 November 2014

Andrew Norton, director of research, and Elizabeth Stuart, a research fellow at ODI, discuss the proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets. The high ambition and non-binding nature of the SDGs could increase rather than diminish their overall long-term impact. However, issues remain around the complexity of implementing and monitoring 169 targets on a global scale.

All that glitters...why growth and development aren't the same thing

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 27 November 2014

Esuna Dugarova, a research analyst at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, discusses the importance of addressing the structural causes of social issues and economic inequalities in the post-2015 development agenda, rather than assuming economic growth will fix the problem.

Coal rush in India could tip the balance of change

Posted by CID sourced from NY Times on 26 November 2014

The country has a voracious and growing demand for energy, and officials see coal as the best way forward. However, experts predict dire consequences.

10 non-errors to stop correcting

Posted by CID sourced from Business Writing on 26 November 2014

Have you been correcting non-errors? Test your knowledge with 10 questions, answers with explations are included.

Burma's army uses rape to demoralise ethnic minorities, report says

Posted by CID, sourced from The Guardian on 26 November 2014

Women’s rights group says military uses sexual violence to intimidate women in ethnic minority communities and take control of resource-rich areas.

White Ribbon Day: A lot of work to do

Posted by CID sourced from Scoop on 26 November 2014

Violence towards women is never acceptable. White Ribbon Day is a timely reminder to all New Zealanders that when it comes to sexual violence, there is still a lot of work to do.

Afghan women fear rights rollback in Taliban peace talks - Oxfam

Posted by CID sourced from Thomson Reuters Foundation on 25 November 2014

In a new report, Behind Closed Doors, published two weeks before the Afghanistan London Conference on 4 December, Oxfam tracked 23 known peace talks held between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the international community since 2005. It found that during talks between the international community and the Taliban, not one Afghan woman had been involved.


Posted by CID sourced from The Economist on 25 November 2014

Tony Abbott, the prime minister, had hoped to limit their talks to topics that chimed with his domestic political agenda: growth and jobs. Barack Obama, America’s president, had other ideas. At the G20 summit, climate change pledges left Australia isolated. Defiantly, Mr Abbott told the G20 leaders he would be “standing up for coal”. But the summitry has left him with difficult choices over Australia’s position on global warming as countries prepare for another summit in Paris next year—devoted entirely to the climate.

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