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Study: Better use of world’s existing cropland could feed 3 billion more people

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 18 July 2014

Research reveals large increases in population expected in the next three decades need not result in widespread hunger. Cutting waste, even by modest amounts, would feed millions.

Opinion: In Sudan, the Janjaweed Rides Again

Posted by CID sourced from the New York Times on 17 July 2014

Facing mounting political and economic pressure, and failing health, Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, has reconstituted the janjaweed militias as his personal army. The repackaged janjaweed deploys the same scorched-earth tactics as it did a decade ago, except that now its militiamen ride S.U.V.’s instead of horses and are equipped with high-powered weapons.

Malaysia's stateless children in legal limbo

Posted by CID sourced from Al Jazeera on 17 July 2014

There are an estimated 150,000 stateless children in Malaysia. These include children of refugees, adopted children as well as ethnic Indians, who lack citizenship and find it difficult to obtain.

Mali peace talks start in Algiers after prisoner swap

Posted by CID sourced from Thompson Reuters on 17 July 2014

Mali's government and six rebel groups held peace talks in Algiers yesterday in a bit to end decades of civil unrest. There are concerns, though, that a peace deal brokered outside Mali would not necessarily carry weight with the diverse and fragmented fighters on the ground.

Aid to Africa: donations from west mask '$60bn looting' of continent

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 17 July 2014

Western countries are using aid to Africa as a smokescreen to hide the "sustained looting" of the continent as it loses nearly $60bn a year through tax evasion, climate change mitigation, and the flight of profits earned by foreign multinational companies, a group of NGOs has claimed.

BRICS signs deal to create development bank

Posted by CID sourced from Al Jazeera on 17 July 2014

The BRICS group of emerging powers have launched a $100bn development bank to be based in the Chinese city of Shanghai.The bank and its fund are seen as counterweights to the Western-dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Opening up development 'Without Borders'

Posted by CID sourced from SciDev on 16 July 2014

This article examines the revolution of 'Without Borders' development organisations from all walks of life, the latest being Coders Without Borders.

Indigenous mountain farmers unite on climate change

Posted by CID sourced from SciDev on 16 July 2014

Farmers from indigenous mountain communities have formed an international network, that will enable the sharing of new seed varieties to boost crop diversity. This network is a place for the farmers to share knowledge that could help them to mitigate climate change.

Eight ways climate change is making the world more dangerous

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 16 July 2014

Disasters including storms, floods and heatwaves have increased fivefold since the 1970s, UN finds.

Ethiopia's Nile dam project signals its intention to become an African power

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 16 July 2014

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam will provide energy for growing economy but add to Egypt's fears over water security.

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