Inter Press ServicePodcast – Inter Press Service http://www.ipsnews.net News and Views from the Global South Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:29:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.8 Getting to the Heart of Irregular Migration in Nigeria’s Marketshttp://www.ipsnews.net/2019/01/getting-heart-irregular-migration-nigerias-markets/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=getting-heart-irregular-migration-nigerias-markets http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/01/getting-heart-irregular-migration-nigerias-markets/#respond Tue, 08 Jan 2019 08:33:43 +0000 Sam Olukoya http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=159532 Thousands of migrants mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa have died or ended up in slavery as they attempt to travel to Europe irregularly through the desert and across the sea. Many were recruited by traffickers who deceived them into believing that the passage to Europe would be safe and easy. The International Organization for Migration, IOM, […]

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Returnee migrants volunteering for the International Migration Organisation (IOM) are campaigning in Nigerian markets against irregular migration by sharing their own stories of strife. Credit: Sam Olukoya/IPS

By Sam Olukoya
BENIN CITY, Nigeria, Jan 8 2019 (IPS)

Thousands of migrants mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa have died or ended up in slavery as they attempt to travel to Europe irregularly through the desert and across the sea. Many were recruited by traffickers who deceived them into believing that the passage to Europe would be safe and easy.

The International Organization for Migration, IOM, has embarked on a peer-to-peer campaign aimed at letting vulnerable people know the real dangers.

Migrants who returned home after their failed attempt to reach Europe have been engaged volunteers to tell their harrowing stories in markets and other public places in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

The voice from the Public Address system urges people to travel the right way and not to kill themselves with the dangerous journey through the desert and sea. Messages like this were spread within some Lagos markets by returning migrants.

 

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For Love of the Game: Using Football to Educate Nigerians About the Dangers of Irregular Migrationhttp://www.ipsnews.net/2018/12/love-game-using-football-educate-nigerians-dangers-irregular-migration/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=love-game-using-football-educate-nigerians-dangers-irregular-migration http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/12/love-game-using-football-educate-nigerians-dangers-irregular-migration/#respond Thu, 20 Dec 2018 13:03:32 +0000 Sam Olukoya http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=159382 Hundreds of desperate young Nigerians die yearly in the Sahara Desert or at sea while making irregular journeys to Europe. The desperation to reach Europe at all cost, irrespective of the risks, is a major social problem in Africa’s most populous country. Besides the desire for Europe, Nigerians also love football. Taking advantage of football’s […]

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AUDIO: No Blue Economy Without Conserving the Oceanshttp://www.ipsnews.net/2018/11/audio-no-blue-economy-without-conserving-oceans/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=audio-no-blue-economy-without-conserving-oceans http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/11/audio-no-blue-economy-without-conserving-oceans/#respond Thu, 29 Nov 2018 21:53:02 +0000 Terna Gyuse http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=158947 Sabine Jessen is the National Director of the Oceans Program for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Speaking to IPS at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, she argues that we first need to figure out what we need to conserve, before we think about what resources we can still use without threatening the […]

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By Terna Gyuse
NAIROBI, Nov 29 2018 (IPS)

Sabine Jessen is the National Director of the Oceans Program for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Speaking to IPS at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, she argues that we first need to figure out what we need to conserve, before we think about what resources we can still use without threatening the ecosystems we need to preserve.

 

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“My Number Was Six”http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/03/my-number-was-six/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=my-number-was-six http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/03/my-number-was-six/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:11:46 +0000 Sudeshna Chowdhury http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=139891 Outwardly, Feras Fayyad is stoic in face of the immense turmoil both he and his country are going through. All of 30 years old, Fayyad, who runs Sout Raya, a radio station in Turkey, exudes calm. His voice is almost soothing. But beneath that quiet demeanor lies a relentless man who believes that the show […]

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Feras Fayyad and his colleagues run Sout Raya, a radio station in Turkey. Credit: Sudeshna Chowdhury/IPS

By Sudeshna Chowdhury
NEW YORK, Mar 27 2015 (IPS)

Outwardly, Feras Fayyad is stoic in face of the immense turmoil both he and his country are going through. All of 30 years old, Fayyad, who runs Sout Raya, a radio station in Turkey, exudes calm. His voice is almost soothing.

But beneath that quiet demeanor lies a relentless man who believes that the show must go on. Causalities in war-torn Syria are rising with each passing day. With hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing their homes for safe passage into neighbouring countries, there is a huge question mark regarding how many more refugees these countries – namely, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon – can absorb.

The situation also is dire for Syrian journalists, who are vulnerable to arrest by the Assad regime as well as extremist organisations. According to Human Rights Watch, among those held in detention facilities in Syria”many are political detainees, targeted solely for exercising their rights to free expression and peaceful assembly, or for helping others exercise those rights.”

Fayyad was arrested twice by the Assad regime but was released on both occasions. Here is his story in his own words.

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Climate Smart Agriculture Could Ease Malawi’s Food Insecurityhttp://www.ipsnews.net/2014/10/climate-smart-agriculture-could-ease-malawis-food-insecurity/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=climate-smart-agriculture-could-ease-malawis-food-insecurity http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/10/climate-smart-agriculture-could-ease-malawis-food-insecurity/#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:55:04 +0000 Pilirani Tambala http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=137506 Climate smart agriculture practiced by some farmers in Malawi has improved harvests. However, the organizations supporting the practice among smallholder farmers who have witnessed reduced harvests due to climate change are not working together, and there is no uniform policy. This has compromised what could otherwise improve food security. Pilirani Tambala reports from Lilongwe.

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By Pilirani Tambala
Lilongwe Malawi, Oct 31 2014 (IPS)

Climate smart agriculture practiced by some farmers in Malawi has improved harvests. However, the organizations supporting the practice among smallholder farmers who have witnessed reduced harvests due to climate change are not working together, and there is no uniform policy. This has compromised what could otherwise improve food security. Pilirani Tambala reports from Lilongwe.

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Zambia Makes Progress in the Prevention of HIV Transmission From Mother to Childhttp://www.ipsnews.net/2014/07/zambia-makes-progress-in-the-prevention-of-hiv-transmission-from-mother-to-child/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=zambia-makes-progress-in-the-prevention-of-hiv-transmission-from-mother-to-child http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/07/zambia-makes-progress-in-the-prevention-of-hiv-transmission-from-mother-to-child/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:52:49 +0000 Chisha Mutale http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=135783 Chisha Mutale reports from Lusaka that substantial progress has been made against the transmission of HIV from mother to child by the the Zambian government and its cooperating partners.

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Chifundo ART Clinic in Lusaka. Credit: AHF

Chifundo ART Clinic in Lusaka. Credit: AHF

By Chisha Mutale
Lusaka, Jul 28 2014 (IPS)

Chisha Mutale reports from Lusaka that substantial progress has been made against the transmission of HIV from mother to child by the the Zambian government and its cooperating partners.

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Indian Ocean Islands Unprepared for Climate Changehttp://www.ipsnews.net/2014/07/indian-ocean-isalands-unprepared-for-climate-change/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=indian-ocean-isalands-unprepared-for-climate-change http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/07/indian-ocean-isalands-unprepared-for-climate-change/#respond Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:57:02 +0000 Nasseem Ackbarally http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=135362 Nasseem Ackbarally reports from Port Louis Mauritius that despite clear evidence of climate change, the Indian Ocean Islands have not done much in terms of adaptation and mitigation.

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By Nasseem Ackbarally
Port Louis, Mauritius, Jul 3 2014 (IPS)

Nasseem Ackbarally reports from Port Louis Mauritius that despite clear evidence of climate change, the Indian Ocean Islands have not done much in terms of adaptation and mitigation.

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Policy and Attitudes Hampering Fight Against HIV and Aids Amongst Sex Workers in Kenyahttp://www.ipsnews.net/2014/06/policy-and-attitudes-hampering-fight-against-hiv-and-aids-amongst-sex-workers-in-kenya/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=policy-and-attitudes-hampering-fight-against-hiv-and-aids-amongst-sex-workers-in-kenya http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/06/policy-and-attitudes-hampering-fight-against-hiv-and-aids-amongst-sex-workers-in-kenya/#respond Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:10:17 +0000 Mary Itumbi http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=135134 New HIV infections remain high among sex workers in Kenya. In this report from Nairobi, Mary Itumbi says attitudes towards sex workers and policies that criminalize sex work are largely to blame.

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By Mary Itumbi
Nairobi, Jun 23 2014 (IPS)

New HIV infections remain high among sex workers in Kenya. In this report from Nairobi, Mary Itumbi says attitudes towards sex workers and policies that criminalize sex work are largely to blame.

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Gender-based Violence Widespread in Zimbabwehttp://www.ipsnews.net/2014/05/gender-based-violence-widespread-zimbabwe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gender-based-violence-widespread-zimbabwe http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/05/gender-based-violence-widespread-zimbabwe/#respond Fri, 09 May 2014 12:53:19 +0000 Rutendo Mawere http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=134197 Rutendo Mawere reports from Harare on the link between gender-based violence and HIV and efforts to stop the practice. *with additional reporting by Ish Mafundikwa

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Demonstration Against Sexual Violence in Harare. Credit: Katswe Sistahood/IPS

Demonstration Against Sexual Violence in Harare. Credit: Katswe Sistahood/IPS

By Rutendo Mawere
HARARE, May 9 2014 (IPS)

Rutendo Mawere reports from Harare on the link between gender-based violence and HIV and efforts to stop the practice.

*with additional reporting by Ish Mafundikwa

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Tradition and Poverty Among Drivers of HIV in Malawihttp://www.ipsnews.net/2014/03/tradition-poverty-among-drivers-hiv-malawi/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tradition-poverty-among-drivers-hiv-malawi http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/03/tradition-poverty-among-drivers-hiv-malawi/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:07:53 +0000 Pilirani Tambala http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=132676 Malawi, which has a population of 14 million, has an HIV prevalence of 10 percent. Almost a third of the infected are aged below 30. This is in part the result of early sexual debut for young girls, a practice encouraged in parts of the country where girls participate in traditional initiation ceremonies. Pilirani Tambala […]

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Pregnant women at an antenatal clinic in Malawi. Credit: Pilirani Tambala

By Pilirani Tambala
Blantyre, Mar 11 2014 (IPS)

Malawi, which has a population of 14 million, has an HIV prevalence of 10 percent. Almost a third of the infected are aged below 30. This is in part the result of early sexual debut for young girls, a practice encouraged in parts of the country where girls participate in traditional initiation ceremonies. Pilirani Tambala looks at why young Malawian girls are engaging in sex too early and what is being done to discourage the practice.

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The Limpopo River basin; Many rivers but not enough waterhttp://www.ipsnews.net/2014/01/limpopo-river-basin-many-rivers-enough-water/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=limpopo-river-basin-many-rivers-enough-water http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/01/limpopo-river-basin-many-rivers-enough-water/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:13:16 +0000 Ish Mafundikwa http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=130823 There are many rivers in the Limpopo basin which is shared by Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa but some of the communities within it are dealing with serious water scarcity. 

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Limpopo dry riverbed at the Zanzibar border crossing into South Africa from Botswana. Credit: Ish mafundikwa

Limpopo dry riverbed at the Zanzibar border crossing into South Africa from Botswana. Credit: Ish mafundikwa

By Ish Mafundikwa
HARARE, Jan 27 2014 (IPS)

There are many rivers in the Limpopo basin which is shared by Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa but some of the communities within it are dealing with serious water scarcity. http://traffic.libsyn.com/ipslatamradio07/limpopofinal1.mp3

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Eucalyptus Trees Make Way For Food Cropshttp://www.ipsnews.net/2014/01/eucalyptus-trees-make-way-food-crops/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eucalyptus-trees-make-way-food-crops http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/01/eucalyptus-trees-make-way-food-crops/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:00:25 +0000 Ngala Killian Chimtom http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=130033 A project to reclaim agricultural land lost to eucalyptus plantations is bearing fruit in Cameroon.  

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Sabina Shey Nkabiy tills land cleared of eucalyptus trees / Stephen Ndzerem

Sabina Shey Nkabiy tills land cleared of eucalyptus trees / Stephen Ndzerem

By Ngala Killian Chimtom
Kumbo, Cameroon , Jan 9 2014 (IPS)

A project to reclaim agricultural land lost to eucalyptus plantations is bearing fruit in Cameroon.

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Limpopo River basin irrigation water under-utilized in Zimbabwehttp://www.ipsnews.net/2014/01/limpopo-river-basin-irrigation-water-utilized-zimbabwe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=limpopo-river-basin-irrigation-water-utilized-zimbabwe http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/01/limpopo-river-basin-irrigation-water-utilized-zimbabwe/#respond Sun, 05 Jan 2014 09:10:45 +0000 Ish Mafundikwa http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=129898 Ish Mafundikwa reports that only a fraction of the water available for irrigation in the Limpopo River basin in Zimbabwe is being used.

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By Ish Mafundikwa
Gwanda, Zimbabwe, Jan 5 2014 (IPS)

Ish Mafundikwa reports that only a fraction of the water available for irrigation in the Limpopo River basin in Zimbabwe is being used.

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WASH Still a Work in Progress in Zimbabwehttp://www.ipsnews.net/2013/12/wash-still-work-progress-zimbabwe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wash-still-work-progress-zimbabwe http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/12/wash-still-work-progress-zimbabwe/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:27:06 +0000 Ish Mafundikwa http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=129600 Ish Mafundikwa reports from Harare that five years after the deadly cholera outbreak that hit Zimbabwe, the country is still struggling to upgrade its water and sanitation infrastructure.

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By Ish Mafundikwa
Harare, Dec 17 2013 (IPS)

Ish Mafundikwa reports from Harare that five years after the deadly cholera outbreak that hit Zimbabwe, the country is still struggling to upgrade its water and sanitation infrastructure.

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Different Water Fortunes for Batswana in Limpopo Basinhttp://www.ipsnews.net/2013/11/different-water-fortunes-for-batswana-in-limpopo-basin/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=different-water-fortunes-for-batswana-in-limpopo-basin http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/11/different-water-fortunes-for-batswana-in-limpopo-basin/#respond Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:32:45 +0000 Ish Mafundikwa http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=128618 Botswana is a very dry country but there are places where there is enough water for irrigation. There are also places in the Limpopo basin where even water to drink is difficult to get.

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By Ish Mafundikwa
Selibe Pikwe, Nov 5 2013 (IPS)

Botswana is a very dry country but there are places where there is enough water for irrigation. There are also places in the Limpopo basin where even water to drink is difficult to get.

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Zambezi River Authority Working to Avoid Kariba Mistakes at Batokahttp://www.ipsnews.net/2013/10/zambezi-river-authority-working-to-avoid-kariba-mistakes-at-batoka/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=zambezi-river-authority-working-to-avoid-kariba-mistakes-at-batoka http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/10/zambezi-river-authority-working-to-avoid-kariba-mistakes-at-batoka/#respond Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:59:30 +0000 Ish Mafundikwa http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=128518 Tens of thousands of people were forcibly moved from their homes to make way for the Kariba Dam almost 60 years ago. A new Hydroelectric Scheme is being proposed at Batoka upstream from Kariba and the Zambezi River Authority is  working to ensure that the lives of those in the vicinity are not overly disrupted. […]

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By Ish Mafundikwa
Batoka Gorge, Oct 31 2013 (IPS)

Tens of thousands of people were forcibly moved from their homes to make way for the Kariba Dam almost 60 years ago. A new Hydroelectric Scheme is being proposed at Batoka upstream from Kariba and the Zambezi River Authority is  working to ensure that the lives of those in the vicinity are not overly disrupted.

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Lack of Funds Hampering Nigeria’s Fight Against Climate Changehttp://www.ipsnews.net/2013/10/lack-of-funds-hampering-nigerias-fight-against-climate-change/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lack-of-funds-hampering-nigerias-fight-against-climate-change http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/10/lack-of-funds-hampering-nigerias-fight-against-climate-change/#respond Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:49:15 +0000 Sam Olukoya http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=128457 Nigeria experienced its worst flooding which left a trail of destruction in 2012. Meteorologists are forecasting more flooding this year but, beyond warning those who face flooding, the government has not done much to move them as it lacks the money to relocate them.

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By Sam Olukoya
Ohono, Nigeria, Oct 29 2013 (IPS)

Nigeria experienced its worst flooding which left a trail of destruction in 2012. Meteorologists are forecasting more flooding this year but, beyond warning those who face flooding, the government has not done much to move them as it lacks the money to relocate them.

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Improved Seed Improves Ethiopian Farmers’ Liveshttp://www.ipsnews.net/2013/10/improved-seed-improves-ethiopian-farmers-lives/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=improved-seed-improves-ethiopian-farmers-lives http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/10/improved-seed-improves-ethiopian-farmers-lives/#respond Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:03:17 +0000 Matthew Newsome http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=128036 Ethiopian farmers are learning that seed security is the basis of food security. After a successful trial, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations in 2013 began introducing high yielding seeds to Ethiopia’s small-scale farmers. The farmers are now reporting significantly increased crop yields and greater crop resilience to disease and drought because […]

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By Matthew Newsome
ADDIS ABABA, Oct 9 2013 (IPS)

Ethiopian farmers are learning that seed security is the basis of food security.

After a successful trial, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations in 2013 began introducing high yielding seeds to Ethiopia’s small-scale farmers.

The farmers are now reporting significantly increased crop yields and greater crop resilience to disease and drought because of the new seed varieties. IPS spoke to the farmers about the improved seeds and how it has impacted their household income and food security.

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Zimbabwe Finally Working on Climate Change Policyhttp://www.ipsnews.net/2013/09/zimbabwe-finally-working-on-climate-change-policy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=zimbabwe-finally-working-on-climate-change-policy http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/09/zimbabwe-finally-working-on-climate-change-policy/#respond Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:21:17 +0000 Garikai Chaunza http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=127703 Despite all the evidence of climate change, Zimbabwe has no policy on climate change. Garikai Chaunza reports from Harare that the country is finally working on a climate change policy.

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By Garikai Chaunza
Harare, Sep 24 2013 (IPS)

Despite all the evidence of climate change, Zimbabwe has no policy on climate change. Garikai Chaunza reports from Harare that the country is finally working on a climate change policy.

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Inadequate Support for Agriculture Costs Zimbabwehttp://www.ipsnews.net/2013/09/inadequate-support-for-agriculture-costs-zimbabwe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=inadequate-support-for-agriculture-costs-zimbabwe http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/09/inadequate-support-for-agriculture-costs-zimbabwe/#respond Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:56:10 +0000 Misheck Rusere http://www.ipsnews.net/?p=127291 Zimbabwe used to be self sufficient in maize, the staple crop and often produced a surplus which was sold to neighbouring countries. But since the land reform programme launched in 2000, the country has failed to meet its needs. Experts blame insufficient support by the government for the agricultural sector’s poor performance.

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By Misheck Rusere
Harare, Sep 4 2013 (IPS)

Zimbabwe used to be self sufficient in maize, the staple crop and often produced a surplus which was sold to neighbouring countries. But since the land reform programme launched in 2000, the country has failed to meet its needs. Experts blame insufficient support by the government for the agricultural sector’s poor performance.

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