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Agriculture mission in Guatemala wins international acclaim – July 26, 2009, The China Post
An agricultural mission in Guatemala led by Taiwan has “won acclaim” for improving farming technology and developing small farm projects. The venture has received a lot of attention in the field of major agricultural research. Representatives from Spain and 12 Latin American countries have visited the cooperative. Taiwan’s agricultural mission teaches local farmers how to plant crops and process food. In addition, “the cooperative offers courses on how to cultivate bamboo (which is used as a key material in building classrooms and low-cost housing units).”
India to import food amid drought – August 21, 2009, BBC News
To make up for food shortages caused by drought, India will import food into the country. According to the Finance Minister, over 700 million people have been affected by the drought and food prices have been raised by 10%. With almost 70% of the Indian population dependent on farm incomes, the drought has affected nearly half of the districts in India.
Politician’s slaying highlights depth of Mexico’s violence – August 21, 2009, CNN
The brutal killing of Guerrero state congressman, Armando Chavarria Barrera, is yet another demonstration of the continued violence in Mexico as a response to the country’s War on Drugs campaign. Calderon compared the murder rate in Mexico to that of other countries and according to the report, “President Calderon told Mexicans to quit bad mouthing their country”. Nonetheless, citizens remain terrified of the violence.
Mexico City bans stores from distributing plastic bags – August 19, 2009, CNN
Mexico City has become the second large metropolitan area (San Francisco was the first) that has banned retailers from using plastic bags. Leading environmentalists are calling for a global ban on plastic bags, as they are a threat to marine life and are the “second-most-common form of litter.” Some of the worst air pollution is found in Mexico City. In addition to the bag ban, officials are seeking to improve the city’s environment in other ways.
Trade treaty likely – August 20, 2009, The Kathmandu Post
Nepalese Prime Minister, Madhav Kumar Nepal, has suggested that it is likely that India and Nepal will sign an amended trade treaty, which is said to be based on equality between the two countries. India’s Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, restated a commitment to “implement bilateral projects,” including construction of a link road in the Tarai, extension of transmission lines, and additional support from India the Naumure hydro-project.
Sexist leaders damage women’s rights agenda – August 6, 2009, Pambazuka News
Writer, William Gumede, expresses his concern over what he calls “a deep gulf between the call for women’s equality in South Africa’s model constitution and society’s predominantly archaic public attitudes toward women.” He claims that the patriarchal society in South Africa continues to preserve inequalities between women and men and although the 2007 resolution dictates 50% female representation of the ANC, Gumede argues it has yet to be put into practice. Moreover, he maintains that women will bear a greater burden from the impacts of the current global economic crisis.
Cholera may return to Zimbabwe – August 19, 2009, BBC News
Last year’s failure to deal with the causes of Cholera have put Zimbabwe at risk for another outbreak. Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) and the UN are warning of a potential new outbreak although Zimbabwean officials have declared the epidemic over. Over 4,000 people have died from the disease since last August and limited access to clean water is a major contributor to another possible outbreak.
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