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March 25 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Tue Mar 25 2014, 06:04:00

As new government funded taskforce debates how to help older people with malnutrition, we ask 20 people, from ministers to carers, to share their experiences of the issue

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Mar 25 2014, 03:00:02

Rape survivors sue Kenya's director of public prosecutions for failing to investigate atrocities after the 2007-08 polls

Six years after being gang-raped and beaten in front of her husband and four-year-old child during a wave of post-election violence in Kenya, Nancy is still awaiting justice.

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Mar 25 2014, 02:02:54

The work of the agricultural scientist who helped launch the 'green revolution' continues to divide opinion long after his death

Read the plaudits heaped on US agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug by presidents, politicians, statesmen and the great and the good of America's industrial and commercial establishment and you could be forgiven for thinking he was a saint or even the god of American farmers. At the very least, he appears to be one of the most remarkable human beings to have ever walked the earth, a man who had created a utopia and eradicated poverty.

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March 24 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Mon Mar 24 2014, 20:01:00

As governments convene in Japan to discuss environmental change, the need for action to avoid a global food crisis is clear

Just three days after my homeland was devastated by typhoon Haiyan, the biggest storm ever to hit land, I attended the opening of the UN climate change talks in Poland. With a deep sense of anxiety about the fate of my family and friends, I pleaded with delegates to recognise that vulnerable countries such as the Philippines cannot cope with the overwhelming impacts of climate change alone.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Mar 24 2014, 12:12:15

A rise in temperature in the semi-arid region of Brazil has left rivers dry and cattle dying of thirst. The search is on for initiatives to combat desertification

The Brazilian semi-arid region has over the last few years experienced the worst drought in decades. According its national agency of water, this drought is increasingly proving to be major challenge for South America's largest nation.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Mar 24 2014, 10:40:34

It costs $5bn to develop a new drug, but drug resistance in developing countries means they are badly needed. Where will the money come from? Join our chat, Thursday 27 March

It takes a long time and many different processes to produce a drug. After being discovered it needs to be clinically tested, approved by regulatory agencies as being both effective and safe and then distributed to wherever it is needed.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Mar 24 2014, 10:40:16

'Africa is dangerous and corrupt'; 'Africans will always be poor'. This month's podcast explores the myths surrounding Africa and their impact on Africans on the continent and in the diaspora

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Mar 24 2014, 09:04:48

If messages about equality are for all, gender and development practice should not be about elite meetings and confusing jargon

When I think of gender and development practice, what immediately comes to mind are endless workshops, conferences, seminars, roundtables, policy briefings and media statements addressed to the converted, semi-converted and pretenders.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Mar 24 2014, 07:17:49

When rich countries eradicated TB, new treatments dried up. Now the disease has evolved to become drug-resistant - and it's the world's poorest people who are bearing the brunt

My role as a doctor is to make it possible for Andile to play football again. He used to train three times a week in Khayelitsha, one of the largest townships in South Africa - miles and miles of little brick houses interspaced with tin shacks on the edge of Cape Town.He says he was the type of player who didn't waste himself running aimlessly after the ball; rather, he analysed the game to make decisive passes that would lead his team to victory. But today, what Andile wishes above all is to be able to run, even aimlessly.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Mar 24 2014, 07:04:37

Getting essential vitamins and minerals on the menu for all children is key to reducing undernutrition. Four lessons can help roll out the distribution of micronutrients all over the world

Children in developed countries benefit from vitamins and minerals added to foods like cereals that boost healthy brain development and physical growth, helping to support the social and economic potential of the next generation. Unfortunately, not all children around the world share this advantage. Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals (also called micronutrients) are part of the larger problem of undernutrition which is an underlying cause of up to one-third of child deaths in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia, according to figures from Unicef.

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