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February 2008 Blog Posts (14)

Providing state-of-the-art climate knowledge on Uruguay's agriculture sector

simerpa_image.jpg One of IRI’s goals for its work in South America is to bring state-of-the-art climate information into the hands of people and groups who can make immediate use of it. In Uruguay, the IRI has teamed up with the country’s agriculture research institute to develop a comprehensive online resource for farmers, farming cooperatives and policy makers to help them gauge climate risks and make decisions on where, when and how to grow crops.



The resource, called an… Continue

Added by Francesco Fiondella on February 28, 2008 at 20:19 — No Comments

COLLABORATION TO BREAK RURAL POVERTY

The original title of this report is 'Britain urges World Bank reform against poverty in Africa' which appeared on the Guardian Newspaper Nigeria of the 25th, February,2008.I believe that publishing it on this page would provide readers here some information and moral to judge how true commitment to reduce poverty can move the world forward.A renege would do otherwise.



Therefore seeking a sharper international focus to fight poverty in Africa, Britain's aid minister has urged World… Continue

Added by Tamunobarabi Gogo Ibulubo on February 25, 2008 at 11:00 — No Comments

Climate fight must enlist biodiversity and communities

UN-led efforts to address climate change, conserve biodiversity and fight poverty could cancel each other out unless the close links between these global challenges are given more attention, says a paper published today (18 February) by the International Institute for Environment and Development.



It warns that many efforts to mitigate climate change have paid scant attention to biodiversity conservation and the world's poor.



The paper shows that biodiversity has a key role… Continue

Added by MikeShanahan on February 19, 2008 at 11:18 — No Comments

UNHEALTHY RURAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

Health is wealth.Evidences at every turn one takes proves this to be true.A healthy man/woman works with assured strides of steps.Howbeit, such person could not be said to be free of any presence of disease, aches and virus in his body system.But he knows that he is healthy to pursue his daily businesses and catch up with appointments.He is fit to contribute productivitly to the socio-economic growth of the nation.



It is this need to ensure the creation of wealth, both on individual,… Continue

Added by Tamunobarabi Gogo Ibulubo on February 18, 2008 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Nutrition studies in the Lancet

Two studies on nutrition from the International Food Policy Research Institute have been published recently in the Lancet, a leading medical journal.



The first study finds that feeding very young children a high-energy, high-protein supplement leads to increased economic productivity in adulthood, especially for men. Boys who received the supplement in the first two years of life earned on average 46 percent higher wages as adults. This study is the first to present direct evidence… Continue

Added by Michael Rubinstein on February 15, 2008 at 18:00 — No Comments

Full tuition scholarships from Columbia U. J-School

Folks:

This popped into my inbox yesterday.. thought I'd share...





Science Journalists: Apply now for fall 2008!

Full tuition scholarships for Columbia University's

M.A. program in science journalism



The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University is offering an exciting one-year Master of Arts degree program with a specialization in science journalism. Full tuition scholarships are available for the 2008-09 academic year.



The… Continue

Added by Francesco Fiondella on February 14, 2008 at 14:13 — No Comments

Remembering Aung Suu Kyi.

For the past 11 years, Aung San Suu Kyi, a former elected leader and a Nobel Prize winner, has lived under house arrest in Burma, completely isolated. Suu Kyi won the 1991 peace price because of her calm but passionate advocacy of freedom and democracy in Myanmar. No government has acted adequately to support freedom in Burma and to offer succor to those risking all to bring what has been denied them for nearly 50 years. A few months ago the authoritarian military regime dismissed the UN's call… Continue

Added by Owino D Gabriel on February 13, 2008 at 19:00 — No Comments

Scholarships for training course in environmental journalism

A German organisation called InWent (Capacity Building International) is offering scholarships for a training course in environmental journalism. The programme is open to journalists who work for print media and who have a special interest in environmental topics.



The course is open to candidates from the following countries:

Bangladesh, China, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania.



Applicants have to:

— have a minimum of 4… Continue

Added by MikeShanahan on February 12, 2008 at 11:20 — No Comments

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON LAND DEGRADATION, LAND USE DECISION AND ENVIRONMENT IN THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON LAND DEGRADATION, LAND USE DECISION AND ENVIRONMENT IN THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Science

Land degradation affects more than 1900 million hectares of land word-wide, including 65% of the

region’s agricultural land. This international event will bring together experts from different fields to facilitate sharing of information on various aspects of land degradation.





Land degradation is affecting more than 1900 million hectares of land… Continue

Added by Pius Sawa Murefu on February 11, 2008 at 11:19 — No Comments

SciDev.Net feature article: Petrodollar science

Will the Gulf states' investment in science guarantee better research? Waleed Al-Shobakky reports.

Added by Mun-Keat Looi on February 8, 2008 at 20:02 — No Comments

View IRI's Africa Data using NASA's 3-D mapping tool

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Users of IRI's Malaria Map Room and desert locust monitoring tools for Africa can now take advantage of SERVIR, NASA's high-tech…

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Added by Francesco Fiondella on February 8, 2008 at 18:03 — No Comments

FRAGILE RURAL COMMUNITIES

Rural communities are within the jurisdiction of the local government councils;the third tier of government. The creation is to bring government nearer to the people and facilitate local development of infrastructure and ensure good living. True national development should be one that drives for such growth from the grassroot to the national level. Of course, this makes more sense and practical. The other way would be a lopsided effort that is in futility.

But while this was the…

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Added by Tamunobarabi Gogo Ibulubo on February 6, 2008 at 9:30 — No Comments

Linking Population Health and Environment.

Pius Sawa Murefu
Oromia Region-Ethiopia
The number of people, where they live and how they live affect the condition of the environment. People…
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Added by Pius Sawa Murefu on February 3, 2008 at 14:35 — No Comments

Mental health research lacking

There is insufficient mental health research in developing countries, despite a growing need. Katherine Nightingale reports in this SciDev.Net feature article.

Added by Mun-Keat Looi on February 1, 2008 at 11:11 — No Comments

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