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Carey Gillam, Reuters The Gates Foundation, which is already a force in agricultural research and development in Africa, said it would donate $70 million to a new collaboration that will focus on addressing threats to food production in the developing world, including crop diseases, pests, poor...

PovertyMatters Blog, Guardian.co.uk If you don't have a toilet at home, you might not get a bride in India. In a silent revolution of sorts, Indian women across the country, especially in rural and semi-urban areas, have a single condition before they agree to a match...

Isaiah Benjamin, allAfrica.com Kaduna — The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has begun another round of immunisation of 50 million children against poliomyelitis and 13 million against measles. "A national vaccination campaign to reach millions of Nigerian children under five with measles and oral polio...

Henry Jackelen and Jamie Zimmerman, Slate Earlier this year, the $21.7 billion Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria was forced to retract or suspend millions of dollars in aid after rampant corruption was discovered. An audit of a modest portion of selected programs found...

Ben Wright, BBC News The UK is to stop direct aid to 16 countries, including Russia, China and Iraq, papers seen by the BBC suggest. A draft copy of a government review of its £7.8bn overseas aid budget - to be published this week - also reveals...

Ciro de Quadros, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Since the launch of Bill Gates’ annual letter in January, discussion has reopened an old debate among experts about whether the final push to eradicate polio once and for all is possible, or even worth the...

IRIN, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ZINDER, 23 February 2011 (IRIN) - Candid talk about human excrement is making people in rural Niger, where only 2 percent of the population has adequate sanitation, insist on building and using toilets: A project there is...

PovertyMatters Blog, Guardian.co.uk We know that the Malian cotton industry has been systematically undermined by rich countries (and India and China) driving down the international price by subsidising a relatively small number of relatively well-off cotton farmers. And we know that, as a consequence, millions of...

PovertyMatters Blog, Guardian.co.uk Criselda Gallo sits in a white coat behind the desk of a small one-room building that serves as a health centre to the South Field resettlement area in Laguna province. There are more than 12,800 people living in the long streets of single-room...

PovertyMatters Blog, Guardian.co.uk Over the past few years a large number of once-poor countries have reached middle-income country (MIC) status, set by the World Bank at $1,000 per person per year. The global poverty problem has changed: most of the world's poor no longer live in...

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