Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

Development Digest – 01/07/11 (Happy Canada Day!)

Hey everyone,

Here’s your weekly development digest. Enjoy!
Thanks Sylvie for the Canadian news!

If you only have time to read 5 articles, read the ones with the *star*.

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Global news:

ICC issues Gaddafi arrest warrant – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/06/20116278148166670.html
Ex-IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn freed without bail – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13993866
Egypt protesters clash with police – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/06/2011628223426192676.html
Unlucky camel finds Libya’s largest minefield – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/201162892022264206.html
On the mend? America comes to its senses – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/06/201162812411022924.html
To celebrate communism in China, a party as disciplined as the Party – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/02/world/asia/02china.html

Canada news:

How safe is Canada’s drinking water? It’s tough to know – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/andre-picard/how-safe-is-canadas-drinking-water-its-tough-to-know/article2080746/
AECL sold for $15m to SNC-Lavalin: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/29/aecl-sale.html
Omnibus Crime Bill an Injustice: http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2011/06/29/omnibus-crime-bill-an-injustice/
Don’t count on grants, Flaherty warns art groups: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/28/pol-flaherty-cultural-funding-arts.html
Postal workers taking fight to court: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/29/postal-union-court.html
Canada wins battle to keep asbestos off hazardous list: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/24/pol-harper-asbestos.html
Critics push for full G20 inquiry: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1014825–critics-push-for-full-g20-inquiry
The irrelevance of separatism – http://www.economist.com/node/18867600?fsrc=scn%2Ffb%2Fwl%2Far%2Ftheirrelevanceofspearatism
Canadians divided on expats’ right to vote: survey – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/canadians-divided-on-expats-right-to-vote-survey/article2078072

Africa news:

President Sirleaf’s ambition for Liberia: aid-free in a decade – http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2011/06/president-sirleaf%E2%80%99s-ambition-for-liberia-aid-free-in-a-decade.php
Did Ghana register 8000 homosexuals? The facts behind the hype – http://grahamghana.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/did-ghana-register-8000-homosexuals-the-facts-behind-the-hype/
Malaria: on the long, slow but steady road to elimination – http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/sarah-boseley-global-health/2011/jun/28/malaria-infectiousdiseases
*Africa’s biggest market lies within – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/07/africa8217s-biggest-market-lies-within/
Morocco votes on King Mohammed’s reforms – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13976480
Missing – proper toilets for 2.6 billion – http://allafrica.com/stories/201106290553.html

Agriculture news:

Fighting desertification: the great green wall of the Sahara – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/fighting-desertification-great-green.html
Kenya to allow GM maize to alleviate shortage – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/kenya-to-allow-gm-maize-to-alleviate.html
Can biofuels save Africa? – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/can-biofuels-save-africa.html
Innovating our way to a second green revolution – http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/second_green_revolution
Political will – http://globalfoodforthought.typepad.com/global-food-for-thought/2011/06/roger-thurow-outrage-and-inspire-political-will.html
*Roads and rice: how innovation and infrastructure can feed the world – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jun/21/roads-rice-to-feed-world
Brazil’s Lula, Ghana’s Kufuor win World Food Prize – http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE75L05020110622
*G-20 Agriculture Ministers’ Summit: Everyone is for food security, as long as it doesn’t cost anything – http://blogs.cgdev.org/mca-monitor/2011/06/g20-agriculture-ministers-summit-everyone-is-for-food-security-as-long-as-it-doesn%E2%80%99t-cost-anything.php
A Missed Opportunity: The G20 action plan on food price volatility and agriculture – http://www.future-agricultures.org/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=50&Itemid=473
World Bank offers farmers money to hedge against volatile food prices – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jun/27/world-bank-farmers-hedge-against-food-prices

Development thinking:

Corporations unite to fight for development – http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/06/22/corporations_unite_to_fight_for_development
Next USAID innovation: Learning from Failure – http://blogs.cgdev.org/mca-monitor/2011/06/next-usaid-innovation-learning-to-love-failure.php
Social cause marketing is made to stick. But can we make it also not suck? – http://findwhatworks.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/social-cause-marketing-is-made-to-stick-but-can-we-also-make-it-not-suck/
*Results 2.0: Towards a portfolio-based approach – http://aidontheedge.info/2011/06/30/results-2-0-towards-a-portfolio-based-approach/
Humanitarian Aid 101: Aid cannot and will not fix anything – http://talesfromethehood.com/2011/06/27/humanitarian-aid-101-1/
In defence of duplication, waste and inefficiency – http://buildingmarkets.org/blogs/blog/2011/06/30/in-defence-of-duplication-waste-and-ineffeciency/
Three angles on ‘green growth’ – http://www.iied.org/sustainable-markets/blog/three-angles-green-growth
*Fair trade: still centred on smallholders? – http://www.iied.org/sustainable-markets/blog/fair-trade-still-centred-smallholders
Donor aversion to ‘unsexy’ water projects threatens development goal – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jun/27/donor-aversion-water-projects
Inequality needs to move up the development agenda – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jun/27/inequality-move-up-development-agenda

EWB blog posts:

Lisa: Salima: Motorcycle riding, lake visits and bad karma – http://pumpsandprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/salima-motorcycle-riding-lake-visits-and-bad-karma
Genevi̬ve: Stories from the road Рhttp://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/06/stories-from-road.html
Anthony: Visibility – http://www.investinpeople.ca/iip/795
Colleen: Pragmatic Development – http://www.whereintheworldiscolleen.com/archives/1536
Jordan: Oh right, stuff gets hard sometimes – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/oh-right-stuff-gets-hard-sometimes/

Amusing and interesting things:

How not to kill animals (or yourself) driving a moto in Ghana – http://www.econgirl.com/1/post/2011/06/how-not-to-kill-animals-or-yourself-driving-moto-in-ghana.html
Zombie apocalypse warning in St. John`s: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/06/27/nl-zombie-warning-gallery-627.html
Somaliland – http://morealtitude.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/somaliland/

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