Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

Development Digest – 03/06/11

Here’s your weekly development digest. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Sylvie Spraakman for contributing the Canada news section!

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

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Global news:

*Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/mar/22/middle-east-protest-interactive-timeline
WHO says European E. coli strain has never been seen before – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/europe/who-says-european-e-coli-strain-has-never-been-seen-before/article2044128/
Japan’s PM says he’ll resign after nuclear crisis overcome – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pacific/japans-pm-says-hell-resign-once-nuclear-crisis-overcome/article2044103/
Protesters ‘killed’ in Syrian town – http://english.aljazeera.net/video/middleeast/2011/06/20116235012973293.html
Syrian abuses are ‘crimes against humanity’ – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/06/201161184642132562.html
Yemen president speaks after atack – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/06/201163125916642890.html
Security forces attack Bahraini protesters – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/06/20116122426560161.html
Obama’s illegal war – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/06/01/obamas_illegal_war

Canada news:

Enlarging house of commons, Quebec denounces, West praises: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/quebec-denounces-western-premiers-praise-plan-to-enlarge-house-of-commons/article2045487/
Government can’t balance budget by 2014 – watchdog says: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1000870–government-can-t-balance-books-by-2014-watchdog
Canada Post goes on strike: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-post-strike-begins-as-workers-walk-out-in-winnipeg/article2045582/
Ottawa public sector layoffs may be tip of iceberg: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-public-sector-layoffs-may-be-tip-of-the-iceberg/article2043917/<
Royal newlyweds to visit 7 Canadian cities: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/05/30/calgary-canada-royal-visit-william-kate.html
Summer going to be warmer than usual this year in Canada: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/01/summer-forecast.html
PM ‘Afghanistan no longer a threat to the world’ in Kandahar: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/pms-farewell-to-kandahar-afghanistan-is-no-longer-a-threat-to-the-world/article2039994/
GDP Report: awfully weak tea leaves: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/progressive-economics-forum/2011/05/gdp-report-awfully-weak-tea-leaves
Ford asks court to halt audit of his campaign finances: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/999592–ford-asks-court-to-halt-audit-of-his-campaign-finances
Jason Kenney re-hires aide who sent Tory appeal on Commons letterhead: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/jason-kenney-re-hires-aide-who-sent-tory-appeal-on-commons-letterhead/article2039802/
Luongo, Canucks blank Bruins – http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/stanleycup/story/2011/06/01/sp-bruins-canucks-game1.html

Africa news:

Terror in Abyei – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/31/terror_in_abyei
Academic freedom demonstration in Zomba, Malawi – http://habanahaba.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/academic-freedom-demonstration-in-zomba-malawi/
Asia eyes Burkina Faso – http://the-diplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2011/05/20/asia-eyes-burkina-faso/
Reports of abuses stain new Ivorian president’s record – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/06/reports-of-abuses-stain-new-ivorian-presidents-record/
Explosions greet Nigerian president’s new term – http://www.ips.org/africa/2011/05/explosions-greet-nigerian-presidents-new-term-2/
NATO extends its mission in Libya – http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/int/news/-/news/world-africa-13616794
Burkina Faso Presidential Guard take on mutineers – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13644545
Canadian High Commission ‘sabotages’ ISODEC – http://allafrica.com/stories/201105302056.html

Agriculture news:

Malawi to reap another maize bumper harvest – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/malawi-to-reap-another-maize-bumper.html
Burkina Faso’s farming miracle – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/burkina-fasos-farming-miracle.html
Burkina Faso: Organic cotton under threat from GM cotton – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/05/burkina-faso-organic-cotton-under.html
Global food crisis: towards a ‘doubly green’ world – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/31/global-food-crisis-agriculture-production
*Global food crisis: smallholder agriculture can be good for the poor and for the planet – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jun/01/smallholder-agriculture-farming-good-poor-planet
Fast track out of poverty: farm labour or smallholder? – http://www.iied.org/sustainable-markets/key-issues/market-governance/fast-track-out-poverty-farm-labour-or-smallholder
PAPER: Leveraging private sector investment in developing country agrifood systems – http://paepard.blogspot.com/2011/05/leveraging-private-sector-investment-in.html
INFOGRAPHIC: Growing better rice for a hungry world – http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1105/rice/flat.html

Development thinking:

GROW: Oxfam’s new global campaign – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5591
The GROW campaign website: http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/
The killer facts behind the GROW campaign – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5620
*Why is the new Oxfam campaign called GROW? The importance of framing – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5613
Grow: the good, the bad and the uncertain – http://aidthoughts.org/?p=2533

*An unlikely path to aid: paying to set up think tanks – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/an-unlikely-path-to-aid-paying-to-set-up-think-tanks/article2030174/
Blame it on the speculators, why don’t you? – http://bottomupthinking.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/blame-it-on-the-speculators-why-dont-you/
Is development a city, a corporation, or something completely different? – http://aidnography.blogspot.com/2011/06/is-development-city-corporation-or.html
*Randomized trials not a silver bullet – http://www.denniswhittle.com/2011/06/randomized-trials-not-silver-bullet.html
Gender bias as an emergent property in international agencies – http://aidontheedge.info/2011/06/01/gender-bias-as-an-emergent-property-in-international-agencies/
RELATED: Gender and INGOs: pretty on paper… – http://shotgunshackblog.com/2011/06/03/pretty-on-paper
The development ideas hype cycle – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/the-development-ideas-hype-cycle
The world will not be saved through spreadsheets – http://buildingmarkets.org/blogs/blog/2011/06/03/the-world-will-not-be-saved-through-spreadsheets/
Far from home (Lebanese in Africa) – http://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab/2011/05/lebanese_west_africa
Sanitation MDG is badly off track, but a community-led approach could fix that – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/30/mdg-sanitation-offtrack-but-community-led-approach-is-working
You can’t always get what you want – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/31/you_cant_always_get_what_you_want
Don’t do impact evaluations because… – http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2011/05/dont-do-impact-evaluations-because….php

EWB blog posts:

Mike Klassen: The Irony of Malaria – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/05/29/the-irony-of-malaria/
Duncan: Any Given Saturday – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/05/30/any-given-saturday
Mike Klassen: Let’s clap for her – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/lets-clap-for-her/
Lisa: A week up north: Sanitation 101, district meetings and football – http://pumpsandprosperity.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/a-week-up-north-sanitation-101-district-meetings-and-football/
Franck: Food price alarms: finding the balance – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/food-prices-alarms-finding-the-balance
Geneviève: Late afternoon scene from Chipse village – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/06/daily-scenes-from-chipse-village.html
Mike Klassen: Learning to crawl – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/learning-to-crawl/

Amusing and interesting things:

Some thoughts about processing your inbox – http://www.davidco.com/newsletters/archive/0611.html
Something a bunch of us enjoyed this week… Norm Macdonald on Conan in 1997 (3 parts, this is part 1) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqYevJSmfm4

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