Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

Development Digest – 10/06/11

Here’s your weekly development digest. Enjoy!

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

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Global news:

Worst ever carbon emissions leave climate on the brink – http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/29/carbon-emissions-nuclearpower
Is North Korea really hungry? – http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/05/24/idINIndia-57227120110524
Tiananmen Square anniversary draws huge crowds – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/06/05/world-china-tiananmen-square-anniversary-crackdown.html
Chile volcano eruption forces mass evacuation – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/06/2011650142859590.html
The end of aids? – http://www.economist.com/node/18774722?fsrc=scn/tw/te/ar/theendofaids
F1 fact-finding report finds “NO indication of any problems” in Bahrain – http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/06/07/f1_fact_finding_report_finds_no_indication_of_any_problems_in_bahrain
Breaking the silence on HIV in Egypt  – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/201165121229225310.html
Nepal: Low road through the Himalayas – http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2011/05/aid-and-corruption-nepal?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/lowroadthroughthehimalayas
China overtakes US as top energy consumer – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/08/china-top-energy-consumer_n_873007.html
Fukushima nuclear plant may have suffered ‘melt-through’, Japan admits – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/08/fukushima-nuclear-plant-melt-through
UN member states agree on universal access to AIDS treatment – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/americas/un-member-states-agree-on-universal-access-to-aids-treatment/article2052699/
German tests link bean sprouts to deadly E. coli – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13725953

Canada news:

True North reaches goal of selling 13,000 season tickets for Winnipeg NHL team – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/prairies/true-north-reaches-goal-for-selling-13000-season-tickets-for-winnipeg-nhl-team/article2047539/
Yes, we must pay attention to judges’ values – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/yes-we-must-pay-attention-to-judges-values/article2050569/
No hospital wait for ‘buddies’ of Alta. politicians: doctor – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2011/06/07/calgary-alberta-doctors-waiting-health-care.html
Hate crime reports jump by 42% in Canada – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/07/hate-crimes-statscan.html
EPA faults State Department review of TransCanada pipeline – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-07/epa-faults-state-department-review-of-transcanada-pipeline-1-.html
Bringing fair trade to our own backyard – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/business-categories/sustainability/bringing-fair-trade-to-our-own-back-yard/article2051628/
Canada confirms it will reject new Kyoto protocol – http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/08/climate-canada-idUSLDE75719C20110608
Disheartened Canucks fans take to the streets – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/06/08/bc-canucks-fans-post-game-4.html
Brian Stewart: Canada in Kandahar, wrong place, wrong time – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/08/f-vp-stewart.html
PM jets to Bruins game amidst belt-tightening: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/opposition-blows-gasket-as-pm-jets-to-canucks-bruins-game/article2051914/
Police name tags raised at G20 review: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/06/05/g20-police-name-badges.html
NWT oil pipeline leak estimate grows: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2011/06/06/nwt-enbridge-pipeline-leak.html
User fees an ‘option’ in budget cuts: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/08/pol-clement-cuts.html
Budget 2011: don’t look behind the curtain: http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2011/06/06/budget-2011-don%E2%80%99t-look-behind-the-curtain/
Brigette DePape on why she did it: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1005119–why-i-did-it-senate-page-explains-her-throne-speech-protest

Africa news:

Britain stops fertilizer subsidy support to Malawi – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/britain-stops-fertilizer-subsidy.html
Photos: Barrick Gold mine in Tanzania – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/photos-barrick-gold-mine-in-tanzania/article2050921/
Malawi courts disaster by shunning aid – http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/03/africa-money-idUSLDE75118C20110603?rpc=401
Burkina Faso: Bloody end to Bobo Dioulasso mutiny – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13656137
Burkina Faso: Compaore regime moves to halt protests – http://sahelblog.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/burkina-faso-compaore-regime-moves-to-halt-protests/
China’s changing tone on African investment – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/06/201167142556551565.html
Tunisia postpones election, possibly aiding new parties – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/world/africa/09tunis.html
Tunisia offers wake-up call for development – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jun/09/african-development-bank-tunisia

Ghana news:

*The sweet story of Divine Chocolates – http://www.good.is/post/the-first-chocolate-company-co-owned-by-cocoa-farmers/
Brewer accused of depriving poor countries of millions in revenue – http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/nov/29/sabmiller-india-africa-actionaid-report
5 reasons why Ghana is the next African App powerhouse – http://www.afri-love.com/2011/06/5-reasons-why-ghana-will-be-the-next-african-app-powerhouse.html

Agriculture news:

Rice is king, but at a price – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/rice-is-king-but-at-price.html
Ghana 2010-11 cocoa purchases up 55% – http://www.africanagricultureblog.com/2011/06/ghana-2010-11-cocoa-purchases-up-55.html
AGRA, USDA sign MoU – http://www.agra-alliance.org/content/news/detail/1291
Agriculture needs investors, not speculators, Le Maire says – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-07/agriculture-needs-investors-not-speculators-le-maire-says-1-.html
The rising cost of food – get the data – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/datablog/2011/jun/07/rising-cost-of-food
GRAPHIC: A decade of global food prices – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/datablog/interactive/2011/jun/07/decade-global-food-prices
No-till planting gaining popularity – http://www.recorderonline.com/news/gaining-48969-began-method.html
Food security has global implications – http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/56342.html
Zambia: The art of farming: tackling food security through preservation of vegetables – http://allafrica.com/stories/201106040039.html
Gates Foundation Challenge winners – http://www.gatesfoundation.org/agriculturaldevelopment/Pages/answering-the-challenge.aspx

Development thinking:

Aid policy: what the numbers don’t tell you – http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=92853
*Innovation starts with disruptive hypotheses. Here’s how to create one – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663970/innovation-starts-with-disruptive-hypotheses-heres-how-to-create-one
Choosing the IMF’s next leader – http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/06/20116314159855509.html
*Why can’t more poor people escape poverty? – http://www.tnr.com/article/environment-energy/89377/poverty-escape-psychology-self-control
The Wickedness behind most 21st-century leadership failures – http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/06/the_wickedness_behind_most_lea.html
Why haven’t politicians heeded the wisdom of EF Schumacher? – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jun/08/fritz-schumacher-economic-environmental-visionary
Brazil declares war on ‘chronic poverty’ – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/07/brazil-dilma-rousseff-poverty-eradication
Impact without Boundaries – http://buildingmarkets.org/blogs/blog/2011/06/08/impact-without-boundaries/
*Porter: CUSO veteran Ian Smillie says there’s always been a concern about ‘dead aid’ – http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1005080–porter-cuso-veteran-ian-smillie-says-there-s-always-been-concern-about-dead-aid
Visualizing privilege – http://www.aviewfromthecave.com/2011/06/visualizing-privilege.html
How can you do influencing work in one-party states? –  http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5689
The first ever World Disability Report – what took them so long? – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5730
Good and bad reasons to work on knowledge management – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/good-and-bad-reasons-to-work-on-knowledge-management
Moving into the real world – http://talesfromethehood.com/2011/06/08/moving-into-the-real-world/
Simpsons quotes for aid agencies- http://aidontheedge.info/2011/06/06/simpsons-quotes-for-aid-agencies/
Rajiv Shah on breakthroughs in development – http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rajiv-shah-on-breakthroughs-development?page=1
Why I use social media – http://marcfbellemare.com/wordpress/2011/06/why-i-use-social-media/{

EWB blog posts:

Mina: The Industry – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/the-industry/
Colleen: Inspiring a life of immersion – http://www.whereintheworldiscolleen.com/archives/1504
Franck: Marathon Transatlantique – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/marathon-outre-atlantique/
Franck: Transatlantic Marathon, English Version – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/transatlantic-marathon-english-version
Duncan: The target beneficiary – http://waterwellness.ca/2011/06/08/the-target-beneficiary/
Mark Hemsworth: Great paragraph on Social Enterprises – http://markhemsworth.blogspot.com/2011/06/great-paragraph-on-social-enterprises.html
Kristina: More challenges of interpretation – http://kristinastories.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/more-challenges-of-interpretation/
Tessa: Let’s talk about sanitation – http://postcardsfrommalawi.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/lets-talk-about-sanitation/
Marie-Claire: Vendredi matin, 6h – http://extraitsduburkina.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/vendredi-matin-6h/
Marie-Claire: Un monde de projets – http://extraitsduburkina.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/un-monde-de-projets/
Mina: Chasing more? – http://zikomoafrica.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/chasing-more/
Jordan: The only thing certain, is uncertainty – http://whatyoumightbemissing.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/the-only-thing-certain-is-uncertainty/

Amusing and interesting things:

It’s not about you – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/opinion/31brooks.html
People are not cogs – http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/06/people_are_not_cogs.html
Fox confuses Tina Fey for Sarah Palin – http://www.salon.com/news/2011/06/06/fos_tine_fey_sarah_palin
Who’s afraid of Sarah Palin? – http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2011/06/republican-nomination?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/whosafraidofpalin
Watch A Tugboat Drag An Arctic Iceberg To Parched People Half A World Away – http://www.fastcompany.com/1755444/tugboat-vs-iceberg-video
The news article is breaking up – http://www.businessinsider.com/the-news-article-is-breaking-up-2011-6
*The value of following passion in a jobless world – http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/06/the-value-of-following-passion-in-a-jobless-world/239899/
When a Nobel Prize isn’t enough – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/opinion/06diamond.html

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