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In the constant fight between microbes and people, attempts to rein in the malarial parasite have just taken an interesting turn. On Thursday the founder of Amyris Biotech triumphantly announced production of 70m doses of the anti-malarial compound artemisinin. This sounds like good news for poor people but may be a step backwards – the start of a new hi-tech assault on farmers.
With limited storage and lengthy lead times denying access to vital drugs, can a new public-private initiative make a difference?
Read the full report on the Guardian
Wapsala collective's self-sufficiency drive aims to ease the chronic malnutrition that affects 44% of the under-fives
Simon Tisdall in Matimbine
In England, it would be called a farmers' market. In Matimbine, in the parched, sandy, semi-desert of Mozambique's undulating coastal lowlands, it might be called a miracle.