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01 Dec 2010 description
report PlusNews

Johannesburg, 1 December 2010 (PlusNews) - With just a month to go before the deadline for achieving the targets of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care expires, it is clear very few countries will reach them.

What is less certain is whether such ambitious goals have positively affected global HIV/AIDS efforts.

The dream of universal access emerged in 2005 when G8 leaders committed to achieving "as close as possible to universal access to treatment for all those who need it by 2010". At the 2006 UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS, world …

13 May 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBOURG, 13 mai 2009 (IRIN) - Les pays riches et les grandes entreprises louent et achètent de vastes terrains dans les pays en voie de développement, pour y produire des vivres ou du biocarburant.

La zone en jeu est équivalente à la surface cultivée de l'Allemagne, et des dizaines de milliards de dollars ont été proposés.

Ce phénomène a un aspect positif : la production agroindustrielle pourrait permettre de développer des terres sous-exploitées et d'augmenter la base de production vivrière mondiale, tout en fournissant aux pays pauvres les ressources dont ils ont tant …

11 May 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 11 May 2009 (IRIN) - Rich countries and firms are leasing or buying massive tracts of land in developing nations for the production of food or biofuel.

An area equivalent to Germany's farmed land is at stake, and tens of billions of dollars on offer.

On the plus side, agro-industrial production could develop underused land, and broaden the world's food production base while providing much needed resources for poor countries.

But is the land really idle and currently unused?