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14 Nov 2018 description

Orphanages have become a lucrative business in developing countries, leading to the trafficking of children to fill them

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Nov 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of children around the world live in orphanages, but child rights experts say most are not orphans.

Orphanages have become a lucrative business in developing countries, attracting generous funding. This has led to the trafficking of children to fill them, according to charities Forget Me Not and Lumos.

13 Nov 2018 description

Smallholder farmers managing between one to 10 hectares of land provide up to 80 percent of the food supply in Asia

By Thin Lei Win

ROME, Nov 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia are missing out on new, resilient seeds that could improve their yields in the face of climate change, according to an index published on Monday.

08 Nov 2018 description

By Inna Lazareva

TEL AVIV, Nov 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the concrete bowels of a vast bus station in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, a group of children gathers in the evening to play and dance to songs blaring from a CD player.

Their parents are African migrants who work until late, struggling to earn enough to put food on the table.

While their children have access to state education in Israel, they face hardships, support workers said.

31 Oct 2018 description

By Isaiah Esipisu

But care will need to be taken to ensure water is used widely and doesn't lead to shortages, experts say

UKUNDA, Kenya, Oct 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The power of irrigation is on full display in this corner of southeastern Kenya, where an 8,000-hectare sugarcane plantation glimmers in an otherwise semi-arid landscape.

24 Oct 2018 description

Under a law, expected to come into force in January, Sweden will invalidate all underage marriages

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Among the tens of thousands of child refugees who have fled to Sweden from war-torn countries is a group of young girls who have presented the Nordic country with a major dilemma - they are married.

23 Oct 2018 description

By Umberto Bacchi

LONDON, Oct 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A top U.N. adviser has urged the global body to put victims at the heart of its efforts to combat sexual harassment, saying it had to do more than pay lip service to zero tolerance.

Purna Sen said the United Nations too often sidelined victims in favour of technocrats, citing the current practice of sharing the outcome of internal investigations only with the suspect - and not the complainant.

22 Oct 2018 description

By Jared Ferrie and Annie Banerji

OU KRALANH, Cambodia/TOLAKCHUIN, India, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Phally Chhiv placed a pot of simmering soup filled with fish and greens on a wooden platform outside her one-room home in northwestern Cambodia - using nutrient-packed minnows that experts hope can help to end global hunger.

22 Oct 2018 description

Activists are concerned that a shortage of housing in Germany is hindering refugee integration

By Morgan Meaker

MUNICH, Oct 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Firas swapped civil war in Syria for a chaotic refugee camp in Germany. Now he wants a home.

Since January 2016, the 28-year-old graduate has lived in three different refugee camps in Germany's southern Bavarian region and is now worn out and sick of night-long noise.

22 Oct 2018 description

Poor countries without insurance face crippling losses in the face of worsening floods, storms and other disasters

By Megan Rowling

BARCELONA, Oct 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Disaster-prone developing nations, including Bangladesh and Indonesia, are exposed to crippling losses when storms, floods or earthquakes strike because they suffer from a dangerous lack of insurance, industry experts said on Monday.

19 Oct 2018 description

While the technology has not advanced far enough to make a full swap viable, some solar projects are already underway in the field and aid workers expect many more to follow

By Lin Taylor

LONDON, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cheap, reliable and hard to hijack, the sun could be an ideal energy source in many war zones and disaster areas, prompting aid agencies to consider ditching costly fuel for solar power.

05 Oct 2018 description

"A simple text to a farmer just to say, 'The weather outlook for the next three days is this' can fundamentally change what they do."

By Thin Lei Win

RULINDO, Rwanda, Oct 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Since Marie Chantal Akingeneye lost her only cow to an unknown illness, she has no source for manure for her fruits and vegetables - but she hopes a new phone app could help.

28 Sep 2018 description

After enduring trauma, sexual violence and slavery in Libya, migrants returning to Cameroon struggle to get their lives back on track

By Inna Lazareva

YAOUNDE/DOUALA, Sept 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In early January, with Christmas lights still twinkling in the streets of Yaounde, Cameroon's capital, Christelle Timdi received the phone call she had almost given up hope of getting.

14 Sep 2018 description

"We are on a trajectory to reach over 3 degrees C of warming, and if this trend continues there would be serious consequences for health in many parts of the world"

By Sophie Hares

TEPIC, Mexico, Sept 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Failure to meet global targets to limit rising temperatures will mean more heat-releated deaths, researchers said on Thursday.

14 Sep 2018 description

If the entire desert were covered in wind farms and one fifth in solar panels, daily average rainfall would more than double

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Sept 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Large-scale wind and solar farms could more than double rainfall in the Sahara desert, "shocked" scientists said as the region grapples with widespread hunger caused by recurrent drought.

In a simulated model, windmills and solar panels were installed across the world's largest desert - an unrealistic scenario in the near future, experts said.

10 Sep 2018 description

by Lin Taylor | @linnytayls | Thomson Reuters Foundation

For every one degree Celsius rise in average temperatures, insects will consume an extra 2.5 percent of the world's crops

By Lin Taylor

LONDON, Aug 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A warming planet will see larger swarms of hungrier insects chomp through millions more tons of rice, maize and wheat crops globally by 2050, even if countries meet ambitious climate goals to curb carbon emissions, scientists said on Thursday.

07 Sep 2018 description

"Funding has always been an issue but we have never seen it as challenged as it is now," says UN deputy chief Amina Mohammed

By Manipadma Jena

STOCKHOLM, Sept 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Funding for international efforts to build resilience to climate change and meet other development goals is faltering, warns United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed.

"It is a tough world right now out there. Everyone is backsliding," she said in an interview.

01 Sep 2018 description

by Nita Bhalla | @nitabhalla | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 30 August 2018 22:30 GMT

The figure is much higher than previously estimated, with civilian infant deaths outnumbering armed conflict deaths by more than three to one

NAIROBI, Aug 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five million children in Africa have died from preventable diseases over the last 20 years because armed conflict deprived them of access to basic healthcare or clean water, scientists said on Thursday.

23 Aug 2018 description

by Thin Lei Win

"We believe that if the technology is good and farmers can see the benefits, they will adopt it."

KIGALI, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From an app to diagnose disease on Zambian farms to Tinder-style matchmaking for Senegalese land owners and young farmers, young coders have been finding solutions to hunger in the first Africa-wide hackathon on the issue.

19 Aug 2018 description

Nearly 140 aid workers were killed last year worldwide, a 23 percent rise over 2016

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Aug 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Working in conflict zones for years does not make it any less frightening when armed militiamen storm the hospital you run, says Colette Gadenne of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

This happened three times in three weeks from May to June in Central African Republic, where Gadenne is head of the mission. In one case, the fighters fired 21 rounds before leaving.

16 Aug 2018 description

by Javier Manzanares | Green Climate Fund

* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

A strong, effective fund is needed more than ever to serve the Paris Agreement