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Common Ground: Land rights and wrongs

Six programmes explore the effects of land rights on people in India, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Based on research about development, they reveal the many barriers to owning land and homes, and their wide-ranging - sometimes devastating - consequences.

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RELAY: Communicating Research

Through the RELAY: Communicating Research project and its radio fellowships, IWR is putting cutting-edge development research to the test, looking at theories in action in real-life situations.

For more information about this programme visit the of the Panos London website.

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Date published: 01/11/2004


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Argentina: The GM soya goldrush

Argentina's landscape is transforming as the GM soya companies move in. Santiago Castillo, a farmer from San Pedro, has made enough money from the crop to pay off his debts and move to the city.

But, as other farmers join the 'gold rush', he wonders whether these changes will spell trouble for the land and its farmers. Gloria Beretervide visted Santiago at his brother's farm.

Editor: IWR Editor
Producer: Jenny Bardwell
Journalist: Gloria Beretervide

Date published: 27/10/2004

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Ghana: Power to the people

Cooking in the dark and sharing poor quality kerosene lamps are some of the measures households are using to cope with being cut off for not paying their electricity bills in Ghana's capital Accra.

They maintain electricity costs are too high while wages stay low - even though the Government still cushions prices through subsidies. Edwin Kumah-Drah reports.

Editor: IWR Editor
Producer: Jenny Bardwell
Journalist: Edwin Kumah Drah

Date published: 08/11/2004

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Senegal: Crunch time for nut farmers

Peanuts are a staple snack to be found on any street corner in Senegal's capital Dakar. But the country's peanut industry has just emerged from a painful three-year privatisation process.

Like many other African countries, Senegal has cut farming subsidies and stopped offering fixed prices to nut growers. But what do peanut farmers make of the changes? Ndiaga Seck reports.

[This radio feature was produced as part of the Panos RELAY project.]

Editor: Anna Egan
Journalist: Unregistered User

Date published: 02/03/2004

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Ghana: Fish and ships

Fishermen anywhere in the world have a hard job. But in Ghana it's even more difficult for local fishermen who face competition from bigger foreign fishing boats.

Edwin Kumah Drah discovers that when fish isn't available on the market, people turn to illegally hunted meat for their supper.

[This radio feature was produced as part of the Panos RELAY project.]


Date published: 02/03/2005

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Uganda: Girl soldiers rebuild their lives

Children have paid a heavy price in the raging conflict in northern Uganda. More than 20,000 have been abducted by the rebels of the Lords Resistance Army, which has been fighting government forces for 18 years.

Now many of the children abducted and raped by the LRA have escaped. For some young women this means returning home with babies fathered by the rebels. Joel Tema reports.

[Please note this feature contains explicit descriptions of violence.]

Editor: Anna Egan
Producer: Jenny Bardwell
Journalist: Joel Tema

Date published: 16/12/2004

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India: Milk that built a village

In India a vast, homegrown dairy cooperative continues to thrive despite the fact that multinationals are looking for a foothold in the market.

But with global trade rules favouring competition from abroad, can the good times last? Binu Alex reports.

Editor: Anna Egan
Journalist: Binu Alex

Date published: 27/01/2005

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Kenya: Money is life

It's ten years since pledges were made to change women's lives by offering them new opportunites. One way is to give women loans to start their own businesses.

IWR reporter Eric Kadenge met one woman in Nairobi who left sex work behind and now, in her own words, 'lives like a man' thanks to a business loan.

A with Jacob Omolo from the Kenyan Institute of Policy Analysis and Research is also available.

[This radio feature was produced as part of the Panos RELAY project.]


Date published: 03/03/2005

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Rwanda: Women of the house

After peace is agreed in a conflict area, a whole country has to be rebuilt. And women are often key to that.

Rwanda, a country traumatised by its genocide, now has the highest proportion of female MPs in the world - knocking Sweden off the top spot. Some of those MPs were elected from the grassroots but most were appointed under a quota system to get more women into government.

They're now a year into office and reporter Okao Joel Tema asked Rwandan women whether the new generation of female MPs have made a difference.


Date published: 12/04/2005

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Malawi: Wood works

Jobs in Malawi are scarce. At the last official count only 13 per cent of the country was in work. Extra money earmarked for spending on social projects has been delayed because of wrangling between Malawi’s government and aid donors.

While the standoff continues, job creation projects are rare. But local groups are making their own efforts to get young people into work. Hilary Mbobe visited a carpentry workshop for street children in Blantyre.

Journalist: Hilary Mbobe

Date published: 08/04/2005

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Zambia: GM under the microscope

Zambia was catapulted into the heart of the GM controversy three years ago when it famously refused American food aid during a famine because it contained GM maize.

The government still maintains its ban. But farmers are divided. Pamela Mnyantha reports.


Date published: 07/04/2005

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Africa: Wangari Maathai on GM food

Kenyan Nobel prize winning researcher Wangari Maathai talks to InterWorld Radio about genetically modified food, and why she believes Africa needs to have more confidence in its own scientific research.

Editor: Anna Egan

Date published: 06/04/2005

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