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Record 45 million people in southern Africa facing food crisis, says UN

A record 45 million people across southern Africa face severe food shortages in the next six months, with nearly 11 million currently enduring drought-induced “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity, three United Nations agencies warned on Thursday. The 16-member» 

Economy, Environment, International, Society

Study: a nutrition resource being lost or ignored in developing countries

A new study shows the nutritional value of differing fish species available in differing ecosystems, but also how policies and misunderstanding of nutrition means that resource is being squandered in countries where it is most needed. The study shows the» 

L-R: guest Eilis Quinn, Marie-Claude, Levon, Marc

The Link

The LINK Online, May 24,25,26, 2019

Your hosts, Lynn, Levon, Marie Claude, and Marc, with guest Eilis Quinn (Video of show at bottom) Death in the Arctic- Eilis Quinn,  joins us to talk about a very troubling situation in a tiny Arctic hamlet in northern Quebec.» 

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Canada’s idea to help African small-scale farmers (interview)

Farm Radio International- 40th year. It was a small idea by a Canadian broadcaster who saw a need in sub-Saharan Africa and realised his skill could help. Begun by George Atkins, the idea was based on a Canadian radio concept» 

International

Aid agencies fear cholera could hit flooded southern Africa

The death toll after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwi is 761 and likely to climb. About 228,000 people have been displaced in Mozambique and diarrhea is already reported in some camps but there is no confirmation of cholera» 

International, Politics

Canada’s Michaelle Jean loses bid to head “La Francophonie”

Officially it’s the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, or more simply “la Francophonie”. It represents some 58 nations and governments as members with several more as observers Canada’s Michaelle Jean, as Secretary-General since 2014 had been seeking a second term» 

International, Politics, Society

Canadian Head of “La Francophonie” criticised, may be headed for the door

Second term for Canadian in doubt Michaelle Jean has had a highly successful career, Born in Haiti, she came to Canada as a refugee, eventually to become a well-known broadcaster on Radio-Canada, the French arm of Canada’s public broadcasting network.» 

Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Canada plays a key role in Ebola vaccine

Canadian and Chinese researchers worked together on a new vaccine to fight the Ebola virus which claimed more than 10,000 lives in West Africa four years ago. The vaccine was recently approved by Chinese regulators and the National Research Council» 

Health, Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

Canada to fund fight against female genital mutilation

(public commenting is open at very bottom of page) The federal government is set to announce a major funding effort to combat the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) also known as female circumcision. The money- at least $3million-, will» 

International, Politics

Canada’s development aid in Africa driven by compassion and self-interest: minister

Canada’s re-engagement with Africa is driven as much by compassion and the great need for humanitarian assistance in the region as by self-interest, says International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. On her most recent trip to the region last week, Bibeau»