London Summit boosts women's access to reproductive health services

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World Population Day 2012

A groundbreaking meeting held in London this week resulted in nearly three billion dollars in pledges to support women's and girls' right to choose whether, when and how many children they will have. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), one of the organizers, says reproductive problems are the leading cause of poor health and death among women of childbearing age. Dianne Penn asked Dr. Yves Bergevin, UNFPA Senior Maternal Health Adviser, about how women's access to reproductive health services helps to create a just and equitable world.

Working mother in El Salvador returns to her farming roots with WFP support

Karla Trujillo

Karla Trujillo, a working mother in El Salvador, felt the many hours she spent at her office job was eating away at the time she had with her children and also distancing her from her roots in farming. So Trujillo decided to chuck in the corporate life to return to the family farm, located in the western part of the country. She received training from the World Food Programme (WFP) which runs a "Purchase for Progress" scheme that supports small scale producers. WFP's Frances Kennedy has the story.

Forestry Award honours late Kenyan environmental pioneer Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai

Nominations will close on 20 July for the first ever Wangari Maathai Award. Launched by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), it commemorates the late Kenyan environmental activist and champion for the world's forests who died in 2011. The award recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual to preserve, restore and sustainably manage forests. Eva Muller. Director of the Forest Economics Policy and Products Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is urging people to apply for the $20,000 award. For more information, go to:

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Assistant Producer: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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