Malawi charts a new economic courseListen /
• After a period of high growth between 2007 and 2010, Malawi’s economic situation deteriorated, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It attributes this to a combination of low tobacco exports, poor economic policies and political turmoil. The IMF has granted a loan of $150 million to Malawi which is now stable with a new administration.
UNICEF provides critical care to children in Somalia
• One year ago, parts of southern Somalia were hit by famine and drought. As a result, more than a million people were forced to leave their homes. In spite of the crisis, UNICEF is making sure that children under five are vaccinated against measles, polio, diphtheria and whooping cough. It is also providing other critical assistance to Somali youngsters.
Africa needs sustainable diets and biodiversity
• The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says over 900 million people in the world suffer from hunger. However, it adds, 1.5 billion people are overweight or obese. A senior FAO official says Africa is not immune to these problems and needs to promote sustainable nutritious diets and biodiversity.
Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Editor: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Florence Poblete-Enriquez
Studio Engineer: Rosie Starr