Syrian exodus into Iraq continues

Syrian Refugees streaming into Iraq. [UNHCR/G.Gubaeva]

Syrian men, women, and children in unprecedented numbers crossed into Iraq on foot when the Kurdistan Regional Government opened the Peshkhabour pontoon bridge on the 15th of August. In just one week, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says, over 45-thousand Syrians fleeing the conflict in their country have crossed the bridge into Iraq. UNHCR says this is certainly one of the biggest crossings of refugees the agency has seen at any time into a neighbouring country during the entire Syria crisis. Beng Poblete-Enriquez has the story.


Aquaculture production in the Asia-Pacific region.

Aquaculture – the answer to food insecurity and poverty alleviation

Fish, crustaceans and molluscs – these are some of the aquatic organisms that are being produced through aquaculture. These food products are an important source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. To meet the ever increasing demand for fish consumption, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that aquaculture is the answer that will also contribute to food and nutrition security. Currently, Arni Mathiesen, the Assistant Director-General of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department at FAO says 90 percent of aquaculture production is in Asia, and 10 percent is in the Americas, Europe and Africa. He discussed aquaculture and its significance with UN Radio’s Donn Bobb.

Street vendor in Vietnam. [IMF-Sitton/Corbis]

The persistence of informal sector work

As the economies of the developing world expand, new jobs beckon, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF). But an economist from Harvard University says these countries have seen a surprising persistence of informal sector jobs which offer low pay and scant worker protection. According to Richard Freeman, informal sector workers make up around 60 per cent of the global work force. He explained to the IMF's David Schulman who these informal sector workers are and how to better protect them.

Presenter:  Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Production Assistant:  Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"


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