UN CALLING ASIA: Papua New Guinea struggles to meet MDG poverty targets

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As countries around the world continue to push towards reaching the Millennium Development goals or MDGs, there are a few states which are still struggling to meet the poverty targets. One of those is Papua New Guinea, a Pacific Ocean archipelago with a population of seven million. Around 40 per cent are living below the national poverty line. The deadline for the attainment of the MDGs is 2015, but currently the country is not expected to reach any of the eight goals. Roy Trivedy is the United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Papua New Guinea. Daniel Dickinson asked him to describe the level of poverty in the country.

Countries urged to step up action against destructive banana disease

A destructive banana disease that has spread from Asia to Africa and the Middle East poses a major risk to livelihoods and banana markets, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. Banana is the 8th most important food crop in the world and the 4th most important among the world's least-developed countries. Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 (TR4), also known as Panama disease, is a fungal disease that lives in the soil and attacks the plant's roots. FAO says TR4 infects the Cavendish banana varieties, which dominate global trade, as well as other susceptible varieties used for local consumption and markets. Fazil Dusunceli, a plant pathologist at FAO, began by explaining to FAO's Sandra Ferrari what causes the disease.

West Papua: Saved by Seaweed

West Papua is more than 3000 kilometres from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. It’s not only difficult to reach, but for decades it’s been plagued by conflict, so it’s been a challenge to create economic opportunities here. But thanks to a government project supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) fishermen in the country who have always lived hand-to-mouth are now improving their lives through seaweed. IFAD's Joanne Levitan has more.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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