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Market access isn’t only hurdle for Africa’s small-scale farmers

(September 26th, 2012)

From CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: Today on American Public Media’s Marketplace, I explore whether the rapid expansion of supermarket chains across sub-Saharan Africa is an opportunity or a curse for the continent’s small-scale farmers. I had done a little research before I headed out to Zambia, Lesotho and South Africa to report this story, and […]

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Rhino hunt in South Africa sparks debate

(January 8th, 2012)

Some conservationists say auctioning off a single permit helps protect the animals; others say none should be killed. Meanwhile, poaching is booming. January 08, 2012|By Gretchen L. Wilson, Los Angeles Times Reporting from Johannesburg — Animal rights activists are challenging a decision by South African conservation authorities to auction off a permit to hunt a […]

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The Oprah School on Trial

(October 29th, 2008)

The Daily Beast An exclusive report on the sexual abuse case that tarnished Oprah’s South African School—and an interview with the dorm matron at the center of the scandal. In the moments before her trial resumes, Tiny Makopo, a former dormitory matron at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, is sending text messages and […]

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An economy grows among Somali Refugees

(February 27th, 2007)

Just inside Kenya’s border with Somalia, some 170,000 Somalis live in refugee camps, waiting for peace in their homeland. In the camps, people balance dependence on aid with grassroots economic development. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Kenya’s farmers connect to better prices

(February 19th, 2007)

Africa’s small farmers often fall victim to local traders who dictate prices below market rates. But in rural Kenya farmers now have technology in hand that cuts out the middleman. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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African Female Scholars Share Virtual Lifeline

(December 21st, 2006)

Female faculty are rare at African universities, but the Internet helps university women exchange ideas and moral support. It provides what some participants call a “virtual feminist university.”

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Somalia turmoil spills into South Africa

(December 8th, 2006)

Somali refugees who have fled the violence in their country have setled in South Afrca. They’ve set up shops in townships, competing with local business. And that’s spurred new violence.

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Working for a living . . . and the dying

(November 30th, 2006)

So many people are dying of HIV/AIDS in South Africa that funerals are a constant. Hundreds every weekend. For South African women, preparations have turned into a second full-time job. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Faith makes a difference in AIDS care

(November 23rd, 2006)

When Rev. John Thomas brought churchgoers together to serve people living with HIV/AIDS seven years ago, donations came from individual pocketbooks. Their work created a buzz, and by 2001 donations were pouring in from individual congregations around the world. But few orthodox donor agencies took note, reflecting an ambivalence – and sometimes scepticism – towards faith-based organisations.

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Research is discounting myths about orphans

(November 10th, 2006)

NEWCASTLE, 10 November 2006 (IRIN) – A few years ago Prof Timothy Quinlan was hearing horror stories about delinquency and abandonment among AIDS orphans that would spell trouble for their future social acceptance.

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