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Mozambique farmers’ market at heart of fight against hunger

The owners and producers of this bountiful southern hemisphere harvest festival stand proudly by, frowning and smiling as visitors examine their wares. Remarkably, perhaps, these farmers are nearly all women. Against fierce odds, they are showing a lead in Mozambique’s desperate fight against hunger.

All the women belong to the Wapsala Association, a 33-strong agricultural collective created to boost local smallholders, ensure a steady, year-round, supply of high-nutrition foodstuffs in an area prone to chronic shortages, and help end the curse of malnutrition that affects about 44% of all Mozambican children under five.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/04/mozambique-farmers-market- fights-hunger

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Guardian Comment – men rule womens’ issues

Among 35 major national print publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, men had 81 percent of the quotes in stories about abortion, the research group said Thursday, while women had 12 percent, and organizations had 7 percent.

In stories about birth control, men scored 75 percent of the quotes, with women getting 19 percent and organizations getting 6 percent. Stories about Planned Parenthood had a similar ratio, with men getting 67 percent, women getting 26 percent, and organizations getting 7 percent.

Women fared a bit better in stories about women’s rights, getting 31 percent of the quotes compared with 52 percent for men and 17 percent for organizations.

via Guardian Comment.