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SUNS # 8372 Thursday  8 December 2016


United Nations: Diminishing power of small-scale farmers in cocoa GVCs (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
The situation of small-holding farmers - the backbone of world cocoa production - is of particular concern, as their already weak position in global value chains (GVCs) continues to be undermined by other well-integrated stakeholders, including traders, processors and manufacturers of cocoa and chocolate products.

Europe: The end of a cycle? (PRIV)
(Roberto Savio, Rome)
Is the demise of Renzi really a local affair? There is no doubt that a referendum on a constitutional change can be a matter of confidence in him, having personalized the issue to a point that it became basically a vote on the young Prime Minister.

United Nations: Soil - keeping nutrients in food and carbon in the ground (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Healthy soil not only makes food more nutritious it also helps keep carbon out of the atmosphere by storing it underground.

Kenya: Let's unite to end violence against women (PRIV)
(IPS, Nairobi)
Nairobi, 25 Nov (IPS/Sicily Kariuki, Siddharth Chatterjee and Stefano A. Dejak*) -- Consider this. According to the 2014 Demographic and Health Survey of Kenya, 4 out of every 10 Kenyan women undergo some form of violence, whether physical or sexual.

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