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last updated: 15:34 UTC / Friday 27 March 2015

New beans could transform Kenyan canning industry.

Researchers from the University of Nairobi, Kenya have developed superior, better-yielding, drought-resistant varieties of beans. The new varieties that have now gone through validation process by the regulators have much shorter cooking time, an attribute that is favourable to the canning industry and consumers because it significantly reduces energy costs.

Equally significant about these varieties is that beans ‘considered’ a woman’s crop has the potential to transform the lives of many women. These varieties, once released into the market, are expected to make a strong impact in countries in eastern Africa, including Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Video shot by Sven Torfinn.
Produced by Panos Pictures for Sci.Dev.


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Leasing delivers strong developmental impact in Africa by playing a critical role helping SMEs access finance, and promoting financial sector development.

Nyani Quarmyne travelled to Tanzania, Ghana and Senegal to document the activities of the IFC Africa Leasing Facility, a five-year, multi-country advisory services program aimed at introducing leasing as an innovative financial instrument across Sub-Saharan Africa.


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Abdullah was injured when a shell exploded next to him. He needed multiple operations and eventually had his leg amputated.

Over the last six months the UK government has supported teams of highly skilled British orthopaedic and plastic surgeons from the NHS to travel to Gaza. The organisations behind this programme, MAP and IDEALS, were funded as part of a package of more than £17 million in emergency humanitarian assistance, to help deliver lifesaving food, clean water, shelter and medical assistance.

Shot by Abbie Trayler Smith, edit and production by Panos for DFID.


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On 7 July 2014, following weeks of growing tensions over the tit-for-tat murders of three young Israeli students and a Palestinian teenager from East Jerusalem and rockets being fired out of Gaza, the Israeli army launched a large scale military operation in the coastal territory dubbed ‘Operation Protective Edge’. In the course of the 51-day conflict over 2,100 people were killed and more than 11,000 wounded. The majority of casualties in Gaza were civilians.

This unprecedented volume of people needing urgent and long term care for complex injuries has put a huge strain on Gaza’s health system. Over the last six months, teams of six highly skilled British orthopaedic and plastic surgeons from the NHS have been volunteering their time, rotating in and out of Gaza.

The UK government’s support to the organsiations behind this programme, MAP and IDEALS, was part of a package of more than £17 million in emergency humanitarian assistance, to help deliver lifesaving food, clean water, shelter and medical assistance.

Shot by Abbie Trayler Smith, edit and production by Panos for DFID.


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Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a dangerous place for women, or ‘meri’ as they are called in Tok Pisin, the local language. Violence against women is seen as normal. According to recent statistics from the Papua New Guinea National Department of Health, more than two thirds of women experienced physical or sexual violence. One third were subjected to rape and 17% of sexual abuse involved girls between the ages of 13 and 14.

Stills and video by Vlad Sokhin. Commissioned by Childfund Australia.


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The consequences of some conflicts related to the Arab springs, such as the Libyan and Syrian wars triggered a massive wave of refugees. On 3 October 2013, 366 immigrants trying to get to the italian coast of Lampedusa drowned in the southern Mediterranean sea. A short time after the tragedy, the italian government launched the Operation Mare Nostrum, involving 5 war ships from the Italian navy and other additional resources.

This short documentary shows a close up Search and Rescue operation conducted by the crew of the frigate Grecale in March 2014. Nearly 200 immigrants mainly from Pakistan and Sirya were found drifting somewhere between Lampedusa and Tunisia.

This film ends with a rare footage of the Refugee center of Mineo, Sicily. The largest refugees center in Europe, and the place where many among those who have been rescued by the Italian navy end up for months or years.

Commissioned by El Pais. Multimedia display at El Pais Semanal online:
elpais.com/especiales/2014/europa-frontera-sur/index.html

Shot and edited by Carlos Spottorno all images by Carlos Spottorno.


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Meet Beatrice’s family: there’s Elizabeth, Ruth, Margaret, Francis, Samuel, John, Kelvin, and Linda & Mary the twins. Elizabeth, the eldest, wants to be a lawyer. Beatrice wants all her children to go through secondary school – but in Kenya this costs money, and it’s money the family struggle to save, on the $4 a day they all live on. It wasn’t until she had had her ninth child that Beatrice heard about contraception, she says if she’d known earlier she would probably have just had three.

Commissioned by IPPF to support the Family Planning 2020 commitments.

Shot by Adam Patterson. Produced and edited by Panos Pictures.


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The House of Culture of the Blind in Yerevan has stood almost empty since the fall of the Soviet Union due to a lack of funding for disabled people in Armenia. Many disabled people are now reconnecting with the world and finding employment through the Internet. This year the Internet Society funded the creation of a new computer room in the House for Culture of the Blinds.

Shot and produced by James Morgan for the Internet Society.


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‘Women’s Voices: Michelle’ is part of a series of three short films on abortion produced by Panos for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Video by Adam Patterson.


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‘Women’s Voices: Juliette’ is part of a series of three short films on abortion produced by Panos for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Video by Abbie Trayler-Smith.


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‘Women’s Voices: Bhakti’ is part of a series of three short films on abortion produced by Panos for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Video by Suzanne Lee.


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A cluster bomb is dropped and ten years later people are still being affected by it.

Over the years, up to 8,000 people have been killed or injured in Iraq alone. One quarter of these casualties were children. J.B. Russell travelled to the country to meet some of the people living and working in the area.

Video produced by Sean Sutton for the Cluster Munition Coalition.
Editing by Panos Pictures.


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