Malaysia Airlines investigation and recovery efforts hampered by shelling: OSCE

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Aircraft on runway. Photo: World Bank/Arne Hoel (file)

The investigation and recovery effort on the site where the Malaysia Airlines passenger flight was shot down has been hampered because of continued shelling in Eastern Ukraine area. That’s according to the Spokesperson for the OSCE Special monitoring mission to Ukraine who told UN Radio that the shelling creates a climate of fear which makes it difficult to carry out investigative work. The OSCE is the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The UN has called for a full investigation into the crash of flight MH17, which went down in Donetsk Oblast on 17 July, resulting in the loss of 298 lives. They have also urged armed groups to allow unfettered access to the crash site and ensure that its integrity is maintained. Michael Bociurkiw told Elena Vapnitchnaia that for now, the focus is on recovering the victims’ remains and personal belongings.

Fijian farmers enter lucrative organic papaya market through self-certification

Ripe papaya (IFAD video capture)

A group of 20 young Fijian farmers dream of earning enough money to support their siblings. Their plan? To farm papaya organically and to access the premium price that the organic market pays. But they can only do this if their product is certified organic. With the prohibitively high cost of third party organic certification, they are trying something new. With support from the International Fund for Agricultural Organization (IFAD), these farmers are certifying themselves. And this could change the way organics are certified throughout the Pacific region. Joanne Levitan reports from Fiji.

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Australia promotes appropriate broadband technology for developing countries

Developing countries that want to boost Internet access should adopt technologies that are most appropriate to their particular situation. That’s according to Malcolm Turnbull, the Minister for Communications, in Australia. He’s advocating focussing on the goal of increasing broadband connectivity using the best available resources and not necessarily choosing the newest technology. Mr Turnbull has been speaking to Maximillian Jacobson-Gonzalez of the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He began by explaining why Australia has invested so heavily in broadband technology.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira

Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10’00”