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Saturday 07 July 2012

Natasha Breed on how the population of Kenya's expanding fast, urban areas are eating up the countryside. And it's proving disastrous and sometimes fatal for the country's wildlife.

A weird fungus which grows out of the heads of caterpillars is being harvested in parts of the Himalayas. Craig Jeffrey, who's been investigating, says it's proving a valuable cash crop for some of the mountain villagers.

Latvia has the fastest-growing economy in Europe. Damien McGuinness has been to the capital Riga to see how they've made austerity cool.

The Nigerian president's been speaking of the importance of family planning. The BBC's Jane Dreaper's been to a part of his country where having seven children is far from unusual.

And Anna Horsbrugh Porter is one of the BBC World Service staff who're leaving their headquarters in London, Bush House in the Strand. She's been talking to colleagues about a much-loved broadcasting institution.


6 items
  • Introduction

  • Whose land?

    Natasha Breed describes how humans and wildlife are increasingly vying for the same territory in Kenya.

  • Cash crop

    Craig Jeffrey investigates a rare fungus some are calling Indian Viagra, which is starting to transform local economies in the Himalayas.

  • Austerity measures

    Damien McGuinness asks what lessons can be learned from Latvia – the fastest-growing economy in Europe.

  • Family planning

    Jane Dreaper visits a part of Nigeria where having seven children is far from unusual.

  • Broadcasting institution

    Anna Horsbrugh Porter has been talking to colleagues from the BBC World Service about leaving their current home – Bush House.

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