Fertilizer Access Grows Farmers, Food and Finance
Smallholder farmers prosper if they have access to knowledge and use of inputs such as fertilizers and credit. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPSBy Busani BafanaLOUIS TRICHARDT, South Africa, Jul 26 2016 (IPS)Brightly coloured cans, bags of fertilizer and packets containing all types of seeds catch the eye upon entering Nancy Khorommbi’s agro dealer shop tucked at the corner of a roadside service station.But her seeds and fertilizers have not exactly been flying off the shelves since Khorommbi opened the fledging shop six years ago. Her customers: smallholder farmers in the laid back town of Sibasa, 72 kilometers northeast of...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Busani Bafana Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Farming Crisis: Filling An Empty Plate Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Labour Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Projects TerraViva United Source Type: news

Uganda Ill-Equipped for Growing Cancer Burden
Jovia, who died on Apr. 29, 2016, suffered from both HIV/AIDS and cervical cancer, a deadly combination affecting thousands of women in Uganda. Credit: Amy Fallon/IPSBy Amy FallonKAMPALA, Uganda, Jul 25 2016 (IPS)Lying on a dirty bed in a crowded, squalid hostel in Kampala, emaciated Jovia, 29, managed a weak smile as a doctor delivered her a small green bottle containing a liquid.“I’m so happy they’ve brought the morphine,” the mother told IPS, just about the only words she could get out during what would be the last weeks of her life. “It controls my pain and makes my life more bearable.&rdq...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Amy Fallon Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Inequity Population Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Cancer HIV/AIDS Hospice Africa Uganda Source Type: news

Kashmir on Fire
By Taimur Zulfiqar, second secretary embassy of Pakistan ManilaJul 19 2016 (Manila Times)Kashmir is bleeding once again. Many innocent civilians have been brutally killed and many more injured by the Indian security forces. Surprisingly, there is a deafening silence in the local media. No views, no comments whatsoever have appeared. Strangely, the media, which is otherwise very active and springs into action on the slightest violation of human rights, kept mum as if Kashmiris are not human, their blood carries no importance and is cheaper than water. Many nowadays are voicing serious concerns about the rights of drug addic...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: TAIMUR ZULFIQAR Tags: Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Press Freedom Source Type: news

Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarised Mind
TRANSCEND Member Prof. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecofeminist, philosopher, activist, and author of more than 20 books and 500 papers. She is the founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, and has campaigned for biodiversity, conservation and farmers’ rights, winning the Right Livelihood Award [Alternative Nobel Prize] in 1993. She is executive director of the Navdanya Trust.By Dr Vandana ShivaNEW DELHI, Jul 18 2016 (IPS)A recent report from the National Academy of Science of The United States, titled Gene Drives on the Horizon : Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Vandana Shiva 2 Tags: Biodiversity Climate Change Development & Aid Editors' Choice Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Globalisation Headlines Health Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse North America opinion Population Poverty & S Source Type: news

Rewriting Africa ’ s Agricultural Narrative
Albert Kanga's plantain farm on the outskirts of Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Credit: Friday Phiri/IPSBy Friday PhiriABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire, Jul 18 2016 (IPS)Albert Kanga Azaguie no longer considers himself a smallholder farmer. By learning and monitoring the supply and demand value chains of one of the country’s staple crops, plantain (similar to bananas), Kanga ventured into off-season production to sell his produce at relatively higher prices.“I am now a big farmer. The logic is simple: I deal in off-season plantain. When there is almost nothing on the market, mine is ready and therefore sells at a higher price,&...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Friday Phiri Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Green Economy Headlines Health Inequity Labour Natural Resources Population Poverty & S Source Type: news

Rewriting Africa’s Agricultural Narrative
Albert Kanga's plantain farm on the outskirts of Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Credit: Friday Phiri/IPSBy Friday PhiriABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire, Jul 18 2016 (IPS)Albert Kanga Azaguie no longer considers himself a smallholder farmer. By learning and monitoring the supply and demand value chains of one of the country’s staple crops, plantain (similar to bananas), Kanga ventured into off-season production to sell his produce at relatively higher prices.“I am now a big farmer. The logic is simple: I deal in off-season plantain. When there is almost nothing on the market, mine is ready and therefore sells at a higher price,&...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Friday Phiri Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Green Economy Headlines Health Inequity Labour Natural Resources Population Poverty & S Source Type: news

Entrenched Inequalities
By Faisal BariJul 15 2016 (Dawn, Pakistan)Do a girl born in a poor household in rural Balochistan and a boy born in a rich household in Karachi have the same or even a similar set of opportunities in life? Are their chances of acquiring an education similar? Do they have access to comparable healthcare services and facilities? Do they have equal opportunities for access to physical infrastructure and the freedom of movement and association? Faisal BariThe girl from the poor household in rural Balochistan has a significant probability of not surviving infancy. If she does, it is unlikely she will go to school. The chances o...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Faisal Bari Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Population Religion Women's Health Source Type: news

Large-Scale Rainwater Harvesting Eases Scarcity in Kenya
African Water Bank technicians put the final touches on a water storage tank at a homestead in the Duka Moja area of Narok County, Kenya. Credit: Justus Wanzala/IPSBy Justus WanjalaNAROK, Kenya, Jul 12 2016 (IPS)Rainwater harvesting in Kenya and other places is hardly new. But in this water-stressed country, where two-thirds of the land is arid or semiarid, the quest for a lasting solution to water scarcity has driven useful innovations in this age-old practice.The African Water Bank (AWB), an international nonprofit, has committed to providing and managing clean water using a much cheaper and efficient method.The technolo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Justus Wanjala Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Water & Sanitation Women Source Type: news

Global Coalition Seeks Ban on Mercury Use
Example of mercury use in the healthcare sector. From left to right: Mercury Sphygmomanometer, Dental Amalgam and a Fever Thermometer. Photo: UNDPBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jul 12 2016 (IPS)A coalition of over 25 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has launched a global campaign to end a longstanding health and environmental hazard: the use of mercury in dentistry. Spearheading the campaign is the Washington-based World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, which is seeking to phase out dental amalgam, described as a “primitive pollutant”, by the year 2020.The environmental health benefits fro...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Editors' Choice Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories South-South Sustainability Source Type: news

The Future of Food in Cities: Urban Agriculture
A food garden at UN headquarters in New York City. Credit: Phillip Kaeding / IPS.By Aruna DuttNEW YORK, Jul 11 2016 (IPS)Habitat III, the UN’s conference on cities this coming October will explore urban agriculture as a solution to food security, but here in New York City, it has shown potential for much more.Record-high levels of inequality are being felt most prominently in the world’s cities. Even In New York City, the heart of the developed world, many urban communities have food security issues.Since the year 2000, New York City food costs have increased by 59 percent, while the average income of working a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Aruna Dutt Tags: Aid Biodiversity Climate Change Development & Aid Editors' Choice Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse North America Populati Source Type: news

The Eugenics Debate
By Rukhsana ShahJul 11 2016 (Dawn, Pakistan)The current debate on the re-emergence of eugenics is worrying, as most of its proponents seem to be urging for gene manipulation for higher intelligence and beauty, while only a few are concerned with its dystopian implications. The writer is a former federal secretary.Plato was the first to develop the idea of eugenics, which literally means ‘good race/stock’, to improve the human race through controlled and selective mating. In ancient Greece, if a child was considered incapable of living independently by the city elders he was either executed or exposed to the ele...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Rukhsana Shah Tags: Crime & Justice Global Headlines Health Human Rights Women's Health Source Type: news

Latin American Development Depends On Investing In Teenage Girls
Two Mexican teenage girls at their school. Investing in education for teenage girls in Latin America is regarded as the way forward for them to become future drivers of sustainable develpment in their societies. Credit: UNFPA LACBy Estrella GutiérrezCARACAS, Jul 11 2016 (IPS)Latin America’s teenage girls are a crucial force for change and for promoting sustainable development, if the region invests in their rights and the correction of unequal opportunities, according to Luiza Carvalho, the regional head of UN Women.“An empowered adolescent will know her rights and will stand up for them; she has tools f...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Estrella Gutiérrez Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty Source Type: news

Talking Openly – The Way to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy
A teenage mother and her toddler in Bonpland, a rural municipality in the northern province of Misiones in Argentina. Latin America has the second highest regional rate of early pregnancies in the world, after sub-Saharan Africa. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPSBy Fabiana FrayssinetBUENOS AIRES, Jul 8 2016 (IPS)In plain and simple language, an Argentine video aimed at teenagers explains how to get sexual pleasure while being careful. Its freedom from taboos is very necessary in Latin American countries where one in five girls becomes a mother by the time she is 19 years old.“For good sex to happen, both partners have t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Fabiana Frayssinet Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva Source Type: news

Talking Openly – The Way to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy
A teenage mother and her toddler in Bonpland, a rural municipality in the northern province of Misiones in Argentina. Latin America has the second highest regional rate of early pregnancies in the world, after sub-Saharan Africa. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPSBy Fabiana FrayssinetBUENOS AIRES, Jul 8 2016 (IPS)In plain and simple language, an Argentine video aimed at teenagers explains how to get sexual pleasure while being careful. Its freedom from taboos is very necessary in Latin American countries where one in five girls becomes a mother by the time she is 19 years old.“For good sex to happen, both partners have t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Fabiana Frayssinet Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Women's Health adolescent Adolescents Source Type: news

Malagasy Children Bear Brunt of Severe Drought
Nearly half the children in drought-stricken South Madagascar are malnourished. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPSBy Miriam GathigahAMBOVOMBE, Madagascar, Jul 8 2016 (IPS)Voahevetse Fotetse can easily pass for a three-year-old even though he is six and a pupil at Ankilimafaitsy Primary School in Ambovombe district, Androy region, one of the most severely affected by the ongoing drought in the South of Madagascar.“Fotetse is just like many of the pupils here who, due to chronic malnutrition, are much too small for their age, they are too short and too thin,” explains Seraphine Sasara, the school’s director.The sc...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Miriam Gathigah Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Education Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Population Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanitation Women's Health Child Mal Source Type: news

Closing the Gaps in Sexual Education for People with Disabilities
Melody Kemp/IPSBy Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, Jul 7 2016 (IPS)From forced sterilisation to sexual abuse, young women and men with disabilities are much more likely to have their sexual and reproductive health rights violated than other people.However despite the increased risks they face, young people with disabilities are also much less likely to get the sexual health education that they need.Sometimes this is because well-meaning caregivers fail to realise the sexual desires and needs of people with disabilities, Malin Kvitvaer who works for the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) told IPS.“They s...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Aid Development & Aid Education Europe Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Global Governance Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Natio Source Type: news

Is Federalism Pro-poor?
By Jeresa May C. OchaveJul 7 2016 (Manila Times)Poverty, according to the United Nations, is “a denial of choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity. It means lack of basic capacity to participate effectively in society. It means not having enough to feed and clothe a family, not having a school or clinic to go to, not having the land on which to grow one’s food or a job to earn one’s living, not having access to credit. It means insecurity, powerlessness and exclusion of individuals, households and communities. It means susceptibility to violence, and it often implies living in marginal or f...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jeresa May Tags: Aid Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Financial Crisis Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Cloning for Medicine: the Miracle that Wasn ’ t
By Editor, Sunday Times, Sri LankaJul 5 2016 (The Sunday Times - Sri Lanka)PARIS, AFP – When Dolly the cloned sheep was born 20 years ago on July 5, many hailed mankind’s new-found mastery over DNA as a harbinger of medical miracles such as lab-grown transplant organs. Others trembled at the portent of a “Brave New World” of identical humans farmed for spare parts or as cannon fodder.As it turns out, neither came to pass.Human cloning — complicated, risky and ethically contentious — has largely been replaced as the holy grail of regenerative medicine by other technologies, say experts.&l...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Editor Sunday Times Tags: Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Source Type: news

Cloning for Medicine: the Miracle that Wasn’t
By Editor, Sunday Times, Sri LankaJul 5 2016 (The Sunday Times - Sri Lanka)PARIS, AFP – When Dolly the cloned sheep was born 20 years ago on July 5, many hailed mankind’s new-found mastery over DNA as a harbinger of medical miracles such as lab-grown transplant organs. Others trembled at the portent of a “Brave New World” of identical humans farmed for spare parts or as cannon fodder.As it turns out, neither came to pass.Human cloning — complicated, risky and ethically contentious — has largely been replaced as the holy grail of regenerative medicine by other technologies, say experts.&l...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Editor Sunday Times Tags: Development & Aid Global Headlines Health Source Type: news

Uganda Rolls Out Compulsory Immunization to Dispel Anti-Vaccine Myths
Women wait to immunize their children at the Kisugu Health Centre in Kampala, Uganda, where free vaccinations take place. The nurse in the foreground is Betty Makakeeto. Credit: Amy Fallon/IPSBy Amy FallonKAMPALA, Jun 29 2016 (IPS)Patience*, a Ugandan maid, planned on taking her three-year-old son for polio immunization during the country’s mass campaigns a year ago, until her landlord’s wife told her a shocking myth.“The medicine they are injecting them with means the boy when he’s an adult won’t be able to reproduce,” Patience, 32, recalled to IPS what she’d been informed. &...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Amy Fallon Tags: Africa Development & Aid Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Religion Women's Health immunisation Maternal and Child Health Uganda Vaccination Source Type: news

Preventable Child Deaths Not Always Linked to Poorest Countries: UNICEF
Millions of children still die before reaching their fifth birthday every year, according to the 2016 State of The World’s Children Report released here Tuesday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The report, which is released annually, shows that a country’s income does not always determine progress in child mortality. Many poorer countries are outpacing their richer neighbours […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Aruna Dutt Tags: Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Featured Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nation Source Type: news

Biogas Brings Heat and Light to Pakistan ’ s Rural Poor
Nabela Zainab prepares tea on the biogas stove in her home in Faisalabad, Pakistan. The stove has eased indoor air pollution and restored her health. Credit: Saleem Shaikh/IPSBy Saleem Shaikh and Sughra TunioFAISALABAD, Pakistan, Jun 28 2016 (IPS)Nabela Zainab no longer chokes and coughs when she cooks a meal, thanks to the new biogas-fueled two-burner stove in her kitchen.Zainab, 38, from Faisalabad, a town 360 kilometers from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, is among the beneficiaries of a flagship pilot biogas project to free poor households and farmers of their dependence on wood, cattle dung and diesel fuel for coo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Energy Environment Food & Agriculture Green Economy Headlines Health Inequity Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Na Source Type: news

Biogas Brings Heat and Light to Pakistan’s Rural Poor
Nabela Zainab prepares tea on the biogas stove in her home in Faisalabad, Pakistan. The stove has eased indoor air pollution and restored her health. Credit: Saleem Shaikh/IPSBy Saleem Shaikh and Sughra TunioFAISALABAD, Pakistan, Jun 28 2016 (IPS)Nabela Zainab no longer chokes and coughs when she cooks a meal, thanks to the new biogas-fueled two-burner stove in her kitchen.Zainab, 38, from Faisalabad, a town 360 kilometers from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, is among the beneficiaries of a flagship pilot biogas project to free poor households and farmers of their dependence on wood, cattle dung and diesel fuel for coo...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Food & Agriculture Green Economy Headlines Health Inequity Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Women & Economy Women's Health Bi Source Type: news

Civil Society Under Serious Attack
Despite their contribution to social justice, civil society organisations came under “serious attack” in 109 countries in 2015, according to a new report published by CIVICUS Monday. “Civil society freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly have been under serious attack in 109 countries around the world in 2015 alone,” said Mandeep Tiwana, Head of […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Active Citizens Africa Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Global Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Source Type: news

Women ’ s Cooperatives Ease Burden of HIV in Kenya
Dorcus Auma weaving sisal fronds into a basket. Her Kenyan women's group has helped provide income to care for her grandchildren, orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Credit: Charles Karis/IPSBy Charles KarisNAIROBI, Jun 27 2016 (IPS)Seventy-three-year-old Dorcus Auma effortlessly weaves sisal fronds into a beautiful basket as she walks the tiny path that snakes up a hill. She wound up her farm work early because today, Thursday, she is required to attend her women’s group gathering at the secretary’s homestead.Except for their eye-catching light blue dresses and silky head scarfs, they would pass for ordinary village women. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Charles Karis Tags: Active Citizens Africa Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy cooperatives HIV/AIDS Kenya UNAIDS Source Type: news

Women’s Cooperatives Ease Burden of HIV in Kenya
Dorcus Auma weaving sisal fronds into a basket. Her Kenyan women's group has helped provide income to care for her grandchildren, orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Credit: Charles Karis/IPSBy Charles KarisNAIROBI, Jun 27 2016 (IPS)Seventy-three-year-old Dorcus Auma effortlessly weaves sisal fronds into a beautiful basket as she walks the tiny path that snakes up a hill. She wound up her farm work early because today, Thursday, she is required to attend her women’s group gathering at the secretary’s homestead.Except for their eye-catching light blue dresses and silky head scarfs, they would pass for ordinary village women. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Charles Karis Tags: Active Citizens Africa Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Women & Economy cooperatives HIV/AIDS Kenya UNAIDS Source Type: news

Can Better Technology Lure Asia ’ s Youth Back to Farming?
ADB president Takehiko Nakao speaks at the Food Security Forum in Manila. Credit: Diana G. Mendoza/IPSBy Diana G MendozaMANILA, Jun 25 2016 (IPS)Farming and agriculture may not seem cool to young people, but if they can learn the thrill of nurturing plants to produce food, and are provided with their favorite apps and communications software on agriculture, food insecurity will not be an issue, food and agriculture experts said during the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Food Security Forum from June 22 to 24 at the ADB headquarters here.The prospect of attracting youth and tapping technology were raised by Hoonae Kim,...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Diana G Mendoza Tags: Active Citizens Advancing Deserts Aid Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Civil Society Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Education Environment Farming Crisis: Filling An Empty Plate Featured Food & Agricul Source Type: news

Can Better Technology Lure Asia’s Youth Back to Farming?
ADB president Takehiko Nakao speak at the Food Security Forum in Manila. Credit: Diana G. Mendoza/IPSBy Diana G MendozaMANILA, Jun 25 2016 (IPS)Farming and agriculture may not seem cool to young people, but if they can learn the thrill of nurturing plants to produce food, and are provided with their favorite apps and communications software on agriculture, food insecurity will not be an issue, food and agriculture experts said during the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Food Security Forum from June 22 to 24 at the ADB headquarters here.The prospect of attracting youth and tapping technology were raised by Hoonae Kim, ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Diana G Mendoza Tags: Active Citizens Advancing Deserts Aid Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Civil Society Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Farming Crisis: Filling An Empty Plate Food & Agriculture Global Governance Gr Source Type: news

Women’s Health Takes Center Stage at UN Population Awards   
By Aruna DuttUNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 2016 (IPS)Social Scientist, Carmen Barroso and Polish Organisation, Childbirth in Dignity received the United Nations Population Awards here Thursday for their outstanding work in population, improving individuals’ health and welfare, and specifically for their decades-long leadership in women’s rights.“I dedicate this award to anonymous health providers everywhere, who day in and day out help women to exercise their rights and preserve their health,” said Barroso on accepting the award.Barroso has been actively involved in reproductive health and population issue...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Aruna Dutt Tags: Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Women in Politics Women's Health sexual and reproductive health Source Type: news

Let 5-year-old Sherry Tell You How Handwashing with Soap Saves Lives
Eunice, an expectant mother in Migori County in Kenya. Photo Credit: LifebuoyBy Dr Myriam Sidibe and Siddharth ChatterjeeMigori County, Kenya, Jun 24 2016 (IPS)For twenty-six year old Eunice from Migori County,Kenya, celebrating her daughter Sherry’s fifth birthday is a milestone that few of her friends have enjoyed. As with many areas of Africa, a child born in Migori is seven times more likely to die before the age of five, compared to a child in Europe. Despite recent gains in improving maternal and child survival rates in Africa, the continent still rates the lowest in the world. In Kenya, child mortality stands ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Myriam Sidibe and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Source Type: news

Rethinking Fiscal Policy for Global Recovery
Anis Chowdhury was Professor of Economics, University of Western Sydney, and held various senior United Nations positions in New York and Bangkok. Jomo Kwame Sundaram was UN Assistant Secretary- General for Economic Development.By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jun 23 2016 (IPS)Global economic recovery is being held hostage by the ideological dogma of the last three and a half decades. After long contributing to neo-liberal conventional wisdom, in its October 2015 World Economic Outlook, the IMF identified the vicious circle undermining global recovery and growth. Low aggregate demand is disc...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 23, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Financial Crisis Global Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Inequity Labour Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Yoga Unites the UN for Sustainable Development
'Sadhguru' Jaggi Vasudev leads yoga at the UN on International Yoga Day. Credit: Valentina Ieri / IPS.By Valentina IeriUNITED NATIONS, Jun 21 2016 (IPS)The word yoga means “unite” in Sanskrit, and the Indian government hopes that the ancient practice will help United Nations member states to work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The International Day of Yoga was celebrated here Tuesday with an outdoor yoga session led by Indian yoga master ‘Sadhguru’ Jaggi Vasudev.“How can (we) transform the world without transforming human beings?” asked Vasude...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Valentina Ieri Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Peace Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations India Sustainable De Source Type: news

Mixed Progress at UN on Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Nearly 10 years after UN members adopted a progressive Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), progress implementing the convention has been mixed, even at the UN itself, say disability advocates. Last week the 165 member states that are party to the convention met at the UN to review implementation and elect members of […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women in Politics Women's Health Disability Source Type: news

Fences and Walls: A Short-sighted Response to Migration Fears?
Discussion Paper 01331, Washington DC, 2014 (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jose Graziano da Silva and Andrew MacMillan Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Democracy Economy & Trade Education Europe Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Natural Resources Peace Poverty Source Type: news

The 50 Essential Products That Could Help People With Disabilities
Wheelchairs, hearing aids, white canes and braille typewriters are just some of the products that help people with disabilities to participate fully in everyday life. Yet for many people with disabilities in developing countries many of the most useful products are simply beyond reach. To help more people with disabilities get access to the assistance that new and […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Disability Source Type: news

Drought Dries Up Money from Honey
Zimbabwean farmer and beekeeper Nyovane Ndlovu with some of the honey produced under his own label. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPSBy Busani BafanaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jun 15 2016 (IPS)“It is everything” is how smallholder farmer Nyovane Ndlovu describes beekeeping, which has long been an alternative sweet source of income for drought-beaten farmers in Zimbabwe.A drought worsened by the El Nino phenomenon – which has now eased – led to a write-off of crops in many parts of Zimbabwe and across the Southern Africa region where more than 28 million people will need food aid this year. More than four million p...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Busani Bafana Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Governments Slow to Respond to Elder Abuse
Toby Porter is Chief Executive Officer of Health Age International (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Toby Porter Tags: Aid Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Gender Gender Violence Health Human Rights Inequity opinion Population Poverty & SDGs Women's Health elder abuse elderly Source Type: news

Climate-Proofing Agriculture Must Take Centre Stage in African Policy
Peter Mcharo's two children digging their father’s maize field in Kibaigwa village, Morogoro Region, some 350km from Dar es Salaam. Mcharo has benefitted greatly from conservation agriculture techniques. Credit: Orton Kiishweko/IPSBy Dr. Katrin GlatzelKIGALI, Rwanda, Jun 14 2016 (IPS)After over a year of extreme weather changes across the world, causing destruction to homes and lives, 2015-16 El Niño has now come to an end.This recent El Niño – probably the strongest on record along with the along with those in 1997-1998 and 1982-83– has yet again shown us just how vulnerable we, let alone t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Katrin Glatzel Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Green Economy Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Natural Resources Population P Source Type: news

Seeds for Supper as Drought Intensifies in South Madagascar
Farmers are in despair at the drought crisis in Southern Madagascar, where at least 1.14 million people are food insecure. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPSBy Miriam GathigahBEKILY, Madagascar, Jun 14 2016 (IPS)Havasoa Philomene did not have any maize when the harvesting season kicked off at the end of May since like many in the Greater South of Madagascar, she had already boiled and eaten all her seeds due to the ongoing drought.Here, thousands of children are living on wild cactus fruits in spite of the severe constipation that they cause, but in the face of the most severe drought witnessed yet, Malagasy people have resorted ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Miriam Gathigah Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

AIDS Meeting Was Bold but Disappointing, Organisations Say
A Rainbow flag is displayed in the window of the United States Mission to the United Nations during LGBT Pride Month. Credit: Phillip Kaeding / IPS.By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jun 13 2016 (IPS)Though the High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS ended with the adoption of bold and life saving targets, many organisations have expressed their disappointment in its outcomes.During the meeting, the international community adopted a new Political Declaration that lays down the groundwork to accelerate HIV prevention and treatment and end AIDS by 2030.UN member states committed to achieving a 90-90-90 treatment target where ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Gender Identity Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse LGBTQ Population Po Source Type: news

Gender & Disability
By Rukhsana ShahJun 13 2016 (Dawn, Pakistan)Women with disabilities face triple discrimination the world over on the basis of disability, gender and poverty. They are the most marginalised of all population groups including men with disabilities. The negative stereotyping of women with disabilities puts them at greater physical risk as they are exposed to neglect, emotional abuse, domestic violence and rape. The writer is a former federal secretary.According to the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programmes, 83pc of women with disabilities will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, while the Centre for the Study ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Rukhsana Shah Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Women's Health Source Type: news

Antibiotic Resistance Requires Global Response Similar to AIDS, Climate Change
Addressing antibiotic resistance will require a global political response similar to the way the world has reacted to climate change or HIV / AIDS, Sweden’s Minister of Public Health Gabriel Wikstrom, told IPS recently. “(These problems) began with a small group of experts discussing and trying to warn the rest of us and it was not […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Global Geopolitics Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations A Source Type: news

Youth Leaders Push for More Progressive Action to End HIV AIDS
Loyce Maturu, a Zimbabwean living with AIDS since the age of 12 and an advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS, addresses the General Assembly High-level Meeting on HIV/AIDS. UN Photo/Rick BajornasBy Aruna DuttUNITED NATIONS, Jun 10 2016 (IPS)Young people are disproportionately affected by HIV, yet their concerns about sexual education, and discrimination of key populations were ignored At the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on ending AIDS.Although the overall number of AIDS-related deaths is down 35 percent since 2005, estimates suggest that AIDS-related deaths among adolescents are actually rising.In fact, AIDS i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Aruna Dutt Tags: Active Citizens Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse LGBTQ Population P Source Type: news

Politics of Numbers
By Zubeida MustafaJun 10 2016 (Dawn, Pakistan)The Pakistan Economic Survey 2015-16 reminds us of our ticking population bomb.We are told that today the country`s population stands at 195.4 million 3.7m more than it was the previous year. We have regressed. The population growth rate stands at 1.89pc in 2016. It dropped to 1.49pc in 1960-2003.Yet few express serious concern about the threat we face from our rapidly growing numbers that are undermining our national economy and destroying our social structures.Many myths have been propagated to camouflage the official apathy vis-à-vis the population sector. Thus, it is...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 10, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Zubeida Mustafa Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs Religion Source Type: news

A Triple Threat in the Fight Against AIDS
The exclusion of key regions, contexts and actors must be addressed in order to successfully and significantly reduce HIV and AIDS by 2020, many have noted during the High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS this week. The meeting, which brings together UN member states and civil society, aims to discuss challenges and solutions for effective […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse LG Source Type: news

Students Journey: A Step Closer to the SDGs in Rural India
A village in the Kalahandi district in the state of Odisha in India. The district still grapples with lack of basic amenities, low crop productivity, and malnutrition. The depleting harvest forces villagers to depend on other forms of manual labor. Credit: Smriti DasBy Smriti Das, Teri University New Delhi and Rose Delaney, IPSNEW DELHI, ROME, Jun 9 2016 (IPS)As the seventh largest economy in the world by nominal GDP, India has fared better than many. Through a mix of interventions from the public and private sector, India’s economy has promoted growth and welfare. However, in spite of these developments, the challen...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Smriti Das and Rose Delaney Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Source Type: news

New Protocol Aims to Cut Trillion-Dollar Food Waste Bill
Tsering Dorji works on his farm in western Bhutan’s Satsam village. Due to inadequate transportation and marketing opportunities, he loses half of what he produces every rainy season. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulCOPENHAGEN, Jun 8 2016 (IPS)Four years ago, 27-year-old Tsering Dorji of western Bhutan’s Satsam village took to organic vegetable farming. Since then, thanks to composted manure and organic pesticide, the soil health of his farm has improved, and the yield has increased manifold.Dorji, once a subsistence farmer, now has about 60 bags of surplus food every two months to sell and earn a profit.&...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Water & San Source Type: news

Reproductive Violence
By Tahir MehdiJun 7 2016 (Dawn, Pakistan)Two things happened in Islamabad on the same day recently, one pertaining to the Council of Islamic Ideology and the other to Pemra, the electronic media regulator. CII sanctioned `lightly beating` of wives and Pemra banned (and then partially withdrew) advertisements of contraceptives. The two seemingly unrelated events have more than their timing in common. Their relationship is intriguing and intense and covered by the same ignorance that so many in our society defend in the name of religion and culture.But before I dilate on the link between the two, let me first contradict the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tahir Mehdi Tags: Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Education Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Religion Women's Health Source Type: news

Thailand Shows the Way Towards an HIV-Free World
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh is the Regional Director of the South East Asia Region of WHO.By Dr Poonam Khetrapal SinghNEW YORK, Jun 7 2016 (IPS)Thailand has provided the world with an important milestone towards the global goal of ending pediatric AIDS. This week, the World Health Organization is formally declaring that Thailand has officially eliminated new HIV infections among children.Whereas in 2000 an estimated 1000 children in Thailand were newly infected with HIV, in 2015 just – 85 children were infected with the disease. This very low level of new infection among children is comparable to the results achieved i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Dr Poonam Tags: Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Source Type: news

Q&A: Crisis and Climate Change Driving Unprecedented Migration
Owing to demographic drivers, countries are going to become more multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious, says William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organisation for Migration. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPSBy Manipadma JenaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 6 2016 (IPS)Climate change is now adding new layers of complexity to the nexus between migration and the environment.Coastal populations are at particular risk as a global rise in temperature of between 1.1 and 3.1 degrees C would increase the mean sea level by 0.36 to 0.73 meters by 2100, adversely impacting low-lying areas with submergence, flooding, erosio...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Manipadma Jena Tags: Advancing Deserts Armed Conflicts Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Source Type: news