Battered by Storms, Sri Lanka Rethinks Food Security
The picture could be straight out of a tourist postcard – a sleepy green mountain with misty clouds floating above the canopy – if not for one fatal flaw: the ugly gash running right through the middle. This is the Egalpitiya mountain in Aranayake about 120 kms from the capital Colombo. Parts of the mountain […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Amantha Perera Tags: Advancing Deserts Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanitat Source Type: news

Young African Women More Vulnerable to HIV
When Lebogang Brenda Motsumi was 16  years old she fell pregnant, terrified about what her life would look like, she went to a backdoor clinic for an abortion. The abortion failed, and she gave birth to a baby who later passed on. Motsumi knew that she needed to be more careful so she went to a […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Active Citizens Africa Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Povert Source Type: news

Time to Change Expectations: Zero Retribution to Zero Tolerance
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director. Credit: UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz.By Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaUNITED NATIONS, Jun 1 2016 (IPS)The drugging, abduction and violent gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil calls us all to turn the tide of sexual violence against women and girls in Brazil and in every country in the world.Her silence was broken by the men who boastfully posted their images of the rape, deepening her abuse by showing her body to the world, in the confident expectation of approval by their peers and impunity from punishment. This is Brazil’s ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Tags: Aid Crime & Justice Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse opinion Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Source Type: news

Banking on the Milk of Human Kindness
Despite severe malnutrition among children, which erstwhile Indian PM Dr Manmohan Singh called a "national shame", India has still not prioritised breastfeeding. Credit: Neeta Lal/IPSBy Neeta LalNEW DELHI, Jun 1 2016 (IPS)The recent launch of Amaara, New Delhi’s first human milk bank, has been greeted with much cheering. The initiative endorses the long-term goal of reducing infant mortality and addresses the critical issue of lack of mothers’ milk for physically fragile newborns in India’s capital city.The service couldn’t have come a day too soon. India, a nation of 1.25 billion people, ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Neeta Lal Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Women's Health breastfeeding Child Malnutrition India infant mortality milk banks Mother and Child Health Sustainable Devel Source Type: news

Can Poor Countries Combat Big Tobacco Too?
This year for World No Tobacco Day on May 31 the World Health Organization has recommended that countries adopt plain packaging as a way to reduce tobacco use, however so far mostly only rich countries have been able to afford to implement the changes. Around the world, a number of effective interventions are being used to […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 31, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Aruna Dutt Tags: Aid Development & Aid Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Big tobacco Source Type: news

African Leaders Make an Economic Case for Increased Nutrition Investments
By Friday PhiriLUSAKA, May 31 2016 (IPS)Africa’s contribution to global malnutrition statistics is miserably high, with 58 million children under the age of five said to be too short for their age, while 13.9 million weigh too little for their height. Former Ghanaian President John Kufor and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.This is not only due to Africa’s food security deficit but also the lack of food diversity. While Africa is the only continent which fails to produce enough food to feed its own citizens, the continent’s nutrition lacks diversity.According to available statistics, Africa does not...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 31, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Friday Phiri Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Source Type: news

A Jarring Anomaly of Society
By Aasha Mehreen AminMay 30 2016 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)It is easy to miss stories about child domestic workers being tortured and killed. Easy because stories of children being killed have become eerily regular. It is May 28 and there is the report of 14-year-old Konika Rani being hacked to death by a drug addict with three of her classmates also grievously injured by him. There is also the horror of having to read about a six-year-old being left critically wounded after being raped by her neighbour. Next to this is the news of 11-year-old Hasina Akhter dying in hospital from the fatal wounds inflicted on her, presum...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 30, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Aasha Mehreen Amin Tags: Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Education Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Source Type: news

Achieving Universal Access to Energy; Africa Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place
African Heads of State during the official opening ceremony of the AfDB Annual meetings in Lusaka. Credit: Yoka | @vandvictorsBy Friday PhiriLUSAKA, May 30 2016 (IPS)“It is unacceptable that 138 years after Thomas Edison developed the light bulb, hundreds of millions of people cannot have access to electricity to simply light up the bulb in Africa,” says Africa Development Bank (AfDB) Group President, Akinwumi Adesina, mourning the gloomy statistics showing that over 645 million people in Africa lack access to electricity, while over 700 million are without clean energy for cooking. Adesina attributes Africa&rs...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 30, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Friday Phiri Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Featured Food & Agriculture Green Economy Headlines Health Migration & Refugees Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Source Type: news

The Price of Non-Governmental Growth
This article argues that the provision of public goods and services by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has not only contributed to these successes, but also to this failure. Much, if not most, of Bangladesh’s development has happened outside the purview of its successive governments. The vibrant community of NGOs and civil society organisations working across the spectrum of development issues have been the principal drivers of progress, and undoubtedly, things like reduced infant mortality are progress. But by satisfying the immediate needs of Bangladesh’s citizens, the NGO movement has severed a critica...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Rashaad Shabab Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Education Headlines Health Labour Population Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Latest Population Projection of 25 Million Poses Serious Challenges
By Editor, Sunday Times, Sri LankaMay 29 2016 (The Sunday Times - Sri Lanka)The most recent population projections expect the Island’s population to reach 25 million by 2042 and 25.8 million by 2062. It is expected to stabilise around the mid 2060s at 25-26 million. This is a significant departure from earlier projections that expected population stability much earlier at around 23-24 million in the 2030s and to decline thereafter. This higher population growth that is mainly due to the recent increase in fertility from below replacement level to above replacement level, poses serious social and economic challenges i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Editor sunday Tags: Asia-Pacific Education Global Governance Headlines Health Labour Population Source Type: news

Menstrual Hygiene Gaps Continue to Keep Girls from School
Around the world girls are struggling to stay in school when their menstrual hygiene needs are forgotten or ignored, yet the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and education sectors have remained reluctant to address the issue. Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated on May 28, aims to raise awareness of the fundamental role that MHM plays in enabling women and girls […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Women in Politics Women's Health M Source Type: news

Malawi’s Drought Leaves Millions High and Dry
Felistas Ngoma, 72, from Nkhamenya in the Kasungu District of Malawi, prepares nsima in her kitchen. Credit: Charity Chimungu Phiri/IPSBy Charity Chimungu PhiriBLANTYRE, May 27 2016 (IPS)It’s Saturday, market day at the popular Bvumbwe market in Thyolo district. About 40 kilometers away in Chiradzulu district, a vegetable vendor and mother of five, Esnart Nthawa, 35, has woken up at three a.m. to prepare for the journey to the market.The day before, she went about her village buying tomatoes and okra from farmers, which she has safely packed in her dengu (woven basket). Now she’s just waiting for a hired bicycl...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Charity Chimungu Phiri Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Natura Source Type: news

Traditional Mexican Recipes Fight the Good Fight
In a clay pot, Araceli Márquez mixes tiny Mexican freshwater fish known as charales with herbs and a sauce made of chili pepper, green tomatoes and prickly pear cactus fruit, preparing adish calledmixmole. “I learned how to cook by asking people and experimenting,” the 55-year-old divorced mother of two told IPS. “The ingredients are natural, […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Emilio Godoy Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Cooperatives Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Food & Agriculture Global Governance Green Economy Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Latin America & t Source Type: news

UNFPA Funding Cuts Threaten Women’s Health in Poorer Nations
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which has played a key role in ensuring maternal health and promoting reproductive rights of millions of women world-wide, is expected to suffer over $140 million in funding cuts by Western donors this year. Arthur Erken, Director of the Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships at UNFPA, told IPS some […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories Source Type: news

Poorest Countries Have Progressed but Fragile Countries Lag Behind
The world’s poorest countries are making development gains, yet challenges remain, particularly for so-called fragile countries affected by conflict or other disasters. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) published a report this week ahead of a UN meeting to review progress made in developing countries over the past five years. Known as the midterm review of the Istanbul […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Development & Aid Education Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Peace Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Catego Source Type: news

New and Old Vaccines Still Out of Reach for Many
While long-awaited new vaccines for malaria and dengue may finally be within reach, many of the world’s existing vaccines have remained unreachable for many of the people who need them most. The recent outbreak of yellow fever in Angola shows how deadly infectious diseases can return when gaps in vaccination programs grow. Earlier this week World Health Organization […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & SDGs Reg Source Type: news

Water Woes Put a Damper on Myanmar’s Surging Economy
People fetch water from the new well in the village of Htita, Myanmar. It is 600 feet deep and was built thanks to private donations. Credit: Sara Perria/IPSBy Kitty StappHTITA, Myanmar, May 25 2016 (IPS)The central plains of Myanmar, bordered by mountains on the west and east, include the only semi-arid region in South East Asia – the Dry Zone, home to some 10 million people. This 13 percent of Myanmar’s territory sums up the challenges that the country faces with respect to water security: an uneven geographical and seasonal distribution of this natural resource, the increasing unpredictability of rain patter...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Kitty Stapp Tags: Advancing Deserts Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Natural Resources Population Poverty & Source Type: news

Bangladeshi Shrimp Farmers See Big Money in Small Fry
Moslem Ali Sheikh, a veteran shrimp farmer in Bishnupur village in Bagerhat, Bangladesh, holding up his catch. Ali used new techniques for increased shrimp production in his gher, seen behind him. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPSBy Naimul HaqBAGERHAT, Bangladesh, May 25 2016 (IPS)Frozen tiger shrimp exports from Bangladesh, mainly to the United States and the European Union, have grown substantially over the years and the demand keeps increasing.The industry is now getting an extra boost from the introduction of better technology that uses pathogen-free shrimp larvae or fry and the use of improved shrimp farming practices.Introducti...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Naimul Haq Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Water & Sanitation aquaculture Bangladesh shrimp farming Source Type: news

Water Security Critical for World Fastest-Growing Economy
Water tanks and pots are used to store water all over Myanmar. Credit: Sara Perria/IPSBy an IPS CorrespondentYANGON, Myanmar, May 24 2016 (IPS)Lack of water management and limited access to data risk hindering Myanmar’s economic growth, making water security a top priority of the new government.Climate change and increased urbanisation, along with earthquakes, cyclones, periodic flooding and major drought, require an urgent infrastructural upgrade if the country is to undergo a successful integration into the global economy after five decades of economic isolation under military rule.“Water resources are abunda...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: an IPS Correspondent Tags: Advancing Deserts Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanita Source Type: news

Economic Interests Harming Global Health: WHO Chief
Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), during the WHO Executive Board's special session on the Ebola emergency. Credit: UN Photo/Violaine Martin.By Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, May 24 2016 (IPS)Putting economic interests over public health is leading the world towards three slow-motion health disasters, Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization’s warned the world’s health ministers on Monday.Changes in the world’s climate, the failure of more and more antibiotic drugs and the increase in so-called lifestyle diseases caused by poor diet and exercise...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Governance Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Source Type: news

Bangladesh’s Urban Slums Swell with Climate Migrants
Abdul Aziz stands with one of his children in Dhaka's Malibagh slum. He came here a decade ago after losing everything to river erosion, hoping to rebuild his life, but has found only grinding poverty. Credit: Rafiqul Islam/IPSBy Rafiqul IslamDHAKA, May 23 2016 (IPS)Abdul Aziz, 35, arrived in the capital Dhaka in 2006 after losing all his belongings to the mighty Meghna River. Once, he and his family had lived happily in the village of Dokkhin Rajapur in Bhola, a coastal district of Bangladesh. Aziz had a beautiful house and large amount of arable land.But riverbank erosion snatched away his household and all his belonging...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 23, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Rafiqul Islam Tags: Advancing Deserts Aid Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour Migration & Refugees Population Source Type: news

Myanmar Seeks to Break Vicious Circle of Flood and Drought
People fetch water from the new well in the village of Htita, Myanmar. It is 600 feet deep and was built thanks to private donations. Credit: Sara Perria/IPSBy Sara PerriaHTITA, May 22 2016 (IPS)It has been two weeks now since the village of Htita, with its few bamboo houses hemmed in by parched, cracked earth and dried-out ponds, has enjoyed the novelty of its first ever water well.Young housewife Lei Lei Win walks to the noise of breaking soil to fill two yellow containers previously used for cooking oil. With the weight of the 20-litre ‘buckets’ balanced on a pole on her shoulder, it now takes her only one m...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sara Perria Tags: Advancing Deserts Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Inequity Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanitation Drought Floods Global Water Partner Source Type: news

When Emergencies Last for Decades
For the millions of people whose lives have been uprooted by conflict and natural disasters the average amount of time before they can return home is now 17 years. Yet often the assistance provided to people living in these crisis situations is designed to only meet their short-term needs. They may receive food, water and […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Civil Society Climate Change Conferences Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Global Geopolitics Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health H Source Type: news

Refugees Bring Economic Benefits to Cities
Refugees are now more likely to live in cities than in refugee camps, bringing with them planning challenges but also opportunities for economic growth. “Even if cities struggle to accommodate large flows of migrants, they also largely benefit from their presence and work,” said UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, at a meeting on refugees and cities […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Global Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Middle E Source Type: news

Refugees Brings Economic Benefits to Cities
Refugees are now more likely to live in cities than in refugee camps, bringing with them planning challenges but also opportunities for economic growth. “Even if cities struggle to accommodate large flows of migrants, they also largely benefit from their presence and work,” said UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, at a meeting on refugees and cities […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Global Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Middle E Source Type: news

Many Cities Don’t Know How Dangerous Their Air Pollution Is
China and India are not the only countries with an air pollution problem, 98 percent of cities in developing countries don’t meet World Health Organization (WHO) air quality standards according to research published by the UN body last week. Yet, although almost all cities that measure air pollution don’t meet the standards, many other cities don’t […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Africa Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Editors' Choice Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories South- Source Type: news

Kenya’s Young Inventors Shake Up Old Technology
Emma Masibo and Lucy Bwire have many things in common. They are both third-year mechanical engineering students at Sang’alo Technical Institute in Bungoma County, Western Kenya. They are both young, aged 23 and 24, respectively. But more than that, they’re both dreamers who have effectively translated their visions into a nature-friendly entrepreneurial mission. This is […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Justus Wanzala Tags: Africa Climate Change Development & Aid Education Energy Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Women & Economy Source Type: news

A Refugee Crisis with No End in Sight
“We don’t want charity, we want a long-term solution.” That’s what a group of Palestinian refugees who fled the war in Syria and found safety in Gaza told IPS last November. Today, their sentiment continues to be echoed in Syria and in camps and urban centres hosting refugees across the region. New challenges As the […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Silvia Boarini Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Development & Aid Food & Agriculture Gender Violence Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Migrati Source Type: news

Bees and Silkworms Spin Gold for Ethiopia’s Rural Youth
Beekeeping and silkworm farming have long been critical cogs of Ethiopian life, providing food, jobs and much needed income. According to some scholarly research, beekeeping is an ancient tradition dating back to Ethiopia’s early history – between 3500 and 3000 B.C. Collecting and selling honey and other bee products produced in homes and home gardens […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Munyaradzi Makoni Tags: Africa Aid Biodiversity Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Labour Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Africa Insect Science for Food Source Type: news

Breastfeeding Saves Lives But Can’t Compete With Agressive Marketing
Dhaka maternity hospitals encourage exclusive breastfeeding. Credit: Sujan-map/IPSBy Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, May 11 2016 (IPS)Despite its many lifesaving benefits breastfeeding still struggles to compete with the marketing used by the multi-billion dollar baby formula industry, according to a new report published this week.“Aggressive and inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes, and other food products that compete with breastfeeding, continues to undermine efforts to improve breastfeeding rates,” a new report published this week by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNIC...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Women's Health breastfeeding Unicef WHO Source Type: news

WFO Calls for Farmer-Centred Sustainable Development
By Friday PhiriLIVINGSTONE, Zambia, May 9 2016 (IPS)Over 600 delegates representing at least 570 million farms scattered around the world gathered in Zambia from May 4-7 under the umbrella of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) to discuss climate change, land tenure, innovations and capacity building as four pillars on which to build agricultural development.Among the local delegates was Mary Nyirenda, a farmer from Livingstone, where the assembly was held.“I have a 35-hectare farm but only use five hectares due to water stress. With one borehole, I am only able to irrigate limited fields. I gave up on rainfa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Friday Phiri Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Biodiversity Climate Change Cooperatives Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Food & Agriculture Gender Global Headlines Health Inequity Labour Natural Resources Population Source Type: news

Farmers Can Weather Climate Change – With Financing
Merian Kalala, a farmer in Solwezi, capital of the North-Western Province of Zambia, knows firsthand that climate change is posing massive problems for agricultural productivity. With its negative effects already being felt through floods, droughts, early frosts and increased incidences of pests and diseases, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts an increase in […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Friday Phiri Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Biodiversity Climate Change Cooperatives Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Food & Agriculture Gender Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour Natur Source Type: news

No Farmers, No Food — True But Not Enough
Evelyn Nguleka is president of the World Farmers Organisation, an international organisation of Farmers for Farmers, which aims to bring together all the national producer and farm cooperative organisations with the objective of developing policies which favour and support farmers' causes in developed and developing countries around the world. Nguleka introduces the key issues discussed at the May 4-7 2016 WFO conference in Lusaka.By Evelyn NgulekaLUSAKA, May 6 2016 (IPS)Agriculture is the primary sector of all economies. It is the sector responsible for granting food and nutrition security to all human beings. Consequentl...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Evelyn Nguleka Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Biodiversity Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Global Green Economy Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IP Source Type: news

Mexico Needs to Improve Control of Toxic Chemicals
Two Greenpeace technicians take water samples from a river that runs by the Pajaritos Petrochemical Complez in the Mexican city of Coatzacoalcos, where an Apr. 20 explosion in the Planta Clorados III plant left 32 people dead and 136 injured. Credit: Greenpeace MexicoBy Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, May 6 2016 (IPS)A recent explosion at a petrochemical plant in southeast Mexico highlighted the need to strengthen monitoring of hazardous substances, step up inspections of factories and update regulations in this country.The Apr. 20 blast at the Clorados III plant in the Pajaritos Petrochemical Complex in the port city of Coatzaco...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Emilio Godoy Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Environment Featured Headlines Health Population Greenpeace Mexico Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants Source Type: news

Religious Leaders Can End Harmful Cultural Practices & Advance Women’s Empowerment
This article was published first by Reuters (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Seth Berkley and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Africa Gender Gender Identity Global Global Governance Headlines Health Religion Women's Health Source Type: news

Farmers Hold Keys to Ending Poverty, Hunger, FAO Says
Dr. Evelyn Nguleka, WFO President, seated with Secretary General Marco Marzano de Marinis. Credit: Friday Phiri/IPSBy Friday PhiriLIVINGSTONE, Zambia, May 5 2016 (IPS)With recent data showing that 793 million people still go to bed hungry, ending hunger and poverty in 15 years is the next development challenge that world leaders have set for themselves.As part of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), these two have been made a special priority because of their impact on the world’s ability to achieve the rest.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) understands the enormity of the challenge ahead...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Friday Phiri Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Biodiversity Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Global Green Economy Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IP Source Type: news

Seeking a New Farming Revolution
Processing baby vegetables at Sidemane Farm in Swaziland. An EU grant helped local farmers to buy equipment and get training in business management and marketing. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPSBy Kitty StappMay 5 2016 (IPS)As the World Farmers’ Organization meets for its annual conference in Zambia to promote policies that strengthen this critical sector, IPS looks at how farmers across the globe are tackling the interconnected challenges of climate change, market fluctuations, water and land management, and energy access. Women working in their vegetable gardens at the Capanda Agroindustrial Pole in Angola. Althou...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Kitty Stapp Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Climate Change Cooperatives Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health Inequity Labour Natural Resourc Source Type: news

A Region’s Eyes Turn to Healthy Nutrition
José Graziano da Silva is Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).By José Graziano da SilvaROME, May 5 2016 (IPS)After its remarkable success in reducing hunger, Europe must now rise to the challenge of making sure food assures more than survival and furnishes healthy lives. head of a global hunger-fighting organization, nothing gives me more satisfaction than to see a vast region of the world achieving food security for its people. José Graziano da Silva. Credit: FAOWith 53 member countries and one member organization, Europe and Central Asia is FAO’...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jose Graziano da Silva Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Europe Featured Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories FAO Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Source Type: news

Is the System Broke or Broken?
Families displaced from their homes in Pakistan’s troubled northern regions returning home. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS.By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, May 4 2016 (IPS)Though the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit may seem timely, it brings up many questions about the world humanitarian system; is it broke or broken?The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, which takes place in Istanbul on May 23-24, was convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to address the pressing needs of today’s humanitarian problems.“We believe this is a once in a generation opportunity to address the problems, the suff...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 4, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Active Citizens Aid Armed Conflicts Civil Society Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Featured Financial Crisis Gender Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rig Source Type: news

New Generation Aims to Plug Africa’s Research Deficit
The tonnes of uncollected garbage piling up on the streets of her home in Cairo was a brain wave for Sherien Elagroudy. Elagroudy has since developed a facility to transform waste into alternative solid fuel for use by cement companies. This has helped reduce the frequency of power cuts to save on electricity, and contributed […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 4, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Busani Bafana Tags: Africa Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Energy Environment Food & Agriculture Green Economy Headlines Health Inequity Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanitation brain drain Food Secu Source Type: news

Indian Women Worst Hit by Water Crisis
A staggering 330 million Indians, making up a quarter of the country’s population (or roughly the entire population of the United States), are currently reeling under the effects of a severe drought, resulting in an acute drinking water shortage and agricultural distress. State governments are resorting to emergency measures like rushing water trains carrying billions […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Neeta Lal Tags: Advancing Deserts Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Natural Resources Population Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

World Farmers’ Organisation Meeting Eyes New Markets, Fresh Investment
‘No Farmer, No Food’ is an old slogan that the Zambia National Farmers’ Union still uses. Some people consider it a cliché, but it could be regaining its place in history as agriculture is increasingly seen as the answer to a wide range of the world’s critical needs such as nutrition, sustainable jobs and income […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Friday Phiri Tags: Africa Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Inequity Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Trade & Investment Water & Sanitation Women & Economy Food Security Small Farme Source Type: news

Can the UN Security Council Stop Hospitals Being Targets in War?
The Agency Headquarters Hospital (AHH) in Bajaur Agency, shortly after a Taliban suicide bomb attack in 2013. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPSBy Lyndal RowlandsApr 29 2016 (IPS)Hospitals, health care workers and patients in war zones are supposed to be protected under international humanitarian law yet recent attacks from Syria to Afghanistan suggest that they have become targets.The seeming lack of respect for the sanctity of health care in war zones has prompted UN Security Council members in New York to consider a new resolution designed to find new ways to halt these attacks.The Security Council is expected to vote on the r...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Armed Conflicts Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Peace Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF Source Type: news

Playing Ping Pong with Disability
Table tennis players train at Majd Sports. Majd Sports is a recreational centre catering for people with disabilities in Ramallah, occupied West Bank. Credit: Silvia Boarini/IPSBy Silvia BoariniRAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank, Apr 28 2016 (IPS)Despite formally adopting progressive laws, such as Law Number 4, and ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability, Palestinian authorities still struggle to get beyond rhetoric when it comes to supporting the 7 to 11 per cent of the population that is affected by disability. As the ongoing Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza continues to block t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Silvia Boarini Tags: Active Citizens Armed Conflicts Civil Society Featured Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Human Rights Middle East & North Africa Population Source Type: news

What Can Be Done for Victims Still Fighting for Survival?
By Sheikh Nazmul Huda, Desdemona Khan, Labin Rahman and John RichardsApr 24 2016 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)Three years have elapsed since the collapse of Rana Plaza, Savar, on a fine morning of April 24, 2013. The disaster, one of the deadliest in the world’s industrial history in two centuries, claimed the lives of 1,135 men and women and injured another 2,500, nearly 200 of whom severe enough to keep them hospitalised for months. Photo: rahul-talukderIn the months following the accident, we, along with other colleagues, surveyed many such survivors with serious injuries. The victims were in the prime of their liv...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sheikh Nazmul and John Richards Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Poverty Puzzles
By Faisal BariApr 22 2016 (Dawn, Pakistan)Whichever way you parse the data we have it shows that poverty headcount in Pakistan over the last decade and a half to two decades has decreased substantially. Initially, it was thought the data was not good enough, that it had been manipulated and so on, but even after multiple rounds of national surveys, the same trends are evident. And though the actual percentage of the poor may vary with the method one uses, the trend of falling poverty remains invariant. There must be something to this trend. Poverty headcount, by the old line, has reduced to below 10pc in recent surveys. It...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Faisal Bari Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Healthcare solutions that are smart
Photo: www.tbalert.orgBy Bjørn LomborgApr 21 2016 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)Every hour, tuberculosis kills nine Bangladeshis. Another seven die each hour from arsenic in drinking water. Simple and cheap solutions are available to avoid almost all these deaths. Bangladesh has made incredible progress over recent years on many health indicators. But the country continues to face great challenges, like tuberculosis (TB) and arsenic, two of the biggest killers. Many other grave health issues remain too, including factors that threaten mothers and their children.Bangladesh Priorities can help identify the smartest solu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Bjorn Lomborg Tags: Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Laws Criminalizing Drug Possession Can Cause More Harm
Tenu Avafia is a policy adviser on law, human rights and treatment access issues in the HIV, Health and Development Group at the United Nations Development Programme Rebecca Schleifer is a consultant at the United Nations Development Programme working on HIV, drug policies, disability and sexual rights issues.By Tenu Avafia and Rebecca SchleiferUNITED NATIONS, Apr 21 2016 (IPS)In many countries, a criminal record, even for a minor offense can have serious implications. Being convicted of a criminal offence renders one ineligible for certain jobs, social grants or benefits or from even being able to exercise one’s rig...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tenu Avafia and Rebecca Schleifer Tags: Crime & Justice Global Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Source Type: news

HIV Time Bomb Ticks On
Radhika Banarjee, a 24 year-old CSW, listened carefully at an advocacy gathering in the heart of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital. Despite working long hours in the night, she and her fellow colleagues chose to attend a meeting in the afternoon because the education programme on prevention of HIV/AIDS meant a lot to them. “As a sex […] (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Naimul Haq Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Education Featured Headlines Health LGBTQ Population Poverty & SDGs Women & Economy Source Type: news

Arsenic Threat Looms Large in India: Well Switching Provides the Way Forward
Assistant Professor, Department of Regional Water Studies, TERI University By Chander Kumar SinghTERI University, New Delhi, India, Apr 20 2016 (IPS)An Indian Govt. Parliamentary Committee on Estimates on “Occurrence of High Arsenic (As) content in Groundwater” in December, 2014 stated that more than 70 million people in 96 districts in India is under threat due to As occurrence in groundwater. Chander Kumar SinghA new finding suggests that it’s not only Indo-Gangetic plain that is under serious threat of As contamination in groundwater in India. An ongoing study funded by PEER Science grant from USAID an...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Chander Kumar Singh Tags: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Natural Resources Water & Sanitation Source Type: news