News headlines in November 2016, page 4

  1. Battle of the Desert (II): A ‘Great Green Wall for Africa’

    Sunday, November 20, 2016

    ROME, Nov 20 (IPS) - Desertification, land degradation, drought, climate change, food insecurity, poverty, loss of biodiversity, forced migration and conflicts, are some of the key challenges facing Africa—a giant continent home to 1,2 billion people living in 54 countries.

  2. Rural Job Creation Holds the Key to Development and Food-Security Goals

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    IBADAN, Nigeria, Nov 18 (IPS) - Harvesting the benefits of core agricultural research, which often bears on improved crop varieties and plant diseases, increasingly depends on the social and economic conditions into which its seeds are sown.

    It is a sign of the times that Kanayo F. Nwanze, the president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development who started off as a cassava entomologist when ITTA posted him to Congo in the 1970s, was recently hailed for his efforts to create African billionaires.

  3. New Fund Aims to Help Build Resilience to Climate Change

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    MARRAKECH, Nov 18 (IPS) - The world has been too slow in responding to climate events such as El Niño and La Niña, and those who are the "least responsible are the ones suffering most", Mary Robinson, the special envoy on El Niño and Climate, told IPS at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP22).

  4. Battle of the Desert (I): To Fight or to Flee?

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    ROME, Nov 18 (IPS) - To fight or to flee? These are the stark choices Maria, a single mother from the Bangalala midlands of Tanzania, faces repeatedly.

    "After the rains failed for a few years, some neighbours claimed our trees were drawing too much water from the ground. We cut them down. Our harvests fell. My mother closed her stall at the local market. That is when my father and I moved from the midlands to the Ruvu Mferejini river valley."

  5. Coal Entrenches Poverty, Drives Climate Change: Report

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 18 (IPS) - Coal power does more to harm the world's poor than to help them, even before the devastating impacts of climate change are taken into account, according to a recent report published by 12 international development organisations.

  6. Rape as an Act of Genocide: From Rwanda to Iraq

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 (IPS) - The governments of Rwanda and Iraq have agreed to work together to fight rape as a weapon of genocide, noting disturbing similarities between sexual violence in Iraq today to the Rwandan genocide twenty years ago.

  7. Inequality and Its Discontents

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov 17 (IPS) - Global income inequality among different regions began to increase about five centuries ago, before accelerating about two centuries ago, according to the great economic historian Angus Maddison. After the brief reversal during the ‘Golden Age' quarter century after the Second World War, higher commodity prices in the decade until 2014, despite protracted slowdowns in most rich countries following the 2008 financial crisis, reduced international disparities between North and South.

  8. Trump’s Offensive Against Undocumented Migrants Will Fuel Migration Crisis

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    MEXICO CITY, Nov 17 (IPS) - "Donald Trump will not stop me from getting to the U.S.," said Juan, a 35-year-old migrant from Nicaragua, referring to the Republican president-elect who will govern that country as of Jan. 20.

  9. Mideast: ‘Climate Change Will Make a Difficult Situation Much Worse’

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    MARRAKECH, Morocco, Nov 17 (IPS) - "Climate change will make a difficult situation much worse, and will affect millions of people in the Middle East and North Africa region," World Bank MENA Vice-President Hafez Ghanem stated at the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco on 7-18 November.

  10. Phosphate Mining Firms Set Sights on Southern Africa's Sea Floor

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG, Nov 17 (IPS) - A persistent fear of diminishing phosphorus reserves has pushed mining companies to search far and wide for new sources. Companies identified phosphate deposits on the ocean floor and are fighting for mining rights around the world.