News headlines in February 2017, page 5

  1. Worst Drought in Decades Drives Food Price Spike in East Africa

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    ROME, Feb 15 (IPS) - The most severe drought in decades, which has struck parts of Ethiopia and is exacerbated by a particularly strong El Niño effect, has led to successive failed harvests and widespread livestock deaths in some areas, and humanitarian needs have tripled since the beginning of 2015, the United Nations warns.

  2. Togo to Lead the Fight against Rural Poverty

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    ROME, Feb 15 (IPS) - Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, former Prime Minister of Togo, has been appointed as the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialised UN agency and international financial institution that invests in eradicating rural poverty in developing countries around the world.

  3. The Algerian Emir Who Set a Protection of Prisoners Code in 1842

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    ROME/OXFORD, Feb 15 (IPS) - As far back as the 1830s, Algerian Emir Abd el Qader el Jazairy was known for having introduced, among others, rules concerning the humane treatment of prisoners, which developed in 1842 into his Code for the Protection of Prisoners.

  4. St Valentine’s Day: Celebrating Healthy Relationships; Challenging Violence

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    LA PAZ, Bolivia, Feb 14 (IPS) - Today, many couples, in many countries will be celebrating Saint Valentine's Day – or ‘El día de los enamorados' (‘Day of Lovers') in some Latin American countries. Whilst a chance to celebrate the spectrum of healthy loving relationships; it is also an important opportunity to highlight a crisis affecting women and girls in every corner of the world - 30% of women will experience physical or sexual violence perpetrated by a current or former partner or husband.

  5. No to Palestinian Peace Envoy: US to UN

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 14 (IPS) - The failed appointment of former Palestinian-Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as the UN's peace envoy to Libya has shown that divisions over Palestine still run deep at the world body.

  6. Mistrust Hindering Global Solutions, says Secretary General

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 (IPS) - The global lack of confidence and trust is undermining the ability to solve the world's complex problems, said UN Secretary-General during an international conference.

  7. Dubai Ruler Warns Against Economic Isolation at Summit Meeting

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    ROME, Feb 13 (IPS) - Speaking at the opening of the two-day World Government Summit in Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said economic openness is a ground reality.

  8. Ravaging Drought Deepens in Kenya

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    NAIROBI, Feb 13 (IPS) - Experts warn that Kenya is in the grip of the worst drought in recent history as government estimates show the number of people who are acutely food insecure has risen to 2.7 million, up from two million in January.

  9. ICT Signals the Cradle of Radio’s Rebirth

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    NAIROBI, Feb 13 (IPS) - Over the last few decades, radio has played an important role in the realm of development. It has enabled the distribution of information on new policies, technology, products, and ideas with the potential of stimulating growth and development, largely in rural Africa.

  10. Latin America in the Vanguard of Global Fight Against Hunger

    Sunday, February 12, 2017

    SANTIAGO/RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 12 (IPS) - A model for fighting against hunger and malnutrition with a global reach which has been successful within and outside the region has spread worldwide, first from Brazil and then from Latin America, notes a distinction given to the current Director-General of FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation), José Graziano da Silva.