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Malawi Leads Africa's Largest Elephant Translocation

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

LILONGWE, Jul 20 (IPS) - One of the world's largest and most significant elephant translocations kicked off earlier this month within Liwonde National Park in southern Malawi.

International Trade Favours Multinational Corporations

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

GENEVA, Jul 20 (IPS) - Trade is sometimes thought of as an economic activity that only favours the large corporations. While we may disagree, the reality of international trading is often harder and more expensive for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The smaller the business, the bigger the barriers can seem.

We Ignore Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Livestock Industry at Our Own Peril

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

HELSINKI, Jul 19 (IPS) - According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, the production of meat and other animal-based products is responsible for around 18 to 20 percent of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.

Forests: To Farm or Not to Farm? This Is the Question!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ROME, Jul 19 (IPS) - The dilemma is critical: on the one hand, there is an absolute need to produce more food for the world's steadily growing population; on the other, there is pressing urgency to halt -and further revert- the increasing trend to deplete the forests, which are as necessary for human survival as it is for ensuring their dietary needs.

Germany’s Energy Transition: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

COLOGNE, Germany, Jul 19 (IPS) - Immerath, 90 km away from the German city of Cologne, has become a ghost town. The local church bells no longer ring and no children are seen in the streets riding their bicycles. Its former residents have even carried off their dead from its cemetery.

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: The Sooner, the Better

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 19 (IPS) - The first 1000 days after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals are critical, according to a report published last week, urging UN member states to take action quickly.

Fast-track Development Threatens to Leave Indigenous Peoples Behind

Monday, July 18, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 18 (IPS) - Fast-tracked development often means that indigenous people and their territories get run over and their rights are not taken into consideration, Roberto Borrero, from the International Indian Treaty Council and Indigenous Peoples Major Group, said here Friday.

Rewriting Africa's Agricultural Narrative

Monday, July 18, 2016

ABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire, Jul 18 (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.

What can Development Banks do to Protect Human Rights?

Sunday, July 17, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 17 (IPS) - In a petition signed by 150 NGOs, the Coalition for Human Rights in Development have called for development banks to make sure that human rights are respected by their beneficiaries.

Women Empowerment Holds the Key for Global Development

Friday, July 15, 2016

SAN JOSE, Jul 15 (IPS) - Latin America's inclusion of women in its development model, with greater participation within the work force and improved wage conditions, was a decisive factor in the region's successful diminishment of extreme poverty. 

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