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  1. Women Are Key to Fixing the Global Food System

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    NEW ORLEANS, United States, Jul 10 (IPS) - Danielle Nierenberg is Founder and President of Food Tank. Emily Payne is a food and agriculture writer based in New York.

    According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organizationwomen make up about 43 percent of the agricultural labor force worldwide, and in some countries they make up 80 percent of all farmers. In addition to tending crops, most women—particularly in the Global South—are also responsible for seed saving, animal husbandry, grain processing, and other tasks related to growing food. This is in addition to cooking, cleaning, and taking care of sick elders and children.

  2. Europe Needs to Stop the Criminal Business Behind Immigration

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    ROME, Jul 10 (IPS) - Debating on migration as an emergency is a huge mistake and treating it as such opens the door for illegal and unfair activities, says a migration expert.

  3. Cuban Coastal Landscape Is Strengthened in the Face of Climate Change

    Monday, July 09, 2018

    MAISÍ, Cuba, Jul 09 (IPS) - Strong winds agitate the sea that crashes over Punta de Maisí, the most extreme point in eastern Cuba, where no building stands on the coast made up of rocky areas intermingled with vegetation and with sandy areas where people can swim and sunbathe.

  4. “We Have to Redefine Policies for Sustainable Development”

    Monday, July 09, 2018

    BONN, Germany, Jul 09 (IPS) - Jens Martens is Director of Global Policy Forum, and coordinates the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    When UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda, they signaled with the title Transforming our World that it should trigger fundamental changes in politics and society.

    But three years after its adoption, most governments have failed to turn the proclaimed transformational vision of the 2030 Agenda into real policies.

  5. Urgent Action Needed to Safeguard Saint Lucia’s Biodiversity

    Monday, July 09, 2018

    CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jul 09 (IPS) - Wildlife conservationists consider it to be one of the most striking parrots of its kind. Saint Lucia's best-known species, the endangered Amazon parrot, is recognised by its bright green plumage, purple forehead and dusty red-tipped feathers. But a major conservation organisation is warning that climate change and a lack of care for the environment could have devastating consequences for Saint Lucia's healthy ecosystems and rich biodiversity, including the parrot.

  6. United Nations Compact Must End Child Detention

    Saturday, July 07, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 07 (IPS) - World leaders must commit to ending child migrant detention during United Nations negotiations next week, a human rights group said.

  7. From the Soccer Field to the Political Arena

    Friday, July 06, 2018

    BERLIN, Jul 06 (IPS) - Oliver Philipp, who studied European and political science in Mainz, Dijon and Oppeln / Poland, has been working for the Department of International Policy Analysis of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). Was your childhood room not adorned with posters of Gerd Müller or Zinedine Zidane? Were Willy Brandt or Mikhail Gorbachev the idols you looked up to in your youth?

  8. Ocean Conservation Is an Untapped Strategy for Fighting Climate Change

    Friday, July 06, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Jul 06 (IPS) - Eliza Northrop is an Associate in the International Climate Action Initiative at World Resources Institute. The ocean contributes $1.5 trillion annually to the global economy and assures the livelihood of 10-12 percent of the world's population. But there's another reason to protect marine ecosystems—they're crucial for curbing climate change.

  9. Experts Decry Exclusion of Africa's Local Farmers in Food Security Efforts

    Friday, July 06, 2018

    NAIROBI, Jul 06 (IPS) - Joshua Kiragu reminisces of years gone by when just one of his two hectares of land produced at least 40 bags of maize. But that was 10 years ago. Today, Kiragu can barely scrape up 20 bags from the little piece of land that he has left – it measures just under a hectare.

  10. War, High Tariffs and Nationalisation - their Cost to Africa’s Climate

    Thursday, July 05, 2018

    KINSHASA, Jul 05 (IPS) - Africa's political instability, its armed conflicts and regulatory issues are placing at risk investment needed to tackle climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the continent.

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