News headlines

  1. Hunger in Africa, Land of Plenty

    Saturday, October 14, 2017

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 (IPS) - Globally, 108 million people faced food crises in 2016, compared to about 80 million in 2015 – an increase of 35%, according to the 2017 Global Report on Food Crises. Another 123 million people were ‘stressed', contributing to around 230 million such food insecure people in 2016, of whom 72% were in Africa.

  2. How to Change the Future of Migration

    Saturday, October 14, 2017

    ROME, Oct 14 (IPS) - The world is on the move. More people have been forced to flee their homes than at any time since the Second World War due to increased conflict and political instability, hunger, poverty, and an increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change.

  3. Food for Thoughtful Health

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    OXFORD, United Kingdom, Oct 13 (IPS) - Milk and cookies, macaroni and cheese, fish and chips. Some foods seem to match perfectly together to the point where one can't go without the other. Food and health, while maybe not as catchy, should be viewed in the same light. Without good food it is hard to maintain good health; without good food growing practices it is difficult to maintain a healthy planet.

  4. Stepping Forward to Lead on Indigenous Rights

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    JAKARTA, Indonesia, Oct 13 (IPS) - When nine women farmers from the Kendeng community in Central Java encased their feet in cement blocks last year, many indigenous advocates understood how that felt. Dressed in their traditional clothing, these women protested outside the State Palace in Jakarta to block a proposed cement plant that would pollute the rivers flowing through their villages. Their livelihoods as farmers were under threat, as was their cultural heritage.

  5. Overcoming the Challenges: Securing the World’s Food, Energy and Water

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    SURREY, United Kingdom, Oct 13 (IPS) - According to the United Nations estimates almost 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger (1 in every 9 persons on the planet) and a higher number (1 in 3) suffer from malnutrition. 1 in every 5 persons (1.4 billion people) have no access to electricity worldwide (living with energy poverty) whilst 1 in 10 people do not have access to clean water.  With climate change, this situation is worsening across many parts of the world.

  6. Not True that Hunger Doesn’t Discriminate -- It Does

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    ROME, Oct 13 (IPS) - In a world where only 8 individuals – all of them men—possess as much as half of all the planet's wealth, and it will take women 170 years to be paid as men are*, inequality appears to be a key feature of the current economic model. Now a new study reveals that there is also a widening gap in hunger.

  7. Women are Pivotal to Addressing Hunger, Malnutrition and Poverty

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 13 (IPS) - The 16th of October marks World Food Day, a reminder to the international community of the criticality of treating food security as a 21st Century priority if sustainable development, peace and security and the realisation of human rights are to be achieved.

  8. Food Insecurity and Forced Displacement of People: Where do we Draw the Line?

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    GENEVA, Oct 13 (IPS) - The World Food Programme estimates that more than 100 million people worldwide face severe food insecurity. The situation is most severe in countries affected by conflict and violence including Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria, South Sudan and Yemen affecting more than 40 million people. Another 22 million people in Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Haiti and Mozambique are affected by the adverse impact of climate change and environmental degradation.

  9. Forcing Displaced Nigerians May Worsen Humanitarian Crisis

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Maiduguri City, Nigeria, Oct 13 (IPS) - Haja grabbed her eight children and fled as Boko Haram set her home ablaze two years ago. Today we sit in her hut in a displacement camp, and she wonders how she is going to keep her children fed. I've spoken to many families in Nigeria's north-eastern Monguno town. Their stories paint a horrifically detailed picture of the brutal violence these communities have endured over the past eight years.

  10. Land Settlement Empowers: Bangladesh Sets an Example

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Maijdee, Noakhali (Bangladesh), Oct 13 (IPS) - History was made for 400 landless families in the remote char lands of Noakhali district. On October 11, they all received land titles from the government for which they had waited for over two decades. In Bangladesh, as in other countries, the title is a permanent legal ownership document.

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