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  1. Food Security and Growth in Asia

    Monday, May 28, 2018

    NEW DELHI, May 28 (IPS) - A disquieting finding of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017, Building resilience for peace and food security, or (SFSN2017), Rome,is that, in 2016, the number of chronically undernourished people in the world increased to 815 million, up from777 million in 2015 although still lower than about 900 million in 2000.Similarly,while the prevalence of undernourishment rose to 11 percent in 2016, this is still well below the level attained a decade ago.Whether this recent rise in hunger and food-insecurity levels signals the beginning of an upward trend, or whether it reflects an acute transient situation calls for a close scrutiny.

  2. Chile Debates Whether Citizens Should Profit by Generating Energy

    Sunday, May 27, 2018

    SANTIAGO, May 27 (IPS) - Chile has become a model country for its advances in non-conventional energy, and is now debating whether citizens who individually or as a group generate electricity can profit from the sale of the surplus from their self-consumption - a factor that will be decisive when it comes to encouraging their contribution to the energy supply.

  3. Public-Private Pacts Open Doors to Climate Finance in Rwanda and Ethiopia

    Saturday, May 26, 2018

    BUSAN, May 26 (IPS) - The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) presented the African model of a National Financing Vehicle in which the governments of Rwanda and Ethiopia have successfully promoted green growth and climate resilience, at an event May 25 on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Busan, South Korea.

  4. Pompeo’s Iran Speech a Prelude to War?

    Friday, May 25, 2018

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 25 (IPS) - Stephen Zunes is a professor of politics and coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco. The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech this past Monday targeting Iran may have created a new benchmark for hypocritical, arrogant, and entitled demands by the United States on foreign governments.

  5. Why Would an Immigrant Support Trump?

    Friday, May 25, 2018

    MIAMI, Florida, May 25 (IPS) - Giuseppe DiMarco is 83 years old. He has recognized the U.S. as his home for over 30 years. In the aftermath of World War Two, DiMarco fled an impoverished farming town in Southern Italy in the pursuit of advancement and the promise of wealth he had never known.

  6. Digital Revolution Holds Bright Promises for Africa

    Friday, May 25, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, May 25 (IPS) - Eleni Mourdoukoutas writes for Africa Renewal*Internet penetration is creeping up in Africa, bringing the prospect of digital dividends to a continent long marked by digital divides.

  7. Ethiopia's Green Growth Goals: A Launchpad for Wider Climate Action in Africa

    Friday, May 25, 2018

    May 25 (IPS) - Dex Agourides is Head of Programs - Africa & Europe, Global Green Growth InstituteThe vision for a sustainable future in Africa is being realized at a time of great possibilities and this vision is underpinned by a shift in continental focus towards sustainable and inclusive economic growth and development. This focus highlights strategic efforts towards poverty alleviation, resilience building, promoting sustainable infrastructure and, efficient management of natural resources.

  8. Unlocking Private Finance for Developing Countries’ Green Growth

    Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    PEMBA, Zambia, May 23 (IPS) - Climate finance has never been more urgently needed, with massive investments in climate action required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid the devastating effects of a warmer planet.

  9. When Two Becomes One: Blending Public and Private Climate Finance

    Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (IPS) - With the landmark Paris Agreement now almost two years old, funding for climate-related activities continues to be a challenge. However, efforts have been underway to bring two seemingly very different sectors together to address climate change.

  10. A Natural Climate Change Adaptation Laboratory in Brazil

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    PINTADAS, Brazil, May 22 (IPS) - The small pulp mill that uses native fruits that were previously discarded is a synthesis of the multiple objectives of the Adapta Sertão project, a programme created to build resilience to climate change in Brazil's most vulnerable region.

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