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  1. Music: Nigeria’s New Cultural Export

    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 16 (IPS) - It is a cold evening in Antwerp, Belgium's second-largest city, famous for diamonds, beer, art and high-end fashion. Inside a small restaurant, a mix of the latest American pop and rap—clearly enjoyed by diners—is playing on a radio. Nigerians Olalekan Adetiran and Adaobi Okereke, enjoying a kebab dinner, are startled when the radio begins playing the unmistakable "Ma Lo"—a catchy, midtempo and bass-laden song by popular Nigerian artistes Tiwa Savage and Wizkid.

  2. Joint Action Needed to Reform our Food System

    Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Aug 15 (IPS) - Carol Gribnau is director of the Hivos global Green Energy and Green Food programsWhile participating in this year's High-level Political Forum (HLPF), one thing became crystal clear to me. Come 2030, we will not have healthy and affordable food if we continue with business as usual. But no one institution can single handedly change the course of our food system. The key to ensuring a sustainable food system is involving a diverse group of actors – from smallholder farmers to government – to generate ideas for change, together.

  3. Demonizing State-Owned Enterprises

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (IPS) - To make the case for privatization from the 1980s, their real problems were often caricatured and exaggerated.Historically, the private sector has been unable or unwilling to affordably provide needed services. Hence, meeting such needs could not be left to the market or private interests. Thus, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) emerged, often under colonial rule, due to such ‘market failure' as the private sector could not meet the needs of colonial capitalist expansion.

  4. Let Food Be Thy Medicine

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    BRAZZAVILLE, Congo, Aug 14 (IPS) - Adelheid Onyango is Adviser for Nutrition at the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Africa and Bibi Giyose is Senior Nutrition and Food Systems officer, and Special Advisor to the CEO of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).When faced with a crisis, our natural reaction is to deal with its immediate threats. Ateka* came to the make-shift clinic with profuse diarrhoea: they diagnosed cholera. The urgent concern in the midst of that humanitarian crisis was to treat the infection and send her home as quickly as possible. But she came back to the treatment centre a few days later – not for cholera, but because she was suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Doctors had saved her life but not restored her health. And there were others too, who like Ateka eventually succumbed to severe malnutrition.  

  5. When Salt Water Intrusion is Not Just a Threat But a Reality for Guyanese Farmers

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Aug 14 (IPS) - Mikesh Ram would watch his rice crops begin to rot during the dry season in Guyana, because salt water from the nearby Atlantic Ocean was displacing freshwater from the Mahaica River he and other farmers used to flood their rice paddies.

  6. Scientists Warn of the Imminent Depletion of Groundwater in Chile's Atacama Desert

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    OVALLE, Chile, Aug 14 (IPS) - Eighteen national science prize-winners in Chile have called for a halt to the over-extraction of water in the four regions over which the Atacama Desert spreads in the north of the country, a problem that threatens the future of 1.5 million people.

  7. Which Way Now for Zimbabwe as Constitutional Court Receives Petition Against Election Results?

    Monday, August 13, 2018

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Aug 13 (IPS) - Many in Zimbabwe are questioning whether the country can break with its horrid past or embrace a new future after a watershed election that saw Emmerson Mnangagwa win the presidential race by a narrow margin and the opposition lodge a formal petition challenging the results in the Constitutional Court.

  8. Children and Women with Disabilities, More Likely to Face Discrimination

    Monday, August 13, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 13 (IPS) - This article is part of a series of stories on Disability inclusion.Children with disabilities are up to four times more likely to experience violence, with girls being the most at risk, according to the United Nations Children's Fund.

  9. Campaigns Promote Women’s Participation in Latin America

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    RÍO DE JANEIRO, Aug 10 (IPS) - An alternative network in Brazil promotes women's participation in elected offices with media support. This campaign, like others in Latin America, seeks to reverse a political landscape where, despite being a majority of the population, women hold an average of just 29.8 percent of legislative posts.

  10. How the Lack of Affordable Vegetables is Creating a Billion-Dollar Obesity Epidemic in South Africa

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    JOHANNESBURG, Aug 10 (IPS) - Every Sunday afternoon, Thembi Majola* cooks a meal of chicken and rice for her mother and herself in their home in Alexandra, an informal settlement adjacent to South Africa's wealthy economic hub, Sandton.

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