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OPINION: Africans’ Land Rights at Risk as New Agricultural Trend Sweeps Continent

Monday, September 01, 2014

NAIROBI, Sep 01 (IPS) - Agriculture in Africa is in urgent need of investment. Nearly 550 million people there are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, while half of the total population on the continent live in rural areas.

Struggling to Find Water in the Vast Pacific

Monday, September 01, 2014

LOTOFAGA VILLAGE, Samoa, Sep 01 (IPS) - Pacific Island states are surrounded by the largest ocean in the world, but inadequate fresh water sources, poor infrastructure and climate change are leaving some communities without enough water to meet basic needs.

Jordan’s LGBT Community Fears Greater Intolerance

Sunday, August 31, 2014

AMMAN, Aug 31 (IPS) - As the region is rocked by violence against a backdrop of the rise of radical groups, Jordan's lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community fears that new instability in the Hashemite kingdom could lead to increased intolerance towards the community. 

New Technology Boosts Fisherfolk Security

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NAGAPATTINAM, India, Aug 31 (IPS) - As the United Nations gears up to launch its newest set of poverty-reduction targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, the words ‘sustainable development' have been on the lips of policymakers the world over.

Will Climate Change Denialism Help the Russian Economy?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

MOSCOW, Aug 30 (IPS) - The recent call from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for "tightening belts" has convinced even optimists that something is deeply wrong with the Russian economy.

Ban on Nuke Tests OK, But Where's the Ban on Nuke Weapons?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 30 (IPS) - As the United Nations commemorated the International Day Against Nuclear Tests this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lamented the fact that in a world threatened by some 17,000 nuclear weapons, not a single one has been destroyed so far.

Growing Calls for Reforms of El Salvador’s Privatised Pension System

Friday, August 29, 2014

SAN SALVADOR, Aug 29 (IPS) - Two of the promises made 16 years ago when El Salvador's pension system was privatised have failed to materialise: There was no expansion of social security coverage and no improvement in pensions. Now pressure is growing for a reform of the system.

SDGs Make Room for Education for Global Citizenship

Friday, August 29, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 29 (IPS) - Civil society leaders and U.N. development experts gathered on Wednesday to discuss the role of education for global citizenship in the post-2015 development agenda.

The Age of Survival Migration

Friday, August 29, 2014

MONTEVIDEO, Aug 29 (IPS) - "Survival migration" is not a reality show, but an accurate description of human mobility fuelled by desperation and fear. How despairing are these migrant contingents? Look at the figures of Central American children travelling alone, which are growing.

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