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Defence of Right to Water Drives Call for Land Reform in Chile

Thursday, May 18, 2017

SANTIAGO, May 18 (IPS) - Water at high prices, sold as a market good, and small farmers almost a species in extinction, replaced by seasonal workers, are the visible effects of the crisis in rural Chile, 50 years after a land reform which postulated that "the land is for those who work it."

Sexual Violence as a “Threat to Security and Durable Peace”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, May 17 (IPS) - Sexual violence is increasingly used as a tactic of terrorism and thus must be addressed as a peace and security issue, officials said at a United Nations Security Council meeting.

Genetically Engineered Disappointments

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 (IPS) - Advocates of genetically engineered (GE) crops have long claimed that genetic engineering is necessary to raise crop yields and reduce human exposure to agrochemicals. Genetic engineering promised two major improvements: improving yields affordably to feed the world, and making crops resistant to pests to reduce the use of commercial chemical herbicides and insecticides.

Young People: You Didn’t Vote, And Now You Protest?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

ROME, May 16 (IPS) - Immediately after the vote on Brexit, thousands of young people marched in the streets of England to show their disagreement over the choice to leave Europe. But polls indicated that had they voted en masse (only 37 percent voted), the result of the referendum would have been the opposite.

Climate Change Has Changed the Geography of Honduras’ Caribbean Coast

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BALFATE, Honduras, May 16 (IPS) - In Balfate, a rural municipality that includes fishing villages and small farms along Honduras' Caribbean coast, the effects of climate change are already felt on its famous scenery and beaches. The sea is relentlessly approaching the houses, while the ecosystem is deteriorating.

Kenya’s Drought: Response Must Be Sustainable, Not Piecemeal

Monday, May 15, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 (IPS) - A malnutrition emergency. Food security in Kenya has deteriorated significantly since the end of 2016. UNICEF reports a significant increase in severe acute malnutrition. Nearly 110,000 children under-five need treatment, up from 75,300 in August 2016.

World Lags on Clean Energy Goals

Sunday, May 14, 2017

VIENNA, May 14 (IPS) - It may be the 21st century but more than three billion people still use fire for cooking and heating. Of those, one billion people have no access to electricity despite a global effort launched at the 2011 Vienna Energy Forum to bring electricity to everyone on the planet.

Punishment for Human Rights Abusers Is Irrevocable Achievement for Argentine Society

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Using agriculture and agribusiness to bring about industrialisation in Africa

Friday, May 12, 2017

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, May 12 (IPS) - No region of the world has ever moved to industrialised economy status without a transformation of the agricultural sector. Agriculture, which contributes 16.2% of the GDP of Africa, and gives some form of employment to over 60% of the population, holds the key to accelerated growth, diversification and job creation for African economies.

Poor Rural Communities in Mexico Receive a Boost to Support Themselves

Friday, May 12, 2017

HUAQUECHULA, Mexico, May 12 (IPS) - Jilder Morales, a small farmer in Mexico, looks proudly at the young avocado trees that are already over one metre high on her ejido - or communal - land, which already have small green fruit.

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