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Native Seeds Help Weather Climate Change in El Salvador

Monday, November 30, 2015

JIQUILISCO /SAN MIGUEL, El Salvador, Nov 30 (IPS) - Knife in hand, Domitila Reyes deftly cuts open the leaves covering the cob of corn, which she carefully removes from the plant – a process she carries out over and over all morning long, standing in the middle of a sea of corn, a staple in the diet of El Salvador.

Traditional Seeds Keep Hunger Away in Drought-Prone Zimbabwe

Monday, November 30, 2015

HARARE, ZIMBABWE, Nov 30 (IPS) - It was all smiles as Bertha Chibhememe of Sangwe communal area in Chiredzi, south eastern Zimbabwe, showed off her traditional seed varieties at a seed fair. A 45-year-old smallholder in Zimbabwe's lowveld region, Chibhememe told how her "nzara yapera" maize variety is thriving in a changing climate.

Malawi Working to Improve Nutrition Sensitive Agricultural Production

Monday, November 30, 2015

LILONGWE, Malawi, Nov 30 (IPS) - In the last few years, Malawi has successfully managed to reduce infant and under five mortality. But reducing malnutrition, which affects an estimated 1.4 million children, continues to be a costly challenge for the country.

Seaweed Cultivation Ushers Waves of Change in the Sundarbans

Friday, November 27, 2015

WEST BENGAL, INDIA, Nov 27 (IPS) - In Bengal's mangrove forests, the effects of climate change are forcing men to leave their families in search of work. But now, seaweed farming is offering the women left behind financial stability and empowerment.

“París Is Not the End of a Climate Change Process but a Beginning”

Friday, November 27, 2015

, Nov 27 (IPS) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says the climate summit in Paris "is not the end of a process but a beginning," and that it will produce "an agreement that, although insufficient with respect to the original goal, shows that people believe it is better to move ahead than to stand still."

Uganda, Tanzania Need Gender Sensitive Climate Change Policies

Thursday, November 26, 2015

KAMPALA, Uganda, Nov 26 (IPS) - Climate Change needs to be at the top of the country's agenda, according to a project examining Uganda's policies. It says the country hasn't paid enough attention to climate change in national development and agriculture plans and this needs to be turned around before it's too late.

Drought Threatens Water-Truck Lifeline in Parched Northeast Brazil

Thursday, November 26, 2015

São José Dos Campos, Brazil, Nov 26 (IPS) - For the rural community of Pacheco in northeastern Brazil, the local school has never been so important. It is now the only place in the drought-stricken area that has water on tap.

Climate Refugees and a Collapsing City

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, Nov 25 (IPS) - With multiplying impacts of climate change - increasing floods, cyclones, and drought - thousands of climate refugees are migrating to Dhaka. And the city, well beyond its carrying capacity, is bursting at the seams.

Against the Odds, Caribbean Doubles Down for 1.5 Degree Deal in Paris

Monday, November 23, 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov 23 (IPS) - Negotiators from the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are intent on striking a deal to keep the global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees of pre-industrial levels, but many fear that a 10-year-old agreement to buy cheap petroleum from Venezuela puts their discussions in jeopardy.

Asia Wants Paris Climate Talks to Tackle Historic Emissions and Make Some Real Change

Sunday, November 22, 2015

NEW DELHI, India, Nov 22 (IPS) - On a late Friday afternoon as choking smog descended on the Indian Capital, Francois Richier, the French ambassador to India , took some hard questions from scores of journalists about the upcoming climate change talks in Paris this month.

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