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Chronic Hunger Lingers in the Midst of Plenty

Thursday, July 28, 2016

NEW DELHI, Jul 28 (IPS) - In a fraught global economic environment, exacerbated by climate change and shrinking resources, ensuring food and nutrition security is a daunting challenge for many nations. India, Asia's third largest economy and the world's second most populous nation after China with 1.3 billion people, is no exception.

No Medals for Sanitation at Rio Olympics

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 27 (IPS) - The biggest frustration at the Olympic Games, to be inaugurated in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro on August 5, is the failure to meet environmental sanitation targets and promises in the city's beaches, rivers, lakes and lagoons.

Climate Migrants Lead Mass Migration to India's Cities

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

NEW DELHI, Jul 26 (IPS) - Deepa Kumari, a 36-year-old farmer from Pithoragarh district in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, lives in a one-room tenement in south Delhi's Mongolpuri slum with her three children. Fleeing devastating floods which killed her husband last year, the widow landed up in the national capital city last week after selling off her farm and two cows at cut-rate prices.

Forests and Crops grow Hand-by-Hand in Costa Rica

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

SAN JOSE, Jul 26 (IPS) - While Latin America keeps expanding its agricultural frontier by converting large areas of forest, one country, Costa Rica, took a different path and it's now a role-model for a peaceful coexistence between food production and sustainable forestry.

Fertilizer Access Grows Farmers, Food and Finance

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

LOUIS TRICHARDT, South Africa, Jul 26 (IPS) - Brightly coloured cans, bags of fertilizer and packets containing all types of seeds catch the eye upon entering Nancy Khorommbi's agro dealer shop tucked at the corner of a roadside service station.

​Indian Climate Activist Ponders the 'Unthinkable'

Monday, July 25, 2016

TAIPEI, Jul 25 (IPS) - For acclaimed Indian novelist and essayist Amitav Ghosh, the future of humankind as global warming impact events spread worldwide looks grim. So grim that the 60-year-old pamphleteer has titled his new book of three climate-related essays "The Great Derangement."

Devastating Droughts Continue as El Nino Subsides

Thursday, July 21, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 21 (IPS) - Although the devastating El Niño of 2015 to 2016 has now subsided, in many parts of Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia rains and harvests are not expected to recover until 2017.

Economic Recovery Needed To Enhance Food Security

Thursday, July 21, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jul 21 (IPS) - After a half century of decline, agricultural commodity prices rose with oil prices in the 1970s, and again for a decade until 2014. Food prices rose sharply from the middle of the last decade, but have been declining since 2012, and especially since last year, triggering concerns of declining investments by farmers.

Malawi Leads Africa's Largest Elephant Translocation

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

LILONGWE, Jul 20 (IPS) - One of the world's largest and most significant elephant translocations kicked off earlier this month within Liwonde National Park in southern Malawi.

We Ignore Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Livestock Industry at Our Own Peril

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

HELSINKI, Jul 19 (IPS) - According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, the production of meat and other animal-based products is responsible for around 18 to 20 percent of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.

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