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Latin America’s Relative Success in Fighting Hunger

Friday, May 29, 2015

SANTIAGO, May 29 (IPS) - The Latin American and Caribbean region is the first in the world to reach the two global targets for reducing hunger. Nevertheless, more than 34 million people still go hungry.

Scores of Sri Lankan Tamils Still Living Under the ‘Long Shadow of War’

Friday, May 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (IPS) - In many ways, Jayakumari Balendran epitomizes the plight of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka's northern and eastern provinces, both during and after the island nation's 26-year-long civil conflict.

Relief Organisation Urges Mandatory Funding for Humanitarian Appeals

Friday, May 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (IPS) - The United Nations is not only overwhelmed by a spreading humanitarian crisis, largely in Africa and the Middle East, but also remains hamstrung by a severe shortfall in funds, mostly from Western donors.

Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan Continues to Worsen

Thursday, May 28, 2015

MUNICH, Germany, May 28 (IPS) - After peace talks failed earlier this month, the ongoing conflict in South Sudan between government forces and opposition forces that began at the end of 2013 is having a severe impact on the country's food security and civilian safety.

Sri Lankan Women Stymied by Archaic Job Market

Thursday, May 28, 2015

MIRIGAMA, Sri Lanka, May 28 (IPS) - Wathsala Marasinghe, a 33-year-old hailing from the town of Mirigama, just 50 km from Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, once had high hopes that the progressive education and employment policies of this South Asian island nation would work in her favour. Today, she feels differently, believing that "an evil system" has let her down.

Opinion: Let's End Chronic Hunger

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ROME, May 28 (IPS) - At the 1996 World Food Summit (WFS), heads of government and the international community committed to reducing the number of hungry people in the world by half. Five years later, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) lowered this level of ambition by only seeking to halve the proportion of the hungry.

Laissez Faire Water Laws Threaten Family Farming in Chile

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SANTIAGO, May 27 (IPS) - Family farmers in Chile are pushing for the reinstatement of water as a public good, to at least partially solve the shortages caused by the privatisation of water rights by the military dictatorship in 1981.

The U.N. at 70: A Glass Half Full

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

COLOMBO, May 26 (IPS) - As the U.N. enters its 70th year, it is legitimate to ask whether it has been a success so far. Over the years, the media, in particular the Western media, has tended to highlight the U.N.'s failures.

Opinion: Tobacco Taxes Too Effective to Overlook in Financing for Development

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NEW YORK, May 26 (IPS) - Governments are in the midst of tough talks in New York over the text of the Addis Ababa Accord, which is scheduled to be adopted at the end of the Third Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) , to be held in Ethiopia in July.

Pineapple Industry Leaves Costa Rican Communities High and Dry

Monday, May 25, 2015

SAN JOSE, May 25 (IPS) - Twelve years after finding the first traces of pesticides used by the pineapple industry, in the rural water supply, around 7,000 people from four communities in Costa Rica's Caribbean region are still unable to consume their tap water.

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