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Salvadoran Farmers Stake Their Bets on Sustainable Development

Friday, September 12, 2014

JIQUILISCO, El Salvador, Sep 12 (IPS) - Peasant farmers from one of El Salvador's most fragile coastal areas are implementing a model of sustainable economic growth that respects the environment and offers people education and security as keys to give the wetland region a boost.

Majority of Consumer Products May Be Tainted by Illegal Deforestation

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 11 (IPS) - At least half of global deforestation is taking place illegally and in support of commercial agriculture, new analysis released Thursday finds – particularly to supply overseas markets.

OPINION: Ebola Crisis Reversing Development Gains in Liberia

Thursday, September 11, 2014

MONROVIA, Sep 11 (IPS) - As the Ebola crisis continues to take a toll on people's lives and livelihoods in West Africa, the focus is increasingly not just on the health aspects of the crisis, but also on its social and economic consequences.

Free Economic Zone Plan Slammed as ‘Suicide’ Pact for Taiwan Farmers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TAIPEI, Sep 11 (IPS) - The Taiwan government's plan to liberalise tariff-free imports of agricultural produce from China and other countries for processing in free economic pilot zones, which will then be exported as ‘Made in Taiwan' items, may mean suicide for Taiwanese farmers if approved by the national legislature.

Will You be Chief? How Niger’s Traditional Leaders are Promoting Maternal Health

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BANDE, Niger, Sep 11 (IPS) - It is a long, 14-hour drive from Niger's capital city Niamey to the village of Bande. And the ride is a dreary one as the roadside is bare. The occasional, lone goat herder is spotted every few kilometres and the sightings become a cause of both confusion and excitement since there aren't any trees, or watering holes in sight.

Global Citizenship: “From Me to We to Peace”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 10 (IPS) - If a Silicon Valley existed for the culture of peace, it would most likely look to global citizenship as the next big industry shake-up.

Africa’s Dividing Farmlands A Threat To Food Security

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NAIROBI, Sep 10 (IPS) - When Kiprui Kibet pictures his future as a maize farmer in the fertile Uasin Gishu county in Kenya's Rift Valley region, all he sees is the ever-decreasing plot of land that he has to farm on.

Global Commission Urges Decriminalisation of Drug Use

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 10 (IPS) - A top-level international panel called Tuesday for a major shift in global drug-control policies from prohibition to decriminalisation and regulation.

OPINION: From Schools to Shelters in Iraq

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 09 (IPS) - Using schools for shelter was a natural. When the Islamic State drove waves of people from the Sinjar area of Iraq in early August, most of them members of the Yazidi minority group, they fled first to the mountains and then to the relative safety of Iraqi Kurdistan. They camped out in whatever unoccupied structures they could find.

U.S. Military Joins Ebola Response in West Africa

Monday, September 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 08 (IPS) - The U.S. military over the weekend formally began to support the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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