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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.

US Government Report Exposes Exaggerated TPPA Growth Claims

Thursday, July 28, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jul 28 (IPS) - A US government agency acknowledges that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will not deliver many economic benefits promised by its cheerleaders. The 2016 report by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) acknowledges that the TPP will not deliver many gains claimed by the US Trade Representative (USTR) and the Peterson Institute of International Economics (PIIE) although it uses similar methodology and assumes that the TPP will not change the US trade deficit as a share of GDP.

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.

How Did We Arrive at This Chaos?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ROME, Jul 26 (IPS) - A Chinese curse is "May you live in interesting times". That meant that too many events would disrupt the essential elements of harmony, on which the Chinese pantheon is based.

We certainly live in very interesting times where every day dramatic events pile on us, from terrorism to coup d'etat, from climate disaster to the decline of institutions and ever increasing social turmoil. It would be important, even if very difficult, to look in a nutshell why we are in this situation now - "lack of harmony" . So here goes a dramatically compressed explanation.

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.

Beyond Rhetoric: UN Member States Start Work on Global Goals

Friday, July 22, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 22 (IPS) - UN member states "are going beyond rhetoric and earnestly working to achieve real progress" towards the Sustainable Goals, the members of the Group of 77 and China said in a ministerial statement delivered here on 18 July.

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.

International Trade Favours Multinational Corporations

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

GENEVA, Jul 20 (IPS) - Trade is sometimes thought of as an economic activity that only favours the large corporations. While we may disagree, the reality of international trading is often harder and more expensive for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The smaller the business, the bigger the barriers can seem.

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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