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  1. Are Value Chains a Pathway to Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa?

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    NEW DELHI, Dec 11 (IPS) - Although difficult to ascertain whether it is a trend reversal, two recent FAO reports (2017a, b) show a rise in hunger globally as well as in Africa. The number of undernourished (NoU) in the world suffering from chronic food deprivation began to rise in 2014 –from 775 million people to 777 million in 2015 – and is now estimated to have increased further, to 815 million in 2016. The stagnation of the global average of the proportion of undernourished (PoU) from 2013 to 2015 is the result of two offsetting changes at the regional level: in Sub-Saharan Africa, the share of undernourished people increased, while there was a continued decline in Asia in the same period. However, in 2016, the PoU increased in most regions except Northern Africa, Southern Asia, Eastern Asia, Central America and the Caribbean. The deterioration was most severe in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-Eastern Asia (FAO 2017a,b).

  2. Debate on Glyphosate Use Comes to a Head in Argentina

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    BUENOS AIRES, Dec 08 (IPS) - In and around the city of Rosario, where most of Argentina's soybean processing plants are concentrated, a local law banned the use of glyphosate, the most widely-used herbicide in Argentina. But two weeks later, producers managed to exert enough pressure to obtain a promise that the ban would be overturned.

  3. Are Rising Seas, Coastal Erosion & Powerful Storms a Wave of the Future for Small Island Nations?

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 08 (IPS) - The 44-member Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) represents some of the world's most vulnerable island nations fighting a virtually losing battle against rising sea levels triggered by global warming and climate change.

  4. Food Sovereignty as a Pillar of Self-Determination

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    SUVA, Fiji, Dec 08 (IPS) - A recent meeting in Rome between our Pacific leaders and UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) highlighted the urgency of food security in our region given the reality of climate change affecting our agriculture and aquaculture.

  5. Pacific Islands Struggling to Meet SDG7 Energy Targets

    Thursday, December 07, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 07 (IPS) - The four Pacific Island nations who are amongst the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) may be falling behind in meeting energy access targets because they are too busy devoting resources towards climate change.

  6. Strengthening Governments to Cope with PPPs

    Tuesday, December 05, 2017

    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 05 (IPS) - Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have emerged in recent years as the development ‘flavour of the decade' in place of aspects of the old Washington Consensus. Instead of replacing the role of government or consigning it to the garbage bin of history, corporations are increasingly using governments to advance their own interests through PPPs.

  7. Empowering Women Improves Communities, Ensures Success for Generations

    Monday, December 04, 2017

    ROME, Dec 04 (IPS) - At an event held on October 29 at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Gender Awards 2017, five countries were honored for impressive achievements in gender equality and women's empowerment despite harsh conditions and numerous daunting situational and societal obstacles. The five countries are Bangladesh, Mozambique, Colombia, Morocco, and Mauritania. The IFAD supported projects in these countries have ambitious goals for a more egalitarian future. To date these projects have successfully provided women with decision-making opportunities, skill training, and increased autonomy through the development of their own livelihoods.

  8. South-South Cooperation Key to a New Multilateralism

    Monday, December 04, 2017

    ROME, Dec 04 (IPS) - "There are new challenges to all states: among them, the real threat to multilateralism... South-South and triangular cooperation can contribute to a new multilateralism and drive the revitalisation of the global partnership for sustainable development."

  9. Q&Amp;A: “What Price Do We Put on Our Oceans?”

    Friday, December 01, 2017

    NAIROBI/NEW DELHI, Dec 01 (IPS) - "Political resolve is the key for succeeding in our fight against oceans pollution," Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, who is leading hands-on the organisation's global campaign to clean up seas and oceans of plastic litter, agricultural run‑off and chemical dumping, told IPS.

  10. Fiji Civil Society Meeting to Focus on Pacific Islands Under Threat

    Thursday, November 30, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 30 (IPS) - The 57 small island developing states (SIDS), including 20 described as territories which are non-UN members, are some of the world's most vulnerable – both economically and environmentally.

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