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From Subsistence to Profit, Swazi Farmers Get a Helping Hand

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MBABANE, Sep 30 (IPS) - Men in blue overalls are offloading vegetables from trucks while their female counterparts dress and pack the fresh produce before storing it in a cold room.

Outgunned by Rich Polluters, Africa to Bring United Front to Climate Talks

Monday, September 29, 2014

YAOUNDE, Sep 29 (IPS) - As climate change interest groups raise their voices across Africa to call for action at the COP20 climate meeting in December and the crucial COP21 in Paris in 2015, many worry that the continent may never have fair representation at the talks.

Blistering Drought Leaves the Poorest High and Dry

Monday, September 29, 2014

COLOMBO, Sep 29 (IPS) - The last time there was mud on his village roads was about a year ago, says Murugesu Mohanabavan, a farmer from the village of Karachchi, situated about 300 km north of Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo.

Militarising the Ebola Crisis

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 28 (IPS) - Six months into West Africa's Ebola crisis, the international community is finally heeding calls for substantial intervention in the region.

Zero Nuclear Weapons: A Never-Ending Journey Ahead

Saturday, September 27, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 27 (IPS) - When the United Nations commemorated its first ever "international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons," the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists was: are we anywhere closer to abolishing the deadly weapons or are we moving further and further away from their complete destruction?

Despite New Pledges, Aid to Fight Ebola Lagging

Friday, September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 26 (IPS) - Despite mounting pledges of assistance, the continuing spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is outpacing regional and international efforts to stop it, according to world leaders and global health experts.

Conflict Keeps Mothers From Healthcare Services

Friday, September 26, 2014

, Sep 26 (IPS) - Twenty-five-year-old Khemwanti Pradhan is a ‘Mitanin' – a trained and accredited community health worker – based in the Nagarbeda village of the Bastar region in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

OPINION: Delivering on the Promises of the Global Partnership for Development

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 25 (IPS) - Persistent gaps between the promises made, and actually delivered, by developed countries to developing countries, hold back efforts to improve people's lives and end poverty.

Africa Pays the Price of Low Harvests Thanks to Costly Fertilisers

Thursday, September 25, 2014

CHIMOIO, Mozambique, Sep 25 (IPS) - Eherculano Thomas Rice, is pleased to have harvested 40 bags of white maize from his eight-hectare field in Chimoio, in Mozambique's Manica Province. But he knows that his productivity and yield would be higher if he had been able to afford to buy fertiliser to add to his crop.

OPINION: The Fight Against the Long-Term Affects of Child Hunger Reaches Fever Pitch

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, Sep 24 (IPS) - Eric Turyasingura chases after a ball made from plastic bags outside his mud-brick home in the mountains of southern Uganda. Yelling in his tribal tongue, Nkore, "Arsenal with the ball! Arsenal with the ball!" he jostles with his younger brothers for possession.

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