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Farmers Hold Keys to Ending Poverty, Hunger, FAO Says

Thursday, May 05, 2016

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, May 05 (IPS) - With recent data showing that 793 million people still go to bed hungry, ending hunger and poverty in 15 years is the next development challenge that world leaders have set for themselves.

A Region’s Eyes Turn to Healthy Nutrition

Thursday, May 05, 2016

ROME, May 05 (IPS) - After its remarkable success in reducing hunger, Europe must now rise to the challenge of making sure food assures more than survival and furnishes healthy lives. head of a global hunger-fighting organization, nothing gives me more satisfaction than to see a vast region of the world achieving food security for its people.

Is the System Broke or Broken?

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 04 (IPS) - Though the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit may seem timely, it brings up many questions about the world humanitarian system; is it broke or broken?

New Generation Aims to Plug Africa's Research Deficit

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

DAKAR, Senegal, May 04 (IPS) - The tonnes of uncollected garbage piling up on the streets of her home in Cairo was a brain wave for Sherien Elagroudy.

Indian Women Worst Hit by Water Crisis

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

NEW DELHI, May 03 (IPS) - A staggering 330 million Indians, making up a quarter of the country's population (or roughly the entire population of the United States), are currently reeling under the effects of a severe drought, resulting in an acute drinking water shortage and agricultural distress.

World Farmers’ Organisation Meeting Eyes New Markets, Fresh Investment

Friday, April 29, 2016

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, Apr 29 (IPS) - ‘No Farmer, No Food' is an old slogan that the Zambia National Farmers' Union still uses. Some people consider it a cliché, but it could be regaining its place in history as agriculture is increasingly seen as the answer to a wide range of the world's critical needs such as nutrition, sustainable jobs and income for the rural poor.

Can the UN Security Council Stop Hospitals Being Targets in War?

Friday, April 29, 2016

, Apr 29 (IPS) - Hospitals, health care workers and patients in war zones are supposed to be protected under international humanitarian law yet recent attacks from Syria to Afghanistan suggest that they have become targets.

Playing Ping Pong with Disability

Thursday, April 28, 2016

RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank, Apr 28 (IPS) - Despite formally adopting progressive laws, such as Law Number 4, and ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability, Palestinian authorities still struggle to get beyond rhetoric when it comes to supporting the 7 to 11 per cent of the population that is affected by disability.

Abortion Saga: Morality vs Choice

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BLANTYRE, Malawi, Apr 27 (IPS) - Malawi considers itself ‘a god fearing nation' so much that any act ‘out of the ordinary' is said to be either satanic, a sin or demonic. Even a drink or a walk could be satanic in the country if you are not careful!

Laws Criminalizing Drug Possession Can Cause More Harm

Thursday, April 21, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 21 (IPS) - In many countries, a criminal record, even for a minor offense can have serious implications. Being convicted of a criminal offence renders one ineligible for certain jobs, social grants or benefits or from even being able to exercise one's right to vote. It can also severely limit the ability to travel to certain countries and can result in the loss of custody of minor children. As prison conditions are often poor and health care services limited, a custodial sentence can have implications on the health outcomes of individuals.

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