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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.

400 Million People Live with Hepatitis But They Do Not Know

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

ROME, Jul 26 (IPS) - With some 400 million people around the world infected with hepatitis B or C, mostly without being aware, the United Nations top health agency encourages countries to boost testing and access to services and medicines for people in need to combat the 'ignored perils' of this disease.

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.

Uganda Ill-Equipped for Growing Cancer Burden

Monday, July 25, 2016

KAMPALA, Uganda, Jul 25 (IPS) - Lying on a dirty bed in a crowded, squalid hostel in Kampala, emaciated Jovia, 29, managed a weak smile as a doctor delivered her a small green bottle containing a liquid.

Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarised Mind

Monday, July 18, 2016

NEW DELHI, Jul 18 (IPS) - A recent report from the National Academy of Science of The United States, titled Gene Drives on the Horizon : Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values", warns:

Rewriting Africa's Agricultural Narrative

Monday, July 18, 2016

ABIDJAN, Cote d'Ivoire, Jul 18 (IPS) - Albert Kanga Azaguie no longer considers himself a smallholder farmer. By learning and monitoring the supply and demand value chains of one of the country's staple crops, plantain (similar to bananas), Kanga ventured into off-season production to sell his produce at relatively higher prices.

Large-Scale Rainwater Harvesting Eases Scarcity in Kenya

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

NAROK, Kenya, Jul 12 (IPS) - Rainwater harvesting in Kenya and other places is hardly new. But in this water-stressed country, where two-thirds of the land is arid or semiarid, the quest for a lasting solution to water scarcity has driven useful innovations in this age-old practice.

Global Coalition Seeks Ban on Mercury Use

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 12 (IPS) - A coalition of over 25 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has launched a global campaign to end a longstanding health and environmental hazard: the use of mercury in dentistry.

The Future of Food in Cities: Urban Agriculture

Monday, July 11, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 11 (IPS) - Habitat III, the UN's conference on cities this coming October will explore urban agriculture as a solution to food security, but here in New York City, it has shown potential for much more.

Latin American Development Depends On Investing In Teenage Girls

Monday, July 11, 2016

CARACAS, Jul 11 (IPS) - Latin America's teenage girls are a crucial force for change and for promoting sustainable development, if the region invests in their rights and the correction of unequal opportunities, according to Luiza Carvalho, the regional head of UN Women.

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