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Alert Over Lethal Virus Affecting Popular Tilapia Fish

Monday, May 29, 2017

ROME, May 29 (IPS) - A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world's most important fish for human consumption, the United Nations warns, adding that though not a human health risk, Tilapia Lake Virus has large potential impact on global food security and nutrition.

Asia: 260 Million Indigenous Peoples Marginalised, Discriminated

Friday, May 26, 2017

ROME, May 26 (IPS) - Asia is home to the largest number of indigenous peoples on Earth, with an estimated 260 million of a total of 370 million original inhabitants worldwide. In spite of their huge number-equaling half of the combined population of Europe-- they are often victims of discrimination and denial of their rights.

Time To Focus On ‘Hidden Hunger’

Friday, May 26, 2017

WASHINGTON DC, May 26 (IPS) - As World Hunger Day May 28 approaches, it is time for us all to redouble our efforts to reach the goal of Zero Hunger by prioritizing the battle against micronutrient deficiency. If the international community pulls together this year to incorporate proven solutions such as biofortifying crops into the UN framework for sustainable development, we could reduce malnutrition on a truly global scale.

Formalising Informal Trade – Good for African Women?

Friday, May 26, 2017

ROME, May 26 (IPS) - Women constitute the largest share of informal traders in Africa–about 70 per cent in Southern Africa and more than half in other parts of this vast continent made up of 54 states, home to over 1,200 billion people.

In a “World of Plenty,” G7 Must Fight Famine

Friday, May 26, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, May 26 (IPS) - World leaders must step up and take action in fighting famine to prevent further catastrophic levels of hunger and deaths, said Oxfam.

Why the G7 Must Fund Health & Nutrition

Thursday, May 25, 2017

TAORMINA, Italy, May 25 (IPS) - The G7 Summit, held annually among the leaders of the world's most powerful economies (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the EU), plays an important role in shaping responses to global challenges—theoretically at least.

Africa - More than Just Conflicts, Corruption, Disasters

Thursday, May 25, 2017

ROME, May 25 (IPS) - Natural and man-made disasters, armed conflicts, widespread corruption and deep social inequalities have been so far a dramatic source for most news coverage when it comes to Africa, the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent on Earth, which hosts 54 states spreading over 30 million square kilometres that are home to over 1.2 billion people.

Nutrition Key to Developing Africa’s “Grey Matter Infrastructure”

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

AHMEDABAD, India, May 24 (IPS) - Developing Africa's ‘grey matter infrastructure' through multi-sector investments in nutrition has been identified as a game changer for Africa's sustainable development.

Mideast: Growing Urbanisation Worsens Water Scarcity, Food Imports

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ROME, May 24 (IPS) - Conflict and insecurity remain the key barriers to development progress in the Middle East and North Africa. In Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, about half the population—around 40 million people—require humanitarian assistance. Across the region, countries depend heavily on food imports. As their populations urbanise and grow, the need for imports will increase.

Menstrual Health and Vitality: Breaking the Silence, Stemming the Flood

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

GENEVA, May 23 (IPS) - Menstruation matters to everyone, everywhere. But it still matters so much more to women and girls, who have historically been asked to bleed in stoic silence so that no one even knows they have their period.

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