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Improved Cookstoves Boost Health and Forest Cover in the Himalayas

Friday, February 17, 2017

DARJEELING, India, Feb 17 (IPS) - Mountain communities in the Himalayan region are almost entirely dependent on forests for firewood even though this practice has been identified as one of the most significant causes of forest decline and a major source of indoor air pollution.

Indigenous Peoples Lands Guard 80 Per Cent of World’s Biodiversity

Thursday, February 09, 2017

ROME, Feb 09 (IPS) - They are more than 370 million self-identified peoples in some 70 countries around the world. In Latin America alone there are over 400 groups, each with a distinct language and culture, though the biggest concentration is in Asia and the Pacific– with an estimated 70 per cent. And their traditional lands guard over 80 per cent of the planet's biodiversity.

US, EU Food Standards Major Hurdle for Caribbean Exporters

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 07 (IPS) - As Caricom countries struggle to move away from their traditional reliance on a single industry or major crop in the face of growing economic uncertainty worldwide, they are finding it increasingly difficult to enter markets in the EU and North America with new types of food products.

Female Genital Mutilation is a Gruesome Impediment to the Empowerment of Women

Monday, February 06, 2017

NAIROBI, Feb 06 (IPS) - On 06 February 2017, the world marks the 14th International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  

Want to Prevent Stroke, Diabetes, Cancer? Get Moving… Now!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

ROME, Feb 02 (IPS) - Tired, lazy, bored, laying down long hours watching TV or seated checking your email? Wrong. And dangerous: not enough exercise contributes to cancer, diabetes, depression and other non-communicable diseases.

How a Spring Revival Scheme in India’s Sikkim Is Defeating Droughts

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

GANGTOK, India, Feb 01 (IPS) - Bina Sharma, a member of the Melli Dhara Gram Panchayat Unit in the southern part of India's northeastern Himalayan state of Sikkim, is a relieved woman.

Kenyans Turn to Wild Fruits and Insects as Drought Looms

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

NAIROBI, Jan 31 (IPS) - Too hungry to play, hundreds of starving children in Tiaty Constituency of Baringo County instead sit by the fire, watching the pot boil, in the hope that it is only a matter of minutes before their next meal.

Demonstrating the Power of Partnerships: The Potential for Universal Health Care in Kenya

Monday, January 30, 2017

GENEVA, Jan 30 (IPS) - Even as the global community set out the 17 Sustainable Development Goals last year, a realization that stood out is that no single unit has the wherewithal to achieve such lofty goals – they will only be achieved through partnerships.

Trumps’ Global Gag a Devastating Blow for Women’s Rights

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

MEXICO CITY, Jan 25 (IPS) - The image of a group of men in suits making decisions about the rights of women is becoming an emblematic sign of the backlash against our human rights, particularly those related to women´s bodily integrity and reproductive and sexual freedoms.

Guess How Much Water Your Daily Food Consumes

Monday, January 23, 2017

ROME/BERLIN, Jan 23 (IPS) - The facts are clear. So are the consequences. And the facts are that it takes between one and three tonnes of water to grow one kilogramme of cereal; that a kilogramme of beef takes up to 15 tonnes of water to produce; and that it is estimated that between 2,000 and 5,000 litres of water are needed to produce a person's daily food.

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