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Canals Save Cambodian Farmers in Times of Drought

Monday, September 26, 2016

KAMPONG SPEU PROVINCE, Sep 26 (IPS) - In Kampong Speu province, when the wet weather doesn't come, as in other parts of Cambodia, it can affect whether food goes on the dinner table.

At the Nexus of Water and Climate Change

Saturday, September 03, 2016

STOCKHOLM, Sep 03 (IPS) - With the clock counting down towards the November climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco, where parties to the climate treaty agreed in Paris will negotiate implementation, it's clear that managing water resources will be a key aspect of any effective deal.

Ships Bring Your Coffee, Snack and TV Set, But Also Pests and Diseases

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

ROME, Aug 23 (IPS) - "Every evening, millions of people all over the world will settle into their armchairs to watch some TV after a hard day at work. Many will have a snack or something to drink…

Dhaka Could Be Underwater in a Decade

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

DHAKA, Aug 16 (IPS) - Like many other fast-growing megacities, the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka faces severe water and sanitation problems, chiefly the annual flooding during monsoon season due to unplanned urbanisation, destruction of wetlands and poor city governance.

Arable Land Lost at Unprecedented Rate: 33,000 Hectares… a Day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ROME, Aug 16 (IPS) - Humankind is a witness every single day to a new, unprecedented challenge. One of them is the very fact that the world's arable lands are being lost at 30 to 35 times the historical rate. Each year, 12 million hectares are lost. That means 33,000 hectares a day!

Ethiopian Food Aid Jammed Up in Djibouti Port

Monday, August 15, 2016

DJIBOUTI CITY, Aug 15 (IPS) - Bags of wheat speed down multiple conveyor belts to be heaved onto trucks lined up during the middle of a blisteringly hot afternoon beside the busy docks of Djibouti Port.

War on Climate Terror (II): Fleeing Disasters, Escaping Drought, Migrating

Thursday, August 11, 2016

ROME, Aug 11 (IPS) - "No one can deny the terrible similarities between those running from the threat of guns and those fleeing creeping desertification, water shortages, floods and hurricanes."

War on Climate Terror (I): Deserts Bury Two Thirds of African Lands

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

ROME, Aug 09 (IPS) - Two-thirds of the African continent is already desert or dry-lands. But while this vast extension of the second largest continent on Earth after Asia is "vital" for agriculture and food production, nearly three-fourths of it is estimated to be degraded to varying degrees.

African Farmers Can Feed the World, If Only…

Monday, August 08, 2016

ROME, Aug 08 (IPS) - Can African farmers feed the world?. Apparently the answer is "yes." Bold as it may sound, this statement is based on specific facts: Africa is home to 60-65 per cent of the world's uncultivated arable land and 10 per cent of renewable freshwater resources, and it has registered a 160 per cent increase in agricultural output over the past 30 years.

Climate-Smart Agriculture for Drought-Stricken Madagascar

Thursday, August 04, 2016

AMBOASARY, Madagascar, Aug 04 (IPS) - Mirantsoa Faniry Rakotomalala is different from most farmers in the Greater South of Madagascar, who are devastated after losing an estimated 80 percent of their crops during the recent May/June harvesting season to the ongoing drought here, said to be the most severe in 35 years.

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