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…
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.
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!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
CAPE TOWN, Aug 02 (IPS) - As over 20 million sub-Saharan Africans face a shortage of food because of drought and development issues, representatives of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Pan African Parliament (PAP) met in Johannesburg to forge a new parliamentary alliance focusing on food and nutritional security.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
CAPETOWN, Jul 30 (IPS) - Almost half a decade of drought across most of South Africa has led to small towns in crisis and food imports for the first time in over 20 years, as well as severely hampering the government's planned land redistribution programme.
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