News headlines for “Water and Development”

  1. Moving Beyond Just Building Toilets

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    PUNE, India, Jan 21 (IPS) - One of the most laudable initiatives of the current government's regime is the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) that was launched on Oct 2, 2014, with a larger vision of a clean India. The critical aspect of the mission was that—unlike many of the movements that preceded it—this had a measurable outcome (making India open defecation free) and a firm timeline (by 2019).

  2. Wasting & Dining: the New Water Dilemma

    Thursday, January 17, 2019

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan 17 (IPS) - Professor Jan Lundqvist is Senior Advisor at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

    Concerns about the supply side of food systems are shifting from insufficient production and supply, to issues likely to affect food production in the medium and long term, such as water risks, global warming and environmental consequences.

  3. Why We Should Care about Vulnerable Coastal Communities

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    ROME, Jan 16 (IPS) - Nigel Brett is Director of the Asia and Pacific Division at the International Fund for Agricultural Development

    According to UN statistics, approximately 40 per cent of the world's population lives within 100 kilometers of the coast, and overall the world's coastal population is increasing faster than the total global population. At the same time, global warming is causing sea levels to rise and increasing extreme weather incidents on coastlines.

  4. Water, an Environmental Product of Agriculture in Brazil

    Saturday, December 08, 2018

    BRASILIA, Dec 08 (IPS) - For the first time in her life, retired physical education teacher Elizabeth Ribeiro planted a tree, thorny papaya, native to Brazil's central savanna.

  5. Citizen Action in Europe’s Periphery: “An Antidote to Powerlessness”

    Thursday, December 06, 2018

    GHENT, Belguim, Dec 06 (IPS) - Unjustified extra charges on drinking water, exploitation of labourers in the countryside and uncontrolled property speculation. In Europe's periphery, citizens' initiatives show how all too prevalent modern-day ailments can be tackled successfully. More often than not with the help of artists.

  6. Watering the Paris Agreement at COP24

    Wednesday, December 05, 2018

    STOCKHOLM, Dec 05 (IPS) - Maggie White is Senior Manager - International. Policies, Swedish Water House.

    Most people will experience climate change in the form of water – higher frequency and intensity of floods and droughts, an increase in waterborne diseases, and overloaded sewage systems that are unable to cope with new demands.

  7. Northeast Nigeria: Urgent Need to Combat Deadly Cholera Outbreaks

    Monday, November 12, 2018

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Nov 12 (IPS) - Janet Cherono is Norwegian Refugee Council's Program Manager in Maiduguri.

    The number of people who have been affected by cholera in northeast Nigeria has increased to 10,000. The disease is spreading quickly in congested displacement camps with limited access to proper sanitation facilities.

  8. Diversifying Crops to Help Overcome Drought in Brazil

    Friday, November 09, 2018

    SOUSA, Brazil, Nov 09 (IPS) - Dozens of trucks used to leave São Gonçalo every day, carrying the local agricultural production, mainly coconuts, to markets throughout Brazil, including the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, more than 2,000 kilometers away.

  9. Rainwater Harvesting Eases Daily Struggle in Argentina's Chaco Region

    Tuesday, November 06, 2018

    LOS BLANCOS, Argentina, Nov 06 (IPS) - "I've been used to hauling water since I was eight years old. Today, at 63, I still do it," says Antolín Soraire, a tall peasant farmer with a face ravaged by the sun who lives in Los Blancos, a town of a few dozen houses and wide dirt roads in the province of Salta, in northern Argentina.

  10. Ambitious Agenda, Ambitious Financing? UNGA Shows a Long Way Still to Go for SDGs

    Monday, November 05, 2018

    LONDON / NEW YORK, Nov 05 (IPS) - John Garett & Kathryn Tobin, WaterAid

    There was a much-needed focus on financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the September 2018 opening of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

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