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Democratising the Fight against Malnutrition

Thursday, November 27, 2014

ROME, Nov 27 (IPS) - There is a new dimension to the issue of malnutrition – governments, civil society and the private sector have started to come together around a common nutrition agenda.

OPINION: All Family Planning Should Be Voluntary, Safe and Fully Informed

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 26 (IPS) - The tragic deaths and injuries of women following sterilisation in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh have sparked global media coverage and public concern and outrage.

Internal Ruling Party Wrangles Stall Development in Zimbabwe

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HARARE, Nov 26 (IPS) - With the ruling Zimbabwe Africa National Union Patriotic Front party in Zimbabwe seized with internal conflicts, attention to key development areas here have shifted despite the imminent end of December 2015 deadline for global attainment of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Women on the Edge of Land and Life

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SUNDARBANS, India, Nov 26 (IPS) - November is the cruelest month for landless families in the Indian Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal mangrove forest in the world lying primarily in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

Filipino Farmers Protest Government Research on Genetically Modified Rice

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MANILA, Nov 26 (IPS) - Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat. He claims that approval by the Philippine government of the genetically modified ‘golden rice' that is fortified with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, could ruin his livelihood.

Central American Civil Society Calls for Protection of Local Agriculture at COP20

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SAN JOSE, Nov 25 (IPS) - Worried about the effects of global warming on agriculture, water and food security in their communities, social organisations in Central America are demanding that their governments put a priority on these issues in the COP20 climate summit.

Water and Sanitation Report Card: Slow Progress, Inadequate Funding

Monday, November 24, 2014

LONDON, Nov 24 (IPS) - The Ebola crisis has thrown into sharp relief the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene in treating and caring for the sick. Dying patients are being taken to hospitals which never had enough water to maintain hygiene, and the epidemic has pushed the system to breaking point.

Gated Communities on the Water Aggravate Flooding in Argentina

Monday, November 24, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 24 (IPS) - The construction of gated communities on wetlands and floodplains in Greater Buenos Aires has modified fragile ecosystems and water cycles and has aggravated flooding, especially in poor surrounding neighourhoods.

OPINION: How Ebola Could End the Cuban Embargo

Monday, November 24, 2014

DENVER, Colorado, Nov 24 (IPS) - When was the last time in recent memory a top U.S. official praised Cuba publicly? And since when has Cuba's leadership offered to cooperate with Americans?

Lessons from Jamaica's Billion-Dollar Drought

Monday, November 24, 2014

MORANT BAY, Jamaica, Nov 24 (IPS) - As Jamaica struggles under the burden of an ongoing drought, experts say ensuring food security for the most vulnerable groups in society is becoming one of the leading challenges posed by climate change.

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