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Opinion: Let’s Grant Women Land Rights and Power Our Future

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

BONN, Mar 04 (IPS) - Women are not only the world's primary food producers. They are hardworking and innovative and, they invest far more of their earnings in their families than men. But most lack the single most important asset for accessing investment resources – land rights.

Tech-Savvy Women Farmers Find Success with SIM Cards

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

MAHABUBNAGAR, India, Mar 04 (IPS) - Jawadi Vimalamma, 36, looks admiringly at her cell phone. It's a simple device that can only be used to send or receive a call or a text message. Yet to the farmer from the village of Janampet, located 150 km away from Hyderabad, capital of the southern Indian state of Telangana, it symbolises a wealth of knowledge that changed her life.

Tackling Ebola: Give Autonomy to Local African Communities, Says International Rescue Committee

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 03 (IPS) - Recommendations on how to eradicate Ebola and avoid future outbreaks were released in a report on Tuesday by the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Opinion: It’s Time to Step It Up for Gender Equality

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 03 (IPS) - If we look at the headlines or the latest horrifying YouTube clip, Mar. 8 – International Women's Day – may seem a bad time to celebrate equality for women.

Gaza Reconstruction, Hampered by Israeli Blockade, May Take 100 Years, Say Aid Agencies

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 03 (IPS) - Despite all the political hoopla surrounding an international pledging conference in Cairo last October to help rebuild Gaza, the reconstruction of the Israeli-devastated territory is apparently moving at the pace of paralytic snail.

For Women in Asia, ‘Home’ Is a Battleground

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 03 (IPS) - Nearly half of the four billion people who reside in the Asia-Pacific region are women. They comprise two-thirds of the region's poor, with millions either confined to their homes or pushed into the informal labour market where they work without any safeguards for paltry daily wages. Millions more become victims of trafficking and are forced into prostitution or sexual slavery.

Syrian Conflict Has Underlying Links to Climate Change, Says Study

Monday, March 02, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 02 (IPS) - Was the four-year-old military conflict in Syria, which has claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, mostly civilians, triggered at least in part by climate change?

Environmental Damage to Gaza Exacerbating Food Insecurity

Sunday, March 01, 2015

BEIT LAHIYA, Northern Gaza Strip, Mar 01 (IPS) - Extensive damage to Gaza's environment as a result of the Israeli blockade and its devastating military campaign against the coastal territory during last year's war from July to August, is negatively affecting the health of Gazans, especially their food security.

Farm Projects Boost Bangladeshi Women, Children

Sunday, March 01, 2015

NEW YORK, Mar 01 (IPS) - Women in Bangladesh are carving healthier, wealthier futures for themselves and their children – and they have chicken eggs and pineapples to thank.

Opinion: Manipulate and Mislead – How GMOs are Infiltrating Africa

Sunday, March 01, 2015

JOHANNESBURG, Mar 01 (IPS) - The most persistent myth about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is that they are necessary to feed a growing global population.

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