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New Recipe for School Meals Programmes in Latin America

Thursday, March 23, 2017

SAN JOSE, Mar 23 (IPS) - Sunita Daniel remembers what the school lunch programmes were like in her Caribbean island nation, Saint Lucía, until a couple of years ago: meals made of processed foods and imported products, and little integration with the surrounding communities.

Local Solutions to Rebuild Oldest Cuban City in Hurricane Matthew's Wake

Thursday, March 23, 2017

BARACOA, Cuba, Mar 23 (IPS) - Clearings with fallen trees in the surrounding forests, houses still covered with tarpaulins and workers repairing the damage on the steep La Farola highway are lingering evidence of the impact of Hurricane Matthew four months ago, in the first city built by the Spanish conquistadors in Cuba.

Civil Society Representatives: “Water is the Foundation of our Life”

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 22 (IPS) - "Water is life"—a slogan that arose from the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline movement is one that resonates not only in the U.S., but around the world as millions still lack access to clean, safe water.

Investing in Zimbabwe’s Smallholder Farmers

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

HARARE, Mar 22 (IPS) - To take his mangoes to Shurugwi, 230 kms south of Harare, requires Edward Madzokere to hire a cart and wake up at dawn. The fruit farmer sells his produce at the nearest "growth point" at Tongogara (the term for areas targeted for development) where the prices are not stable.

Sweetened Research, Sugared Recommendations

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 22 (IPS) - In 2015, Coca Cola's chief scientist was forced to resign after revelations that the company had funded researchers to present academic papers recommending exercise to address obesity and ill health, while marginalizing the role of dietary consumption. Coca-Cola, the world's largest producer of sugary beverages, had provided millions of dollars to fund researchers to downplay the links between sugar and obesity, tooth decay and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Water, the Great Enabler

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

STOCKHOLM, Mar 21 (IPS) - I listened to a Haitian farmer share solutions with neighbouring water users on how best to allocate scarce water resources. I learned about the resolution of inter-village water conflicts after sitting in a longboat for hours on the Ganges Delta in Bangladesh. On the dry floodplains of Ethiopia, I heard how local solutions benefitted women and outperformed ‘imported' ones.

No Water, No Life – Don’t Waste It!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ROME, Mar 21 (IPS) - During the final exams of Spanish official high school of journalists, a student was asked by the panel of professors-examiners: If scientists discover that there is water in Planet Mars, how would you announce this news, what would be your title? The student did not hesitate a second: "There is life in Mars!" The student was graduated with the highest score.

Three Times as Many Mobile Phones as Toilets in Africa

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Mar 21 (IPS) - Though key to good health and economic wellbeing, water and sanitation remain less of a development priority in Africa, where high costs and poor policy implementation constrain getting clean water and flush toilets to millions.

Fishing Villages Work for Food Security in El Salvador

Monday, March 20, 2017

ISLA DE MÉNDEZ, El Salvador, Mar 20 (IPS) - After an exhausting morning digging clams out of the mud of the mangroves, Rosa Herrera, her face tanned by the sun, arrives at this beach in southeastern El Salvador on board the motorboat Topacio, carrying her yield on her shoulders.

Secret Tax Deals Increased Dramatically After Luxleaks

Monday, March 20, 2017

STOCKHOLM, Mar 20 (IPS) - Despite the LuxLeaks scandal, the number of secret tax deals is skyrocketing. Such deals between companies and governments across Europe increased by almost 50 percent the year after the scandal broke.

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