News headlines for “Food and Agriculture Issues”

  1. Blue Innovation in the Commonwealth

    Thursday, January 23, 2020

    Jan 23 (IPS) - New opportunities to invest in the ocean economyWith 95 per cent of the ocean still unexplored by humans, we are only just beginning to understand its profound influence on life on earth, including its effect on global climate and ecosystems.

  2. Leprosy Re-emerges as a Global Health Challenge

    Thursday, January 23, 2020

    HYDERABAD, India, Jan 23 (IPS) - Sunday, Jan. 26, is World Leprosy Day, which is observed to raise awareness about the disease and those affected by it. IPS Senior Correspondent Stella Paul looks at how the disease is re-emerging as a global health challenge, particularly in countries like India, Brazil and Indonesia.

    Fifteen years ago, Sattamma – a daily labourer in the Rangareddy district of southern India's Telangana state – was abandoned by her husband after she was diagnosed with Hansen's Disease.

  3. UN Plans to Launch a “Decade of Action” to Deliver Development Goals by 2030

    Thursday, January 23, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 23 (IPS) - Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in an address to the General Assembly2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. I draw tremendous strength from all that we represent and all that we have achieved together.

  4. Bridging Africa’s Great Gender-Financing Divide

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020

    NAIROBI, Jan 22 (IPS) - What stands between Soi Cate Chelang and her dream of turning her small pallet-making business into a major enterprise is capital.

  5. UN Report: Rising Inequality Affects More Than 70% of the Globe

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    NEW YORK, Jan 21 (IPS) - Inequality is growing for more than 70 per cent of the global population, exacerbating the risks of divisions and hampering economic and social development. But the rise is far from inevitable and can be tackled at a national and international level, says a flagship study released by the UN on Tuesday.

  6. Ending Bullying and Humiliation over Menstruation as Girls and Boys in Conservative Eswatini are Educated about Reproductive Health

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    MBABANE, Jan 21 (IPS) - When 14-year-old Nomcebo Mkhaliphi first noticed the blood discharged from her vagina, she was shocked. Confused, she turned to her older sisters for advice.

    "My sisters told me that they were experiencing the same every month and that they used fabric, toilet paper and newspapers as sanitary wear," recalls the now 45-year-old Mkhaliphi. She had to follow suit and use these materials because she had no money to buy sanitary pads.

  7. School Lunch Programmes for Progress

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 21 (IPS) - If well planned, coordinated and implemented, a government funded school feeding programme for all primary school children can be progressively transformative. Such a programme, involving government departments and agencies working together, can benefit schoolchildren, their families, farmers and public health, now and in the future.

  8. Pro-Growth Demographic Dogma

    Monday, January 20, 2020

    NEW YORK, Jan 20 (IPS) - Whenever the issue of population comes up, pro-growth demographic dogma invariably dominates. Governments, political parties, businesses, the media and many others typically praise population growth and lament population slowdown, stabilization or decline. The demographic dogma basically advocates maintaining robust population growth and a larger and youthful population. 

  9. BIOGAS: Cow Dung Holds the Key to Nepal’s Green Economy

    Friday, January 17, 2020

    KASKI, Nepal, Jan 17 (IPS) - Nepal's future may not be in hydropower, as most assume, but actually in the dung heap. A new industrial-scale biogas plant near Pokhara has proved that livestock and farm waste producing flammable methane gas can replace imported LPG and chemical fertiliser.

  10. Genuine Reform Culture Lacking in Zimbabwe

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    BULAWAYO, Jan 16 (IPS) - Zimbabwe needs urgent economic and political reforms to transform its economy amidst a growing national crisis, researchers say in a new study that urges swift policy changes and a sound financial framework to attract investment.

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