News headlines for “Food and Agriculture Issues”, page 3

  1. Revisiting privatization’s claims

    Tuesday, September 04, 2018

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sep 04 (IPS) - Advocates made exaggerated claims that privatization would reduce governments' fiscal problems while ensuring more efficient, productive and competitive economies by promoting private entrepreneurship, innovation and investments.

    Several arguments have been advanced to justify privatization since the 1980s. Privatization has been advocated as an easy means to:

    1. Reduce the government's financial and administrative burden, particularly by undertaking and maintaining services and infrastructure;
    2. Promote competition, improve efficiency and increase productivity in providing public services;
    3. Stimulate private entrepreneurship and investment to accelerate economic growth;
    4. Help reduce the public sector's presence and size, with its monopolistic tendencies and bureaucratic support.
  2. New Rules for High Seas Must Include Needs of Poorest Nations

    Tuesday, September 04, 2018

    LONDON, Sep 04 (IPS) - Essam Yassin Mohammed is Principal Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

    Over-fishing, warming oceans and plastic pollution dominate the headlines when it comes to the state of the seas. Most of the efforts to protect the life of the ocean and the livelihoods of those who depend on it are limited to exclusive economic zones – the band of water up to 200 nautical miles from the coast.

  3. “We Should Not Wait” — Action Needed on Myanmar

    Tuesday, September 04, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 04 (IPS) - After the release of a scathing report on Myanmar's human rights violations, next steps to achieve accountability and justice remain elusive and uncertain.  

  4. China-Africa Cooperation a Vibrant Partnership for Sustainable Development

    Monday, September 03, 2018

    BEIJING, Sep 03 (IPS) - António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in an address to the China-Africa Cooperation Summit in Beijing.

    This Forum on China-Africa Cooperation is an embodiment of two major priorities of the United Nations: to pursue fair globalization and to promote development that leaves no one behind in the context of a rules-based system of international relations supported by strong multilateral institutions.

  5. Addressing Bangladesh's Age-Old Public Transportation System

    Friday, August 31, 2018

    DHAKA, Aug 31 (IPS) - After the recent student uprising in Bangladesh, and despite increased policing on the streets and amendments to the traffic laws, there has been criticism that things have not changed significantly enough to make the country's roads safer.

  6. Land, Water and Education, Priorities for Chile's Mapuche People

    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    LA PINTANA, Chile, Aug 30 (IPS) - The right to land and water, as well as to multicultural education, are the top priority demands of Mapuche leaders working with their communities in the Araucanía region and in Santiago, Chile's capital.

  7. Amid Chronic Violence, Millions of Afghans Face Risks of Drought Related Displacement

    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    OSLO, Aug 30 (IPS) - Enayatullah Azad is Media, Information & Advocacy Coordinator, Norwegian Refugee CouncilAmid a precarious security situation in Afghanistan, the worst drought in recent history, that hit two out of three provinces in Afghanistan in July, has destabilized the lives of tens of thousands of civilians, some of whom have already been displaced.

  8. How Accurate Information About the Weather is Yielding Resilience for Zambia’s Smallholders

    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    PEMBA, Zambia, Aug 30 (IPS) - Just having better information about when and for how long it will rain is proving the difference between success and failure among smallholder farmers in southern Zambia. Empowered with timely information about the weather ahead of the 2017/18 farming season, 56-year-old Fainess Muzyamba of Pemba district, ending up ditching her traditional maize crop for sweet potatoes.

  9. UN Seeks Probe into Saudi Bombing of Civilian Targets

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 29 (IPS) - Saudi Arabia, which has been accused of relentlessly bombing civilian targets in strife-torn Yemen and threatening executions of human rights activists, is fast gaining notoriety as a political outcast at the United Nations.

  10. How Rwanda is Saving One of its Most Important Crops, the Banana, With an SMS

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    KIGALI, Aug 29 (IPS) - When Telesphore Ruzigamanzi, a smallholder banana farmer from a remote village in Eastern Rwanda, discovered a peculiar yellowish hue on his crop before it started to dry up, he did not give it the due consideration it deserved.

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