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  1. Innovation Is an Imperative - for Sustainable Food Systems

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    ROME, May 26 (IPS) - Hunger and food insecurity continue to rise. The official 2019 statistics refer to 821 million people suffering from hunger all over the world. According the recently launched Global Report on Food Crisesthere are further 135 million people facing crisis levels of hunger or worse.

  2. Women are Often an After-Thought in a Humanitarian Crisis

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 26 (IPS) - In an interview*, Bina Pradhan, an independent researcher, focuses on gender, macroeconomics and emerging issues of inequality.

    She is affiliated with the Federation of Business and Professional Women, Nepal (FBPWN), and has been working on the promotion and advancement of women in enterprise development and trade, post-earthquake community reconstruction, and rebuilding people's lives and livelihoods with a focus on sustainability.

    In this interview, Ms. Pradhan shares her views on the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically on women and excluded groups in Nepal.

  3. Politics, Profits Undermine Public Interest in Covid-19 Vaccine Race

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 (IPS) - With well over five million Covid-19 infections worldwide, and deaths exceeding 340,000, the race for an effective vaccine has accelerated since the SARS-Cov-2 virus was first identified as the culprit.

  4. Kenya's Adolescent Women Left Behind As More Married Women Access Contraception

    Monday, May 25, 2020

    NAIROBI, May 25 (IPS) - Complications of pregnancy and child birth are a leading cause of preventable deaths and ill health among adolescent women in Kenya. But research shows a combination of modern contraceptives for all adolescents who need it, and adequate care for all pregnant adolescents and their newborns, would reduce adolescent maternal deaths by 76 percent. So what needs to be done to prevent this?

  5. Education Post-COVID-19: Customised Blended Learning is Urgently Needed

    Monday, May 25, 2020

    May 25 (IPS) - Many well meaning education benefactorsand commentators in South Africa have expressed that in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic online self-guided learning could solve some of the current teaching problems and address the educational backlog. What learners need, the reasoning goes, is to get free internet access to educational support materials on offer online.

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

  6. Are the SDGs in Reverse Gear?

    Monday, May 25, 2020

    NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 (IPS) - When I was a little girl, my mother told us the story of a woman who escaped from a monster by cooking stones: when the monster fell asleep waiting for his dinner, the woman ran for her life.

  7. Crisis Hits Oil Industry and Energy Transition Alike

    Friday, May 22, 2020

    MEXICO CITY, May 22 (IPS) - While it attempts to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Latin American and Caribbean region also faces concerns about the future of the energy transition and state-owned oil companies.

  8. Unite Behind Environmental Science: Transforming Values and Behaviour is as Important as Restoring Global Ecosystems

    Friday, May 22, 2020

    BONN, May 22 (IPS) - Restoring damaged ecosystems is vital to avoid the collapse of nature's most valuable contributions to people, but International Day for Biological Diversity 2020 should also be a wake-up call about the importance of addressing our social, economic and systemic values, because it is these that are driving the destruction of nature.

  9. Biological Diversity is Fundamental to Human Health

    Friday, May 22, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, May 22 (IPS) - Today, May 22, marks the International Day of Biological Diversity. Experts say that conservation efforts have actually strengthened under the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's International Day of Biological Diversity falls amid the coronavirus pandemic and the slow easing, in some nations, of a global lockdown. While the lockdown has forced most people to stay at home, there have been reports of more wildlife being spotted - even in once-busy city centres. 

  10. Internal Migration: A Literary/Historical View

    Friday, May 22, 2020

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, May 22 (IPS) - It is easy to generalize about migration. Populist politicians often portray migrants as strangers and "our" homeland as a stable entity, rooted in an old agricultural society. When they do so they tend to forget that most of us are in fact migrants who have left that traditional farming community far behind and if it was not we who did so, it was our ancestors.

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