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  1. 'I Havent Forgotten Where I Came From,' says Yvonne Pinto, Incoming IRRI Chief

    - Inter Press Service

    SYDNEY, Feb 28 (IPS) - Growing up on a small farming station in Holetta (Ethiopia), Yvonne Pinto would accompany her agriculturist father to the farm, where she would spend her time cross-fertilizing plants. Her tiny fingers making the task easier, as she would marvel at the end product of a prospective new and higher yielding variety. These formative years laid the foundation for her career in agricultural science.

  2. Balis Ancient Canine Guardians on the Brink of Extinction

    - Inter Press Service

    BALI, Indonesia, Feb 28 (IPS) - Bali's Island's ancient canine guardians, the proud descendants of lineages tracing back tens of thousands of years, stand on the brink of extinction. Culling triggered by rabies outbreaks and interbreeding is pushing these living cultural treasures towards a tragic end.

  3. Hapless New Year for Global South

    - Inter Press Service

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb 28 (IPS) - As dire economic predictions for 2023 did not materialise, pundits began 2024 far more optimistically. But policy ghosts from the last half-century will likely undermine such wishful thinking.

  4. World News in Brief: Air travel boom erases COVID dip, ‘disturbing’ new anti-LGBT bill in Ghana, rights abuses in Crimea

    - UN News

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    The UN aviation agency on Wednesday announced that air traffic levels are operating at around two per cent above their high in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic grounded much of the world’s population in lockdown.

  5. Female Genital Mutilation Continues Amid Sudans Conflict and Forced Displacement

    - Inter Press Service

    JUBA, Feb 27 (IPS) - Female genital mutilation (FGM) stands as one of the most egregious violations of human rights, particularly affecting women and girls worldwide. However, when conflict and forced displacement enter the equation, the horrors of FGM are exacerbated, creating a dire situation that demands urgent attention and action. Where instability and insecurity prevail, the prevalence of FGM often intensifies, exacerbated by factors such as displacement, poverty, and the breakdown of social systems.

  6. Universal connectivity gets a $9 billion private sector boost

    - UN News

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    The mobile phone industry has pledged over $9 billion towards the goal of connecting the world, said the chief of the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Monday, addressing the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

  7. Call for Scaled Up Funding for Much-Needed, Successful Joint Program in Nigeria

    - Inter Press Service

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria & NAIROBI, Feb 23 (IPS) - Nigeria is home to 15 percent of the world’s out-of-school children. More than 7.6 million girls are not in school, and only nine percent of the poorest girls in the country are in secondary school. The Boko Haram insurgency and other armed groups fuel the out-of-school crisis in northeast Nigeria, disrupting the education of nearly two million school-age children.

  8. No God but Greed: Slavery and Indifference

    - Inter Press Service

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb 23 (IPS) - At Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen there is a great painting made in 1797 by the Danish Golden Age painter Jens Juel. It depicts one of Denmark’s richest merchants at the time – Niels Ryberg, his newlywed son Johan Christian, and the son’s bride, Engelke. Johan Christian makes a gesture as though to show off the family estate. There is a strong feeling of harmony between the people and the countryside in which they are placed. The picture reflects the new interest in nature that emerged all over Europe towards the end of the 18th century. It also demonstrates how Denmark’s new, rich bourgeois wished to carry themselves in the style of the aristocracy, a social class which dominance they were infringing. Ryberg and his son appear just as distinguished as the aristocrats that used to be portrayed by Jens Juel.

  9. Funding, Policy Changes Could Result in Countries Reaping Benefit of Migration

    - Inter Press Service

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Feb 23 (IPS) - Amid an escalation of global conflict and climate change-induced displacements, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is escalating its donor campaign.

  10. The World Social Forum: The counterweight to the World Economic Forum

    - Inter Press Service

    KATHMANDU, Nepal, Feb 23 (IPS) - This week the 2024 annual meeting of the World Social Forum (WSF) was held in Nepal. There were fifty thousand participants from over 90 countries, exchanging strategies to address the multiple global crises, from climate catastrophes to unfettered capitalism, inequality, social injustice, wars and conflict.

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