News headlines for “Food and Agriculture Issues”

  1. UN Warns of an Impending Famine With Millions in Danger of Starvation

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 27 (IPS) - The numbers are staggering — as reflected in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has triggered a new round of food shortages, famine and starvation.

  2. Sustainable Measures Help Farmers Script a Positive Story Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty

    HYDERABAD, India, Nov 26 (IPS) - As India continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing number of deaths, farmers here have been fighting a battle of their own against volatile pricing, uncertain demand and lack of access to the market. But in the midst of all this uncertainty, one farming couple in a village near Hyderabad are working to become a food-secure future for themselves using eco-friendly farming techniques.

  3. Can Africas Third Industrial Development Decade Deliver?

    VIENNA, Nov 26 (IPS) - Industrial development in Africa has been sluggish for some decades. Now, as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic kick in, hopes for better progress, at least in the short term, appear to be fading. But if countries grasp the right opportunities, the next decade can deliver the industrial change needed to meet the challenges ahead. Industrialization and development go hand in hand. There is hardly a country in the world that has developed without building a strong manufacturing base. But for Africa – sometimes referred to as the continent of the future – the fruits of industrialization have often seemed just out of reach.

  4. Food as Prevention Rising to Nutritional Challenges

    NAPLES, Italy, Nov 25 (IPS) - The risks factors contributing to the dramatic rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in recent decades have been known for a long time but the Covid-19 pandemic has brutally exposed our collective failure to deal with them.

  5. CARE Offers Policies That Engender Success for Young People in Agribusiness

    IBADAN, Nigeria, Nov 25 (IPS) - Often cited as Africa’s greatest asset, its youth are also among the most vulnerable and volatile.

    A large and growing population of talented young people has the potential to drive economic growth and well-being of societies across the continent but, as the African Development Bank warnscurrent conditions of severe unemployment are translating into poorer living conditions, higher flows of migration, and greater risks of conflict – in short, a social disaster in the making.

  6. It's Time for Results as Sudan Enters Second Year of NDC Partnership

    KHARTOUM, Nov 24 (IPS) - Earlier this year, when heavy rains caused massive flooding in Sudan, a three-month state of emergency was declared in September. The floods which began in July, were the worst the country experienced in the last three decades and affected some 830,000 people, including 125,000 refugees and internally displaced people.

  7. How UN Helped Benin Become Worlds Fastest Place to Start a Business via a Mobile Phone

    GENEVA, Nov 24 (IPS) - Until recently, Benin was best known for its cotton exports and its vibrant clothing designs. Since this year it is also the fastest place in the world to start a company. By providing a full online service, the government helped entrepreneurs create businesses and jobs during the pandemic. A third of Benin's new entrepreneurs are women.

  8. World Bank Urges Governments to Guarantee Private Profits

    KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Nov 24 (IPS) - The World Bank has been leading other multilateral development banks (MDBs) and international financial institutions to press developing country governments to de-risk infrastructure and other private, especially foreign investments.

  9. Could the Finance Sector Hold the Key to Ending Deforestation?

    OXFORD, UK, Nov 23 (IPS) - At the beginning of 2020, there were hopes that this would be a 'super year for nature'. It has not turned out that way. Tropical forests, so crucial for biodiversity, the climate and the indigenous communities who live in them, have continued to be destroyed at alarming rates. In fact, despite the shutdown of large parts of the global economy, rates of deforestation globally have increased since last year.

  10. Farmers Will (Again) Feed the World

    NEW YORK, Nov 23 (IPS) - Wealthier countries struggling to contain the widening COVID-19 pandemic amid protests over lockdowns and restrictions risk ignoring an even greater danger out there – a looming global food emergency.

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