Tuesday , October 16th , 2018  

True Cost of a Plate of Food Around the World

This article is part of a series of opinion pieces to mark World Food Day October 16   Herve Verhoosel is Senior Spokesperson at the UN World Food Programme (WFP) By Herve VerhooselGENEVA, Oct 15 2018 (IPS) How much would you expect to pay for the most basic plate of food? The kind of thing you might whip up at home – nothing fancy, just enough to fill you up and meet a third of today’s...

Sex Offender Registry is Not Enough to Curb Sexual Violence Against Women

Protesters gather at a candlelight vigil in New Delhi. Credit: Sujoy Dhar/IPS By Elsa D’Silva and Quratulain FatimaOct 15 2018 (IPS) India recently launched a sex offender registry to deter sex offenders from perpetrating crimes against women and children by indicating that the government is keeping track of them. The personal details of 440,000 sex offenders who have been convicted for...

A New IFC Vision for Greening Banks in Emerging Markets

The Benban Solar Park will provide fast-growing Egypt with the clean energy it needs to drive economic growth sustainably. Credit: Dominic Chavez/World Bank By Philippe Le HouérouWASHINGTON DC, Oct 15 2018 (IPS) The International Finance Corporation is rapidly greening its portfolio. This past fiscal year, 36 percent of our own accounts and mobilization supported climate-smart projects — up from...

Rural Migration: An Opportunity, Not A Challenge

Women and children caught in a dust-laden gust at an IDP settlement 60km south of the town of Gode, reachable only along a dirt track through the desiccated landscape. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPS By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Oct 15 2018 (IPS) While it can be a challenging issue, migration must be seen as an opportunity and be met with sound, coherent policies that neither stem nor promote...

Women & Youth Key to Achieving Agenda 2030 in South-South Cooperation

India and Kenya signed agreements in the field of agriculture during Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to New Delhi. Credit: G.N. Jha By Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 2018 (IPS) By 2050 Africa will have 830 million young people. Many countries in the global south, India included are seeing a youth(men and women) bulge. To reap a demographic dividend countries in the global south...

World Food Day: World Hunger is on the Rise Again

By IPS World DeskROME, Oct 15 2018 (IPS) According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), over 820 million people are currently suffering from chronic undernourishment across the globe. The reasons for the surge are complex, but are attributed to increasing conflict, economic slowdowns and the rise in extreme weather events related to climate change. Furthermore, rapidly...

Helping Ethiopia Achieve Green Growth and Avoid Industrialised Nations’ Environmental Mistakes

Ethiopia is not an industrialised country but is looking at alternative economic activity that allows a low-carbon economy and means of living. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPS By James JeffreyADDIS ABABA, Oct 15 2018 (IPS) As Ethiopia undergoes a period of unprecedented change and reform, the Global Green Growth Institute(GGGI) is partnering with the Ethiopian government to try and ensure this vital period...

Students Go Green to End Global Energy Poverty

A Congolese man transports charcoal on his bicycle outside Lubumbashi in the DRC. Credit: Miriam Mannak/IPS By Busani BafanaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe , Oct 15 2018 (IPS) In Africa, over 640 million people – almost double the population of United States – have no access to electricity, with many relying on dirty sources of energy sources for heating, cooking and lighting. While not offering a solution...

Zero Hunger: Our Actions Today Are Our Future Tomorrow

Zolia Morán Tun, from Tucurú, in the department of Alta Verapaz, in Guatemala, implements the piling trays to produce local plants, which they consume at the family level and sell the surplus. Initiatives like these help to move towards the goal of zero hunger. Credit: Luis Sánchez Díaz / FAO By José Graziano da SilvaROME, Oct 15 2018 (IPS) Just three years ago, in September 2015, all United...

Fifty nine government, private entities showcase services at Smart Dubai pavilion at GITEX Technology

By WAMDUBAI, Oct 14 2018 (WAM) Smart Dubai’s pavilion at the GITEX Technology Week 2018 – held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from October 14-18 – is set to host 59 Government entities and private companies in Dubai, exhibiting their latest smart services to the public. Dr Aisha Bint Bishr, Smart Dubai Office Director General, said: “Since its inception, Smart Dubai has been on a mission...