Wednesday , October 28th , 2020  

Using Traditional and Indigenous Food Resources to Combat Years of Successive Drought

Zimbabwean farmer Sinikiwe Sibanda is one of an increasing number of farmers from semi-arid areas with little rain who are shifting from growing white maize to hardy sorghum and millet for food and nutrition security. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS By Busani BafanaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Oct 27 2020 (IPS) For Zimbabwean farmer Sinikiwe Sibanda, planting more sorghum and millet than maize has paid off. As...

The Path to Global Food Security

By Esther NgumbiURBANA, Illinois, Oct 27 2020 – This year, the Nobel Peace Prize recognised the inextricable link between hunger and conflict. With climate change as a further complicating factor, research, investment, and coordination with local farmers are critical for ensuring food security for all. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) was awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for...

Finance Covid-19 Relief and Recovery, Not Debt Buybacks

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 2020 – In July, the UN Secretary-General warned that a “series of countries in insolvency might trigger a global depression”. Earlier, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had called for a US$2.5 trillion coronavirus crisis package for developing countries. Anis...

Bombardier Announces Closing Date, Amended Terms for Sale of Aerostructures Business to Spirit AeroSystems Holding, Inc.

All closing conditions have been met and the parties have agreed on an October 30, 2020 closing date Total transaction valued at ~ $1.2 billion1; cash proceeds now expected to be $275 million Sale supports Bombardier's repositioning as a pure–play business jet company and further strengthens liquidity All amounts in this press release are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated. MONTREAL,...

Reaching Remote Women Through Inclusive Technology

Reaching remote communities. Credit: UnSplash / Ashwini C. By Fairuz AhmedNEW YORK, Oct 26 2020 – The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the way people value working from home, career building, and their overall approach to utilising downtime. It has blurred out the lines between hobby, casual reading, and how time is spent away from work. Despite a myriad of negative impacts, it has opened...

Not in Our Name, Never in Our Name: A Conversation with Muslim Faith Leaders Echoing the Wisdom of a Pontiff

UN Secretary-General António Guterres meets religious leaders April 2020 at Gurdwara Kartapur Sahib in Punjab province in Pakistan. Religious leaders of all faiths are being urged by the Secretary-General to join forces and work for peace around the world and focus on the common battle to defeat COVID-19. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten By Professor Azza KaramNEW YORK, Oct 26 2020 – As the Grand...

Q&A: Why are Stillbirths still Societal Taboo?

There are nearly two million stillbirths every year. Credit: UNSPLASH/Claudia Wolff By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Oct 26 2020 – Societal taboo and a lack of understanding about stillbirth  can cause the issue to be neglected among health practitioners, according to Dr. Danzhen You, a senior adviser on Data and Analytics at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). She shared her...

The United Nations, 75 Years Young: Engaging Youth Social Entrepreneurs to Accelerate the SDGs

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. By Armida Salsiah AlisjahbanaBANGKOK, Thailand, Oct 26 2020 – This year, the United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary – a milestone of extraordinary economic and social progress in Asia and the Pacific. While the Organization...

Good data is the key to a sustainable post-COVID Pacific

By Stuart MinchinOct 26 2020 (IPS-Partners) Good data and statistics make essential contributions to building resilient and strong democratic societies. Decisions based on empirical data rather than anecdote or opinion are the foundation for good policy and planning. A focus on science and evidence-based data has been the cornerstone of SPC’s work for over 70 years. And as our understanding of...

Rising above the Hate Online – Indian Muslim Women Speak Out

Indian member of parliament and actor, Nusrat Jahan has also been targeted. By Mariya SalimNEW DELHI, India, Oct 23 2020 – When a minority woman with an opinion doesn’t comply with stereotypes, she is targeted with online hate, says award-winning journalist and senior editor at The Wire, Arfa Khanum Sherwani in an exclusive interview with Inter Press Service. Sherwani has been at the receiving...