Sunday , January 20th , 2019  

As Climate Change Pummels Agriculture, Irrigation Offers the Best Protection

A farmer waters her plot at the Tjankwa Irrigation Scheme, in Plumtree District, 100km west of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS. By Busani BafanaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Dec 19 2018 (IPS) The changing climate and extreme weather events are affecting agricultural productivity in Africa to such an extent that a panel of experts are urging governments to prioritise and invest in irrigation to...

Of Cockroaches and Humans

By Roberto SavioROME, Dec 19 2018 (IPS) Rita Levi-Montalcini, the Italian Nobel laureate honoured for her work in neurobiology, once gave a splendid conference with the title “The imperfect brain”. There she explained that man has a brain that is not used completely, while the reverse is true for the cockroach. In the growing fog that envelops the planet and its inhabitants, looking at things from...

Is it Time to End Cheque Book Diplomacy at the UN?

By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Dec 19 2018 (IPS) The UN’s major donors – led by the United States – have long been accused of influence-peddling and misusing their financial clout not only to grab some of the high ranking jobs in the world body but also threaten funding cuts to push their own domestic agendas. The Trump administration’s plan to reduce its 22% assessed contributions to...

Investors Turn Kenya’s Troublesome Invasive Water Hyacinth into Cheap Fuel

Water hyacinth is a weed and if not controlled on Lake Victoria, experts are concerned that the lake’s water levels might drop by 60 percent. Courtesy: CC by 2.0/Madeira Botanic Garden By Benson RiobaKISUMU, Kenya, Dec 19 2018 (IPS) Currently 30 square kilometres of Lake Victoria, which stretches to approximately 375 kilometres and links Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, is covered with the evasive water...

Media Advisory: How much land is degraded globally?

By UNCCD Press ReleaseBONN, Germany, Dec 19 2018 (UNCCD) The first global assessment of land degradation based on Earth observation data reported by governments will be presented and reviewed at the Seventeenth Session of the Committee for the Review of Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 17) to be held on 28-29 January 2019 in Georgetown, Guyana. The assessment, conducted by reporting countries...

The Arduous Search for Dignity Through Integration and a Pay Check

Migrants on a street in Casablanca, Morocco. Courtesy: Alié Dior Ndour By Sejjari MehdiMARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 18 2018 (IPS) One of the most common words used by speakers during the Global Compact on Migration was “dignity”—granting migrants the dignity they deserve. As with any advocacy, there is a danger a word can lose meaning through overuse. But on the streets of Morocco the same word...

On International Migrants Day a Call for Dignity, Respect for Migrant Choices

António Vitorino is Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) By António VitorinoGENEVA, Dec 18 2018 (IOM) Migration is the great issue of our era. Migration With Dignity (#WithDignity) is the theme of 2018’s International Migrants Day, which we observe on Tuesday (18 December). Dignity is at the core of our mission. Treating all migrants with dignity is the fundamental...

Promotion of Arabic language and culture is key to harnessing unity in diversity, says Chairman of the Geneva Centre

By Geneva CentreGENEVA, Dec 18 2018 (Geneva Centre) On the occasion of the 2018 World Arabic Language Day, the Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue Dr. Hanif Al Qassim stated that the increased use of Arabic language worldwide will enhance intercultural understanding between Arabs and non-Arabs. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim Dr. Al Qassim noted that the...

Global Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition

Child labourers rescued in Delhi waiting to be sent back to their villages. Credit: Bachpan Bachao Andolan. By Vladimir BozovicBELGRADE, Serbia, Dec 18 2018 (IPS) Entire human history is one great struggle for freedom. To many, slavery is a synonym for something in the past, for transatlantic slave trade, but, unfortunately, slavery still exists in many different forms. Records show that over twenty...

Taking Away the Ladder

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis ChowdhuryKUALA LUMPUR & SYDNEY, Dec 18 2018 (IPS) The notion of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and later, South Africa) was concocted by Goldman Sachs’ Jim O’Neill. His 2001 acronym was initially seen as a timely, if not belated acknowledgement of the rise of the South. But if one takes China out of the BRICS, one is left with little more than RIBS....