Wednesday , December 12th , 2018  

Strengthening extension and rural advisory services to contribute to reaching the 2030 Development Agenda: What works in Rural Advisory Services?

Women farmers clearing farmland in Northern Bangladesh. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPS By Karim HusseinACCRA, Dec 3 2018 (IPS) In mid-2018 the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) that brings together key development partners  and 17 multistakeholder Regional Networks and country fora across six continents, published a new book :  What Works in Rural Advisory Services: Global Good Practice...

Limiting Climate Change to 1.5 C is not Impossible, Says IPCC Chair

Lee Hoesung was appointed Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2015. He is also the Endowed Chair Professor of economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development in the Republic of Korea*. By Lee HoesungUNITED NATIONS, Dec 3 2018 (IPS) When governments set a target in December 2015 of limiting global warming to well below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels while...

Blue Fashion Steals the Show at Nairobi Conference

By Sam OlukoyaNAIROBI, Dec 3 2018 (IPS) The fashion industry is the second largest polluting industry in the world. Pesticides and insecticides used on crops grown for fabrics together with the chemicals used in the production of fabrics cause enormous damage to the environment. Some of Africa’s leading fashion designers staged a fashion show at the Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi Kenya to unveil...

Fish Farming Takes on Crime in Papua New Guinea

A fish farm in Central Province near Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS By Catherine WilsonCANBERRA, Australia, Dec 3 2018 (IPS) In the rugged mountainous highlands of Papua New Guinea in the southwest Pacific Islands fish farming has transformed the lives of former prisoners and helped reduce notorious levels of crime along the highlands highway, the only main road which...

Q&A: How Political Will can Accelerate Green Growth in Africa

Okechukwu Daniel Ogbonnaya, the Acting Country Representative and Lead Advisor for Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), says the enabling environment in Rwanda is because there is a high level of commitment by the government to develop and create a climate-resilient economy. Courtesy: Emmanuel Hitimana By Emmanuel HitimanaKIGALI, Dec 3 2018 (IPS) While the African Green Growth Forum 2018 was taking...

Get Ready for COP24: Transition to a Sustainable Future

UNFCCC Secretariat | COP24 opening plenary By Manuela MatthessBERLIN, Dec 3 2018 (IPS) COP24 is the time for governments to act and increase their pledges to prevent global warming ensuring a just transition that leaves no one behind. The Paris Agreement and the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) deliver a clear and potent message: we urgently need to limit...

Rwanda to Build Ecotourism Park in Kigali

Francesco La Camera of the Italian Ministry of Environment Land and Sea commissioning Rwanda’s first ecotourism Park in Kigali, the country’s capital. Courtesy: Emmanuel Hitimana By Emmanuel HitimanaKIGALI, Dec 2 2018 (IPS) Rwanda’s capital city Kigali will be home to a 134 hectare urban park in the city’s biggest valley in 2020. The Nyandungu Urban Wetland Eco-Tourism Park will conserve...

The Bond that is Educating Girls Across India

Schoolgirls in rural Bihar, India. In Indian villages one in 10 girls aged 10 to 14 are kept out of school to help contribute to the family income or care for siblings. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS By Neeta LalNEW DELHI, Dec 1 2018 (IPS) Barely five months into the start of Sneha’s year at a government school in Bhilwara, a town in India’s desert state of Rajasthan, the bubbly 15-year-old...

Legal Weapons Have Failed to Curb Femicides in Latin America

Susana Gómez, who was left blind by a beating from her then husband, says in a park in the city of La Plata, Argentina that she did not find support from the authorities to free herself from domestic violence, but a social organisation saved her from joining the list of femicides in Latin America – gender-based murders of women, which numbered 2,795 in 2017 in the region. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS By...

South Sudan Faces one of the World’s Worst Displacement Crises

Refugees in South Sudan. Credit: UN photo By Daniel SullivanWASHINGTON DC, Nov 30 2018 (IPS) South Sudan is facing one of the worst displacement crises in the world today. More than half of the population is food insecure and, if not for international humanitarian aid, the country would almost certainly have already faced famine. A new peace agreement is bringing cautious hope to the displaced and...