Friday, 22 March 2013

IPS week ending March 15

Q&A: Brazil’s School Meals Teach Good Eating Habits
Fabiola Ortiz
Providing school meals for 45 million children is a remarkable achievement for Brazil. But the programme faces specific difficulties, as well as the generic problems plaguing any national plan in this vast country of more than 192 million people. Brazil’s National School Feeding Programme (PNAE) ...MORE > >

Q&A: Master Reforestation Plan to Save Haiti
Patricia Grogg
Droughts and floods, devastating hurricanes and soil erosion with a drastic impact on food security make Haiti extremely vulnerable to climate change and in need of enormous adaptation efforts. The country launched a master plan for reforestation and land management in January to begin to tackle ...MORE > >

Goat Farming, a Growing Alternative in Cuba's Reform Process
Ivet González
Goat farming is becoming popular among farmers given land to use as part of the economic reforms implemented in Cuba since 2008. The increase in goat rearing, in provinces like Cienfuegos on the southern coast, could help expand the limited range of basic food products available to Cubans. “The ...MORE > >

Treating Malnutrition Moves From the Hospital to the Home
Naimul Haq
When nine-month-old Borsha was admitted to the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh last January, she was on the verge of death. Suffering from a condition called severe acute malnutrition (SAM), which too many people in this South Asian country of 150 million are ... MORE > >

Filipino Workers Urge Overhaul of U.S. Guest Worker Policies
George Gao and Joe Hitchon
A spate of legal battles in the southern state of Louisiana has shed new light on the unfair recruitment and employment practices of Filipino guest workers at several companies in the United States. On Monday, a federal judge awarded nearly 4.5 million dollars to 347 Filipinos after finding that ... MORE > >

Water and Sanitation Seek Rightful Place in Post-2015 Agenda
Thalif Deen
When the General Assembly unanimously adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) back in 2000, water and sanitation were reduced to a subtext - never a stand-alone goal compared with poverty and hunger alleviation. Now, as the United Nations begins the process of formulating a new set of ... MORE > >

U.N. Meet on Women Wrangles Consensus to Address Violence
George Gao
In her opening speech for the world’s largest conference on ending violence against women and girls, Michelle Bachelet summoned the spirit of 15-year old Malala Yousafzai, who’s skull was shattered on Oct. 9, 2012 by a Taliban bullet. “It is for Malala – and for every girl and woman, and every ... MORE > >

Dairy Farming Needs a Shot of Modernity
Zofeen Ebrahim
Mohammad Ali's routine has not changed in over three decades. A small dairy farmer in the village of Aliabad, in the Narowal district of Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province, he wakes at sunrise and walks to the barn to milk his three cows manually, stopping only for a breakfast of unleavened bread ...MORE > >

Food Policies Failing the World's Hungry
Joe Hitchon
The world’s food security remains “vulnerable”, new data suggests, with some 870 million people experiencing sustained hunger and two billion suffering from micronutrient deficiencies. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a Washington think tank, says such numbers are ... MORE > >

Local Communities Forced to Pay Salaries of DRC Army and Rebels
Taylor Toeka Kakala
On the way to his fields, Denise Mambo, a resident of Kitshanga, North Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, stops at a rope laid across his path. “No one is allowed to go past this rope without paying the ‘lala salama’,” a Congolese army (FARDC) sergeant known only by the nickname ... MORE > >

Q&A: Rise of South "Unprecedented in Speed and Scale"
Thalif Deen
The world's 132 developing nations, largely part of the global South, are ascending at a pace “unprecedented in its speed and scale", according to the latest Human Development Report (HDR) released Thursday by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP). Khalid Malik. Photo Courtesy of UNDP And ... MORE > >

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