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Uganda’s Youth Discover the Beauty in Farming
Before she entered the Miss Uganda beauty contest, 24-year-old Fiona Nassaka was a farmer. “You grow your lettuce, you go and supply it to any market like Capital Shoppers [a Kampala supermarket] and you get your money at the end of the month,” says the young beauty queen who is also not afraid to get […]
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:28:39 +0000)

OPINION: Fighting ISIS and the Morning After
Emile Nakhleh is a research professor at the University of New Mexico, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of “A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World.”
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:14:53 +0000)

OPINION: Sleepwalking Towards Nuclear War
In this column, Helge Luras, founder and director of the Centre for International and Strategic Analysis (SISA) based in Oslo, Norway, argues that up until now, NATO has not challenged another nuclear armed entity and has thus survived its own political-military escalation tendency. But in the case of Russia, the erroneous Western perception of self could cause a catastrophic and total war.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:27:35 +0000)

Nuclear Deal with Iran Likely to Enhance U.S. Regional Leverage
A successful agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme could significantly enhance U.S. leverage and influence throughout the Greater Middle East, according to a new report signed by 31 former senior U.S. foreign-policy officials and regional experts and released here Wednesday. The 115-page report, “Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement,” […]
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:05:48 +0000)

Latin America at a Climate Crossroads
Susan McDade is UN Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Director for Latin America and the Caribbean www.latinamerica.undp.org @UNDPLAC
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:41:36 +0000)

U.N. Pushes Climate-Smart Agriculture – But Are the Farmers Willing to Change?
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to make a strong pitch to world political leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York on Sep. 23 to accept new emissions targets and their timelines. Launching the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) represents yet another concerted attempt to meet the world’s 60-percent higher food […]
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:09:22 +0000)

As Uganda Heats Up, Pests and Disease Flourish to Attack its Top Export Crop
When Abudu Zikusoka was a small boy his father would bring people to their home in Ndesse village in Central Uganda’s Mukono district. He would watch as they packed the family’s harvested coffee into sacks and then loaded it onto their bicycles. “I used to see one of them giving daddy money from which he […]
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:34:38 +0000)

Pushing for Cities to Take Lead on Climate Change
If former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg had used the Vélib’ – Paris’ public bicycle sharing system – to arrive at the headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development here Wednesday, he might have sent a stronger message about the need for cities to be “empowered to take the lead in combating climate […]
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:19:06 +0000)

U.N. Launches Ambitious Humanitarian Plan for Gaza
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has launched an ambitious recovery plan for Gaza following the 50-day devastating war between Hamas and Israel which has left the coastal territory decimated. However, the successful implementation of this plan requires enormous international funding as well as a long-term ceasefire to enable the lifting of the joint Israeli-Egyptian […]
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:07:45 +0000)

Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Development: A “Win-Win”
A widespread perception exists that developing countries must make a choice between tackling climate change and fighting poverty. This assumption is incorrect, according to the authors of a new report on green growth. The New Climate Economy (NCE) report was launched on Tuesday at the United Nations by the Global Commission on the Economy and […]
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:23:28 +0000)

Will the Upcoming Climate Summit Be Another Talkathon?
Meenakshi Raman is coordinator of the Climate Change Programme at the Malaysia-based Third World Network
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:35:44 +0000)

OPINION: A Climate Summit to Spark Action
Ban Ki-moon is Secretary General of the United Nations.
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:48 +0000)

U.S. Ground Troops Possible in Anti-ISIS Battle
U.S. combat troops may be deployed against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if the strategy announced by President Barack Obama last week fails to make substantial progress against the radical Sunni group, Washington’s top military officer warned here Tuesday. The statement by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin […]
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:28:21 +0000)

Organic Farmers Cultivate Rural Success in Samoa
Rural farming families in Samoa, a small island developing state in the central South Pacific Ocean, are reaping the rewards of supplying produce to the international organic market with the help of a local women’s business organisation. “In Samoa, we are a very blessed nation, most people have their own piece of land and we […]
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:20:55 +0000)

World’s Most Unequal Region Sets Example in Fight Against Hunger
Latin America and the Caribbean, the world’s most unequal region, has made the greatest progress towards improving food security and has become the region with the largest number of countries to have reached the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people. However, social and geographic inequalities persist in the region, […]
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:44:20 +0000)

The Good – and the Bad – News on World Hunger
The number of hungry people in the world has declined by over 100 million in the last decade and over 200 million since 1990-92, but 805 million people around the world still go hungry every day, according to the latest UN estimates. Presenting their annual joint report on the State of Food Insecurity in the […]
(Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:30:16 +0000)

Against All the Odds: Maternity and Mortality in Afghanistan
Nasrin Mohamadi, a mother of four, has promised herself never to set foot in an Afghan public hospital again. After her first experience in a maternity ward, she has lost all faith in the state’s healthcare system. “The doctors said that I had not fully dilated yet so they told me to wait in the […]
(Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:09:10 +0000)

OPINION: Free Scotland, Nuclear-Free Scotland
After a two-year referendum campaign, Scots are finally voting Thursday on whether their country will regain its independence after more than 300 years of “marriage” with England. It is still uncertain whether those in favour will win the day, but whichever way the wind blows, things are unlikely to be the same – and not […]
(Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:26:21 +0000)

Blue Halo: A Conservation Flagship, or Death Knell for Fishermen?
Local fishermen are singing the blues over a sweeping set of new ocean management regulations, signed into law by the Barbuda Council, to zone their coastal waters, strengthen fisheries management, and establish a network of marine sanctuaries. Director of the Barbuda Research Complex John Mussington has criticised the Blue Halo initiative, not for its laudable […]
(Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:54:43 +0000)

Panama Turns to Biofortification of Crops to Build Food Security
Panama is the first Latin American country to have adopted a national strategy to combat what is known as hidden hunger, with a plan aimed at eliminating micronutrient deficiencies among the most vulnerable segments of the population by means of biofortification of food crops. The project began to get underway in 2006 and took full […]
(Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:40:54 +0000)