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RIO+20: Canada, Last Holdout, Drops Opposition to Water as Human Right

Posted on 31 May 2012 by admin

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, May 31, 2012 (IPS) – Canada, in a dramatic political turnaround, has signaled its willingness to recognise water and sanitation as a basic human right.

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Cultivating Food Security in Their Own Backyards

Posted on 31 May 2012 by admin

By Kanis Dursin

JAKARTA, May 31, 2012 (IPS) – Misradi, a 58-year-old farmer from the Jelok neighborhood in Pacitan, East Java, some 524 kilometres east of Jakarta, has found a way to reduce his monthly expenses by 30 percent: instead of buying produce from the local market, he and his family now harvest most of their vegetables from their own yard.

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Um chamado à responsabilidade, tempo de ação

Posted on 31 May 2012 by admin

Federico Mayor Zaragoza e Mario Soares*

Barcelona, Espanha, 31/5/2012, (IPS) – Vivemos tempos de grande confusão e de enormes incertezas. Uma parte do mundo se vê ferozmente afetada pelas consequências do Estado de total submissão em que se encontram os governos com relação aos mercados financeiros. Continue Reading

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Q&A: Time for a More Sustainable Global Food System

Posted on 31 May 2012 by admin

Busani Bafana interviews SAMEER DOSSANI, ActionAid International advocacy coordinator

BULAWAYO, May 31, 2012 (IPS) – It is vitally important that governments and civil society organisations start transitioning to a more sustainable global food system in order to achieve lasting development.

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Q&A: The World Must Learn From Smallholder Farmers

Posted on 30 May 2012 by admin

Rousbeh Legatis interviews MOHAMED BÉAVOGUI of the International Fund for Agricultural Development

UNITED NATIONS, May 30, 2012 (IPS) – As Africa’s Sahel region faces a new food crisis, smallholder famers hold the key to making future development policies sustainable. Continue Reading

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Sun Shines on Energy in Nepal

Posted on 30 May 2012 by admin

By Marwaan Macan-Markar

KATHMANDU, May 30, 2012 (IPS) – After years of working out of a small, dimly-lit office in a crowded bazaar here, Yug Tamrakar has just moved up a gravel road to occupy five floors of a new building, where sunlight pours through large glass windows.

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“Ainda há solução”

Posted on 30 May 2012 by admin

Manipadma Jena

YEOSU, Corea del Sur, 30/5/2012, (IPS) – Enquanto aproxima-se a Conferência das Nações Unidas sobre Desenvolvimento Sustentável (Rio+20), entre 20 e 22 de junho no Rio de Janeiro, proliferam as dúvidas sobre a viabilidade de uma “economia verde”.

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Climate Change and Family Planning – Twin Issues for LDCs

Posted on 30 May 2012 by admin

By Julio Godoy

PARIS, May 30, 2012 (IPS) – The reproductive rights agenda, from improving women’s access to education to systematic family planning to reducing birth rates and combating poverty, has become a cornerstone of most industrialised nations’ development policies toward the least developed countries (LDCs), comprised primarily of sub-Saharan African states.

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Rio+20, somente semear para o futuro

Posted on 29 May 2012 by admin

Stephen Leahy

Uxbridge, Canadá, 29/5/2012, (IPS) – A Conferência das Nações Unidas sobre Desenvolvimento Sustentável (Rio+20) servirá apenas de terreno onde se tentará cultivar as ideias e os valores que a humanidade necessita para o Século 21.

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Paprika – Spicing Up Malawi’s Economy

Posted on 29 May 2012 by admin

By Claire Ngozo

LILONGWE, May 29, 2012 (IPS) – As she sits down to watch the 8pm news on TV, Mercy Kamphoni from Chamtulo Village in Malawi’s Mangochi lake district looks elated. She still cannot believe that she is the new proud owner of a television set, refrigerator and radio.

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