UN Warns of an Impending Famine With Millions in Danger of Starvation

In 2019, Ethiopia experienced the fifth-worst food crisis worldwide. Credit: FAO/IFAD/WFP/Michael Tewelde By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Nov 27 2020 – The numbers are staggering— as reflected in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has triggered a new round of food shortages, famine and starvation. According to the Rome-based World Food Programme (WFP) 690 million people do […]

Autocracy on the Rise: Should we Expect Military Spending to Follow?

Credit: SIPRI By Diego Lopes da SilvaSTOCKHOLM, Nov 27 2020 – Autocracies are once again the global majority. The 2020 Democracy Report of the Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-DEM), ‘Autocratization surges, resistance grows’, raises the alarm that while the world in 2019 was substantially more democratic than it was in the 1970s, an ongoing trend […]

Overcoming the Digital Gap and Food Insecurity: a Complementary Target

Digital technologies are changing agriculture and food systems. It is important to bridge the digital gap in this sector so that family farmers in developing countries are not left behind as food security depends on them. Credit: FAO. By Mario LubetkinROME, Nov 27 2020 – Overcoming the digital gap to face food insecurity with the […]

Africa Should Be at the Forefront of a Global Response to COVID-19

Women in Nigeria collect food vouchers as part of a programme to support families struggling under the COVID-19 lockdown. Credit: WFP/Damilola Onafuwa By Aeneas Chapinga ChumaJOHANNESBURG, Nov 27 2020 – As COVID-19 swept across the globe, one thing became clear: a well-functioning, well-resourced, agile and resilient health system can mean the difference between life and […]

Sustainable Measures Help Farmers Script a Positive Story Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty

By Stella PaulHYDERABAD, India, Nov 26 2020 – As India continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing number of deaths, farmers here have been fighting a battle of their own against volatile pricing, uncertain demand and lack of access to the market. But in the midst of all this uncertainty, one farming […]

G20 Puts More into Fossil Than Green Energy in Covid-19 Recovery Packages

Oil pump jack pumping crude out of the ground in Neuquen, Argentina (Image Alamy/Diálogo Chino) By Fermín KoopBUENOS AIRES, Nov 26 2020 – As the world’s leading economies direct trillions of dollars towards Covid-19 recovery packages, a significant proportion is going to fossil fuel industries without climate stipulations, according to the 2020 edition of the […]

Millions of New Poor Are on the Way – Who Cares?

Batara slum in a Dhaka suburb. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPS By Roberto SavioROME, Nov 26 2020 – The recent meeting of the G20 – scheduled to take place in Riyadh but held virtually due to the Coronavirus pandemic – has been an eloquent example of how the world is drifting, in a crisis of leadership. It […]

Can Africa’s Third Industrial Development Decade Deliver?

The annual commemoration of Africa Industrialization Day commemorated through a weeklong event, November 16-20 2020, was held virtually through a series of webinars covering a range of topics and themes relevant to Africa’s industrialization agenda. Credit: UNIDO By Jenny LarsenVIENNA, Nov 26 2020 – Industrialization and development go hand in hand. There is hardly a […]

Not all 74 million Trump Voters Can be Racists

Credit: Whitehouse.Gov By Nikolaos GavalakisBERLIN, Nov 25 2020 – Donald Trump will have to leave the White House in January. Although there will be a few skirmishes in the US courts in the coming weeks to sort out whether some votes were legitimate or not, the outcome won’t change. No sooner had the main US […]

Online Attacks On Female Journalists Are Increasingly Spilling Into the ‘Real World’ – New Research

A journalist from Radio Bundelkhand in India conducts an interview. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS By External SourceNov 25 2020 – The insidious problem of online violence against women journalists is increasingly spilling offline with potentially deadly consequences, a new global survey suggests. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of female respondents to our survey – taken by 1210 international […]

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