Big stop hunger funding weighs against on-the-ground farming as G8 Summit nears

Big stop hunger funding weighs against on-the-ground farming as G8 Summit nears

WNN Breaking (WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: The role of nutrition and food security for global child survival has brought what aid experts call a ‘vital discussion’ to the table as a global nutrition-focused event last weekend brought 45,000 people, as well as USAID, the United States humanitarian assistance agency, together with some of […]

AFRICA: Kenyan women become champions for stop climate change policy

AFRICA: Kenyan women become champions for stop climate change policy

Isaiah Esipisu for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/Thomson Reuters Foundation) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Women are due to get a bigger say in Kenya’s climate change policies after female parliamentarians representing its 47 counties joined a group that has been pushing for gender balance from the local up to the national level. […]

Battle against hunger lost without gender empowerment

Battle against hunger lost without gender empowerment

Thalif Deen – Thomson Reuters Foundaton – AlertNet via  IPS – Inter Press Service – Friday 7 June, 2013 UNITED NATIONS, Jun 6 2013 (IPS) – When the United Nations launched its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) back in 2001, two of its primary objectives were to halve extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 and promote […]

[Uganda Women] Making money while saving the lake

[Uganda Women] Making money while saving the lake

Gerald Tenywa – New Vision – Wednesday, 29 May 2013 (originally published 26 May) Fighting poverty is a daunting task, but the women of Katosi have overcome the odds to form an association aimed at both conserving the lake and benefiting from it. A place that is endowed with the second largest fresh water lake […]

Environmentally friendly farming brings greater food security to Africa

Environmentally friendly farming brings greater food security to Africa

WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/UN) Rome, ITALY, WESTERN EUROPE: An environmentally-friendly farming model can help significantly increase cassava yields and help turn it into a staple 21st century crop, the United Nations food agency said today. In a new field guide, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) states that cassava output has increased by 60 per cent […]

Global organizations team up to improve conditions for small food producers

Global organizations team up to improve conditions for small food producers

WNN WorldFOOD (WNN) Rome, ITALY, WEST EUROPE: The FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations with the international Slow Food organization agreed on May 15, 2013 to band together to develop actions to improve the livelihoods of smallholders and others working within agri-farming efforts to produce our world’s food. Under a three-year […]

Human-caused damage to environment impacts global water

Human-caused damage to environment impacts global water

WNN Earth Watch (WNN/VOA) Bonn, GERMANY, WEST EUROPE: Scientists say a new geologic epoch has begun where humans are causing major damage to global water systems. They warn of a planetary transformation comparable to the retreat of the glaciers more than 11,000 years ago. Scientists are meeting in Bonn, Germany May 21-24, 2013 to discuss […]

Respect for all women is vital for climate & gender researchers

Respect for all women is vital for climate & gender researchers

Miranda Morgan – WNN Earth Watch – Bangladesh (WNN/WF) Dhaka, BANGLADESH, SOUTH ASIA: I had just arrived at our training venue in Dhaka and watched as the manager stood at the top of the stairs, violently screaming orders at the woman rushing around to help me.  When I expressed my distaste for his behavior, especially […]

Climate Change in Kenya is changing women’s lives

Climate Change in Kenya is changing women’s lives

Ann Kobia Makena – WNN Features (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: Under a swiftly shifting landscape in rural Kenya, climate change and its impacts have drastically changed numerous lives in the African nation of Kenya, especially for rural Kenyan pastoralists who depend almost exclusively on rainfall and adequate water supplies. Water in local ecosystems has been shifting […]

A Future Fortified by [Kenya] Women

A Future Fortified by [Kenya] Women

Adrianna Logalbo – Diplomatic Courier – Friday, 15 March 2013 (originally published 12 Mar) On a recent trip to Kenya, I was fortunate to meet several women who are, in their own ways, combating the urgent yet often hidden problem of malnutrition, and I was reminded once again of the power women have to truly […]