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The global land rights struggle is intensifying

by Edward Loure and Fred Nelson The Guardian April 27, 2016

Customary land users care for roughly 50% of the earth's land, but only 10% is officially recognized as belonging to these communities....

Mapped: The world at war

by Emmeline Booth Irin News April 26, 2016

This map of ongoing conflicts around the world is part of IRIN’s ongoing series on the world’s forgotten conflicts...

Blanca Molina holds up organic peas picked in one of the four greenhouses she built with her own hands on her small family farm in Villa Simpson, in the Aysén region in the Patagonian wilderness in southern Chile. Photo: Marianela Jarroud /IPS
Blanca Molina holds up organic peas picked in one of the four greenhouses she built with her own hands on her small family farm in Villa Simpson, in the Aysén region in the Patagonian wilderness in southern Chile. Photo: Marianela Jarroud /IPS

Land tenure still a problem for women in Latin America

by Marianela Jarroud Inter Press Serivce April 13, 2016

Rural women in Latin America continue to face serious obstacles to land tenure, which leave them vulnerable, despite their growing importance in food production and food security.“Women are the most vulnerable group of people with respect to the question of land tenure,” Soledad Parada, a gender...

Failing states: Many problems, few solutions

by Barry Mirkin and Joseph Chamie Inter Press Service April 9, 2016

Regardless of whether they are called fragile, failed, or failing states, scores of countries around the globe are plagued by overwhelming problems with few solutions in sight. Moreover, the instability and dire straits of these countries are spilling across national borders, destabilizing neighbori...

A daughter takes up her slain mother’s activism

by Darryl Fears Washington Post April 9, 2016

The wispy young woman with raven-black hair and expressive brown eyes was introduced to the small crowd as Bertha Zúniga Cáceres, but hardly anyone in her tight circle calls her that. She is known by the Spanish diminutive “Bertita,” an homage to her internationally famous mother, environmenta...

World Bank Facts & Figures

by Bread for the World Institute April 8, 2016

Overview The World Bank was established in 1946 to provide long-term assistance for economic development. It mobilizes funds contributed by member governments and raised in capital markets to lend to developing countries. Although the World Bank is technically an agency of the U...

Rectangular fields No room for nature, the entire landscape is devoted to crop production in China. Photo: Google Earth/2014 Digital Globe

Overpopulation, overconsumption in pictures

by The Guardian April 1, 2016

Sprawling Mexico City rolls across the landscape, displacing every scrap of natural habitat ...

Visualization of El Niño in November 2015 by NOAA. Orange indicates warmer than average ocean temperatures. Photo: NOAA

El Niño upsets seasons and upends lives worldwide.WHO estimates that changes induced by El Niño are putting 60 million people at increased risk of m...

by Henry Fountain New York Times March 19, 2016

In rural villages in Africa and Asia, and in urban neighborhoods in South America, millions of lives have been disrupted by weather linked to the strongest El Niño in a generation. In some parts of the world, the problem has been not enough rain; in others, too much. Downpours were so bad in Paragu...

Why nutrition? (video)

by Secure Nutrition March 14, 2016

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