Opinions

Focusing on the future of food: what’s next for global agricultural research

by Kwesi Atta-Krah Inter Press Service April 12, 2016

Food security scientists from around the globe gathered in Johannesburg last week with one objective: to work towards the transformation of agriculture as engine for growth in developing regions of the world. The gathering was also an opportunity to examine what farmers need to prosper in the face o...

What the Panama Papers mean for global development

by Tharanga Yakupitiyage Inter Press Service April 12, 2016

The financial secrecy and tax evasion revealed by the Panama Papers has an extraordinary human cost in developing countries and threatens the realisation of the UN’s ambitious Sustainable Development Goals....

Vatican to host first-ever conference to reevaluate just war theory, justifications for violence

by Joshua J. McElwee National Catholic Reporter April 5, 2016

he Vatican will be hosting a first of its kind conference next week to reexamine the Catholic church's long-held teachings on just war theory, bringing some 80 experts engaged in global nonviolent struggles to Rome with the aim of developing a new moral framework that rejects ethical justifications ...

Water scarcity, urbanization, and climate change are combined threats to food supplies in the developing world

by Michael Tiboris Global Food for Thought April 1, 2016

Global water resource security poses a serious threat to the world’s population, even before we even factor in the effects of climate change. The global water consumption rate is double the rate of population increase. Demand is expected to outstrip supply by more than 50 percent by 2025, leaving ...

Brazil’s Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) program: Accelerating progress for urban and rural nutrition

by Jordan Teague Global Food for Thought March 27, 2016

This year is an important one for food security and nutrition. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched on January 1, 2016—which means that 193 countries are now working towards ending hunger, ensuring food security for everyone, and eliminating all forms of malnutrition by 2030. But...

The racism at the heart of Flint’s crisis

by Editorial Board New York Times March 25, 2016

An important new report makes clear the principal cause of the water crisis in Flint, Mich.: the state government’s blatant disregard for the lives and health of poor and black residents of a distressed city....

Connecting the dots: Human rights and poverty

by Thomas Pogge Pambazuka News March 23, 2016

Where rights are at stake, immediate action is required. Those who continue to uphold the existing, highly skewed international economic and financial order delay the realization of human rights by many decades, thereby becoming responsible for hundreds of millions of poverty-related deaths in the m...

Soil: the sustainable alternative to oil income in Africa

by Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi The Guardian March 22, 2016

The 2014 Africa Progress Panel report presents the two faces of Africa: robust economic growth and continuing poverty. But the report suggests Africa could change this duality by asking: how can resources make a positive impact on development? While impressive headline growth figures are reported, i...

These cheap, clean stoves were supposed to save millions of lives. What happened?

by Marc Gunther Washington Post March 22, 2016

About 3 billion of the world’s poorest people burn wood, charcoal or dung in smoky, open fires to cook their food and heat their homes. Millions die annually from lung and heart ailments caused by cooking with solid fuels, according to the World Health Organization....

Letting (some of) India’s women own land

by Tina Rosenberg New York Times March 22, 2016

This month, 600 women gathered under a huge blue-and-yellow-striped tent in Baripada, a small city in Odisha, a state in India’s east. They were among India’s most neglected people. Widowed, abandoned or divorced, many had ended up living like servants in the households of their fathers, brother...