Archive for May 27th, 2015

27/05/2015

The Changing Nature of Jobs – Widespread Insecurity in Global Labour Market

Human Wrongs Watch

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Geneva, May 2015 (ILO)* — How is the world of work changing? Are permanent contracts the norm or the exception? Discover the new World Employment and Social Outlook 2015 (WESO).
  1. © Ray Witlin / World Bank | Source: ILO

ILO warns of widespread insecurity in the global labour market 

The World Employment and Social Outlook 2015 finds that, among countries with available data, three quarters of workers are employed on temporary or short-term contracts, in informal jobs often without any contract, under own-account arrangements or in unpaid family jobs.

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27/05/2015

Food Worries Widen in Mauritania

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mamoudou Lamine Kane and Jennifer Lazuta*

NOUAKCHOTT, 26 May 2015 (IRIN)Hundreds of thousands of Mauritanians are struggling to feed themselves as they fall victim to the effects of climate change.

**Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN | Carcasses dot the sandy landscape in southern Mauritania's Hodh El Chargui region, where a lack of rain has affected both wild vegetation growth and crops.

**Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN | Carcasses dot the sandy landscape in southern Mauritania’s Hodh El Chargui region, where a lack of rain has affected both wild vegetation growth and crops.

A chronically hungry country, Mauritania could see the availability of food drop to its lowest level in years if drought continues to ravage crops, livestock and livelihoods.

An estimated 1.3 million people will face food insecurity this year, according to the latest assessment by the UN-backed Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC).

Among them, nearly half a million people are expected to fall into severe food insecurity by June and be “unable to meet their food needs without external assistance.” Around 21,000 will suffer extreme food insecurity, or a near complete depletion of their livelihoods. 

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