Archive for April 7th, 2020

07/04/2020

COVID-19 in India: Reverse Migration Could Destroy Indigenous Communities

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dilip Chakma, Convenor, Indigenous Lawyers Association of India (ILAI) and Paritosh Chakma, Advisor, ILAI*

6 April 2020 (IWGIA)*Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared as a pandemic and its impact on the world is yet to be fully assessed. Indigenous peoples living on the margins of the society are unlikely to be considered in the scheme of responses and reactions by most of the States.

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Photo: Chris Erni // IWGIA

India has been affected by COVID-19 too but the scale of infections is still unknown given fewer tests conducted. The tests are expensive – their cost is pegged at Rs 4,500 per test at present[1] and testing facilities only exist in metropolises.

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07/04/2020

Green Counter-Revolution in Africa?

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 7 2020 (IPS)* – In 2006, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation jointly launched the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The African Green Revolution Forum claims AGRA is the “world’s most important and impactful forum for African agriculture”.

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Jomo Kwame Sundaram

The initial AGRA goals – to reduce food insecurity by half in at least 20 countries, to double the incomes of 20 million smallholder families by 2020, and to ensure at least 15 countries achieve and sustain a Green Revolution – have been revised to “increase the incomes and improve food security for 30 million farming households in 11 African countries by 2021”.

Without publicly available evaluations of its effectiveness by either AGRA or donors, Wise estimated cereal output rose by only 33 per cent in the 13 AGRA countries between 2006 and 2014. As land planted with cereals has increased, actual land productivity gains were more modest.

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07/04/2020

The State of the World’s Nursing 2020 Report – An In-Depth Look at the Largest Component of the Health Workforce

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GENEVA, 7 April 2020 (WHO)* — The Covid-19 pandemic underscores the urgent need to strengthen the global health workforce. A new report, The State of the World’s Nursing 2020, provides an in-depth look at the largest component of the health workforce.

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