Archive for November 28th, 2020

28/11/2020

Root Vegetables: Kenyan Schools Embrace Indigenous Foods

Human Wrongs Watch

18 November 2020 (UNEP)* — Today, when students file into the lunchroom at Mundika High School in western Kenya, they are greeted by a spread of nutritious local vegetables with exotic-sounding names, like spider plant. But that wasn’t always the case. Just a few years ago, that fare had largely disappeared from Kenyan plates, replaced by cheaper foreign-derived foods, like cabbage and maize meal.

Photo-5.-Cowpea-leaves-being-served-at-Mundika High_Aurillia-ManjellaPhoto: Aurillia Manjella / 18 Nov 2020

“The first time we introduced indigenous African leafy vegetables in a school meal programme, we didn’t know how the students would respond,” said Aurillia Manjella, an agricultural consultant who helped Mundika high, and several other schools, integrate traditional foods into their menus.

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28/11/2020

Indigenous Peoples – Consultation or Non-Consultation: Here Lies the Dilemma

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By Frederica Barclay*

27 November 2020 (IWGIA)*In Peru, the Bagua Massacre prompted the adoption of the ILO Convention 169 in response to local demands and international pressure. However, far from respecting the communities’ decision, this has led to simulations of consultations that prevent the Indigenous Peoples from exercising their right to autonomy and self-determination. The consultation process, as outlined by the State, has become a threat.

Prior consultation for lot 192 in 2015. Photo: PUINAMUDTThe obligation of States to conduct processes of free, prior and informed consultation and to obtain the consent of the Indigenous or original peoples is a right established by Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 1989 and was one of the major vindications enshrined in this global instrument.

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28/11/2020

UN Warns of an Impending Famine With Millions in Danger of Starvation

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UNITED NATIONS, Nov 27 2020 (IPS)* – The numbers are staggering— as reflected in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has triggered a new round of food shortages, famine and starvation.

Ethiopia-experienced_In 2019, Ethiopia experienced the fifth-worst food crisis worldwide. Credit: FAO/IFAD/WFP/Michael Tewelde

According to the Rome-based World Food Programme (WFP) 690 million people do not have enough to eat. while 130 million additional people risk being pushed to the brink of starvation by the end of the year.

“Hunger is an outrage in a world of plenty. An empty stomach is a gaping hole in the heart of a society,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last week pointing out that famine is looming in several countries.

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28/11/2020

Threat of Further Escalation in Mekelle, Ethiopia, Puts Children’s Lives at Risk

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By UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore*

NEW YORK, 25 November 2020“UNICEF urges parties to the conflict in Ethiopia to spare children from the impact of hostilities in the Tigray region, now in their third week.
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An Ethiopian refugee child who fled fighting in Tigray province, sleeps in a hut at the Um Raquba camp in Sudan's eastern Gedaref province, on 16 November 16 2020
UNICEF/UN0371489/Hamid/AFPAn Ethiopian refugee child who fled fighting in Tigray province, sleeps in a hut at the Um Raquba camp in Sudan’s eastern Gedaref province, on 16 November 16 2020.

“Some 500,000 people live in Mekelle, half of them are children. UNICEF is deeply alarmed that the two parties’ threat of a further escalation in the fighting would put their lives and well-being at immediate risk.

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28/11/2020

African Continent Is “Far from Ready” to Roll Out What Will Be Its Largest Ever Immunization Drive – World Health Organization

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(UN News)* — As efforts to find safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 are showing increasing promise,  the African continent is “far from ready” to roll out what will be its largest ever immunization drive, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday [26 November 2020].

UNICEF/Nahom Tesfaye | A health worker prepares a vaccine injection for administration. (file photo)

Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa highlighted the importance of strong planning and preparation for successful inoculations against COVID-19.

“The largest immunization drive in Africa’s history is right around the corner, and African governments must urgently ramp up readiness. Planning and preparation will make or break this unprecedented endeavour,” she said.

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