Archive for April 24th, 2021

24/04/2021

Aboriginal People in Australia: The Most Imprisoned People on Earth

23 April 2021 (IWGIA)*Aboriginal incarceration rates are much higher than the general Australian population. Moreover, Indigenous women represent 34% of the total number of inmates. As if this wasn’t enough, the legal and welfare systems are removing Indigenous children from their families and culture, serving as a mechanism of forced assimilation.

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Protests by the Black Lives Matter international movement in front of Sydney’s Town Hall. / Credit: Télam.

Dunghutti man David Dungay Jr died on December 29, 2015, aged 26 calling for breath in a cell in Sydney’s Long Bay prison as he was held face down by prison guards attempting to sedate him.

The harrowing plea “I can’t breathe” recorded in the last moments of George Floyd’s life on 25 May 2020, as he struggled under the weight of a Florida police officer’s knee, remind all First Nations peoples in Australia of the tragic death of David Dungay, and the deaths of so many Aboriginal people while in custody.

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24/04/2021

Small Family Farmers Produce a Third of the World’s Food

Human Wrongs Watch

New FAO research focuses on contributions of farmers with fewer than two hectares

Photo: ©FAO/Cristina Aldehuela

A farmer in Ghana.

ROME, 23 April 2021 (FAO)* – The world’s smallholder farmers produce around a third of the world’s food, according to detailed new research by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Five of every six farms in the world consist of less than two hectares, operate only around 12 percent of all agricultural land, and produce roughly 35 percent of the world’s food, according to a study published in World Development.

Smallholders’ contributions to food supply varies enormously between countries, with the share as high as 80 percent in China and in the low single-digits for Brazil and Nigeria.

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