06/12/2019

‘Kihamba’ Agricultural Systems Secure a Future of Young Farmers on the Slopes of Kilimanjaro

Human Wrongs Watch

6 December 2019 (FAO)*On the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, in the Chagga community’s Shimbwe Juu village, much of the area is divided into ‘Kihamba’, plots of land with a traditional home and garden. Here, the Kihamba help form a multilayered agroforestry system that boasts over 500 types of plants and is rich in biodiversity.

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The Chagga community’s “Kihamba” are recognized as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS). Combining biodiversity and resilient ecosystems, these GIAHS sites have stood the test of time and can protect food security for many communities, even in a changing climate. ©FAO/Felipe Rodriguez

06/12/2019

Stop Soil Erosion, Save Our Future – World Soil Day

5 December 2019 (FAO)*World Soil Day 2019 (#WorldSoilDay) and its campaign “Stop soil erosion, Save our future” is envisaged to raise awareness on the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the increasing challenges in soil management and, raise the profile of healthy soil by encouraging governments, organizations, communities and individuals around the world to engage in proactively improving soil health.
06/12/2019

One Soccer Pitch of Soil Is Eroded Every Five Seconds – 5 Reasons Why We Need to Protect Our Soils

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By FAO* — One of the key ingredients to a #ZeroHunger future is the soil beneath our feet. Although it may not look like much, soil is full of water, nutrients and microorganisms that are vital for growing our food. However, soil is a finite resource – restoring even a few centimetres of soil can take up to 1 000 years. So if we want to ensure food security and improved nutrition in the future, we need to take care of our soil today.

Soil-story.jpgOne of the major threats to soil is erosion, which affects the production of up to 95 percent of the food we eat. ©Carey Marks/University of Plymouth (Photo posted here from FAO’s story).

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06/12/2019

Rise in Caribbean Children Displaced by Storms – Nearly Six-Fold in the Past Five Years – Shows Climate Crisis Is a Child Rights Issue: UNICEF

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The number of Caribbean children displaced by storms has risen approximately six-fold in the past five years, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reveals in a new report released on Friday [6 December 2019]. (*).

© UNICEF/UN0119399/ | A seven-year old boy stands in front of debris as Hurricane Irma moves off from the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.
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Catastrophic tropical cyclones and hurricanes uprooted an estimated 761,000 children in the region between 2014 and 2018, which also was the hottest five-year period on record.
05/12/2019

Africa’s Employment Landscape Affects Almost 500 Million Workers. Are There Any Changes in Store for Them?

December 2019 (ILO)*Shifting toward industry and services is important since it fosters the development needed to meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.  Following Africa Industrialization Day earlier this month, which focused on the expansion of the region’s manufacturing sector, here we take a look at ILO employment estimates and projections to assess progress that has been made and to peek at what’s ahead.
05/12/2019

Criticism of Israel Is Not Antisemitism

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Outstanding Contributions of Jewish Culture

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Let us begin by recognizing the brilliant contributions that Jewish intellectuals have given to the world.

Of the three great monotheistic Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Judaism was the first. Thus the religious traditions of much of the world have their roots in Jewish culture.

We should also acknowledge the remarkable intellectual achievements of thinkers such as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Niels Bohr, Hanna Adler, Emmy Noether, Noam Chomsky, and many, many more. Interested readers can look at a more complete list HERE.

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05/12/2019

Displaced Central Africans Wait for Life to Begin Again

Human Wrongs Watch

By Don Murray in Bambari, the Central African Republic*

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi listens to internally displaced people in Bambari and calls for a redoubled effort to help them go home. |  عربي

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Filippo Grandi meets women from the Central African Republic who have been displaced by conflict to the city of Bambari.| © UNHCR/Adrienne Surprenant

4 December 2019 (UNHCR)* — The Élevage and Alternatif settlements in the city of Bambari seem, at first glance, normal. But the lives of the residents here have been hollowed out.

05/12/2019

World Food Prices Rose Significantly in November, Reaching Their Highest Point in More than Two Years

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Meat and vegetable oils lead FAO Food Price Index upwards, while cereal prices dip amid record output even as weather weighs in Africa

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A strong rice harvest is expected in Madagascar.

ROME, 5 December 2019 (FAO)* World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils.

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05/12/2019

Indigenous Knowledge, a Lesson for a Sustainable Food Future

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MILAN, Italy, Dec 4 2019 (IPS)*Local knowledge systems rooted in traditional practices and culture passed down generations provide sustainable solutions to food and nutritional insecurity on the back of climate change, a conference heard this week.

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05/12/2019

Zimbabwe ‘Facing Worst Hunger Crisis in a Decade’ With Half of the Population – 7.7 Million People – Food Insecure

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(UN News)*Zimbabwe is facing its worst hunger crisis in a decade with half of the population – 7.7 million people – food insecure, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday [3 December 2019].

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WFP/Tatenda Macheka | The World Food Programme says that more than one-third of the rural population in Zimbabwe will be food insecure by October 2019.

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