A world on the move

 More people have been forced to flee their homes than at any time since the Second World War due to increased conflict and political instability, hunger, poverty, and an increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change. Every year, unwanted migration of millions of people fleeing hunger, poverty and conflict is transforming the international development agenda for the years to come. 

Quote of the Day

"Let us then not present hunger as though it were some sort of incurable disease. Food resources are frequently exposed to speculation that aims simply to ensure the economic advantage of the major producers ... and not meeting the real needs of human beings. This ultimately leads to conflict and to waste, and increases the number of the people on earth who are seeking a future far away from

The "price" of food

The world’s poorest pay more than a day’s wages for a single plate of food, according to a report from the World Food Programme, which reveals that the same bean stew can cost the average consumer in New York just $1.20, while the price tag is more than $320 in South Sudan. Economists at WFP took a standard meal of beans and pulses, paired with a locally preferred carbohydrate such as rice or

The Longest War

October 7th marked sixteen years since the start of the US War in Afghanistan – America’s longest war. Since the US started the war in Afghanistan in 2001, Washington has spent an estimated $714 billion in war and reconstruction efforts there, according to the most recent report from the Pentagon’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. This means the war in Afghanistan

The sun shines on socialism

Broadly speaking ecosystems are the physical areas on our planet earth that affect or influence the lives of humans. These are: the 1) mountains and forests; 2) the croplands; 3) the human settlements (urban and rural areas where people reside); 4) the swamps or wetlands where the sea or ocean meet the fresh water flowing down from the mountains at the coastlines; and 5) the coral reef

Haiti:The UN Occupation Ends

After 13 years, the United Nations is ending its mission in Haiti. And there are plenty of people who think this is a good thing. In 2004, following the coup against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide the United States prompted  the United Nations Security Council to send in 6,700 "blue helmet" peacekeepers, 1,600 police officers and another 1,700 civilian aid workers and diplomats.  MINUSTAH

World Hunger Day

Hunger levels are surging globally, with crises escalating in Yemen and South Sudan. World Food Day is an annual reminder of the suffering still endured by so many millions around the world but this year is marks a day when hopes built up over years of progress in the fight against hunger have been dealt a cruel blow.  The misery endured today by those in need is beyond comprehension. 815

Urbanisation and Food

Urbanisation is increasingly shifting the impacts of malnutrition from rural to urban areas. One in three stunted under-five children out of 155 million across the world now lives in cities and towns. Not only will urban land area triple globally between 2000 to 2030, the projected expansion will take place on some of the world’s most productive croplands. Not only will urban land area triple

Can Africa Industrialise?

In a bid to find out if African countries can “break into global manufacturing in a substantial way” Center for Global Development researchers used World Bank data to look at 5,500 firms in 29 countries. They compared labor and capital costs, and productivity and efficiency of manufacturing in sub-Saharan Africa with similar countries outside Africa. They did not have good news for most of the

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