Answering the Challenges Posed by Antimicrobial Resistance — Global Issues

We are failing to take antimicrobial resistance seriously, perhaps because it is not glamorous and relatable. Credit: Bigstock. Opinion Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Inter Press Service Sep 21 (IPS) – Staphylococcus aureus is the source of a skin infection that can turn deadly if drug resistant. Estimates regarding the most…

Famine looms in Somalia, but many ‘hunger hotspots’ are in deep trouble — Global Issues

In Somalia, “hundreds of thousands are already facing starvation today with staggering levels of malnutrition expected among children under five,” warned the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). “Large-scale deaths from hunger” are increasingly likely in the east African nation, the UN agencies continued, noting…

Reimagining Urban Agriculture With Vertical Farming — Global Issues

Vertical farm in Finland. Credit: Creative Commons. Opinion by Esther Ngumbi (urbana, illinois, usa) Friday, September 16, 2022 Inter Press Service URBANA, Illinois, USA, Sep 16 (IPS) – Cities across the world including New Jersey and  California, a State that is home to a multi-billion dollar agricultural industry, have continued to…

Extended roadmap for lasting peace deal, a ‘way point, not an end point’ — Global Issues

UN Special Representative Nicholas Haysom said that although key provisions of the Agreement are set to end by February, the parties agreed in August on a Roadmap that extends the current transitional period by 24 months.  While a welcome development, he reminded that “there is no alternative to the implementation of…

Burundi must engage in ‘credible and inclusive’ move towards democratic rule — Global Issues

Despite commitments and measures taken by the government, the human rights situation there has not changed in a substantial and sustainable way, said Fortuné Gaétan Zongo, who was appointed on 1 April as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burundi. “It is crucial and urgent to initiate reforms and a…

Remedy in Sight to Subdue an Invasive Poisonous Enemy in Kenyas Drylands — Global Issues

Hannah Sakamo’s dead goat is surrounded by Prosopis juliflora plants. The invasive species is a threat to rural livelihoods. Photo: Joyce Chimbi/IPS by Joyce Chimbi (nairobi) Friday, September 16, 2022 Inter Press Service Nairobi, Sep 16 (IPS) – Hannah Sakamo is worried. She is about to lose yet another goat in…

Humanitarian needs ‘growing exponentially’ across Sudan, mission chief warns Security Council — Global Issues

UNITAMS chief and UN Special Representatives, Volker Perthes, warned that amid “continuing deterioration” on a socio-economic level, the overall situation in Sudan, “will continue to worsen unless a political situation is found to restore a credible, fully functioning civilian-led government”. He said following last October’s military takeover – which ended…

What Does the African Continental Free Trade Agreement Hold for Women? — Global Issues

The rate of female entrepreneurship is higher in Africa than in any other region of the world. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPS Opinion by Jemimah Njuki (nairobi) Tuesday, September 13, 2022 Inter Press Service NAIROBI, Sep 13 (IPS) – Agnes Opus sells cereals in Busia, the border town between Kenya and Uganda. This…

Optimism Prevails Despite Uncertainty Over Revolution to Build Africas Food Systems — Global Issues

Leonida Odongo, an activist from Kenya’s Haki Nawiri Africa, and Global Development and Environment Institute fellow Dr Timothy Wise agree that Africa’s food systems revolution should not be based on costly imports. Credit: Aimable Twahirwa/IPS by Aimable Twahirwa (kigali) Monday, September 12, 2022 Inter Press Service Kigali, Sep 12 (IPS) –…

UN expert calls for more advances in protecting older persons — Global Issues

Ending a 12-day visit to the country, Claudia Mahler, the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights for older persons, said that as well as ageism and age-discrimination, even among Government officials, violence against older persons is an unspoken reality. Pressing laws She welcomed the Government’s progressive efforts in…