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Food security: an urban issue

Food security: an urban issue | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

“Populations in general are growing very rapidly in Africa, and on top of that we’re seeing increased urbanisation,” says Mellissa Wood, director of the AIFSRC.

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A new project by the World Vegetable Centre (AVRDC) is trying to address this by pulling together the issues of urban growth, migration, livelihoods and undernutrition, and drawing specific attention to the role of peri-urban 'corridors' of production outside cities.

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“young people in cities are not necessarily finding employment opportunities, and that is potentially increasing future food security issues in these regions. This project is quite holistic, so it’s getting young people into vegetable production as a source of livelihoods, helping existing farmers too, and optimising the whole system by finding improved varieties that will work well in particular regions, and strengthening value chains.”


The main vehicle for the project is the establishment of best practice hubs in peri-urban areas – which it defines as areas within 2-3 hours of cities – around the four target cities. These hubs will serve as centres for crop trials and experimentation, and will give the young producers who are new to farming full training in vegetable crop growing and management. They will also be open to existing farmers looking to improve their skills, so the idea is that they will serve best practice sites for the farming communities around them.

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How Hurricanes Impact Unemployment, in One Chart

How Hurricanes Impact Unemployment, in One Chart | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

The jump in jobless claims this week looks an awful lot like the one post-Katrina.


The impact of Superstorm Sandy, which hit the northeastern United States last month, continues to wash up in economic data.


Today, weekly readings on new claims for unemployment benefits surged to their highest level since the spring of 2011, hitting 439,000. If history is any guide, this number should decline.


Take a look at the similar spike back in 2005, which reflected the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the US Gulf Coast.

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Nothing to do, nowhere to go: 1 in 4 UK youths jobless

Every fourth person under the age of 25 in Britain is currently out of work. And despite government efforts, many young people say there are no opportunities...

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Digital Athens, Call it the “leisure rate” instead of the “unemployment rate.” http://to.ly/fsH8 & http://to.ly/fIiw
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Mayor wants asylum seekers to fill labour shortages - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The mayor of the rural Victorian city of Swan Hill says more asylum seekers should be sent to fill labour shortages in regional Australia.



John Katis says asylum seekers are being put through tortuous bureaucracy by the Department of Immigration instead of being allowed to go to communities where they are desperately needed.


He says the Afghans in his region are hardworking and fit well into the community.


"I can say in a couple of words: bloody ridiculous. Somewhere along the line the ministers have lost their plot when it comes to immigration," he said.


"They will work from daylight till dusk. These are the kind of people that we want to come into our country."


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Our Cities Will Define Our Future

Our Cities Will Define Our Future | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

After the post was vacant for more than a year, Jennifer Keesmaat started this month as the Chief Planner for the City of Toronto.


Canada’s future lies in its urban areas like Metropolitan Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal, much more than it does in its resources or agriculture. More than eighty percent of the food grown and resources mined and extracted in Canada is destined for city-customers. Urbanization is driving the wealth creation needed to pay for these materials. Urbanization is also driving most of our big planetary challenges like climate change, loss of biodiversity and soil degradation.


A few things Ms. Keesmaat calls for: greater cooperation between national and local governments (and a better appreciation at the national level on the importance of well-functioning cities); the need for good data and evidence-based decision making; addressing income disparities; the imperative of public transit and affordable housing; job creation; and better provision and use of infrastructure in suburbs.


more at Sustainable Cities Collective

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Immigration and Skilled Workers

Immigration and Skilled Workers | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
Historically, there has been a clear connection between immigration in the U.S. and entrepreneurship, with immigrants creating companies (and jobs) at a disproportionate rate.

 

"...there’s also a missed opportunity for the U.S.: many of these foreign students would prefer to stay and put their skills to work here after they graduate, but they can’t get work visas. What’s more, studies estimate that hundreds of thousands of highly skilled immigrants already working here find themselves stuck in immigration limbo for years, waiting for visa and green-card applications to be approved. These are well-educated, motivated workers who want to play for our side. Yet we’re making it difficult for them to do so."

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Immigrants will save us

Immigrants will save us | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

As for whether low-skilled immigrants are “takin’ urr jobs,” research shows that in the long term, they’re not. While “there are winners and losers in the short run,” ultimately, “immigration increases the scale of the economy, but it needn’t change the unemployment rate,” writes Albert Saiz, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania in his 2003 report “The Impact of Immigration on U.S. Cities.” Think of it this way: If you doubled the population of the United States, writes Saiz, there would be twice as many workers, but also twice as many consumers — the two cancel each other out.

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Can cities manufacture that sort of immigrant-sparked stimulus? Last week, the Washington Post reported on Baltimore’s efforts to attract 10,000 new immigrant families within a decade — not just doctors and engineers, but low-skill, low-education immigrants as well. Dayton, Ohio, is trying something similar with the Welcome Dayton plan, which will aim to make the city more alluring to immigrants, regardless of their skills or education level. “We’ve got a city that was hit really hard by the loss of manufacturing jobs,” says Dayton city manager Tim Riordan. “The past hasn’t exactly worked out, so we figured, let’s give it a try.”

 

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We Need Better Food. We Need Fairer Food Jobs. So Let’s Get Both. - COLORLINES

We Need Better Food. We Need Fairer Food Jobs. So Let’s Get Both. - COLORLINES | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

The movements for good food and labor rights do not typically work together towards food justice, and often don’t have an analysis that would allow them to do so.


The “good food” movement promotes healthy food, available to all, that is sustainably grown through small-scale, local, seasonal, organic production.


The dominant messages in “good food” consist of exhorting people to buy organic, leave behind fast food and cook at home.


In defining “good food” the movement often leaves out crucial factors such as wages, immigration status, and safe conditions.


Developing collaborative efforts between these movements is key to winning both good food and good jobs.

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Get Away From the Sprawl: More Young Folks Moving Into Cities

Get Away From the Sprawl: More Young Folks Moving Into Cities | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

If it seems like cities these days are crawling with more young people than ever before, that's because they are, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

The takeaway by the AP is hardly a surprise:


Burdened with college debt or toiling in temporary, lower-wage positions, they are spurning homeownership in the suburbs for shorter-term, no-strings-attached apartment living, public transit and proximity to potential jobs in larger cities.

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Out of India's Trash Heaps, More Than a Shred of Dignity

Out of India's Trash Heaps, More Than a Shred of Dignity | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
Pune, India, has developed a a waste-management approach that is improving the environment, as well as the livelihoods and social standing of some of the city’s poorest inhabitants.

 

Waste-pickers are often uneducated, rural migrants who sift through trash heaps or landfills, looking for plastics and glass that they sell to middlemen by weight, who send them to be recycled.  This informal system results in recycling rates of almost 50 percent for plastics (as compared with 8.2 percent in the United States) — which is why activists call waste-pickers “invisible environmentalists.”

 

Waste-picking is full of occupational hazards. Waste-pickers sifting through trash with bare hands encounter rusty metal, cut glass, needles and menstrual blood; their life expectancy may be a decade or more below the average. With a daily income of 60 rupees (one dollar) in Pune, most cannot afford proper meals or medical care. Police and security guards harass them, particularly women. Governments offers little protection.

It took years for K.K.P.K.P. to mobilize the waste-pickers, who were scattered and reluctant to take time off work for meetings. As the group came together, however, they found a sympathetic ear in the Pune Municipal Corporation (P.M.C.), the city’s governing body.

 

That led to the innovation that changed Chandani’s life and has evolved into a waste-management approach that others can learn from. In 2007, the K.K.P.K.P. and Pune’s government got together to create a cooperative called Solid Waste Collection and Handling (Swach). The idea was to engage waste-pickers to handle almost all of the city’s waste, a remarkable departure from other cities, where private contractors haul waste to landfills with trucks. The question was: Could Swach save the Pune government lots of money, improve the environment and improve livelihoods for some of the city’s poorest inhabitants? The answer appears to be yes to all three.

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https://plus.google.com/u/0/114944409106623979163/posts/eH1KYEBHppg

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The Truth about Job Creation

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In Historic Move, Walmart Workers Across Los Angeles Walk Off the Job - COLORLINES

Workers say the retail giant is retaliating against workers who are trying to organize.

In what labor rights groups are calling a first in Walmart history, workers from multiple stores have walked off the job today. Workers led a one-day work stoppage for nearly a dozen Walmart stores to protest the retail giant’s retaliation for worker’s efforts to organize for better treatment and pay.


At a rally today outside the Pico Rivera Walmart where Luna works, workers will tell their stories of struggling to barely get by on Walmart wages and dealing with reduced hours, safety issues and staffing issues. Among those coming out to support the striking workers are plenty of immigrant, labor and religious organizations who say Walmart workers shouldn’t be forced to rely on public assistance to get by, especially as the corporate behemoth turns around $16 billion a year in profits. Walmart has 1.4 million so-called associates around the country, and is union free in its North American stores. Workers on strike today say they are fighting for all of them.

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Urban Farming Teaches Job Skills

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A new business plan — urban agriculture — is growing for residents living in Carmelitos Public Housing, at 711 East Via Wanda, and the surrounding North Long Beach community.
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The Education Gap and its Role in Persistent Unemployment | Planetizen

A new report by the Brookings Institution shows that unemployment in America's cities is being exacerbated by a lack of higher-educated workers.


Nate Berg describes a new report by the Brookings Institution that looks at the role that educational attainment and job requirements play in unemployment. "There are job openings in the U.S. But the people living near those jobs don't have the relevant education or training to get them...," says Berg. "The report...finds that the overall unemployment picture in metro areas gets a lot worse when the workforce's educational background doesn't match up with the requirements of employers."



Full Story: Education and Job Requirements: The Great Mismatch

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America’s Deficit Attention Disorder

America’s Deficit Attention Disorder | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Joblessness can easily be eliminated by putting the unemployed and underemployed to work meeting a vast range of unmet human needs from rebuilding and greening our physical infrastructure to providing essential human services, eliminating dependence on fossil fuels, and converting to systems of local organic food production. If the primary constraint is money, the Federal Reserve can be directed to create it and channel it to priority projects through a national infrastructure bank—a move that avoids enriching the bankers and does not create more debt.

 

In addition, we must:

 

1. Break up concentrations of unaccountable power.
2. Shift the economic priority from making money to serving life by replacing financial indicators with living wealth indicators as the basis for evaluating economic performance.
3. Eliminate extremes of wealth and poverty to create a true middle-class society.
4. Build a culture of mutual trust and caring.
5. Create a system of economic incentives that reward those who do productive work and penalize predatory financial speculation.
6. Restructure the global economy into a planetary system of networked bioregional economies that share information and technology and organize to live within their respective environmental means.

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Open Education for a Global Economy

Open Education for a Global Economy | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

David Bornstein from the NYTimes shares the good news about free online education offering "vast number of people around the world whose job prospects are constrained by their skill levels and who lack the resources to upgrade them through conventional training."


He writes of a "relatively unknown company based in Ireland" called ALISON (Advanced Learning Interactive Systems Online) that provides "free online interactive education to help people acquire basic workplace skills."


"It offers some 400 vocational courses at “certificate level” (1 to 2 hours of study) or “diploma level” (about 9 to 11 hours of study) and plans to add 600 more in the coming year.


Last year, 50,000 users earned certificates or diplomas, which indicate that they completed courses and scored 80 percent or above on ALISON’s online assessment."

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Visualize a shorter commute — or a better job

Visualize a shorter commute — or a better job | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
Seeing how our cities facilitate the commute to work reveals a lot about the benefit of investing in infrastructure.

 

If you lived at the Watergate, this is how long your commute would be around the city by car. Good news is that should you be heading to, say, the White House, you can get there in about 10 minutes...


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How Can We Create 1.5 Million Jobs And Reduce Pollution? Recycling. — Green For All

How Can We Create 1.5 Million Jobs And Reduce Pollution? Recycling. — Green For All | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

"A new report called More Jobs, Less Pollution was released this week, showing that a national 75% recycling rate would create nearly 1.5 million new jobs while reducing an amount of climate pollution equal to shutting down 72 coal-fired power plants, or taking 50 million cars off the road. This report describes the benefits of building a resource recovery economy that creates community jobs with family-supporting wages."


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