ALVARADO, Costa Rica, Mar 4 2014 (IPS) - José Alberto Chacón traverses the winding path across his small farm on the slopes of the Irazú volcano, in Costa Rica, which meanders because he has designed it to prevent rain from washing away nutrients from the soil.
His careful husbandry ensures his crops of beans, maize and carrots on his half-hectare parcel of land, which like that of many other farmers in the Pacayas area, is located on steep slopes that are prone to the loss of the land’s fertile layers.
Chacón told IPS that he is constantly applying techniques like designing a winding path, and building terraces or containment walls with harvest leftovers, and he feels like an acrobat leaping from one measure to another to keep his family farm alive.
There is broad support for the idea to set a global goal to end extreme poverty by 2030, as recent international conferences such as the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos and the ongoing consultations on the post-2015 agenda show.
The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™ offers a unique insight into how prosperity is forming and changing across the world.
- Finland nr 8. Traditionally, a nation’s prosperity has been based solely on macroeconomic indicators such as a country’s income, represented either by GDP or by average income per person (GDP per capita). However, most people would agree that prosperity is more than just the accumulation of material wealth, it is also the joy of everyday life and the prospect of being able to build an even better life in the future. The Prosperity Index is distinctive in that it is the only global measurement of prosperity based on both income and wellbeing.
"the joy of everyday life and the prospect of being able to build an even better life in the future" - the exact decision reached by my IB Global Politics students when asked "what should 'developed' mean when applied to a country?"
Here’s one tiny thing we can do that will yield enormous improvements in health care for millions.
What if you knew you could spend a miniscule amount of money—one-half of one percent of your earnings, say—and it would do really good things? Things like making sure women don’t die in childbirth, lowering rates of infant mortality, tuberculosis, and HIV?
Wouldn’t you do it?
“This isn’t theory. This is happening,” says David Hillman of the Robin Hood Tax Campaign.
EL CARMEN, El Salvador, Mar 3 2014 (IPS) - Vegetable growing is flourishing in Cuscatlán, the smallest department in the tiny country of El Salvador, with the help of a national programme to promote family agriculture and lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty.
On one and a half hectares of land, four of the Ramírez brothers used to grow only maize, without much expertise. Today they sell fruit and vegetables to the Walmart transnational chain.
They were determined to make the most of the Family Agriculture Plan (PAF), launched by the government in February 2011 to give support to more than 300,000 producers, improve their yields and incomes and fight hunger.
Politicians try to define poverty in ways that suit them. Don’t think for one minute that they are engaged in erudite discussions of statistical truth. As an example, see the article that George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, wrote together yesterday, which I will come to later.
Energy poverty is a major development issue: nearly 1.3 billion people, close to one-fifth of the world’s population, have no access to electricity. Lack of access to efficient modern energy has a significant impact on economic development and small-scale enterprise, educational opportunities, infant mortality, gender equality and quality of life. - See more at: http://www.ids.ac.uk/news/can-renewable-electricity-reduce-poverty?
In a followup to his latest infocomic exploring "What it means to be poor in America," graphic journalist Andy Warner illustrates the idea behind "the poverty line" and the origins of the important measurement used for determining citizens'...
ASHEGODA, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Africa's biggest wind farm began production in Ethiopia on Saturday, aiding efforts to diversify electricity generation from hydropower plants and help the country become a major regional exporter of energy.
Getting classrooms involved in the fight against hunger is important to WFP. For teachers who want to start teaching about hunger and food assistance, it can be tough to know where to start. Our website has several great options for crafting a lesson.
Why should journalists from other countries be interested in observing Azerbaijan’s presidential elections? First, as observers, they learn about how leaders are elected in this part of the world. Second, they see how a country, racked by political strife for years, is able to reduce the poverty rate from 49.6 percent of its population in 2001 to 7.6 percent in 2011, and lately, to 6 percent. This feat is considered by economic writers as “stupendous,” and most likely, can be used as a model for Philippine leaders engaged in the serious business of reducing our country’s poverty incidence.