Jaifer Sultan

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1 Child Dies Every 21 Seconds From A Water-Related Disease. Here's What You Can Do

Though the stats about the global water crisis remain grim, major progress is being made in one of the most critical areas: child deaths.<p>On the annual World Water Day, nonprofit Water.org is raising awareness for those who lack clean water access and pointing to the fact that one child dies from a …

'Ending world poverty is an unrealistic goal'

Despite the on-trend rhetoric and optimism, the chances of (all but) ending absolute poverty in our generation are slim. The chances of ending poverty altogether are zero.<p>The closer we get to ending extreme poverty, the harder it is going to be to do it. We're going to have to pretty much end …

Gendering agriculture

By Nirit Ben-Ari<p>Do land, seeds and crops have a gender? Perhaps they do in sub-Saharan Africa, where women produce up to 80% of foodstuffs for …

SPRING AG: Area agriculture program growing more than just crops

Now in its third year, the South Central Minnesota Agriculture Science Academy is expanding its offerings.<p>The program, for juniors and seniors at St. …

2014: A Golden Year for Nutrition in Africa?

Agriculture and nutrition are strongly interconnected. That’s why Save the Children delivers projects that widen agriculture opportunities as a way …

Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

The existing food system has failed and needs urgent reform, according to a UN expert who argues there should be a greater emphasis on local food production and an overhaul of trade policies that have led to overproduction in rich countries while obliging poor countries – which are often dependent …

David Cameron in Liberia: we must eradicate extreme poverty

David Cameron has called for the next wave of international development targets to focus on extreme rather than relative poverty. The dispute about poverty targets is one of a set of differences due to be thrashed out at a UN high-level meeting on the next millennium development goals after …

Is empowering women the answer to ending poverty in the developing world?

'Women make up half the world's population and yet represent a staggering 70% of the world's poor. We live in a world in which women living in poverty face gross inequalities and injustice from birth to death. From poor education to poor nutrition to vulnerable and low pay employment, the sequence …

Prisoners of Poverty: A Flip Side of Pakistan

Even today we don't pay serious attention to the issue of poverty, because the powerful remain relatively untouched by it. Most people distance themselves from the issue by saying that if the poor worked harder, they wouldn't be poor.― Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the …

Half of Afghan children suffer irreversible harm from malnutrition

Afghanistan is raising a stunted generation whose hobbled development could spell disaster for the country's feeble economy and undermine the impact of billions of dollars in aid poured into health, education and other areas.<p>More than half of Afghan girls and boys suffer damage to their minds and …

Deep-sea fishing regulations and a crucial European vote

The fates of some of our oldest and most mysterious natural treasures will hang in the balance tomorrow as members of the European Parliament's committee on fisheries vote on a future deep-sea fishing regulation for the northeast Atlantic. It is a game-changing moment for the deep ocean. The EU has …

Vast Freshwater Reserves Discovered Under Ocean Floor, Scientists Say

Massive reserves of “freshwater” are buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world, including off Australia, China, North America and South Africa.<p>This is the conclusion of a new study by a team of Australian scientists that appears in this week’s issue of the journal, …

Will 2014 Be the Year of the Ocean?

Changing Planet<p>World leaders will start the year at Half Moon Bay at the World Ocean Summit. Photograph from iStock.<p>The United Nations says 1998 was the Year of the Ocean, but I beg to differ. I’m fairly convinced that next year will be the year we see world leaders begin to take responsibility for …

Strategies for a Changing Planet: Water

The amount of water on Earth is fixed, but everything else is changing fast<p><i>Climate change is already happening, and it's time to get ready. Here's how we could adjust our most basic needs--food, water, shelter--to survive.</i><p>If you combined all of the water in the planet's ice caps, glaciers, rivers, …

How Much Water Actually Goes Into Making A Bottle Of Water?

Environmental activists have long claimed that bottled water is wasteful. Usually, they point to the roughly 50 billion (mostly plastic) bottles we throw away every year.<p>The International Bottled Water Association, ever sensitive to criticism that it's wasting precious resources, has commissioned …