Economic growth alone won’t end hunger

Recent decades have witnessed remarkable rates of growth for many developing countries. That is good news, as high growth rates of GDP per capita are a key factor in reducing food insecurity and malnutrition.

But economic growth alone is no guarantee of success in the fight against poverty, hunger and malnutrition, as the 2012 edition of The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI) by José Graziano da Silva and Kanayo F. Nwanze, recently released by the Rome-based United Nations agencies, shows.

$4.6 Trillion Later, Foreign Aid Remains An Economic Somnolent

The governments of the Western industrialized world have provided over $4.6 trillion (in constant 2007 dollars) to the world’s less-developed countries (LDCs) over the past 50 years, the equivalent of several Marshall Plans. Some of this has been extremely useful, but aid to advance economic development has not worked well

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Climate Change Hits Pacific Islands

Karibati Climate activist Wanita Limpus. Credit Catherine Wilson/IPS

BRISBANE, Australia, Oct 1 2012 (IPS) – Climate activist Wanita Limpus, from the low-lying island nation of Kiribati in the Central Pacific Ocean, says the outcome of the Rio+20 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in June was a serious letdown for small, developing island states.Half of the 10 million people of the Pacific islands reside within 1.5 km of the coastline, and climate change and rising sea levels are a reality threatening human security now. Continue reading

Let’s walk the walk towards making LDCs history, said Dr Arjun Karki of LDC Watch

Speaking at a meeting on UNCATD’s contribution to the Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs this September, Arjun Karki, LDC Watch International Coordinator presented the NGO perspective Continue reading

ONU: taxer les super-riches pour financer l’aide au développement

Ensemble ils représentent une fortune estimée à 4.600 milliards de dollars, soit 3,75 milliards de dollars en moyenne par personne.

La Cnuced (Conférence des Nations Unies pour le commerce et le développement) suggère de taxer les milliardaires pour dégager des dizaines de milliards de dollars de ressources en faveur des pays en développement, dans son dernier rapport annuel sur la situation économique et sociale. Continue reading