The government of Honduras announced that it has begun to request humanitarian and relief assistance from foreign governments and international organizations to help deal with the impact of severe flooding throughout the country, but primarily in the southern and western regions. Honduras is currently under a state of emergency following more than a week of torrential rains that have affected nearly 70,000 people in at least 25 municipalities, leaving 14 dead, 12,000 evacuees, and 8,762 in temporary shelters. Five of Honduras' 18 departments are under a state of red alert, including Choluteca, El Paraíso, and Valle, and the southern municipalities of Francisco Morazán and La Paz. Relief efforts are being hampered by continued rainfall which has damaged numerous roads and bridges, including a segment (kilometer 54) of the Pan-American Highway that connects Tegucigalpa to the city of Choluteca in the south.
The world's population is "likely" to reach 10.1 billion people by the end of the century up from 7 billion this year. It will reach 9.3 billion along the way - probably in 2050.
Press Release, Oakland, CA: California-based Oakland Institute has released a report on land investments in Ethiopia as a part of their larger project, "Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa."
Hedge Funds Create Volatility in Global Food Supply with Land Grabs Across Africa.
Financial backers - including U.S universities and pension funds - are lured by high returns and turn a blind eye to theft of land, displacement of people.
Oakland Institute just completed the most thorough investigative report on who's buying land in Africa we've seen yet: "Hedge Funds Grabbing Land in Africa," as BBC called it.
As commodities prices rise and inflation picks up, the OI made the report public, they say, because the number of investors buying up land in Africa concerns them.
For obvious reasons, there isn't much out there about who's buying what and how much in Africa. But what OI has discovered is a small number of investors paying sometimes nothing for large plots of land in some African countries.
Germany's Africa policy chief Guenter Nooke said that the destructive drought in the Horn of Africa is a man-made "catastrophe."
Colonialism is a system in which a state claims sovereignty over territory and people outside its own boundaries; or a system of rule which assumes the right of one people to impose their will upon another (Brett, 1973). During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, rich, powerful states, including Britain and other European countries, owned third world colonies. 'Third world' originally referred to countries that did not belong to the democratic, industrialised countries of the West (the First World) or the state-socialist, industrialising, Soviet Bloc countries (the Second World) (Chilton, 2004). This essay uses specific third world examples to summarise the main impacts of nineteenth and twentieth century colonialism, when colonial powers reached their peak. It focuses on European colonialism in Africa and India.
The happiness level in the U.S. declined with the economic crash -- but it's now back up even as people are making do with less income or wealth. Why?
As a country which is witnessing strong economic growth exemplified by a widening middle class, rising GDP, large export growth, oil discoveries amongst several other factors - it is often forgotten that some parts of Brazil are still experiencing extreme poverty and income inequality. Whilst the efforts of social programmes such as 'Minha Casa, Minha Vida', 'Bolsa Família' and 'Zero Fome' are to be commended, much work needs to be done to decrease inequality. This articles outlines some background information about the microfinance industry in Brazil, its development, criticisms, flaws and some future projections.
Several news reports have caught this writer's eye, in the last couple of weeks, all of them about children and as ever, the issue is about food and access to food, revealing what a crazy world we live in.
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