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  »  School Gardens Combat Hunger in Argentina
     In Argentina, where millions of families have unmet dietary needs despite the country?s vast expanse of fertile land, the Huerta Niño project promotes organic gardens in rural primary schools, to teach children healthy eating habits and show them that they can grow their own food to fight hunger. Of the 105 students who board Monday […]
  »  Caribbean Looks to France as Key Partner in Climate Financing
     By the time leaders of the international community sit down in Paris later this year to discuss climate change, at least two Caribbean leaders are hoping that France can demonstrate its commitment to assisting their adaptation efforts by re-joining the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The CDB is the premier regional financial institution, established in […]
  »  A Chimera in Growing Cooperation Between China and Brazil
     A total of 35 agreements and contracts were signed during Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang?s visit to Brazil, as part of the growing ties between the two countries. But there is one project that drew all the attention: the Transcontinental Railway. The railroad will stretch over 5,000 km from the port of Açú, 300 km […]
  »  Latin America Must Address Its Caregiving Crisis
     As in the rest of the world, the care of children, the elderly and the disabled in Latin America has traditionally fallen to women, who add it to their numerous domestic and workplace tasks. A debate is now emerging in the region on the public policies that governments should adopt to give them a hand, […]
  »  Development Threatens Antigua?s Protected Guiana Island
     In June 2014, Gaston Browne led his Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party to a resounding victory at the polls with a pledge to transform the country into an economic powerhouse in the Caribbean. In their first 100 days in office, Prime Minister Browne?s Cabinet approved a number of private investment projects valued in excess of three […]
  »  ?Megaprojects? Can Destroy Reputations in Brazil
     Megaprojects are high-risk bets. They can shore up the government that brought them to fruition, but they can also ruin its image and undermine its power ? and in the case of Brazil the balance is leaning dangerously towards the latter. As the scandal over kickbacks in the state oil company Petrobras, which broke out […]
  »  Murders of Gays Raise the Question of Hate Crimes in Cuba
     During the events surrounding the eighth annual celebration of the Day Against Homophobia in Cuba, it emerged that a young transsexual had recently been killed in the city of Pinar del Río near the western tip of this Caribbean island nation. While efforts to combat discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBT) are stepped […]
  »  Poor Land Use Worsens Climate Change in St. Vincent
     For 32 years, Joel Poyer, a forest technician, has been tending to the forest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. His job allows him a unique view of what is taking place in the interior of this volcanic east Caribbean nation, where the landscape mostly alternates between deep gorges and high mountains. Poyer, a 54-year-old […]
  »  Pregnancy and Childbirth Still Kill Too Many Women in Latin America
     In spite of strides in social progress, Latin America?s maternal mortality rates remain unacceptable, and many of the deaths are avoidable, occurring partly because of neglect of the prescriptions provided by experts: preventive action and health promotion. Juan Reichenbach, a regionally renowned Argentine expert on maternal and child health, has hands-on experience of the problem […]
  »  IACHR Tackles Violence Against Native Peoples in Costa Rica
     After years of violence against two indigenous groups in Costa Rica, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) demanded that the government adopt measures by May 15 to protect the life and physical integrity of the members of the two communities. The IACHR granted precautionary measures in favour of the Bribri community living in the […]
  »  Caribbean Looks to Paris Climate Summit for Its Very Survival
     Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year. The position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 14 independent countries, was put forward by the group?s chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry […]
  »  Latin America?s Social Policies Have Given Women a Boost
     Although they do not specifically target women, social policies like family allowances and pensions have improved the lives of women in Latin America, the region that has made the biggest strides so far this century in terms of gender equality, although there is still a long way to go. Luiza Carvalho of Brazil, U.N. Women?s […]
  »  Living the Indigenous Way, from the Jungles to the Mountains
     In the course of human history many tens of thousands of communities have survived and thrived for hundreds, even thousands, of years. Scores of these largely self-sustaining traditional communities continue to this day in remote jungles, forests, mountains, deserts, and in the icy regions of the North. A few remain completely isolated from modern society. […]
  »  Costa Rica?s Energy Nearly 100 Percent Clean
     Costa Rica has almost reached its goal of an energy mix based solely on renewable sources, harnessing solar, wind and geothermal power, as well as the energy of the country?s rivers. In April, the state electricity company, ICE, announced that in 2015, 97 percent of the country?s energy supply would come from clean sources. ?The […]
  »  The Blue Amazon, Brazil?s New Natural Resources Frontier
     The Atlantic ocean is Brazil?s last frontier to the east. But the full extent of its biodiversity is still unknown, and scientific research and conservation measures are lagging compared to the pace of exploitation of resources such as oil. The Blue Amazon, as Brazil?s authorities have begun to call this marine area rich in both […]
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