By Fabíola Ortiz RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 23 (IPS) – The fall in world tobacco consumption, especially in industrialised nations, is a sign of the urgent need for producer countries like Brazil, China, India and the United States to offer their farmers alternatives to growing tobacco.
By Marcela Valente* BUENOS AIRES, Dec 19, 2011 (IPS) – As Mercosur foreign ministers gather this Monday ahead of Tuesday’s summit of heads of state, political harmony is growing between the governments of member countries, although free trade not only remains a pending challenge but is increasingly facing pitfalls.
By Fabíola Ortiz RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 6, 2011 (IPS) – With seven months to go until the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, Brazil is uniting in support of proposals to be included in the summit’s draft final document, which aim to transfer its successful national social and environmental sustainability programmes to the global scale. [...]
By Mario Osava * – Tierramérica RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 28 (IPS) – With no meaningful proposals, and in the face of internal setbacks and an adverse international context, Brazil is largely unprepared to assume the leadership role expected of an environmental power at the Durban climate change conference.
By Fabiana Frayssinet SALVADOR, Brazil, Nov 11 (IPS) – Representatives of the Brazilian federal and municipal governments and of indigenous, black and riverbank communities and other groups that make the population of this country so diverse assumed a commitment to fight for "the human right to an adequate diet."
By Alice Marcondes * SÃO PAULO, Nov 9, 2011 (Tierramérica) – The term “green jobs”, coined to describe employment that contributes in some way to preserving or restoring the environment, is increasingly entering the vocabulary of companies keen to respond to the social demand for a cleaner economy. Brazil has not been left behind by [...]
By Fabiana Frayssinet SALVADOR, Brazil, Nov 9 (IPS) – Fighting malnutrition is not just about putting food on everyone's table every day, according to Brazil's Fourth National Conference on Food and Nutrition Security, meeting in the capital of the northeastern state of Bahia.
By Fabiana Frayssinet SALVADOR, Brazil, Nov 8 (IPS) – The Brazilian government is extending its fight against hunger to the world stage, by inaugurating a Centre of Excellence Against Hunger to transmit its positive experiences to other developing countries with the help of United Nations agencies.
By Mario Osava* RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 4 (IPS) – News that the government of South Africa was inspired by Brazil’s health system in setting up its own universal coverage scheme might meet with scepticism in this South American country.
By Mario Osava SALGUEIRO, Brazil, Oct 21, 2011 (IPS) – The visual impact is harsh: flattened hills, valleys full of mud, and kilometres and kilometres of bulldozed land – the modification of nature in Brazil’s semiarid Northeast region is disturbing due to the enormous dimensions involved.