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Dec 10, 2019 8:05 AM ET

Six ways that using technology can help your business

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 10, 2019 - Running your own business means being resourceful, and this includes how you use your money and what you decide to spend it on. There will be the usual outgoings such as rent, salaries, insurance and bills, but you’ll also need to know when the best time to invest in other items is. That could include technology that can help your company run better. Investing in technology may mean having to. [more...]

Dec 9, 2019 11:27 AM ET

Climate Refugees Refused UN Protection & Denied Rights Under International Law

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 9, 2019 - By Miles Young   Miles Young is Director of the Social Development Program, Pacific Community (SPC) Credit: UNHCR MADRID, Spain, Dec 9 2019 (IPS) - The term “environmental refugee” has gained prominence in recent years as climate change and desertification have threatened the livelihoods of millions of people, causing many to re-locate. Despite the growing use of the term, there is no universally accepted definition for “environmental refugee”. The United. [more...]

Dec 9, 2019 9:51 AM ET

Building a Leprosy Free Bangladesh

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 9, 2019 - By Rafiqul Islam     People living with Leprosy receiving care from the Institute of Leprosy Control and Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Credit: Rafiqul Islam / IPS DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 9 2019 (IPS) - Despite having remarkable success in leprosy control in the last decades, the Bangladesh government is now moving forward with a vision to build a leprosy- free country. “In 2017, the Bangladesh government revised the Bangladesh Leprosy. [more...]

Dec 9, 2019 9:46 AM ET

The Economic & Humanitarian Catastrophe Threatening Pacific Island Communities

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 9, 2019 - By Thalif Deen     Credit: The Pacific Community – Sustainable Pacific Development Through Science, Knowledge & Innovation UNITED NATIONS, Dec 9 2019 (IPS) - When UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) last month, he pointed out the dramatic impact of climate change triggering natural disasters around the world— from glaciers that melt, ice caps that disappear and corals that. [more...]

Dec 6, 2019 9:00 AM ET

Why PR Management is an Essential Aspect of the Real Estate Business

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 6, 2019 - A lot of smaller businesses in real estate make the mistake of not taking the importance of maintaining good PR into account when they begin to go big. Today, we are going to go through some of the very practical, but often forgotten reasons why a PR strategy and management team becomes a necessity for a property developer or a real estate investment firm, as and when they begin to. [more...]

Dec 4, 2019 2:19 PM ET

Fostering Jobs, Entrepreneurship, and Capacity Development for African Youth: The Time for Disruption Is Now!

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 4, 2019 - By Hanan Morsy   Dr. Hanan Morsy is Director, Macroeconomic Forecasting and Research at the African Development Bank Group ABIDJAN, Dec 4 2019 (IPS) - “There is no greater asset to Africa than its youth,” a statement that has been repeatedly proclaimed, but the continent still has a long way to go. Despite robust economic growth over the past two decades, a 1 percent increase in growth between 2000–14 was. [more...]

Dec 4, 2019 6:13 AM ET

Indigenous Knowledge, a Lesson for a Sustainable Food Future

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 4, 2019 - By Busani Bafana     BCFN Yes winner Geraldin Lengai is researching bio-integrated crop management among tomato farmers in Tanzania. Credit: Busani Bafana / IPS MILAN, Italy, Dec 4 2019 (IPS) - Local knowledge systems rooted in traditional practices and culture passed down generations provide sustainable solutions to food and nutritional insecurity on the back of climate change, a conference heard this week. More than 370 million indigenous people, living. [more...]

Dec 4, 2019 6:06 AM ET

Fixing the Business of Food

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 4, 2019 - By Cecilia Russell     Delegates grappled with getting the business of food right. Credit: Busani Bafana / IPS MILAN, Italy, Dec 4 2019 (IPS) - Milan is the city where Leonardo da Vinci painted his iconic Last Supper. Frozen in time is the moment Christ told his disciples there was a traitor among them. Visitors to the painting can examine the expressions on the faces of the disciples and. [more...]

Dec 4, 2019 5:59 AM ET

Zimbabwe Food Crisis: Time to Act Is Now, Says UN Special Rapporteur

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 4, 2019 - By Busani Bafana     MILAN, Italy, Dec 3 2019 (IPS) - Global food systems are ripe for transformation if people are to be nourished and the planet sustainable, says Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur of the Right to Food of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur of the Right to Food of the United Nations Human Rights Council speaking at the 10th International Forum on Food. [more...]

Dec 4, 2019 5:35 AM ET

Agribusiness trade modernization initiative advances with new project name, Covantis

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 4, 2019 - GENEVA,-- The founding members (ADM, Bunge, Cargill, COFCO International, Louis Dreyfus Company and Glencore Agriculture) of the industry-wide initiative to modernize global trade operations have announced its new project name:  Covantis. The initiative also launched a new website,, which explains the initiative's vision to connect the agri-industry via an independent and trusted digital platform to enable post-trade efficiency for all participants. Covantis will also be the name of the digital. [more...]

Dec 3, 2019 4:05 PM ET

Tradition and Technology Take Centre Stage at BCFN Food Forum

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 3, 2019 - By Cecilia Russell     Credit: Busani Bafana / IPS MILAN, Italy, Dec 3 2019 (IPS) - A coffee producer will receive a cent and a half from a $2.50 cup of coffee. This one stark fact stood out as scientists, researchers, activists and grappled with solutions for change in food and nutrition practises, which would benefit the greater community. While the solutions are many – slow food to artificial. [more...]

Dec 3, 2019 3:45 PM ET

African Development Bank launches digital tool to help African youth learn to code

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 3, 2019 - By PRESS RELEASE Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, Dec 3 2019 - The African Development Bank and technology firm Microsoft today launched the ‘Coding for Employment’ digital training platform, an online tool to provide digital skills to African youth, wherever they are across the continent. The platform, launched at the 2019 African Economic Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, aims to promote a continuous learning culture among young people and build their. [more...]

Dec 3, 2019 3:35 PM ET

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 3, 2019 - By PRESS RELEASE   Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, Dec 3 2019 - The African Development Bank and technology firm Microsoft today launched the ‘Coding for Employment’ digital training platform, an online tool to provide digital skills to African youth, wherever they are across the continent. The platform, launched at the 2019 African Economic Conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, aims to promote a continuous learning culture among young people and build. [more...]

Dec 3, 2019 8:00 AM ET

How to Take Your Home Based Business to the Next Level

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 3, 2019 - You started your home based business all those years ago simply because you were tired of the traditional 9-to-5 and you want to be your own boss. Since then, your venture has gone from strength to strength, and you are now on the cusp of taking it to the next level. The big question is, what do you do when it’s time to make this step up? How do you. [more...]

Dec 2, 2019 9:11 AM ET

Care for Economic Development, Then Care for Food Nutrition, Food Researcher Tells Africa’s Politicians

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 2, 2019 - By Busani Bafana Inter Press Service (IPS) journalist Busani Bafana sat down with Busi Maziya-Dixon, a Senior Food and Nutrition Scientist at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) ahead of the 10th International Forum on Food and Nutrition. Maziya-Dixon warns there is no country which will achieve economic development with an undernourished population. Dr. Busi Maziya Dixon, Food Scientist, IITA. Credit: Busani Bafana / IPS MILAN, Italy, Dec 2. [more...]

Dec 2, 2019 8:58 AM ET

Biofortified Food, a Business Boost for Smallholder Farmers

iCrowdNewswire - Dec 2, 2019 - By Busani Bafana     Biofortified Orange Vitamin A maize developed by Harvestplus is helping fight micronutrient deficiency in children. Credit, Busani Bafana / IPS BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Dec 2 2019 (IPS) - A start-up in Zimbabwe is producing high nutrition foods using biofortified crops in a bid to fight micronutrient deficiency. Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) leads to night blindness, illness and death from childhood infections. In Zimbabwe, 36 percent of. [more...]

Nov 30, 2019 8:04 AM ET

Hola, Madrid! African Development Bank takes the continent’s climate agenda to COP25 in Spain

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 30, 2019 - By PRESS RELEASE   The Bank is playing a leading role in guiding progress on climate change on the continent. The Bank has doubled its total climate change commitment to $25 billion between 2020 and 2025. ABIDJAN, Cote d’Ivoire, Nov 30 2019 - The African Development Bank will on Monday kick off a campaign to plead the continent’s case at the world’s leading climate change conference. The 25th session of. [more...]

Nov 28, 2019 3:13 PM ET

Running from the Storm – How Bangladesh’s Climate Migrants are Becoming Food Secure

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 28, 2019 - By Rafiqul Islam     Ruma Begum and her husband collect pumpkins from their vegetable field. Credit: Rafiqul Islam/IPS BHOLA, Bangladesh, Nov 28 2019 (IPS) - It was almost a decade ago when Ruma Begum and her family left their home in Bangladesh’s coastal Tazumuddin upazila or sub-district and travelled some 50 km away to start a new life. They had been driven out of their home by an extreme. [more...]

Nov 28, 2019 4:37 AM ET

2019 Global Gender Summit marks concrete gains and actionable goals to surge ahead on gender equality

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 28, 2019 - By PRESS RELEASE   Highlights of the Summit include the launch of: • AFAWA risk-sharing facility to de-risk lending to women • 50 Million African Women Speak, a Pan-African networking platform • Joint UNECA-African Development bank Gender index   KIGALI, Rwanda, Nov 28 2019 - “We’ve known it from the beginning that equality and women’s empowerment is the true way for sustainable development,” Rwanda’s Minister of Gender and Family Promotion,. [more...]

How to Stay Safe when Remote Working
Nov 27, 2019 7:00 PM ET

How to Stay Safe when Remote Working

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 27, 2019 - If you’ve decided that the traditional office space does nothing for your productivity throughout the working day, then you’ve probably already made the transition to remote working. As a person that works from home, you are granted more control over your schedule, you don’t have to contend with tedious workplace politics, and you don’t have your boss breathing down your neck from 9am to 5pm. These are just some of. [more...]

Nov 27, 2019 2:35 AM ET

Papua New Guinea Air Services Limited Signs Agreement To Deploy Aireon’s Space-Based Technology In PNG And Contribute To A Safer Sky In The Asia Pacific

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 27, 2019 - NATIONAL CAPITAL DISTRICT, Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea Air Services Limited (PNGASL) announced it has signed an agreement to deploy Aireon's space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) air traffic surveillance service in the Port Moresby Flight Information Region (FIR). This announcement will enable the near-term deployment of 100 percent, real-time air traffic surveillance of all ADS-B equipped aircraft. Since its operations commenced in 2008, PNGASL has relied on ground-based infrastructure for its surveillance capabilities. However,. [more...]

Nov 26, 2019 3:32 PM ET

When African Women are Financially Included, an Entire Continent Wins

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 26, 2019 - By Emmanuel Hitimana   The Global Gender Summit, hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), and which is currently taking place from Nov. 25 to 27 in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. Credit: Plasir Muzogeye/IPS KIGALI, Nov 26 2019 (IPS) - When Rwandan-born, Senegalese-raised entrepreneur and businesswoman Kristine Ngiriye was 18 she had a brilliant idea that she wanted to translate into a business. But when she went to her local bank. [more...]

Nov 26, 2019 3:11 PM ET

Global Gender Summit 2019: African leaders take on the responsibility to urgently close the gender gap.

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 26, 2019 - By PRESS RELEASE   ‘There is no template to follow…we (women) can deliver but we can deliver differently” - President Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia ‘We are making sure that narrowing this gender gap is everyone’s responsibility,’ President Paul Kagame of Rwanda ‘This discrimination is political, economic and social; it is politically incorrect, unjustifiable socially.’ - Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat ‘A smarter world must invest. [more...]

Salt-Free Softeners are Becoming California’s Savior Against Hard Water While Being Eco-Friendly
Nov 26, 2019 12:00 PM ET

Salt-Free Softeners are Becoming California’s Savior Against Hard Water While Being Eco-Friendly

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 26, 2019 - California bans salt-based water softeners due to their environmental and economic impacts and supports salt-free water softeners as a strong alternative. California, November 26, 2019 – Homeowners in California have long depended on conventional salt-based water softeners to remove “hardness” from their water supplies. However, these systems have come under fire due to the negative impact they have on the environment and the economy. Salt-based water softeners use “ion-exchange” to. [more...]

Nov 26, 2019 6:16 AM ET

First ladies panel seeks urgent policies to translate Africa’s demographic dividend into viable potential

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 26, 2019 - By PRESS RELEASE   “What a man can do, a woman can do just as well,” Jeannette Kagame, First Lady of Rwanda “History will judge us if we don’t work together to take action now,” Chief Executive Officer of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu KIGALI, Rwanda, Nov 26 2019 - “Investments in gender equality are critical to realizing demographic dividend, but we need to ensure that women have the. [more...]

Nov 20, 2019 6:40 AM ET

Winning the ‘No Food Loss’ Battle: The Case of Japan

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 20, 2019 - By Veena S. Kulkarni   Veena S. Kulkarni, PhD is Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Sociology and Geography, Arkansas State University, USA ARKANSAS, Nov 20 2019 (IPS) - Humankind since almost the time that there is recorded history has grappled with the question of ‘how many is too many?’ The response is expectedly complex as it varies across time and space. The pace of population growth was slow till about. [more...]

Nov 18, 2019 5:16 PM ET

Net Food Importer Turkey Grapples with Challenges of Food Self-sufficiency

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 18, 2019 - By Ed Holt     Turkey’s farmers struggle with the effects of climate change, land degradation and other barriers to sustainable agriculture. Mark Nesbitt/CC by 2.0 VIENNA, Nov 18 2019 (IPS) - Despite latest research showing Turkey lagging in overall food sustainability, progress in sustainable agriculture appears to be a bright spot in the country’s troubled agriculture industry. But local farming groups, NGOs and international bodies, while welcoming government efforts. [more...]

Why Quality Needs to Be a Priority in Home Improvement
Nov 18, 2019 2:43 PM ET

Why Quality Needs to Be a Priority in Home Improvement

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 18, 2019 - When you’re improving your home, you’ll no doubt be thinking about the finished look and how much you’ll end up spending, but the main thing you should focus on is quality. Focusing on quality has a number of advantages, some of which are listed below, and can give your home the luxury finish you’ve dreamed of. It Can Increase Your Home’s Value Good quality renovations can make a big difference. [more...]

Nov 18, 2019 6:30 AM ET

KBR Awarded First Commercial License for Vinyl Acetate Monomer Technology

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 18, 2019 - HOUSTON, -- KBR (NYSE: KBR) has been awarded a contract for Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM) technology by Shenghong Refining Petrochemical (Lian Yun Gang) Co. Ltd., China. This is the first commercial VAM technology license secured under an alliance agreement between KBR and Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) to commercialize SDK's VAM technology. Under the terms of the contract, KBR will provide License and Basic Engineering Design for a 300 KTA VAM unit to be. [more...]

Nov 17, 2019 3:34 PM ET

Empower Young People to Sustain Our Planet, and Let Peace and Prosperity Thrive

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 17, 2019 - By Crystal Orderson   We need to empower young people to sustain our planet, and let peace and prosperity thrive says UN's Resident Co-ordinator in Kenya, Siddharth Chatterjee speaks to IPS on reflections on the ICPD25 Summit. Young people at ICPD25 youth session. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi / IPS NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 2019 (IPS) - Q: At ICPD25 we heard that women and girls are still waiting for the unmet. [more...]