Over several decades, most Indian farmers have moved either toward commercial crops—like soybean and sugarcane—or toward hybrid varieties of indigenous crops. Meanwhile, grains like traditional millets, which can withstand rapidly changing weather, are on the decline in India. With the Indian government having convinced the UN to declare 2023 the International Year of Millets, what does it mean for Indian farmers? Sanket Jain reports from the western Indian state of Maharashtra.
At least eight people were killed by UN forces in the North Kivu province on February 7. The Democratic Republic of Congo is witnessing renewed protests against the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO) and the East African Community (EAC) regional forces. Tanupriya Singh reports for Peoples Dispatch.
Gaza has between 450 and 500 emergency responders, including firefighters. First responders are supposed to be protected under the Geneva Conventions. However, many have been killed during Israel’s aggressions against Gaza since 2008, reports Ghada Al-Haddad for Electronic Intifada.
Environmental activists and researchers say fossil-fuel lobbyists being granted access to policymaking processes poses the threat of slowing down climate action, Sandipan Talukdar reports for Peoples Dispatch.
The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) became “hostage to the Moroccan authorities,” unable even “to report on the human rights situation in the territory,” said Kamal Fadel, Western Sahara’s representative to Australia and the Pacific. Pavan Kulkarni reports for Peoples Dispatch.
Calls to end the war in Ukraine "reverberated through the hall" at the United Nations General Assembly, as the president of the session said in his closing statement. Sixty-six countries, representing most of the world's population, pleaded for a negotiated peace in Ukraine, write Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies.