Major boost for Sahel's ambitious reforestation project at COP26

The entrenchment of armed groups exacerbates conflict and instability in the Sahel region, leading to vast humanitarian suffering. Photo: Pablo Tosco / Oxfam / Flickr.

The world's largest reforestation project, known as the African Great Green Wall, received international attention and financial support at the UN's climate conference COP26 in Glasgow. Could this reforestation and revival project be the solution to underdevelopment and humanitarian suffering in the conflict-ridden Sahel region?

December 16, 2021, English, Magazine, News article

Hope hangs in limbo for Afghanistan

Millions of Afghans are facing starvation, displacement, and rising conflicts which is pushing the struggling nation to the deep end. Photo: Canva.

Of: Vedika Jiandani

The aftermath of the political fallout of former President Ashraf Ghani's government has been nothing short of apocalyptic for the people of Afghanistan. The implausible rise of the Taliban after two decades has brought with it immense turmoil and uncertainty for the future of the country.

December 14, 2021, English, Magazine, News article

The EU moves towards sustainable trade

The proposal of the European Parliament is aimed at reducing environmental destruction and to increase human rights protection in the supply chain. Photo: Rainforest Rescue 2014 / Flickr

Of: Aarne Hakomäki and Stephanie Scharmann

On 27 January 2021, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (EP) adopted a draft for a European supply chain law. The draft proposes strict regulations of the environmental standards and human rights within the value chains of companies.

May 3, 2021, Magazine, News article

Global agribusiness continues to displace rural communities

Global agribusiness continues to grow with harmful consequences for smallholder farmers and rural communities. Photo: Zonc_Photos / Pixabay.

Of: True Honkaniemi

Land grabs facilitated by multinational corporations, foreign investors and local governments in a pursuit for agribusiness have been escalating during the last decade. Huge acquisitions of farmland have led to violent displacements of rural populations. Although reports of the practice are not as recurrent in the media, the problem is far from over.

May 3, 2021, Magazine, News article

Migrant agricultural workers in Italy are exploited

A Senegalese migrant worker displaying harvested tomatoes at an Italian tomato farm. Photo: Trafficking in Persons Office, Flickr

Of: Chiara D'Agni and Sofu's Malte Rønberg

The agricultural sector in Southern Italy depends heavily on foreign labor forces coming from other EU member states or third countries. However, seasonal agricultural workers are more likely to experience violations of their rights. This is in order to reduce the producers' wage costs as well as the prices charged to consumers in many countries including the Nordics.

April 27, 2021, Magazine, News article

The Global Repercussion of Farmer Protests in India

Members of various farmers associations are protesting against new laws impacting the agricultural sector, in Pendjab, India. Photo: Randeep Maddoke; randeepphotoartist@gmail.com, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Of: Anne Eliassen Theys

Since November 2020, thousands of Indian farmers protested on the streets of New Delhi against Prime Minister Modi's agricultural reforms. Despite the fact that the government opposes international interference, this seemingly local matter has international consequences.

April 26, 2021, Magazine, News article

SDGs: does one size really fit all?

Photo: Borana Women, Ethiopia, Rod Waddington.Flickr.

Of: Ghadeer Hussein

Five years ago the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations and since then they have become a roadmap for global development. But are they relevant on the local level? Are they as universal as they claim to be?

December 30, 2020, English, Magazine, News article, News

The SDGs in the Global North: Native Americans Lack Access to Water

Illustrating the Importance of Water in the Navajo Nation Photo: Dig Deep

Of: Alice Antoniou and Julia Mühlhauser

Covid-19 has increased awareness of the importance of sanitation globally; however, many face challenges meeting hygiene needs due to difficulties accessing clean water. Native Americans in the United States are particularly hard hit by this issue.

December 19, 2020, English, Magazine, News article, News

Europe in Africa: The reversed migration crisis

The most common illegal migrant route into Ceuta is climbing the barbed wire at the border to Morocco. Photo: Markus Barnevik Olsson.

Of: Markus Barnevik Olsson

2020 will go down in history as the year of turbulent surprises. Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco, is certainly not an exception. COVID-19 has triggered a reversed migration crisis in the EU's barbed-fenced stronghold on the African continent.

November 9, 2020, English, FUF-correspondents, Magazine, News article

UN case warrants protection for future climate change displaced persons

With the increase in sea levels, the protection walls in the Kiribati islands can no longer handle the tides Photo: Break Free / Flickr

Of: Alexandru Mocanu

A Kiribati national, after unsuccessful attempts to get asylum in New Zealand, brought his case to the UN Human Rights Committee. In spite of its negative ruling, the Committee seems to have opened the doors for granting protection for people at risk of displacement from climate change in the future.

June 1, 2020, Magazine, News article