The Ignorance of Indigenous Needs

Energy infrastructure in rural areas is a threat to indigenous livelihoods Photo: Jason Blackeye / Unsplash

Of: Alice Castensson and Julia Mühlhauser

The effects of climate change threaten humans all over the world. Nevertheless, indigenous people - who contributed the least - are doubly affected. As countries are increasingly implementing adaptation strategies, renewable energy is often raised as the solution - with large projects being constructed in rural areas. This however overlooks the interests of indigenous peoples living in these areas.

April 29, 2021, Interview, Magazine

The Need for Small-Scale Rural Renewable Energy Projects in Development

Solar energy is often successfully used in small-scale renewable energy projects Photo: Berkeley Lab / Flickr.com

Of: Ian Granite

With the increasing focus on decarbonizing the world's energy systems, it is easy to forget that approximately a billion people worldwide live without access to electricity. Without it, clean water, transportation, education, and many more aspects of everyday life become inaccessible. 

April 27, 2021, Chronicle, Magazine

Bridging the Rural Literacy Divide

Rural areas face a double burden in securing traditional and digital literacy Photo: Pixabay

Of: Emily Elderfield and Larissa Lachmann

Living in rural areas can hugely affect children's chances of completing education; UNICEF estimates that children in rural areas are more than twice as likely to not attend school compared to their urban peers. Luckily, traveling libraries are one way to ensure that people can enjoy reading, regardless of where they live.

April 27, 2021, Chronicle, Magazine

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

More can be done to reduce food waste

The variety of terms such as “best before”, “sell by”, “eat by”, “expires on” need simplification and tailoring to regional contexts to help reduce food waste. Photo: mnplatypus / Pixabay

Of: Alexandru Mocanu

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is calling for halving the global food waste. Although high-income economies are generally assumed to display more wasteful patterns, food waste hits the Global South the hardest.

April 26, 2021, Chronicle, Magazine

Campesino struggle for rights in post conflict Colombia

For generations people have been farming the harsh lands in Sumapaz, Colombia. Photo: Nellie Banestig.

Of: Nellie Banestig

Caught between two opposing sides of an armed conflict, campesinos, the farmers of Sumapaz in rural Colombia, have had to face adversity for decades. After the 2016 peace treaty signing between the Colombian state and the FARC guerrillas, things began to improve yet the effects of the conflict are still being felt by many civilians. Campesinos livelihoods are still threatened, as is the strong cultural identity tied to that livelihood. This begs the question; is peace in effect for all of Colombia?

February 25, 2021, Chronicle, Guest piece, Magazine

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