Posts Tagged ‘ Family Planning ’

Warning Issued on Food and Land Pressures in a Growing World

Jan 26th, 2014 | By
worldbank

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org A United Nations report titled Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply highlights the pressing need to cope with changes in a growing and consuming world that is shifting quickly from the one we’ve known for decades. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the need to feed a
[continue reading…]



Men and Family Planning: The Missing Link

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
[photo credit: www.mariestopes.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org At the recent International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), a big gathering of leaders and activists on family planning and reproductive health, there was a big effort to promote the role of men.  While it may seem obvious, men are sometimes missing from family planning. Certainly education and empowerment of women
[continue reading…]



How Do Rising Harvests Equal Increasing Food Insecurity?

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
[photo credit: www.fao.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Alarmingly, food insecurity in Africa’s Sahel belt continues to worsen. This week the United Nations reported that 16 million people in the region are at risk of going hungry in the next year due to violent conflicts and rapid population growth. The Sahel encompasses a semiarid strip of land in Sub-Saharan
[continue reading…]



Turning Up the Heat on Family Planning

Nov 29th, 2013 | By
images

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The third annual International Conference on Family Planning ended in mid-November with a focus on successful initiatives and with momentum to enact voluntary family planning services and education for people around the world. The breadth and depth of work undertaken by professionals and activists is exciting.   From addressing maternal mortality to
[continue reading…]



Text Messaging and the Link to Family Planning

Nov 14th, 2013 | By
[photo credit: http://www.m4rh.fhi360.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The 2013 International Conference on Family Planning is in full swing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, concentrated around the them of “Full Access, Full Choice.” The nearly 4,000 participants are energized around bringing family planning and reproductive rights to communities in need the world over.  Ethiopia, the second most-populous nation in Africa,
[continue reading…]



Men, Men, Men: The Importance of World Vasectomy Day

Oct 17th, 2013 | By
WVD logo

Perhaps surprisingly, men often get overlooked in discussions on family planning, population growth, and empowerment. Yet men’s understanding and cooperation is essential in improving the state of families and communities, and for also reaching a stable world population.  The most recent UN (mid-range) projection on population growth is 9.6 billion people by 2050. The Need
[continue reading…]



Fertility in the Age of Extraction

Sep 10th, 2013 | By
Canadian tar sands [photo credit: www.priceofoil.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Slowly but surely, economists and other experts are beginning to see the light on the need to rethink society’s obsession with growth, be it population or economic. Dean Baker, an economist with the Center for Economic & Policy Research, took the New York Times to task for celebrating fertility rates in
[continue reading…]



Message from Millennials: Support Reproductive Rights

Aug 27th, 2013 | By
[photo credit: http://www.wcs.org.au]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org We live in interesting times, especially here in the United States.  ObamaCare is about to be implemented yet opponents continue to try and block it.  Contraceptive use and voluntary family planning services – something many take for granted – has become a point of contention too, and we are back to
[continue reading…]



Blowing the Budget: Overspending Nature’s Wealth

Aug 16th, 2013 | By
earth overshoot day

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org If there is one day that all of humanity can recognize together, it would be that of Earth Overshoot Day.  This is the day that global resource consumption for the year exceeds the planet’s ability to replenish its natural capital. Or to put it another way, it is comparable to living
[continue reading…]



Improving Food Security in Africa – Women Are the Answer

Aug 2nd, 2013 | By
Food security

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The headlines out of the Sahel region of Africa (and Sub-Saharan Africa) are not good, and are reflective of climate change, food insecurity, and poverty.  The situation highlights the need to invest in and empower women as one answer to these problems. The Food & Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Situation Update on
[continue reading…]