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In Philippines, Climate Change and Conflict Both Conspire Against Rural Women

July 25, 2017 https://theconversation.com            Extreme weather and conflict have a particularly accute impact on female farmers in the Philippines. PWRDF, CC BY-SA Heavily exposed to increasing incidence of extreme weather events, the Philippines is among one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change in the world. Climate-induced disasters in the Philippines frequently disrupt fruit and cash-crop production, resulting in income loss and higher food prices. Over the past four years, weather events have cost the Philippine economy an annual average of 0.3% of GDP. Typhoon Haiyaan alone caused crop loss of 1.1 million tonnes and destroyed 600,000 hectares of farmland…

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How Progressive Policies Can Strengthen Marriage and Family Life

When it comes to reducing poverty and inequality, progressives typically favor strengthening labor market institutions—like the minimum wage and collective bargaining—and investing in social insurance, including work supports and income supplements for working-class families. Conservatives, for their part, have traditionally centered on the role of the family, and specifically marriage, as a private safety net. The public safety net, they argue, too often undermines the family by providing disincentives to marry and incentives to divorce or separate. This argument seems rather dubious to us as a matter of theory. Most conservatives argue that marriage has considerable financial and emotional benefits….

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Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey: Hunger among families rises to 15.9%; Moderate Hunger 12.2%, Severe Hunger 3.7%

By Social Weather Stations Jan 22, 2018 SWS Report The Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey, conducted from December 8-16, 2017, found that 15.9% or an estimated 3.6 million families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months. The measure of Hunger refers to involuntary suffering because the respondents answer a survey question that specifies hunger due to lack of food to eat. This is 4.1 points above the 11.8% (est. 2.7 million families) quarterly Hunger in September 2017, and is the highest recorded value for hunger since the 17.2% in December 2014 [Chart 1, Table 1]….

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Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey: One out of three Filipino families escaped poverty; One out of eight families fell into poverty

By Social Weather Stations Jan 19, 2018 SWS media release The Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey, done on December 8-16, 2017, found that 31% of Filipino families, or about one out of three, escaped poverty (17% usually non-poor, 14% newly non-poor). It also found that 12% of Filipino families, or about one out of eight, fell into poverty (6% usually poor, 6% newly poor) [Chart 1, Table 1]. The December 2017 survey found that of the 56% Self-Rated Non-Poor families, 25% have never experienced poverty (“always non-poor”). The 31% who transitioned out of poverty consists of 17% who used to be…

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The Varying Effects of Family Instability

Family instability is bad for kids. This generalization doesn’t apply to every case—children stand to benefit when their mother kicks out an abusive live-in boyfriend, for example—but as a description of how the phenomenon plays out on average, it is not subject to much dispute. Researchers are still digging into the specifics behind the generalization, however. By what measures and to what extent does family instability hurt kids? Do the number and kinds of family transitions matter, and how so? Are there gender and racial/ethnic differences in how children are affected? How does the impact of family instability compare with…

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