Principle 6: Prioritise research imperatives

Averting Food Crisis: Improving Smallholder Agriculture

Global food prices have returned to the spotlight in recent weeks, owing to the devastating drought in the United States that has caused crop prices to climb. The global food price index produced by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) rose by 6 percent to 213 points in July, causing concern that we could be heading towards another crisis similar to that of 2007/8 that pushed 44 million people into poverty. But what can be done to prevent this from ...

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OECD Launches new report “Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction”

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has launched a new report “Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction.“ It explores the question “What will the next four decades bring?” and urges governments to take immediate policy action before the consequences of recent decades of unprecedented human growth become irreversible. The report is based on joint modelling by the OECD and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and focuses on the implications of socio- economic trends on four key areas of concern: climate change, biodiversity, ...

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New report backs biotechnology as solution to food insecurity

A new report has been published by the Belfar Center for Science and International Affairs, entitled “Feeding The Next Generation: Science, Business and Public Policy.” Inspired by a global panel event held in February 2010 in association with CropLife International, Biotechnology Industry Organisation (BIO) and Council of Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), the paper supports the legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug and his commitment to eradicating hunger through scientific innovation in agriculture. It assesses both the risks and benefits of utilising ...

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Outcomes of Agriculture and Rural Development Day at COP17

A group of 19 of the world’s leading organisations (including three United Nations agencies, the World Bank, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), FANRPAN, Farming First, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) and the World Farmers’ Organisation) have jointly endorsed a letter calling on COP17 climate negotiators to take concrete action to include agriculture in the text of the climate agreement. The call to action was announced at ...

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Policy Coherence in Agriculture and Rural Development

The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development has released a study on policy coherence within the field of Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) “Platform Knowledge Piece 1: Policy Coherence for Agriculture and Rural Development”. The report explores the need for policy coherence to make sure that policies for development do not contradict one another but rather complement each other, creating synergies. This is importnant, the report says, as: “In the absence of clear guildelines, policies and programmes proliferate. Some potentially ...

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Report claims global poverty likely to be halved by 2015

A recent report by the Agriculture and Fisheries department of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) titled the ‘Agricultural Progress and Poverty Reduction Synthesis Report’ claims that achieving the Millennium Development Goal of halving global poverty by 2015 looks increasingly likely. The report’s authors found that increases in income earned from farming contributed more to poverty reduction than increased earnings from non-farm occupations. The report also found that agricultural growth was pro-poor for all the variants of data ...

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