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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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