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Barbados to host Foromic 2012, the biggest microenterprise and microfinance forum in Latin America and the Caribbean

Barbados to host Foromic 2012, the biggest microenterprise and microfinance forum in Latin America and the Caribbean | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Barbados will host this year’s XV Inter-American Microenterprise Forum (Foromic 2012), the biggest annual microfinance and microenterprise development event in Latin America and the Caribbean.More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend Foromic, which for the first time ever will be held in an English-speaking Caribbean country.

 

The event this year will focus on innovative ways to unlock entrepreneurship and will take place in Bridgetown October 1–3. It is being organized by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the IDB Group, in collaboration with the Government of Barbados.

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FAO initiative brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time

FAO initiative brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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FAO´s new database, claimed to be the most-reliable global view of planetary land cover assembled to-date.

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Tesla expands Supercharger network in Europe

Tesla expands Supercharger network in Europe | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Tesla says you can now take a Model S from Amsterdam to the Alps using new and free Supercharger stations.
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Tesla is proposing a no-expenditure model after you purchase your car. Its network of free charge stations is already set in the US and about to expand in Europe. Brave strategy!

more info at: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/01/20/ready-or-not-tesla-is-expanding-across-the-globe/

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Is solar-powered desalination ready to take off?

Is solar-powered desalination ready to take off? | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
From Isle of Man to Saudi Arabia, renewable desalination is gaining interest around the world as solution to water scarcity and food crisis
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Renewable desalinization has direct and tremendous impact implications for sustainable agriculture and from a climate-change perspective.

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40 more maps that explain the world

40 more maps that explain the world | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
I've searched wide and far for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not.
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Yet another good collection of them... #maps

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Chinese machines help turn trash into treasure

Chinese machines help turn trash into treasure | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
The Beijing Subway's Line 10 will soon have reverse vending machines, which will pay customers for their empty plastic bottles.
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A eco and smart action by the Beijing Subway.

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China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities

China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
A 12-year plan to move hundreds of millions of rural residents into cities is intended to spur economic growth, but could have unintended consequences, skeptics warn.
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"The ultimate goal of the government’s modernization plan is to fully integrate 70 percent of the country’s population, or roughly 900 million people, into city living by 2025"

 

Well, this is a risky plan. On one side we have the fact that social benefits do not reach rural areas what causes the feeling that to give more appropriate attention to the population, moving to the cities is the solution. On the other side, implementing this forced migration does not sound as a natural consequence of development. Risks include marginalization, food insecurity, gentrification or uncontrolled land grabbing.


It is interesting to notice that most of the so-called developing countries -or economies in transition- bet for urbanization strategies while there is a minor but growing trend across the so-called developed countries to move back to the farms (this is a private decision as opposed to the earlier)...

 

What is your view?

 

Let´s hope for the best!

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Can Asia Urbanize Without Starving?

Can Asia Urbanize Without Starving? | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Demand for food is set to surge within the region. Can productivity growth keep pace?
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Economic growth in Asia has already increased demand for higher protein and more diverse diets, including more dairy, fish and meat.  higher levels of urbanization are only expected to exacerbate this trend further.

By 2025, nearly 2.5 billion people in Asia– over half of the world’s urban population – are expected to be living in cities,  with the number rising to 3.3 billion by 2050...

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FAO praises trend toward small-scale local food production

FAO praises trend toward small-scale local food production | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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FAO makes a strong statement towards blending small/scale local food and large production for food security purposes. Each of them has its own purpose, value and beneficiaries. This is a great statement to support and ease the understanding of both systems coexistence.

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Tycoons Carlos Slim and Bill Gates support CIMMYT´s agricultural research and development projects

Tycoons Carlos Slim and Bill Gates support CIMMYT´s agricultural research and development projects | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
TEXCOCO (Reuters) - Carlos Slim and Bill Gates, the two richest men on the planet, inaugurated a new agricultural research center outside Mexico's capital, touting the millions they have donated to bolster...
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Bill Gates pledged some 18 million USD to help expanding the Masagro programme beyond. Learn more about this project activites in Mexico at: http://www.cimmyt.org/what-we-do/projects-by-region/modernizacion-sustentable-de-la-agricultura-tradicional?lang=en-GB

 

Visit CIMMYT´s website for more information on this organization: http://www.cimmyt.org

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Mapping Mexico's gang violence

Mapping Mexico's gang violence | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Voters are counting on the next president to find a solution to the country's alarming rise in organised crime.

 

This interactive features shows temporal and spatial data on drug-related deaths in Mexico since 2007.  Also connected are profiles of the presidential candidates of the three major political parties (PRI, PAN and PRD) and with their platform on drugs and ways to curtail the accompanying violence.  Mexico's presidents can only hold office for one term, but it is a six-year term...2012 isn't just about Obama and Romney. 


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Sam Henry's comment, August 27, 2012 11:01 AM
I would be interested to see how the newly elected official will use this map and what their changes in the current approach will be
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Iceland triumphs in Icesave court battle

Iceland triumphs in Icesave court battle | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

After years of negotiation, Iceland was able to declare a full victory in the Icesave dispute. The EFTA Court announced some days ago that the Icelandic state had won both cases filed against it by the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

 

Find in Iceland Review a list of important events in the saga 2008-2013.

 

To be continued? Followed by other States?


If you want to learn more, check also the insights by Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4258b6da-693b-11e2-b254-00144feab49a.html#ixzz2JPL625xD

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Entrepreneurship and crowdfunding rise in Mexico

Entrepreneurship and crowdfunding rise in Mexico | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Once shuttered off by tariffs and trade controls, Mexico has opened up to become a place where the world does business. Each year Mexico exports manufactured goods to about the same value as the rest of Latin America put together. Mexico has become indeed a popular place for entrepreneurs in recent years. Venture capital firms are popping up quickly, and the country’s economy is developing at a relatively rapid pace. Now, crowdsourcing is expanding as a cheap, quick and efficient way to raise funds for every kind of business.

 

Crowdfunder, a business crowdfunding platform and social media network for entrepreneurs and

investors, recently expanded into Mexico with the launch of Crowdfunder.mx.

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FAO Media Centre: Involving local farmers is key to success of foreign investment

FAO Media Centre: Involving local farmers is key to success of foreign investment | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

New FAO report focuses on investments in developing countries, urging caution on large-scale land acquisitions.

 

International investments that give local farmers an active role and leave them in control of their land have the most positive effects on local economies and social development, according to a new FAO report published today.

 

The report, Trends and Impacts of Foreign Investment in Developing Country Agriculture, emphasizes that investment projects that combine the strengths of the investor (capital, management and marketing expertise, and technology) with those of local farmers (labour, land, local knowledge) are most successful.

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San Francisco Just Became the First Major U.S. City to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles - RYOT News

San Francisco Just Became the First Major U.S. City to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles - RYOT News | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
San Francisco just became the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of single-use water bottles.
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SF, at the avant-garde once again... Good move.

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EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter

EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Talks to free up more trade and investment between the European Union and the United States got under way early in 2013. A good agreement in 2014 would be...
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if successfully concluded, TTIP would be the most significant bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) to date, covering approximately 50% of global output, almost 30% of world merchandise trade (including intra-EU trade, but excluding services trade) and 20% of global foreign direct investment (FDI).

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CGIAR doubles funding to $1 billion in five years / CGIAR

CGIAR doubles funding to $1 billion in five years / CGIAR | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
A Global Agricultural Research Partnership

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CGIAR hits major donor milestone.

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Funding of CGIAR Research Programs has doubled to 1bn between 2008 and 2013 ...

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Hand Planter Could Save Time, Money for Small Farmers

Hand Planter Could Save Time, Money for Small Farmers | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Jelle Van Loon breaks tools for a living.

At the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center outside Mexico City, which is known by the Spanish acronym CIMMYT, the shaggy-sideburned enginee...

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Nebraska Declaration on Conservation Agriculture signed

Nebraska Declaration on Conservation Agriculture signed | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
After months of discussions and debates on the scientific evidence regarding conservation agriculture for small-scale, resource-poor farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, a group of 40 scie...
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According to the Declaration, most efforts to date in developing countries have promoted conservation agriculture as a package of three practices: minimum disturbance of soil, retention of sufficient crop residue, and diversified cropping patterns. However, the situation on the ground shows limits of this strict definition...
Emphasis needs to be placed on diagnostic agronomy and participatory on-farm research to identify the constraints faced by farmers and to guide farmers in finding solutions to them. As there is a range of sound agronomic, economic, and/or social reasons for choosing not to adopt the three-component conservation agriculture package, it is necessary to systematically assess the suitability and viability of management options and practices while considering farmers’ objectives and constraints, the Declaration stresses.

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World Wheat Market Fears GMO Contamination

World Wheat Market Fears GMO Contamination | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Nearly all U.S. grown corn and soy are genetically modified, so why not wheat?

The industry is certainly interested. In 2002, biotechnology giant Monsanto submitted an application for a wheat strain engineered with the same herbicide-resistant signature found in its other successful seed crops. Federal regulators deemed it safe, but unlike corn and soy, wheat growers backed away, and approval was never granted.


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About wheat and GMO...

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Howard G. Buffett: In Support of Conservation Agriculture for Smallholder Farmers

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Howard G. Buffett recently published a great article about his view of conservation agriculture and its importance for the future in which he is addressing ten common myths of conservation agriculture when applied to smallholder farmers.

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What's so smart about climate smart agriculture? | CGIAR Climate

What's so smart about climate smart agriculture? | CGIAR Climate | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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In a world where some countries will experience temperature peaks over 45-50°C, finding crops and vegetation that can deal with such heat stress will be a struggle. There may in fact be a limit to how much we’ll be able to adapt. But there are things we can do that make us armed enough to tackle the climate challenge. One of these things is looking at what climate smart agriculture can offer smallholder farmers.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Via Susan Bainbridge
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An interesting list of academic search engines!Bookmark them!

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Adademic Search Engines you might want to check out.

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:35 PM

The mobile world is expanding. This is good to have information.

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Technologie de l'éducation et de l'apprentissage mobile: 12 Fabulous moteurs de recherche universitaires.

De www.educatorstechnology.com -Février 5, 00:16


Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines via @eddebainbridge http://sco.lt/...

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What we can learn from Mexico

What we can learn from Mexico | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, the president told a newspaper the solution to partisanship is politics and more politics.


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Marissa Roy's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:46 PM

This article is particularly interesting. It is so common to hear about the drug wars going on in Mexico, but much less common to hear how the country is doing economically. It makes sense that their economy is growing, as the United States imports many goods and products from across the border. This goes hand in hand with how the Mexican government also pays their workers more than most Chinese workers recieve. Mostly it is their geographic location to the United States that is making their economy grow.

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, February 4, 12:22 PM

The future of Mexico is starting to look better and better as President Enrique Pena Nieto increases taxes, competition and takes on the teachers’ unions. With these reforms, Nieto is looking to build a better Mexico and succeed other surrounding countries.

Maria Lopez's curator insight, February 8, 5:44 PM

This is a great article describing the turn around that Mexico has made in the world. It is attempting to put its self on everyone's political map and I believe it is succeeding. Not only is heavy trading with the United States beginning to show its positive impact on the Mexican economy but Mexico is also in trading agreements with over 44 different countries. Even though Mexico may have issues with corruption, drug cartels, and labor conditions, it is still a country on the rise. The Mexican economy is growing and people would be a fool to ignore this fact.

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Cell phones, mobile apps and internet cafés are changing agriculture

Cell phones, mobile apps and internet cafés are changing agriculture | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Can you imagine farmers in the field putting down their sickles, and picking up their smart phones?
It’s happening. Mobile phones, internet cafés and sophisticated satellite devices are now literally everywhere.Read here a brief, well documented, piece of information on agriculture 2.0

 

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The New Breakout Nations

The New Breakout Nations | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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