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NOREF - African emerging powers

NOREF - African emerging powers | inequality | Scoop.it
The African subcontinent’s most assertive players have been capitalising on their natural wealth and recent economic growth, and are pursuing a change of status from developing countries to emerging powers.
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Addressing the climate change issue for poverty reduction and ...

Addressing the climate change issue for poverty reduction and ... | inequality | Scoop.it
Thus, it will be crucial that development efforts for poverty eradication and food security in sub-Saharan Africa take into consideration future climate change impacts. However, there is still little information available on possible ...
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Ambition Meets Complexity in Sub-Saharan Africa | Acton Institute

Ambition Meets Complexity in Sub-Saharan Africa | Acton Institute | inequality | Scoop.it
In The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and journalist Nina Munk details the six years she spent following Jeffrey Sachs around Africa, tracking the development of his Millennium Villages ...
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Africa Needs Science, Not Aid

Africa Needs Science, Not Aid | inequality | Scoop.it
Education — and science and technology in particular — must be at the forefront of the debate about African development.
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Africa's GM-phobia hinders agricultural development - Trust (2014)

Africa's GM-phobia hinders agricultural development - Trust (2014) | inequality | Scoop.it

The “dysfunctional” debate surrounding genetically modified crops is stifling agricultural development in Africa... According to a new report published by the London-based think tank Chatham House, continual field trials have resulted in a “convenient deadlock”.

 

Governments appease supporters of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by accommodating their research, yet also placate opponents because no new technology actually gains final approval.

 

The report noted that genetic modification (GM) is seen as highly controversial in the wider public debate, but less so by scientists and donors.

 

Only three sub-Saharan countries - Burkina Faso, Sudan and South Africa - have commercialised GM crop varieties, which were initially developed for American rather than African farmers.

 

Markets in Africa are far smaller than those in European and North America, reducing incentives for agricultural innovation... There is also a lack of technical expertise, and access to credit is limited. This makes it tough to implement long-term policies.

 

Those who wish to see GMOs used more widely in Africa must be politically astute and focus on a few “best-bet” countries... The wider context is “typified by misinformation, polarised public discourse and dysfunctional and opportunistic politics”

 

The first GM crops grown in India, Bt cotton seeds... have now been adopted by over 90 percent of India’s cotton farmers... a similar situation could arise in Africa if a GM seed emerges that sufficiently mobilises demand among farmers, pushing them to share it... 

 

http://www.trust.org/item/20140721170653-0qmo6/

 

Original report: http://www.chathamhouse.org/publication/trial-agricultural-biotechnology-africa

 


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Microsoft, Amazon target climate change with cloud computing ...

Microsoft, Amazon target climate change with cloud computing ... | inequality | Scoop.it
The food resilience effort itself is part of an ever broader climate change campaign by Microsoft that includes the hosting of — and free access to — a large collection of government datasets as part of President Obama's ...
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t.co / Twitter

t.co / Twitter | inequality | Scoop.it
RT @MaxCRoser: #Africa is finally growing and #poverty is now falling.

Map shows change since 90s & how widespread #Growth is! http://t.co
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Women & Poverty in Africa: A Look at the Numbers

Women & Poverty in Africa: A Look at the Numbers | inequality | Scoop.it
Read the full fact sheet » On August 4, leaders from across Africa will convene in Washington, D.C. for the three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.
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“Longing for darkness” – biodiversity and poverty in Africa ...

“Longing for darkness” – biodiversity and poverty in Africa ... | inequality | Scoop.it
Lecture given by Dave Pepler at the WSEN 2014 Global Summit. Ladies and gentlemen,. Allow me to illuminate the rather obscure title of my talk by reading an excerpt from 'Shadows on the grass', written by Izak Dinesen(1) ...
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Involve More Women In Development Agendas, Says Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President

Involve More Women In Development Agendas, Says Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President | inequality | Scoop.it
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Economic Council Reports Costs Of Climate Change Delay ...

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The time has come for America's jolly denial-mongers to stop laughing about climate change. The White House released a report this morning from the government's Council of Economic Advisers that shows what an ...
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