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How Will Agriculture Adapt to a Shifting Climate?

Global climate change poses particular risks to poor farmers in developing countries, but there are steps that farmers, policymakers, and researchers can take to minimize losses and adapt to climate change. Past emissions that are already in the…

Coping with an Aging World

In the face of rapidly aging populations in some parts of the developing world, policymakers and development experts must take steps to ensure that older people can lead healthy and productive lives. In many parts of the world, old age is something…

Healthy Agriculture for Healthy People

The development community increasingly recognizes the many links between human health and the practice and products of agriculture. Some policymakers and practitioners are now pursuing opportunities for using these links to achieve both more…

Building Local Skills and Knowledge for Food Security

Experts are increasingly aware that efforts to promote development and improve food security in poor countries cannot succeed in the long run without well-qualified local individuals and institutions to provide right incentives for, motivate, and…

Can Public and Private Sectors Work Together for the Poor?

Public research institutions and private industry are increasingly joining forces to pursue agricultural research directed toward meeting the needs of poor farmers and consumers. Are these public-private partnerships simply a new development fad or a…

Poorer nations turn to publicly developed GM crops

Genetically modified crops are often framed as the products of multinational corporations, but in poorer nations it is public research that is vibrant and attempting their development. Joel I Cohen analyzes the current state of research, key trends,…

Agriculture, Food Security, Nutrition and the Millennium Development Goals

In 2000, the member states of the United Nations committed themselves to creating a "more peaceful, prosperous and just world," to "free[ing] our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty," to making…

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