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Geographical information systems – not just a tool for geeks

By CGIAR Consortium. Originally posted in Consortium News South Sudan’s Sudd wetland is a vast area which affects water supply, livelihoods and biodiversity far beyond its borders. Yet until recently, there was scant scientific data on this, one of…

The World in 2050

IFPRI’s  Mark Rosegrant  and  Siwa Msangi  spoke at the conference, offering ideas on how to improve food security in the face of climate change, water stress, and other challenges. Rosegrant shared that more than one-third of the world’s population and…

Scarce Resources Lead to Persistent Hunger

Hunger is in the headlines. A drought that swept the African Sahel left 18 million people on the brink of starvation. A food price crisis prevented families across the globe from buying enough to eat. Civil unrest and natural disasters around the…

Water Management Solutions for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

The drought that parched the US corn belt this summer highlighted the devastating impact of scant rain on food production. For smallholder farmers in semi-arid areas of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where rain is rare or unpredictable—especially…

A Tribute to Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom’s death on 12 June, just days before the Rio+20 conference, is an enormous loss. But her life’s work offers many lessons for the deliberations, decisions and path to progress at and after Rio. Many of the most crucial resources for a…

Land and Rio+20

The planet’s most precious—and endangered—resources are under our feet. According to a  new UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) report, soils are often overlooked in sustainable development discussions though they are essential to current…

A Green Economy and the Poor

One of the pillars of discussion at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will be the green economy—an economy that pursues growth while promoting sustainable development through efficient use of resources, in particular…

Biofuels and a Green Economy

The role of bioenergy in a green economy, a subject of heated debate and concern among members of the international community, will be a topic of discussion at the  Rio+20 negotiations. As IFPRI’s  Global Food Policy Report  reveals, biofuels were once…

Greening Agriculture in South Asia

South Asia  is a paradox. The region enjoys high economic growth but suffers from extreme poverty, undernourishment, and the deterioration of its natural resources. It houses more than 42 percent of the world’s poor earning less than US$ 1.25 per day.…

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