DFID to announce major reforms to overseas aid

28 February, 2011 by (comments)

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is poised to announce major reforms to its USD13 billion international aid program, which could see the end of direct aid to several countries, and greater focus on improving livelihoods in conflict zones and “failing” states. Some 16 countries could lose direct aid, including Niger, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burundi, Cameroon, Iraq, Gambia, China and Russia. India is also facing a freeze in theRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Regions

Svalbard Global Seed Vault marks 3rd birthday

25 February, 2011 by (comments)

Congratulations to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which celebrates its third birthday today. The huge repository, buried in permafrost in the Norwegian archipeligo of Svalbard, serves as a back-up for more than 600,000 plant seed samples from genebanks around the world. CIAT’s fourth shipment of seeds recently arrived at the Vault, after a 10,000km journey from the genebank atRead More …

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Government initiative continues to galvanise Rwandan agriculture

25 February, 2011 by (comments)

The Rwandan government is ramping up activities in agricultural research to improve food security in the country, SciDev reports. This research follows on from the initial success of the national Crop Intensification Program (CIP) started in 2007, which has doubled production levels primarily through increased fertilizer use. The new phase of the program will focus on identifying and distributingRead More …

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Scientists crunch the numbers on Arctic carbon emissions

24 February, 2011 by (comments)

Scientists from the National Snow and Ice Data Center in the US have, for the first time, quantified exactly how much carbon might be released as global warming causes the thawing of Arctic permafrost, Discovery News reports. They estimate that by 2200, 190 gigatons of carbon will have been released into the atmosphere – roughly 20 per cent ofRead More …

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Close to 90 per cent of the GDP of the developing world is linked to nature or natural resources

22 February, 2011 by (comments)

Source: United Nations

Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

Green economy key to development success—UN

22 February, 2011 by (comments)

A global transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy will help boost economic growth and reduce poverty, and won’t cost the earth, according to a new report from the UN. Towards a green economy: Pathways to sustainable development and poverty eradication insists that a two per cent investment of global gross domestic product in “greening” key sectors such as agriculture,Read More …

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Climate change: Low adaptability linked to income and education

22 February, 2011 by (comments)

A new index to measure a region’s vulnerability to climate change adaptation indicates that low levels of education and income are more relevant than geographic factors in a community’s ability to adapt. The index was developed by researchers at the World Bank trying to understand the factors shaping exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity to climate change. Click to read more.

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