Bamboo no longer just for Pandas!
In October 2012, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published the World Economic Outlook (WEO), a forecast for more than 180 countries based on macroeconomic indicators such as gross domestic product (GDP), inflation and fiscal balance. Ghana’s 2012 GDP of +8.18% has it listed as one of the top 20 fastest […]
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Collective Marketing Model in India
This article was originally drafted by the Strategic Foresight Group for the newsletter “Asian Horizons” as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Searchlight Process. For more Searchlight content on futurechallenges.org, please click here. India has recently witnessed a trend of collective marketing that could impact the lives of millions of small farmers and fishermen across the country […]
Monsanto and Genetically Modified Food Insecurity
In Nepal, an announcement by the US Embassy on September 2011 that 20,000 farmers would be “trained” to use “hybrid” seeds from Monsanto, as part of a USAID aid strategy, met with a storm of protests from activists. Activists like Vandana Shiva have opposed the spread of genetically modified seeds in […]
Who says what on whose land?
At a time when much attention is being paid to the growing tensions in Pakistan fuelled by the country’s unstable political situation, it’s only fair to notice other important issues in the country. One such issue is the agriculture sector. Of course, issues such as land ownership, farming conditions and […]
Food Security- an inconvenient truth for Taiwan
When my father was a little poor orphan during the war in China, he searched in fields for the remains of grains of rice and ate them with rats’ or birds’ eggs he found. And my mother as a child in eastern Taiwan coast, ate rice gruel mixed with sweet […]