AVIAN FLU: EXTRA $949M BUT ‘WORLD STILL UNPREPARED’

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Some success has been achieved in reducing avian influenza outbreaks in poultry and humans, but the world must still be prepared to tackle an influenza pandemic, experts were told at the sixth International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza in Sharm El Sheikh, Eqypt this weekend. Photo: avian…

GLOBAL CRISIS: WHOSE PERSPECTIVE? WHO PAYS?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The global financial crisis sparked by the world’s rich will have the poor paying the highest price, wrote one UK newspaper columnist this week. Meanwhile the United Nations was calling for this crisis to be used positively – to refocus of the world’s economy on a Green New Deal….

AVIAN FLU: VIEW FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The blogosphere is a rich and varied arena for all things avian flu-related. As ministers from around the globe gear up for the opening salvo at tomorrow’s conference, check out what the bloggers have been saying. Try Crawford Kilian’s H5N1, Debi Brandon’s Pandemic Chronicle and Michael Coston’s Avian Flu…

AVIAN FLU: NEW APPROACH NEEDED

By IAN SCOONES, STEPS Centre co-director As ministers of health and agriculture from around the world gather in Egypt for the International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, the STEPS Centre, based at IDS and SPRU, launches an important new report exploring the lessons of the international response to avian influenza over the past…

AVIAN FLU: MINISTERS GATHER IN EGYPT

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Ministers of health and agriculture from around the world are gathering in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt to formulate a global plan to prepare for, and respond to, the threat of avian flu and other emerging infectious diseases at the International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza (October 24-26)….

WORLD FOOD DAY: £26 BILLION PACKAGE NEEDED

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member As today’s World Food Day dawns, new research reveals £26-£48 billion package is needed to alleviate seasonal hunger – a fraction of the proposed $700 billion package to bail out Wall Street. Food issues are likely to get higher profile coverage today than preceeding World Food Days thanks to…

CHINA RURAL REFORMS: WHAT IS A HOUSEHOLD?

ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member reports with our partners professor Ding Shijun and Dr Chen Chuanbo on the challenges of conducting research in China’s changing rural areas In rural transitional China many households include absentees who live and work in urban centres and send money back to their families in the village. These individuals are…

ANOTHER WORLD IS INEVITABLE?

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member, reports from the Asia-Europe People’s Forum in Beijing Thirty years ago, the idea that the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) would be held in China would have been inconceivable, but the fact that civil society organisations from all across Europe, Asia and other areas of the world have come together…

RURAL REFORM IN CHINA: SETTING FARMERS FREE?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member On the day that the UK has nationalised some of its biggest banking institutions, China has announced bold new proposals to free up the way 700 million peasants can use state-owned land. The plans, announced by the Communist Party yesterday via the Xinhua news agency, could allow farmers to…

MARIE JAHODA LECTURE: PROFESSOR JOHN BEDDINGTON

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The UK government’s chef scientific advisor, Professor John Beddington was here at Sussex University last night to deliver the 12th Marie Jahoda Annual Lecture, hosted by SPRU Science and Technology Policy Research. With the theme Sustainability in a Changing World, Prof. Beddington said by the end of the lecture…