RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LIVESTOCK: TRENDS, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member An update on our Veterinary Science, Transboundary Animal Diseases and Markets comes from William Wolmer who gave a presentation at a Botswana workshop earlier this month. The presentation explores achieving compatibility between the Transfrontier Conservation Area concept and international standards for the management of Transboundary Animal Diseases. Have a…

GOVERNING NANOMATERIALS AND OTHER EMERGENT TECHNOLOGIES

By ADRIAN SMITH and PATRICK VAN ZWANENBERG, STEPS Centre members A recent report by the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) on nanomaterials – reported extensively in the media – illustrates the challenges of governing innovation in emergent technologies. The RCEP recommend a system of adaptive innovation governance for dealing with the uncertain consequences…

TODAY’S LANDFILL, TOMORROW’S HOUSING ESTATE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The rapid expansion of peri-urban areas presents opportunities and challenges for urban and rural activities, institutions and sustainability. No longer soley seen in spatial terms, the peri-urban interface is increasingly recognised in terms of dynamic flows of commodities, capital, natural resources, people and pollution. Although often seen as a…

OBAMA, LOOKING FORWARD WITH EXPECTATION

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member A week ago the western world felt like a different place. ‘Change’ and ‘hope’ were still slogans. Now, as the embers of Tuesday’s historic celebrations in Chicago’s Grant Park finally begin to die down, US president-elect Barack Obama is throwing himself into the nitty-gritty of forming a new government….

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…