Reconsideración de la normativa: las semillas y las drogas en China y Argentina

En inglés Pagina en español (pdf 98kb) Reconsideración de la normativa El proyecto compara la normativa de dos tecnologías – las semillas de algodón y los antibióticos transgénicos – con el modo en que las comunidades más pobres del medio rural de Argentina y China experimentan con estas tecnologías. Utilizaremos los hallazgos de estos estudios…

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World-class scientists from the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium are available for interview and to comment on the science of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases, the poverty impacts of these diseases and the implications for policy making. Blogs and media coverage Below is a selection of our blogs and media coverage: For blogs and…

UK PRIME MINISTER URGED TO ATTEND RIO+20

By Julia Day, STEPS Centre Communications Manager “The Prime Minister should promise to attend next year’s Rio + 20 Earth Summit to show leadership on sustainability and strengthen global political will to tackle the environmental crisis,” say MPs on the Uk parliament’s Commons Environmental Audit Committee in a report published today. The report warns that…

HUNGRY FOR RESULTS?

By John Thompson, STEPS Centre Food and Agriculture Convenor In advance of the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Summit in New York on 20-22 September, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released new figures on the number of people worldwide who suffer chronic hunger in 2010. The latest estimates, which will soon be…

NEW UK GOVERNMENT, NEW DEVELOPMENT POLICY?

Following the appointment of Andrew Mitchell MP as Secretary of State for International Development, IDS Director Professor Lawrence Haddad shares his views on what the future holds for DFID and what the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat agreement means for international development. Professor Haddad has been closely following the work of Andrew Mitchell MP for the past…

BRINGING AFRICAN SPACE SCIENCE DOWN TO EARTH?

by Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre The past years have seen several African countries beginning to invest in satellites for defence, communications, and other objectives. Nigeria is one example (see an interview with Turner Isoun, the man behind Nigeria’s space race, after the jump). In some cases, these technologies have been applied in agriculture or environmental…

REBOOTING DEVELOPMENT: PROF CALESTOUS JUMA

“Rebooting development: Innovation policy in the age of technological abundance” was the title of the 13th Marie Jahoda Annual Lecture. It was hosted by SPRU on 7 October 2009. Calestous’ deep knowledge is obvious, as well as his passion for the role of technology and innovation in Africa. From the flier: “Developing countries are increasingly…

ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON…

The Water Symposium’s all over now – photos from the symposium are on our flickr – but we’re still digesting some of the debates and discussions. For now, some highlights from Day One, which was mostly taken up by a healthy discussion on climate change: Kirsten Hastrup from Copenhagen University said that water is an…

NEW STEPS PUBLICATIONS: WATER REFORM AND VACCINES

We’ve just published two new Working Papers: one on Water reform in South Africa, the other on polio vaccine development. Photo: Growing vegetables near the Driekoppies dam, Lomati river by Synne Movik In policy discussions in post-apartheid South Africa, existing users were strongly protected, and redistribution to ‘historically disadvantaged individuals’ was seen as risky. The…

COUNTDOWN TO COPENHAGEN: 82 DAYS TO GO

By Julia Day As December’s UN conference on climate change creeps ever closer, an exclusive story in today’s Guardian reveals that a dispute bewteen the US and Europe over treaty rules is threatening progress and weaken a deal at COP15. The story by environment correspondent David Adam, reveals: “Differences have emerged over the structure of…