Policy Brief: Sustainable Prevention of Food Crises in Sub-Saharan Africa


Food crises and distress migration will continue to plague the African continent in the decades ahead, unless massive investments are made to make the region’s agriculture and food systems more resilient. The G20 should support and invigorate region-wide efforts to: Massively expand irrigation systems for smallholder farms to boost agricultural productivity and enhance resilience against … Continue reading Policy Brief: Sustainable Prevention of Food Crises in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kid Power: Spurring Positive Change Through Children


While the interest in using Information and Communication Technologies to provide farmers with agricultural advice has been growing, the low level of computer literacy among the farmers in developing countries has been a major barrier. Our study shows we can overcome this by channeling information through children who are likely more educated and more computer-savvy than their parents.

Video: Connecting Children to Technology Promotes Behavior Change at Home


In the Llacanora District of Cajamarca, Peru, a research team installed 20 networked computers with internet access in the local school serving 150 students at the secondary level – to promote behavior change at home by connecting children with technology and information.

Column: Desafíos para un desarrollo rural exitoso


Todo esto requiere, una vez más, pensar de manera diferente. Una estrategia de desarrollo rural no debe ser considerada como un tema de un solo sector, sino, al contrario, como una combinación de acciones coordinadas en diversos sectores y bien focalizada de acuerdo con las potencialidades de cada subregión.

Policy Brief: Urgent Action Needed to Prevent Recurring Food Crisis


The economies of China and India are now overheated and experiencing high overall inflation caused by factors such as excess liquidity. Rising oil prices in recent months, the expansion of biofuel production, particularly maize ethanol, and other factors mentioned above suggest the significant risk of even higher global food prices.