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GM crops and the Gene Giants: Bad news for farmers
April 17, 2009 08:29 AM - Kathy Jo Wetter and Hope Shand, SciDevNet

The global North's super-sized carbon footprint has already trampled the South's farmers, most recently in the form of energy crop plantations, which have been directly responsible for deforestation and farmer evictions in some developing countries, includingIndonesia and Tanzania. Now the world's largest seed and agrochemical corporations are stockpiling hundreds of monopoly patents on genes in crops genetically engineered to withstand the environmental stresses associated with climate change, such as drought, heat, cold, floods and saline soils.

Long-term solutions needed to feed the world's poor
April 17, 2009 08:23 AM - David Dickson, SciDevNet

More agricultural research funding and a farmer-centred approach to boosting food production are needed to prevent future food emergencies.

New formula for US-South research funding
April 13, 2009 08:47 AM - Sharon Davis, SciDevNet

North–South agricultural research partnerships will gain another source of funding thanks to a new partnership in which the country's National Science Foundation (NSF) can get involved in collaboration with developing-country scientists.

Debate erupts over effects of climate change on disease
April 13, 2009 08:37 AM - Katherine Nightingale, SciDevNet

The commonly-held view that climate change can only increase the burden of infectious diseases has been challenged — provoking a debate that could ripple out to health professionals, conservationists and policymakers.

Improving the rules on carbon projects
April 8, 2009 10:01 AM - ZhongXiang Zhang, SciDevNet

Climate negotiations must promote capacity building, not impose quotas, if all developing countries are to benefit from the Clean Development Mechanism, argues ZhongXiang Zhang.

Soaps and detergents 'could help tackle bird flu'
April 8, 2009 09:50 AM - A. A. Khan, SciDevNet

Commercially available soaps and detergents could kill the bird flu virus that causes extensive damage to poultry and can infect humans, scientists in Pakistan report.

Chile, India link up for rural development
April 6, 2009 04:54 PM - T. V. Padma, SciDevNet

Chile and India will work together to promote agricultural innovation and explore the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in improving rural livelihoods. The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) signed an agreement on agricultural cooperation with Chile's Foundation for Agricultural Innovation (FIA) in Chennai last month (20 March).

2009: Will a crisis turn into an opportunity?
April 6, 2009 03:00 PM - David Dickson, SciDevNet

In a recent television interview, former Microsoft boss Bill Gates identified two priorities for the US administration of President-elect Barack Obama, as it prepares to face the biggest global economic crisis in recent history. The first was to maintain funding to tackle developing countries' needs. Although Obama has promised to double US spending on foreign aid, there are understandable fears that acute domestic financial pressures will push development assistance down the political agenda.

Mexico City vows to protect historic maize varieties
April 6, 2009 02:52 PM - Arturo Barba, SciDevNet

Mexico City has announced that it will take steps to protect more than 60 maize breeds known to grow in its territory, also known as the Mexican Altiplano. The announcement came just days before the Mexican Government said that it would allow the experimental cultivation of genetically modified (GM) maize in other parts of the country.

Contract and converge: The path to sustainable growth
April 2, 2009 10:14 AM - David Dickson, SciDevNet

This week's G20 summit in London must ensure that any solution to the global financial crisis also commits to sustainable economic growth. There are several striking parallels between the current global financial crisis and the socioeconomic crises threatened by climate change. The greed that has driven much of the rapid expansion in financial markets over the past two decades has been equalled by an apparent determination to consume ever-growing amounts of carbon-emitting fossil fuels.

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