January 5, 2016

Lessons to learn from India

Anil Gupta Many international aid agencies failed to replicate the green revolution model in Africa despite spending millions of dollars. What did they do wrong? They may have been too obsessed with one particular development model and ignored that there are a variety of models that are context-specific and built upon local experience and wisdom. …. Read More

January 5, 2016

Climate change and orphan crops

Constantine Bartel Man-made change including climate change is a global challenge with critical development implications. It has been dubbed the biggest challenge of our time. It is however important to note that relative to developed countries, populations in developing nations are more vulnerable to and will be more adversely affected by climate change. Overall, climate …. Read More

January 5, 2016

Fake seeds force Ugandan farmers to resort to ’bronze age’ agriculture

Francisco Toro   Gangs selling counterfeit high yield seeds are trapping farmers in a cycle of poverty as crops fail. Of the many factors that keep small-scale Ugandan farmers poor, seed counterfeiting may be the least understood. Passing under the radar of the international development sector, a whole illegal industry has developed in Uganda, cheating …. Read More