March 5, 2016

Reform zones that drive development

In this century, new technologies can raise living standards at the fastest rate in human history. This outcome, however, is not preordained. It will happen only if our rules keep up with our technologies and the proliferating web of human interactions that these technologies make possible. The rules that structure social interaction can take the …. Read More

January 20, 2016

European fear of global change in agriculture

Louise Fresco One could tell two opposing stories about agricultural modernization over the past two centuries. A story about the amazing successes of science leading to an unprecedented food availability and wealth. But there is also a pessimistic story about the disasters that man has brought onto the earth as a result of economic growth. …. Read More

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