Jane Turpie says, "As economies expand globally, the strain on the earth’s natural resources becomes increasingly apparent, and perhaps one of the most pertinent issues facing us today is that of water scarcity."
Reporting (Put water centre stage, says UN report) on SciDev.Net 12 March 2009, Naomi Antony writes
Unless water occupies a more central role in decisions regarding crises such...
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Energy for All?Last Updated on 2010-04-16 00:00:00Energy for All
On SciDev.Net on 14 April 2010, Kandeh Yumkella and Morgan Bazilian offer an Opinion article, titled "Energy for all — a joined-up approach". They believe " . . . energy access is the missing Millennium Development Goal that will end the ppoverty trap."
After inspecting the Opinion article, let us know your views on the prospects for more equitable and balanced access to energy resources, worldwide. Comment below.
Image: About 2.5 billion people rely on traditional biomass such as wood for fuel. Source: flickr/United Nations.
Universal access to energy services is technically possible, but new approaches are needed, say Kandeh Yumkella and Morgan Bazilian.
About 1.5 billion people in the developing world do not have access to electricity and about 2.5 billion people rely on traditional biomass, such as wood,... More »
Research and Agricultural DevelopmentLast Updated on 2010-04-10 00:00:00Research Alone Won't
Drive Agricultural Development
SciDev.Net's Commissioning Editor, Sian Lewis has penned this Editorial and notes:
Even focused research will not deliver agricultural progress unless donors also help join up links in the development chain.
When international development aid funds science, donors increasingly ask potential grant recipients what benefits they will achieve with the money.
And there may be many good answers!
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Gardening in SacksLast Updated on 2010-03-07 00:00:00Sacks gardening in
urban and rural areas
A recent online issue of Scitizen contains an article that notes:
In every developing country people are suffering from the high food prices. More than billion people are hungry every day. The creation of small-scale kitchen gardens and container gardening are the most efficient tools to provide fresh food to rural farmers and urban people. Growing food in sacks is an interesting variant of container gardening.
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Q: Are there other innovative, yet simple, approaches to boosting food security?
Support Farmers, Cut Crop LossLast Updated on 2010-03-07 00:00:00Support farmers to cut crop losses
On SciDev,Net, on 2 March 2010, Dennis Rangi of CABI says:
Reducing crop loss by keeping out alien pests and boosting plant health knowledge is crucial to food security . . .
Global food security is now in sharp focus because of rising food prices and a growing world population. It is estimated that there will be a 50 per cent rise in demand for food by 2030 — how this will be met has become a key question for countries in both the developed and developing worlds.
There are about 525 million farms worldwide — most less than two hectares in size — that provide a livelihood to about 40 per cent of the global population.Improving the productivity of small farms, in particular, is critical to ensuring food security.
But this does not just mean helping farmers to increase yields. Equally important is supporting... More »
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