Opinions

Address to the Second World Meeting of the Popular Movements

by Pope Francis July 9, 2015

Pope Francis spoke about the problems faced by the poor and indigenous peoples at the Second World Meeting of the Popular Movements at the Expo Feria Exhibition Centre in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, on Thursday....

Regime change for humanitarian aid: How to make relief more accountable

by Michael Barnett and Peter Walker Foreign Affairs July 4, 2015

The global humanitarian system, already under considerable strain, will soon be tested as never before. In 2013, the gap between the funds available for humanitarian aid and estimated global needs reached $4.5 billion, leaving at least one-third of the demand unmet. The gap seems certain to widen, a...

Big Corn vs. Big Sugar could have a sweet outcome for taxpayers

by Charles Lane Washington Post July 1, 2015

In the never-ending fight against corporate welfare, the forces of fairness and economic rationality may have found a winning strategy: Divide and conquer....

So much for trickle down: only bold reforms will tackle inequality. Even the IMF recognises the vicious circle in which inequality breeds instability,...

by Larry Elliot The Guardian June 21, 2015

Christine Lagarde took time off last week from grappling with the Greek debt crisis to make a speech about inequality. The managing director of the International Monetary Fund chose a nautical metaphor first used by John F Kennedy....

Why developing countries should stop discriminating against agriculture: A short history of agricultural trade policies over the past 40 years

by Alberto Valdés International Food Policy Research Institute June 11, 2015

The following post by former IFPRI senior researcher Alberto Valdés is part of an ongoing series of blog stories celebrating IFPRI’s 40th anniversary. Each story authored by current and former IFPRI research staff highlights a key research topic through the years from the personal perspective of ...

Agriculture will drive Africa’s rise to economic power

by Agnes Kalibata The Guardian June 3, 2015

I was in Mali recently where I met a woman, Maimouna Coulibaly, who several years ago left her job in the United States and returned to her home country to start a seed company called Faso Kaba. She quickly and confidently ramped up production, from 100 tons per year to over 1,000. She is eager to k...

Fear of almonds

by Mark Bittman New York Times June 3, 2015

I can’t tell you how many times in the last month someone has come up to me and said something like, “Do you think I should stop eating almonds?” or “I really miss almond butter, but I just can’t bring myself to buy it anymore.”...

Increased agricultural research investment needed to meet future food demand

by Chicago Council on Global Affairs May 20, 2015

A new Chicago Council report, Leveraging Innovation to Feed the Future, says that innovation will be essential to meeting future food needs driven by urbanization and population growth, especially in the face of rising temperatures, resource scarcity, and the increasing volatility of climate events....

Wasting the savanna

by Tim Searchinger and Lyndon Estes Washington Post May 9, 2015

In recent years, as governments have begun to protect tropical forests because of the carbon they store, other vast tropical ecosystems have come under increasing threat. These are the wet savannas, which have a mix of grasses, trees and shrubs and receive enough rainfall to grow crops....

Let’s make food issues real

by Mark Bittman New York Times May 6, 2015

There is some talk about the food movement’s winning. I’m not even sure such a thing as a food movement exists....