I haven’t seen a survey, but I suspect the numbers are low. That’s unfortunate because most economists and foreign policy experts say that reducing global poverty and improving people’s lives makes the world a better, safer, healthier and more prosperous place for all of us.
That’s what the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) aim to achieve by 2015. The MDGs represent the international communities’ basic yardstick for measuring whether things are getting better out there. Whether the MDGs represent the best way to measure things getting better is another issue. Continue reading →
This one is not located at the Swiss ski resort town of Davos, features few celebrities like Bono and is garnering much less media attention. It’s the WEF on Africa, in Cape Town, South Africa, this year.
Boosting agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa is critical to the fight against poverty and improving health on the continent.
The question is how.
Last week, the Gates Foundation came under criticism for significantly increasing its investments in Monsanto. Many took it as a clear sign the world’s biggest philanthropy is championing the use of genetically modified crops, since this is the company leading the world in the production of GM seeds and crops. Continue reading →