Hunger Grains: Are EU policies undermining progress on development?

November 29, 2013
An earlier version of this piece appeared in the October issue of the Government Gazette Today we fear EU ambassadors will agree a really bad deal on EU biofuel reform. In 2009 EU governments agreed that by 2020 10% of the energy used in transport would have to come from renewable sources. This target will almost exclusively be met by

The Hunger Grains: new research shows EU biofuel policies drive food prices and land grabs

September 17, 2012

The latest (big) numbers on land grabs, and some powerful case studies

September 22, 2011

Introducing Growbag, a round up of new research on food, farming and climate by guest blogger Richard King

August 5, 2011

Living on a spike – how are high food prices actually experienced by people living in poverty?

June 22, 2011

Successful Green Industrial Policy – Brazilian biofuels

May 11, 2010
The highly polarized debate on the role of industrial policy in development is dominated by discussions of the East Asian tigers, so good to see a discussion from another continent on what makes for successful state intervention – Brazil and biofuels. Here’s the highlights from a recent article by Tarun Khanna of the Harvard Business School and Santiago Mingo of

Is the world running out of water?

April 20, 2009
Excellent overview of water scarcity in last week’s Economist. Here are a few highlights ‘The overthrow of Madagascar’s president in mid-March was partly caused by water problems—in South Korea. Worried by the difficulties of increasing food supplies in its water-stressed homeland, Daewoo, a South Korean conglomerate, signed a deal to lease no less than half Madagascar’s arable land to grow