What we’ve been reading this week

This week’s summary on the news stories, reports and blogs that have grabbed our attention. We welcome your thoughts and comments on these articles.

Africa leading the way, Impatient Optimists

Is it crazy to think we can eradicate poverty?, The New York Times

Guest post: to find African development, look for good governance by the sea, Financial Times

Bill Gates Joins Tony Blair in Praising Africa Economic Progress, Bloomberg

Open Data Opens Doors, Feed the Future

Food Biotechnology: A Communicator’s Guide to Improving Understanding, Food Insight

Encouraging signs of progress from Bonn climate talks, Thomson Reuters Foundation

GM crops: Promise and reality, Nature

Over half world’s population could depend on imported food by 2050, Environmental Research Web

Agriculture and Livestock Remain Major Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Worldwatch Institute

Agricultural intensification could run up high bills in the long-run, SciDev.Net

New GM crop wave may ease Frankenfood fright, Western Farm Press

The Expanding Role of Smallholder Farmers in Feeding the World, CSIS

Africa: Economists Warn of Gaps Amidst Africa’s Growth, All Africa

What we’ve been reading this week

Every week we summarise the news stories and blogs that have grabbed our attention. We welcome your thoughts and comments on these articles.

Climate, Scarcity and Sustainability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Global Dashboard

EU’s aid budget facing cuts despite evidence it will pay for itself by 2020, The Guardian

Britain in nutrition recession as food prices rise and incomes shrink, The Guardian

Cool bananas: a trade war is over, Financial Times

Cutting down trees is such a fuelish notion, The Times

Young people and agriculture in Africa, Institute of Development Studies

Global development podcast: farmers, GM crops and agriculture’s future, The Guardian

Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Reach New Record. WMO Bulletin highlights pivotal role of carbon sinks, World Meteorological Organisation