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  1. Guardians of the Forests

    As the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) voluntary partnership agreements (VPA) enter the critical phase of implementation, Members of European Parliament (MEP) have stressed the need to involve and strengthen civil societies in partner countries, to ensure that VPA deliver long-...
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  2. Protecting Soil Fertility: Protecting Life

    There is much discussion in the development arena about the struggle ahead to feed the seven plus billion, of the methods proposed towards food security, building resilience, safeguarding water resources and so on. But few stop to ponder the basic ingredient in all of this: the very land under our...
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  3. Spurring Development and Combating Disease with Mobile Phone Data

    International telecommunications company Orange, recently tested the potential for Big Data to contribute to development when it released anonymous data from five million-plus cell phone users in Cote d’Ivoire and invited researchers to see what they could do with the information. ...
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  4. The Future of Entomophagy

    Insects are rich in protein and ecologically sustainable to produce, so why are we reluctant to put them in our mouths? According to Marian Peters, chairperson of the Dutch Insect Breeders Association, the answer is partly cultural.
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  5. Sweet Solutions: How Honey Aids Development

    Wherever you are in the world, beekeeping is a guaranteed source of income. The international market varies but in developing countries honey production remains a vital means of subsistence. It supports the environment too, but plummeting bee numbers now jeopardise food chains in developing and...
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  6. Budget Support: More Than Just a Blank Cheque

    In 2014, experts working for the European Commission carried out a synthesis of budget support evaluations from seven different countries. “We have learned that the funds we provide don’t just go into a black hole,” said Jürgen Lovasz, Team Leader for Budget Support in the Evaluation unit at DEVCO...
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