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‘Link biodiversity with the pleasures of food’

2 April 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS – 'If you look at a map of global agrobiodiversity hotspots you soon realise that they are identical with indigenous people’s habitats. There are 370 million indigenous people in the world and they have been custodians of agrobiodiversity for millennia,' says Phrang Roy, co-ordinator of the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty. 'Regretfully, their practices, such as shifting cultivation and their selection of socially relevant local crops and breeds, are not understood by many development workers, researchers or governments.' read more

Investing in fragile markets

31 March 2014
Why would a fund consider investing in a country that has no functioning capital market, no land registration and no regulatory framework? According to IFC and FMO, the motive for setting up private equity funds in fragile markets is simple: it makes good business sense. read more
Peanut farmers in Binh Tuan, Vietnam (Shutterstock)

Food system needs radical redesign

28 March 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - In his final report to the UN Human Rights Council after a six-year term as Special Rapporteur, Olivier De Schutter called for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned. read more
Emmanuel de Merode carrying a baby gorilla

Thinking outside the park

26 March 2014
Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has one of the most rich and varied landscapes of any national park in the world. For the past 20 years, however, it has been plagued by civil wars and unrests. Director Emmanuel de Merode explains the park’s integrated social enterprise approach, placing itself at the heart of efforts to support the surrounding community and to stabilise the region. read more