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Sustainable banks or the world’s largest banks: who perform best?

10 November 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - In 2013 banks with business models based on the Principles of Sustainable Banking have once again demonstrated higher financial returns than the largest banks in the world. These sustainability focused banks, with a social, environmental and economic triple bottomline at the core of their business models, deliver these results while continuing to be focused on meeting the needs of their clients through lending and deposit products. read more
prof. Dr. Ir. Pablo Tittonell (Farming Systems Ecology, Wageningen University).

Pablo Tittonell: ‘Making hunger disappear is not about higher productivity’

7 November 2014
Less intensive farming in the West and more intensive farming in developing countries can solve the world’s food problem. That is, if the farming is done on an ecological basis. ‘Farming methods in both developed and developing countries need to be updated,’ says Pablo Tittonell, professor in Farming Systems Ecology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, associate professor at the University of Montpelier and the National University of Lomas de Zamora in Buenos Aires. read more
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Emerging waterscapes – when the land is not enough

3 November 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS – Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world with a greater population density than any other similar-sized country. Farming land is scarce. At the same time flooding has been intensifying, annually affecting millions of Bangladeshis. Mohammed Saiful Islam and Tara Begem found an innovative, low cost and local adapted solution – sandbar cropping. Sandbars are temporary lands made of silt and sand, emerging as flooded rivers recede. They wash away during the rainy season. Although it is temporary land, since 2005 sandbar cropping has supplied more than 55,000 tonnes of pumpkins worth more than five million US dollars since 2005. It has provided food and income for more than 15,000 people and their families. The technique shows great potential for use in other parts of the world, and this is good news that needs sharing. read more
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Meet the banker: Ranya Omar Al-Nasaa in Jordan

29 October 2014
Upsides talks to bankers from around the world. Why did they start working in the financial sector? What does the financial landscape look like in their country? And how does this landscape influence their actions? read more