Food and Agriculture News

U.S. Ambassador: Egypt Needs Leadership on Economy

Feb 12, 2013
On February 10, U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson outlined realistic steps Egypt can take to move forward economically and politically. Elections and constitutions “are not enough,” she told members of Alexandria’s Rotary Club. She stressed the importance of a healthy and active civil society to the country’s democratic transition. Patterson said that Cairo also needs to ensure the protection and political participation of religious minorities and women.

The Global Farmland Rush

Feb 06, 2013
Over the last decade food-importing nations and private investors have been securing land abroad to use for agriculture – cumulatively amounting to approximately the size of Western Europe. Michael Kugelman highlights how this practice puts citizens of some poorer countries in danger of losing their patrimony, not to mention their sources of food.

CEF Partner Releases Comprehensive Report on China's Environment

Jan 30, 2013
The Asian Development Bank, a CEF Partner on Choke Point: Cities, recently released a comprehensive country environmental analysis report on the People's Republic of China. The report highlighted environmental achievements and substantial remaining challenges, while providing analysis on the drivers of environmental stress and recommendations for moving towards an environmentally sustainable future.

Video: CEF Director Jennifer Turner on Asian Water Security at Brookings

Jan 28, 2013
On January 24, CEF Director Jennifer Turner spoke at a discussion hosted by the Asia Society and Brookings Institute on the water security challenges facing Asian nations, with a particular focus on China and India.

2012’s Top 'New Security Beat' Posts

Jan 03, 2013
If 2011 was the year of political demography, then 2012 was perhaps when the full intersection of natural resource management, population dynamics, development, and security came into focus.

Middle East in 2013: Promise and (Lots of) Peril

Dec 18, 2012
The Middle East faces even bigger challenges in 2013 than it did during the first two years of the so-called Arab Spring. So far—a pivotal caveat—the Arab uprisings have deepened the political divide, worsened economic woes and produced greater insecurity. Solutions are not imminent either.

Africa UP Close

Dec 04, 2012
The Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity launch new blog - join the discussion today!

Linking the Environment and Women’s Health at the World Conservation Congress

Nov 30, 2012
People don’t often think of gender issues when they think of the environment, but in fact sustainable development in many of the world’s most bio-diverse regions has a lot to do with women’s health and well-being.

Video: Choke Point: China Part II

Nov 29, 2012
Choke Point: China is a collection of on-the-ground reporting that uses text, photographs, and interactive graphics to illustrate the potentially devastating confrontation between economic growth and the demands for water and energy – a crisis that is already manifesting across the world’s most populous country and is certain to grow more urgent over the next decade as China continues to develop. This video made by our parter Circle of Blue outlines China's water, energy, and food challenges.

Beyond AGOA: An Update Case for a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Between Africa and the United States

Nov 20, 2012
In this paper, McDonald, Lande & Matanda argue that, premised on conditions here in the U.S., in Africa and elsewhere, the ‘perfect storm’could be brewing for an effective renewal or enhancement of AGOA before the program expires in 2015. With ingredients such as the Obama Administration’s ‘whole-of-government’ approach, Africa’s rapid ascent as a trade and investment destination and the risk of an inappropriate response to China and other third countries’ Africa engagement, the paper’s recommendations pivot towards ensuring that the U.S. and Africa form a more equitable commercial partnership.

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