Saturday, October 09, 2010

Climate Change Implication on Agriculture and CIAT's Work on it

Wknd Reading Oct 9th.

News, articles, and reports from on food security and agriculture

Sunday, October 03, 2010

This American Life on Hatian Devevlopment , Agriculture, and More


As as a big fan of This American Life, I was really pleased to hear a story about Haiti and the dificulties of making development work. Adam Davidson and Chana Joffe-Walt of Planet Money tell the story of a poor farmer with a couple of mango trees and enormous potential to get herself out poverty with a tiny bit of investment. As it turns out, this little investment requires navigating a complex set of culture dynamic, economic behavior, government red-tape, and NGO disincentives. This story showcases how NGOs can, sometimes, be the problem they are trying to solve; in Haiti, both the amount of non-profits and Haitians living in poverty continue to increase. This is another good story from National Public Radio  about the endless debate greed and charity.