Resources

24 January 2011

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FROM COLLISION TO VISION: CLIMATE CHANGE AND WORLD TRADE. By the World Economic Forum Ad Hoc Group on Trade and Climate Change, November 2010. In recent years, as countries have begun to grapple with the challenge of global warming, fears have arisen that some national and international actions under consideration may conflict with the body of international trade law that has evolved since World War II and been enshrined in the World Trade Organization. The Working Group deconstructs this important question, providing an overview of the relevant legal landscape and making a number of practical suggestions that governments could undertake to pre-empt a clash between environmental and trade objectives. The paper goes further and offers ideas that would help to ensure that these two agendas are mutually reinforcing. The full document can be found on the World Economic Forum website.

GREEN REVOLUTIONS FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA? By Chatham House, January 2011.  This paper examines the subject of faster growth in agriculture as a precondition for sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa. It outlines the requirements for securing faster agricultural growth and presents models on how to accomplish it while also touching on the pro-poor benefits that small-scale farming could have in the region with proper land reform, improvements in infrastructure and institutions and global market access. The full document can be found on the Chatham House website.

FOOD SECURITY, FARMING, AND CLIMATE CHANGE TO 2050.  By the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), 2010. In this paper, the authors discuss how as the global population grows and incomes in poor countries rise, so too, will the demand for food, placing additional pressure on sustainable food production. They attest that climate change adds a further challenge, as changes in temperature and precipitation threaten agricultural productivity and the capacity to feed the world's population. Their study assesses how serious the danger to food security might be and suggests steps policymakers can take to remedy the situation. The full study can be found on the IFPRI website.

BIOFUELS PRODUCTION, TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. By IIED, November 2010. This book looks at the way the last five years have seen the emergence and growth of the biofuels sector and its development into a global industry. Many low-, middle-income and rich countries have implemented ambitious targets and policies to promote robust biofuel industries. Yet this rapid growth in biofuels production has not been without controversy as concerns have been raised by a wide range of stakeholders about the environmental and social impacts of biofuel production and about the cost-effectiveness of some biofuels support policies. The authors examine the consequential waning of enthusiasm for biofuels amongst policymakers, and the countries that have pulled back from ambitious biofuels development. In the midst of this backlash against biofuels, it is easy to conclude that they are high risk and that the best option is to avoid them altogether; however, the reality is more complex. They surmise that generalisations must be avoided and each case should be examined on its merits, taking account of the site-specific factors. The full publication can be found the IIED website.

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