Recovery in the Philippines

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Dried sardines, Olingan, Dipolog City, Philippines, prior to Yolanda.

I was in the Philippines a day after Yolanda struck working with both staff members and our Board. Our Philippines-based staff gave a presentation about how communities in Leyte, Bohol, and Cebu had identified options for improving their livelihoods and increasing their food security as part of the CGIAR Aquatic Agricultural Systems program. In a somber moment, we all realized that not one of the houses we had seen in the presentation was still standing and, most likely, some of the people we were working with had died.

How do we run the world better?

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Fish farmers in rural Bangladesh bring in the harvest. Photo by Felix Clay

The Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations has just released a fascinating report entitled “Now for the Long Term”. The report asks: how we can avoid future crises and overcome our inability to address big challenges that will shape our world?

Africa Rising?

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Woman prepares vegetables as part of ensuring a balanced diet for the family. Photo by Felix Clay/Duckrabbit

I was struck this week by an article on Devex highlighting how the popular narrative about Africa’s growth is being challenged. The article points out that, despite national-level economic growth in many African countries, the benefits of that growth are failing to trickle down sufficiently; when two in five Africans surveyed say that they are unable to meet their basic needs and are food insecure, such a conclusion is hard to argue with.