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FAO favours organic agriculture

> by Sam Burcher

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has come out in favour of organic agriculture. Its report Organic Agriculture and Food Security explicitly states that organic agriculture can address local and global food security challenges. Organic farming is no longer to be considered a niche market within developed countries, but a vibrant commercial agricultural system practised in 120 countries, covering 31 million hectares (ha) of cultivated land plus 62 million ha of (...) read

date of on-line publication : 24 October 2007

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Gender and desertification : expanding roles for women to restore drylands

The livelihoods of over 1.2 billion people inhabiting dryland areas in 110 countries are currently threatened by drought and desertification. Over the past 23 years, IFAD has committed over US$3.5 billion to support dryland development and combat land degradation in developing countries. Of IFAD-supported projects, 70% assist pastoralists and small farmers in ecologically fragile, marginal environments such as rangelands and rainfed croplands through small-scale irrigation, agroforestry, (...) read

date of on-line publication : 14 February 2007

IISD, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Aiding, trading or abetting : the future of trade, aid and security

Designing trade policies that diminish the likelihood or longevity of violent conflict is a critical task for the international community. In theory, trade can be a powerful driver of economic growth and stability : reducing poverty, creating non-military ways to resolve disputes and providing strong economic incentives for stability. However, in practice, the current system of rules that govern international trade is fundamentally inequitable, biased towards rich countries and their (...) read

date of on-line publication : 19 January 2007

Amnesty International, IANSA, Oxfam International

Guns or Growth?

Assessing the impact of arms sales on sustainable development

> Control Arms Campaign, June 2004, PDF, 100pp. (...)

Excessive or inappropriate arms purchases are a drain on social and economic resources which developing countries cannot afford. The countries of Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East hold 51 per cent of the world’s heavy weapons. It is shocking how few governments make a serious attempt to consider the impact on development of their arms exports. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed in September 2000 by all 189 UN member states will not be achieved if resources are diverted from this vital task by inappropriate arms transfers. The assessment methodology must recognise that the potential consequences of an arms transfer are not always clear-cut, and weigh these consequences alongside the legitimate security needs of the country and respect for international human rights standards in the governance of its people. The costs of meeting these needs, and the way in which they are met, have to be viewed in relation to the development situation of the country: are the benefits of the transfer in meeting legitimate security needs greater than their cost in terms of the impact on the development of the country? Even if the legitimate security needs of a state do take precedence, is the importing government likely to abide by international human rights and humanitarian law?


date of on-line publication : 9 May 2006

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