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To fight malnutrition, we need to understand agri-food value chains

By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales
07 Feb 2018
Nearly half of South Asian children are stunted, income growth cannot solve the problem of malnutrition. Mar Maestre looks at the important role of agri-value chains in delivering nutritious foods based on research from the latest IDS Bulletin.

Greetings from Cape Town, city of drought and division

By Stephen Devereux
06 Feb 2018
Cape Town is one of the tourist capitals of the world – think Table Mountain and stunning beaches. But in three months’ time, it will become the first major city in the world to run out of water.

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Savings groups for young Africans: a (financial) game changer?

By Justin Flynn, Jim Sumberg
06 Feb 2018
Given widespread youth unemployment and underemployment in Sub-Saharan African (SSA), youth savings groups are often promoted as a step toward financial inclusion. Research by Justin Flynn and Jim Sumberg finds that savings groups lead only to small change.

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This is the cover for Zimbabwe's Land Reform: Myths and Realities

Ten priorities for getting agriculture moving in Zimbabwe

By Ian Scoones
29 Jan 2018
Ian Scoones outlines ten priorities for getting agriculture moving once the first tasks of paying compensation, undertaking a land audit and establishing an efficient land administration system are complete.

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China's role on the global stage

By Hannah Corbett
23 Jan 2018
As Davos discusses how China is leading the world, read our expert's opinions on the changing role of China on the global stage.

Patrick Schroeder, Research Fellow with the Green Transformations research cluster at IDS

How can development cooperation address ocean plastic pollution?

By Patrick Schröder
23 Jan 2018
The EU and the UK Government have both recently announced new plans to tackle ocean plastic pollution at home and around the world. Here are seven key principles that will be key to tackling plastic waste in developing countries.

This is the cover for Zimbabwe's Land Reform: Myths and Realities

At Davos can Zimbabwe re-engage with global economy on its own terms?

By Ian Scoones
22 Jan 2018
As Emmerson Mnangagwa heads for the snowy slopes of Davos, Switzerland to rub shoulders with the global political elite at the World Economic Forum, he must not forget the more radical ambitions of his background, says Ian Scoones.

James Georgalakis

Never mind the policymakers

By James Georgalakis
15 Jan 2018

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Zimbabwe urgently needs a new land administration system

By Ian Scoones
15 Jan 2018
This is the second in a short series of articles produced for The Conversation on the land and agricultural development challenges for the post-Mugabe era.

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Pastoralism, Uncertainty, Resilience: Introducing a new project

By Ian Scoones, Michele Nori
12 Jan 2018
Blog post introducing a new project on pastoralism, uncertainty and resilience, hosted by the ESRC STEPS Centre and the European University Institute, and working in China, Italy and Kenya.

Fletcher Tembo, former director of Making All Voices Count programme

Social accountability futures: six anchoring points

By Fletcher Tembo
12 Jan 2018
With increasing discussion around the idea of "Accountability 2.0", Fletcher Tembo, Director for the Making All Voices Count Programme, shares six points for consideration when it comes to its practical realistion.

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High time for cooperation to protect tax bases

By Mick Moore
08 Jan 2018
The debate on international taxation has changed considerably in the last 20 years. While the system is still biased against developing countries, the politics are changing. Can they work collectively to make the international tax system less unfair?

This is the cover for Zimbabwe's Land Reform: Myths and Realities

Settling the land compensation issue is vital for Zimbabwe’s economy

By Ian Scoones
08 Jan 2018
Resolving the compensation issue is essential not only to provide redress for those who lost their farms, but also to reduce uncertainty, encourage investment and unlock potential for growth and development, says IDS's Ian Scoones.

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