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What is revolutionary about the Green Revolution?

The dramatic increase in yields of wheat and rice in the 1960s and 1970s in India, along with many other countries in the post-colonial world, was framed as a technological breakthrough made possible by miracle hybrid seed varieties. This breakthrough ostensibly averted mass scale hunger and was...

13 June 2019

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The bounded mutuality of research-policy partnerships

Engaging research with policy means dealing with the realities of partnering with those whose agendas and mandates differ to your own. The Impact Initiative for International Development Research, which has spent the last four years supporting over two hundred research projects funded by the...

11 June 2019

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Reflecting on Bangladesh’s ‘green revolution’

My encounter with Bangladesh’s ‘green revolution’ began in 1986 in eastern Bangladesh where I undertook village level fieldwork for a PhD on agrarian change. The focus was to understand how rural households were interacting with high yielding seeds, mechanised ploughing and irrigation,...

5 June 2019

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Circular garments: What About the Workers?

With only 11.5 years to address runaway climate change, governments and businesses are under pressure to increase their efforts and develop alternative strategies for alternative approaches to growth and development. The garment industry—one of the biggest polluters and greatest producers of...

Joanna Howarth

3 June 2019

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Turning the populist tide: what are the alternatives?

The last week has seen major gains for nationalist, populist parties in elections, both in Europe and India. Is this the end of the centre-ground consensus? What are the alternatives? In India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to victory on the back of anti-Muslim rhetoric and Hindu...

28 May 2019