Food, people and our planet

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ADVOCACY The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation (BCFN Foundation) is a multidisciplinary and independent think tank born with the objective to analyse the big topics relating to food and nutrition in the world and promote an open and cross-disciplinary dialogue between the sciences, politics, business and society. At the centre of BCFN Foundation activity is the desire to give people the tools to interpret and understand, … [Read more...]

Smallholders: a big opportunity

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Under the right conditions, small farms can be more efficient than their large counterparts. However, this can only happen when agricultural research responds to their needs, says Kanayo F Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development Feeding the world in 2050 has been described as the greatest challenge in human history. By then, there will be an estimated 2.3 billion more mouths to feed. How will the world manage to … [Read more...]

A turning point in international taxation

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Pascal Saint-Amans, Director, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development outlines a new partnership for global tax reforms In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, governments were forced to reduce public spending, increase taxes and implement austerity measures, while several companies received taxpayer-funded bail-outs. At the same time, tax suddenly became a controversial political … [Read more...]

Extending social protection to end poverty and hunger

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The benefits of achieving zero hunger for all by 2030 can only be gained through immediate and determined action that responds to food security issues, says Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme The global goals set the bar for sustainable development deservedly high – to end poverty and achieve zero hunger by 2030. In setting this ambitious target, leaders from every corner of the world established two important … [Read more...]

Quality not quantity as China deleverages

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The top-down structural reform of China’s commercial banks is beginning to show results, but the real economy is still overleveraged, requiring further action, writes Zhang Yanling, Former Executive Vice President, Bank of China While China has been adjusting its model of economic growth, on the international stage three issues regarding its commercial banks have received broad attention. The first is the cash shortage of June 2013, when both … [Read more...]

Lighting the way forward

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G20 leaders should leverage existing partnerships and help deliver power to all, writes Andrew M Herscowitz, Coordinator, Power Africa, and Katrina Pielli, Senior Energy Advisor, US Agency for International Development Access to electricity is a pressing issue of our time. It affects both economic growth and human development. Currently, more than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. In response, President … [Read more...]

Closing the gaps to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

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G7 countries must lead the way in closing the funding and governance gaps that are hindering the progress of disease elimination globally, says Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS, and Undersecretary General, United Nations In 2015, the world is seizing hope from the progress we have all made towards ending AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Since 2000, together we have driven down the global malaria mortality rate by 47 per cent, saved the … [Read more...]

Making good on G20 commitments

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Chris Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images Caroline Bracht, Senior Researcher at the University of Toronto’s G20 Research Group, looks for patterns in compliance with commitments made at G20 summits. According to the methodology developed by the University of Toronto’s G20 Research Group, commitments are defined as discrete, specific, publicly expressed, collectively agreed statements of intent, promises or pledges by summit members that … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong fails to block US$100m lawsuit

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  The US Justice Department is seeking nearly US$100 million in damages from Armstrong, charging that he cheated the government when the US Postal Service sponsored the team he led. The decision by Judge Christopher Cooper, in Washington, DC, comes as a major blow to Armstrong, who had requested the case be thrown out. He claims the lawsuits were unfounded and that the US Postal Service benefited from his lucrative sponsorship … [Read more...]

The Origins of Valentine’s Day

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We may all associate Valentine’s Day with romance and gift giving, but what is the real reason for this day? Many of see February the 14th as a day to openly show affection to those we love with kind gestures and presents, all in the name of St. Valentine. Who exactly is St. Valentine you ask? Let’s take a stroll back into the history scrolls. There are a number of stories linked to the day. One very well known story is centred on Saint … [Read more...]

Borussia Dortmund chief rejects rumour linking manager Thomas Tuchel to Arsenal

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Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has dismissed reports that Arsenal is targeting manager Thomas Tuchel as a potential replacement to Arsene Wenger. With the Gunners effectively out of the title race once again, calls for Wenger’s dismissal have resurfaced with a number of high-profile managers, including Tuchel, being linked to the Emirates. Last year he guided Dortmund to a second-placed finish behind rivals Bayern Munich but … [Read more...]