Kenya risks losing 18 animal and bird species, and the ecosystem services they provide—Research report
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Kenya risks losing 18 animal and bird species, and the ecosystem services they provide—Research report

A group of scientists led by Dr Joseph Ogutu say Kenya risks losing 18 animal and bird species due to negligence. They include warthogs, lesser kudu, Thomson’s gazelle, eland, oryx, topi, hartebeest, impala, Grévy’s zebra, waterbuck, wildebeest, giraffe, gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle, buffalo, elephant, ostrich and Burchell’s zebra. Continue reading

Science: The fuel for human progress—by Bill Gates
Disease Control / France / Health / Innovation Systems / Opinion piece / Policy / Poverty / Research / UK

Science: The fuel for human progress—by Bill Gates

The following remarks are excerpted from an opinion piece written by Bill Gates and published on his Gates Notes blog. ‘The first promise of any good politician is to make people’s lives better, and scientific research leading to innovation is one of the best ways to honor that promise . . . .’ Continue reading

To end poverty without wrecking the environment, put people first—New series by Nathanael Johnson
Agriculture / Article / Environment / Livelihoods / Policy / Poverty

To end poverty without wrecking the environment, put people first—New series by Nathanael Johnson

Nathanael Johnson, a talented food writer at Grist, a non-profit environmental news and commentary site based in Seattle, has published a thoughtful special series of eight articles around a question seldom looked at squarely in the eye—that is: How can we eliminate absolute poverty from the world without destroying the environment in the process? Continue reading

Publish or perish: Towards diagnosing, and solving, chronic underinvestment in developing-country research
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Publish or perish: Towards diagnosing, and solving, chronic underinvestment in developing-country research

There is a vicious circle of under-investment in research in developing countries, especially in the social sciences. To make matters worse, expenditure on social science research is generally less than 20% of gross expenditure on R&D Continue reading

The rise of ‘superbugs’ presents a nightmare scenario—the beginning of the end of modern medicine
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The rise of ‘superbugs’ presents a nightmare scenario—the beginning of the end of modern medicine

Lethal bacteria are showing resistance to more and more antibiotics, and financial and legal hurdles are making it harder than ever for science to create effective new drugs. . . . The arsenal of antibiotics is nearly empty. And significant financial and legal hurdles are getting in the way of the already challenging process of discovering effective new ones. Continue reading

First map of smallholder farms in the developing world: They produce more than half the planet’s food calories
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First map of smallholder farms in the developing world: They produce more than half the planet’s food calories

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment have used household census data to map smallholder farms in developing countries. Despite the fact that smallholder and family farms are crucial to feeding the planet, little is known regarding the location and size of smallholder farms. This study attempts to fill this knowledge gap. Continue reading

Towards a new global research agenda for nourishing—rather than just feeding—people
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Towards a new global research agenda for nourishing—rather than just feeding—people

The era of commodity research aimed at feeding a starving world is over. A new era has begun that requires us to nourish everyone in ways that can be sustained environmentally, economically and culturally. Policymakers urgently need to recognize that diets are compromising economic productivity and well-being as never before. Continue reading