Category: Education

A new era for development

By Jeremy Greenstock Chairman, United Nations Association – UK, Natalie Samarasinghe Executive Director, United Nations Association – UK Making the SDGs count will require global cooperation, public involvement and effective institutions that transcend the buzzwords of “partnerships”, “engagement” and “reform” The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) […]

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Using tropical microbes to improve the environment

Researchers in Malaysia are harnessing properties in tropical microbes to address a variety of environmental, agricultural and aquacultural issues. Dr. Adeline Ting Su Yien and her colleagues at Monash University’s School of Science are investigating the highly diverse genetic pool of tropical microbes for crop improvement; disease control […]

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Breakthroughs in agriculture for action on climate change

Achieving sustainable development with climate-smart agriculture The facts are startling. More than 2 billion people (CDC, 2015) worldwide suffer from micronutrient deficiency – 795 million (FAO, 2015) of whom are undernourished. The challenge to nutritiously and securely feed the growing population is further exacerbated by climate change which […]

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Talks seek agriculture-environment harmony in plant exchange

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – Agriculture and environment representatives from nine Asian countries convened this week at the headquarters of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to discuss mutually supportive implementation of international agreements on plant exchange. National focal points came from Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, […]

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