Earlier this week, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), a three-year effort sponsored by a number of UN organizations, released its final report (executive summary
; summary for decision makers
), which offers guidelines for improving the stability, sustainability, and equity of global food supply.
“Natural disasters significantly increase the risk of violent civil conflict both in the short and medium term, specifically in low- and middle-income countries that have intermediate to high levels of inequality, mixed political regimes, and sluggish economic growth,” argue Philip Nel and Marjolein Righarts in an article in International Studies Quarterly.
A special issue of Development focusing on water and development features articles from ECSP contributors Tony Turton who analyzes the impact of abandoned mines on South African water supplies, and Hope Herron, who proposes steps to increase the overall resilience of post-Katrina Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.