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  • 15 April 2016
    In December 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping flew into South Africa for the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation with great fanfare. There were lots of announcements about prospective investments across Africa. Agriculture featured prominently. But what is the real story of China in Africa on the ground, beyond the hype? Read what Ian Scoones has to say.
  • 8 April 2016
    A new Open Access Special Issue of World Development based on work on the changing role of China and Brazil in Africa’s agriculture is now available (links to individual articles are below, and also via here).
  • 5 April 2016
  • 23 March 2016
    The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. In 2015, they estimated that a slowdown of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.
  • 22 March 2016
    I am using the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status. Migrants fleeing war and persecution are not a new phenomenon.
  • 22 March 2016
    The Nutrition for Growth Summit will take place on August 4 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the day before the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. Titus Mung’ou, Clementina Ngina and Manaan Mumma, from Kenya’s Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA), write for Eldis on the commitments they hope Kenya will make on this occasion.
  • 22 March 2016
    The BRICS Fallacy, an article by Ana Palacio recently sparked an online debate.
  • 22 March 2016
    In order to solve poverty and ecological crisis we need to tackle the irrationality of endless growth head on, argues Jason Hickel.
  • 22 March 2016
    Over the past five years big strides have been made to ensure that nutrition remains on the global, national and community-level agenda, writes Christine Muyama of Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Scaling up Nutrition.
  • 22 March 2016
    Many of the poorest and most marginalised groups have not benefitted enough from progress on the Millennium Development Goals. Tanvi Bhatkal of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) explains why a shift in attitude and policy is needed.
  • 22 March 2016
    With 2016 finally here it is time to look at what events might be worth attending or at least following in the coming year. This is by no means a definitive list but we wanted to make a few suggestions…
  • Doctor examines patients Nigeria Curt Carnemark World Bank CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Flickr
    23 February 2016
    V. Ramani, who has been selected as one of the 2016 Transform Nutrition Champions, writes for Eldis on his experience of working with others in Maharashtra to tackle child undernutrition.
    Tracy Zussman