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Rajiv Ram

Rajiv Ram is a visiting researcher at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in the DAPA programme’s markets division. Rajiv is an agrarian political economist and has specific interests in pro-poor rural development, linking smallholders into dynamic markets and smallholder organisations. He holds a BSc in Geography with Economics from the LSE (UK) and has recently completed a Masters in Development Studies from SOAS (UK).

Can organic farming feed the world?

A widely discussed issue relating to feeding the world’s growing population is the debate between conventional farming VS. organic methods. A special Read more...

Insights from the Campesino-to-Campesino agroecology movement in Cuba

In its January edition, the Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) documents the agroecology movement in Cuba. The article shows how peasant farmers have be Read more...

World food prices enter dangerous territory

Global food prices are reaching unprecedented levels signalling fears about food security and the possibility of political instability. The FAO food p Read more...

Everybody is talking about food!!!

In recent weeks food production has become one of the most hotly discussed global debates. In particular, a number of reports and comments have been r Read more...

State of the World 2011 report out!

The Worldwatch Institute has recently published its annual State of the World report titled, “Innovations that Nourish the Planet”, which Read more...

Land Grabbing

The New York Times (NYT) last month published an article discussing the displacement of small farmers in Africa as a result of land grabbing. Since th Read more...

Formal versus Informal Markets

Over the past few decades, huge transformations have taken place in the global agrifood industry. In particular this era of globalization has seen the Read more...

The top 100 most important questions for the future of global agriculture!

Last month, the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability published an article identifying the 100 most important questions facing the futu Read more...

Key Messages from the 2011 Rural Poverty Report

Just to add to Katie’s last post, I have summarised some the important messages of IFAD’s findings. Titled ‘’New realities, new challenges: new opport Read more...

Impact of climate change on food prices!!

The Guardian reports that climate change could lead to substantial increases in the prices of key staples such as maize and rice. This is based on new Read more...

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