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Customer News

Our customers news feeds are setup alphabetically, click on their name to be directed to the news feed located on this page.

AATF

AfricaRice

AGRA

Aids Healthcare Foundation

A New America

APIN

ASARECA

Asia Foundation

Bioversity International

CIAT

CIFOR

Crop Trust

DAI

FAO

FARA

FINCA

Gates Foundation

Hewlett Foundation

ICARDA

ICRISAT

IFPRI

IITA

ILRI

IUCN

Kellogg Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Access Group

The Rockefeller Foundation

WFP

World Agroforestry Centre



AATF

  • AATF to Mark International Women’s Day
    by pwerehire on March 7, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Left: We are happy at AATF – says the women workforce at AATF   This week the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) marks the International Women’s Day to celebrate women and challenge stereotypes in the society. To commemorate the day, marked globally on 8 March, AATF will have speeches from staff led by women professionals at the Foundation’s head offices in Nairobi, Kenya. Language Englis […]

  • Burkina Faso farmers still yearn for Bt Cotton
    by pwerehire on September 4, 2017 at 6:33 am

    By Suleiman Okoth Left: Mr Francois Traore (Centre) former president of Union of Cotton Producers (UNPC) in Burkina Faso with Dr Edgar Traore (Left), OFAB Burkina Faso – coordinator and Daniel Otunge (Right), Program Manager – OFAB Africa. In my journey to understand the intricacies of Bt Cotton in Burkina Faso, I had the rare opportunity to interview Mr Francois Traore through a translator in his modest residence about 10 kilometres from Burkina Faso capital, Ougoudougou. Language Englis […]

  • Mozambique harvests first genetically modified maize – Chókwè
    by pwerehire on August 15, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Mozambique harvested its first genetically modified maize on 14 August 2017 on an experimental plot at the Institute for Agrarian Research’s Chókwè agrarian station in the southern province of Gaza. Language Englis […]

  • The Kenya March 4 Science (#March4ScienceKE)
    by pwerehire on April 19, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Join us for March for Science on Saturday, 22 April 2017, from 9am to 12noon to commemorate the World Earth Day and march in support of science. In Kenya, the March will be held concurrently in Nairobi, Kirinyaga and Kakamega. The Kenya March for Science Language Englis […]

  • Uganda's Minister for Science and Technology visits AATF
    by pwerehire on March 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    The Ugandan Minister for Science and Technology, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye (right), visited AATF on Monday, 6 March, for discussions with management on the Foundation’s mandate.  The delegation was briefed on AATF mission, vision and mandate by the AATF Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Elhadj Adam Moussa. The delegation was also given an overview of AATF projects by Dr Emanuel Okogbenin, the Technical Director. Accompanying the Minister were Dr. Peter Ndemere, Executive Secretary UNCST, Hon. Eng. Language Englis […]



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AfricaRice

AfricaRice News releases AfricaRice is a leading pan-African rice research organization committed to improving livelihoods in Africa through strong science and effective partnerships. AfricaRice covers 24 member countries across Africa. AfricaRice is a member of the CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers.

  • Birthplace of African rice domestication identified in Mali
    by AfricaRice on July 5, 2018 at 1:00 am

    05 July 2018 © AfricaRice/R. Raman Togolese farmers from Danyi’s plateau still cultivate indigenous africain rice, Oryza glaberrima. An international study, coordinated by researchers from IRD-France, and involving the CEA and the Africa Rice Centre (AfricaRice), has identified the geographic origin of African rice domestication. By sequencing over 246 African wild and cultivated rice genomes, the … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Le berceau de la domestication du riz africain identifié au Mali
    by AfricaRice on July 5, 2018 at 1:00 am

    05 juillet 2018 © AfricaRice/R. Raman Les agriculteurs du plateau de Danyi (Togo) cultivent encore le riz africain indigène, Oryza glaberrima. Une étude internationale, coordonnée par des chercheurs de l’IRD, et associant le CEA et le Centre du riz pour l’Afrique (AfricaRice), identifie l’origine géographique de la domestication du riz africain. Grâce au séquençage de … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • AfricaRice launches $2-million inland valley project in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana
    by AfricaRice on June 25, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Key stakeholders gathered together at the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) headquarters, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 19 June 2018, to formally launch a landmark project aimed at boosting food, nutrition and income security of rural communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana through productive and sustainable use of inland valleys for rice-based systems, while conserving land and … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • AfricaRice lance un projet de 2 millions de $ sur les bas-fonds en Côte d’Ivoire et au Ghana
    by AfricaRice on June 25, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Le lancement officiel d’un projet phare visant à booster la sécurité alimentaire, nutritionnelle et financière des communautés rurales de la Côte d’Ivoire et du Ghana a réuni les acteurs clés le 19 juin 2018 au siège du Centre du riz pour l’Afrique (AfricaRice) à Abidjan, en Côte d’Ivoire. L’objectif global du projet serait atteint par … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • AfricaRice launches free mobile app for rice weed control in Africa
    by AfricaRice on April 5, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) has launched a powerful new decision-support tool, called ‘RiceAdvice-WeedManager,’ to help African rice farmers find the most effective and cost-efficient weed management strategies, matching their specific farming conditions and available resources. Potentially all rice farmers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) can benefit from this interactive tool as it can be used … Continue reading &rarr […]



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AGRA

  • IP POLICY
    by agra on August 15, 2018 at 6:59 am

    AGRA POLICY ON THE MANAGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ASSETS (IP POLICY) BACKGROUND, SCOPE AND OBJECTIVE Purpose: The purpose of this policy is to provide a framework governing the management of AGRA’s intellectual property assets arising from the creation, production, acquisition, licensing and protection of innovations and technology produced by AGRA in all its projects and […]

  • AfDB President Adesina calls for technology transfer to farmers
    by agra on August 15, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Washington, D.C., US, 6 August 2018 – The President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, has made an urgent call to give farmers across the continent new technologies with the potential to transform agricultural production. Adesina said the technology transfer was needed immediately and that evidence from countries like Nigeria demonstrated that technology […]

  • First Winner of the Africa Food Prize Using Award Money to Support Rural Youth
    by agra on August 15, 2018 at 6:33 am

    In his speech accepting the Africa Food Prize in 2016, Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze dedicated the Prize to Africa’s youth. “……with this prize, I pledge to continue to coach, mentor and inspire our younger generation in building a better and brighter future for this continent; our Africa,” said the then President of the International Fund […]

  • AGRA Board Member Mohohlo appointed Chancellor of the University of Botswana
    by agra on August 15, 2018 at 6:26 am

    President Mokgweetsi Masisi has, acting in accordance with Section 7 of the University of Botswana Act of 2008, appointed Linah Mohohlo as the Chancellor of the University of Botswana for a period of 5 years effective the 19th of July 2018 to 18 June 2023. Linah Mohohlo was the Governor of the Bank of Botswana […]

  • Africa’s land resources are its strategic reserves – Dr Nwanze
    by agra on August 15, 2018 at 6:24 am

    Africa’s countries must conserve their land resources as they are the most strategic reserves the continent owns, Dr Kanayo Nwanze has said. Dr Nwanze made the call during an exclusive interview with The New Times ahead of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) scheduled to take place next month. Nwanze is a board member of the Alliance […]



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Aids Healthcare Foundation

AHF AHF • Cutting Edge Medicine



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A New America

  • Good News From New Orleans! AnewAmerica is One of the Five Winners of The Renewal Awards!
    by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on April 3, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Good News from New Orleans!  AnewAmerica is one of the Five Winners of The Renewal Awards! At the 3rd Annual Renewal Summit on May 27, 2018 in New Orleans, AnewAmerica was recognized as one of the five winners of the Renewal Awards.  The Atlantic’s Renewal Awards recognize local organizations driving positive change in their communities and bringing progress to the country. Now in its 3rd year, the Awards culminate with five winners each receiving a $20,000 grant from Allstate to further their work. Five runners up also receive a $10,000 grant form Allstate. The Renewal Awards seek to illuminate these creative solutions: the local organizations and individuals banding together to confront the biggest challenges facing the country. Allstate is the underwriter of The Renewal Awards.  The Renewal Summit also featured a discussion with the recipients.  For more information, click on the link below.    AnewAmerica would like to thank The Atlantic and Allstate for the award and recognition.  We thank Allstate for the monetary award to help support our work.  We also wish to thank all of our supporters who voted for us and all of our funders, partners, volunteers, team members and friends who make our work possible!     THANK YOU!             CLICK HERE To see the disscussion at the Renewal Summit        &nbs […]

  • Quiere empezar su propio negocio?
    by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on February 11, 2017 at 1:48 am

      ¡ Clases empiezan pronto!El Programa Incubador de Negocios de AnewAmerica incluye: -15 clases de capazitacion de negocios-Asistencia personalizada y apoyo técnico por tres años-Acceso a capital, Incluyendo ahorros combinados y microcreditos de Kiva.Sin costo. ¡Usted sólo necesita tener compromiso personal!Para registrarse, comuniquese con nosotros. ivalerio@anewamerica.org (510)532-5240 […]

  • Want to start your own business?
    by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on February 11, 2017 at 1:48 am

     Register Today! East Bay Classes Start soon! Our business incubation program includes: -15 classes of business planning and basics.- Access to personalized technical assistance for three years.-Access to capital, Including micro-lending.No cost!  ONLY PERSONAL COMMIMENT REQUIRED! SPACE IS LIMITED. For More Information or to register, please contact us:by email: ivalerio@anewamerica.org or by phone: (510)532-5240 […]

  • ¿Así Que Quieres Ser el JEFE?
    by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on February 11, 2017 at 1:48 am

      ¿Así Que Quieres Ser el JEFE?   ¡Descubre lo que se necesita para ser dueño de una empresa! Hay un montón de cosas a considerar antes de dar el salto! ¿Qué tipo de negocio? ¿Cuáles son los desafíos? ¿Cuáles son las recompensas? ¿Es el movimiento correcto?   ¡El conocimiento es la clave del éxito!                                              Llame para mas informacion 408.326.2669 o email jgarcia@anewamerica.org     *Sin Costo hecho posible con el financiamiento de Silicon Valley Community Foundation y del U.S. Small Business Administration.    Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Women’s Business Center programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Also, language assistance services are available. Contact Janet Garcia at 408.326.2669 or at for language requests.      Photo Courtesy of #WOCTech Chat […]

  • So You Want to Be the Boss!
    by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on February 10, 2017 at 3:18 am

      So You Want to Be the BOSS?   Find Out What It Takes to Be a Business Owner!! There are a lot of things to consider before you take the leap!  What type of business? What are the challenges? What are the rewards? Is it the right move?  Knowledge is the Key to Success!!   * Made possible through generous funding from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Sobrato Family Foundation, and U.S. Small Business Administration.   For Questions Contact us at: 408.326.2669 or at jgarcia@anewamerica.org   Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Women’s Business Center programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Also, language assistance services are available. Contact Janet Garcia at 408.326.2669 or at for language requests.   Photo Courtesy of #WOCTech Chat   &nbs […]



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APIN

APIN Public Health Initiatives Improving Health, Changing Lives.

  • World Blood Donor Day Commemoration – June 14th – Secondary School Blood Safety Club (SSBSC) awareness campaign
    by Web Administrator on July 31, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Secondary School Blood Safety Club (SSBSC) awareness campaign World Blood Donor Day (WBDD), was established in 2004 to raise awareness on the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood. This is also one of eight official global public health campaigns recognized by World […] The post World Blood Donor Day Commemoration – June 14th – Secondary School Blood Safety Club (SSBSC) awareness campaign appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]

  • JUNE 14: Its World Blood Donor Day
    by Web Administrator on June 14, 2018 at 8:24 am

    JUNE 14: It’s another World Blood Donor Day The theme for 2018  world blood donor day campaign is “Blood Donation is an action of solidarity” with the slogan“Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share Life”. The campaign emphasizes the need to raise wider awareness that blood donation is an altruistic action that benefits all […] The post JUNE 14: Its World Blood Donor Day appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]

  • 13th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, 2018
    by Web Administrator on June 12, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Adherence 2018 (13th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence) took place June 8-10, 2018, at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, FL, USA. Sponsored by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), this annual series of conferences features the presentation and discussion of HIV treatment and biomedical prevention adherence research, as well as current […] The post 13th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, 2018 appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]

  • APIN BRAND UNVEILING – Press Statement
    by Web Administrator on March 22, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    APIN Unveils New Corporate Identity, To Expand Scope of Work APIN Public Health Initiatives, has unveiled its new corporate identity in Abuja at an event attended by dignitaries, partners, funders and other health related stakeholders. Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief Executive Director of the APIN, Dr. Prosper Okonkwo, said the operating experience in Nigeria […] The post APIN BRAND UNVEILING – Press Statement appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]

  • APIN BRAND UNVEILING NEWS!!!
    by Web Administrator on March 15, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    APIN BRAND UNVEILING NEWS A Brief History of APIN APIN Public Health Initiatives began its operations in Nigeria as AIDS Prevention Initiatives in Nigeria in the year 2000, as a project of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2004, the project received additional funding […] The post APIN BRAND UNVEILING NEWS!!! appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]



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ASARECA

  • Regional digital conference takes first step to fast-track ICTs in agriculture
    by admin.content on June 19, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    The First East African Digital Farmers' Conference and Exhibition,which kicked off on May 29 and ended on May 31, 2018,opened up exciting opportunities for learning, agenda setting and networking. The three-day regional conference,held at the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), assembled end-users, service providers, disseminators, regulators, policy formulators, and developers of Information and Communication Technologies(ICT) in the agricultural sector. First of its kind Read more about Regional digital conference takes first step to fast-track ICTs in agricultur […]

  • Eastern and Central Africa researchers fine-tune agriculture transformation project
    by admin.content on May 14, 2018 at 10:47 am

    The Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Transformation Project (ECAATP) stakeholders conducted a regional project Pre-Appraisal Mission from April 4 to 13, 2018 to double-check if all is set to kick-off ECAATP implementation Read more about Eastern and Central Africa researchers fine-tune agriculture transformation project […]

  • ASARECA searching for new Executive Secretary
    by admin.content on April 27, 2018 at 6:24 am

    The Association for Strengthening of Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) has hired a professional recruitment firm, DAMA Consultants Limited, to manage the process of identifying a competent individual to fill the post of Executive Secretary—ASARECA. According DAMA Consultants Limited, the prospective candidates must be nationals of ASARECA member countries namely: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Read more about ASARECA searching for new Executive Secretary […]

  • Discussions on ASARECA, CGIAR partnerships in ECAATP in high gear
    by admin.content on January 30, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    ASARECA convened a regional consultative workshop to discuss and identify modalities for consortium engagement and value addition to the Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Transformation (ECAATP) from January 15-16, 2018, in Entebbe Uganda. Read more about Discussions on ASARECA, CGIAR partnerships in ECAATP in high gear […]

  • ASARECA, ECAATP countries develop Monitoring Framework
    by admin.content on January 30, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    ASARECA convened a three-day regional Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) workshop of all Eastern and Central Africa Agriculture Project (ECAATP) member countries to harmonize the Results Framework and Theory of Change for the project. The workshop, which targeted mainly the M&E focal persons and national coordinators, comprehensively reviewed ECAATP indicators, set indicator targets, harmonized tools for baseline studies and developed a comprehensive Project Monitoring Plan (PMP). Read more about ASARECA, ECAATP countries develop Monitoring Framework […]



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Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation Working for a peaceful, just, and thriving Asia.

  • As a Woman My Country is the Whole World
    by Heather MacClelland on August 16, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    5:00 – 7:00 pm Sausalito Woman’s Club 120 Central Avenue Sausalito, CA 94965 The Asia Foundation Lotus Circle & the Sausalito Woman’s Club presents a conversation featuring Jane Sloane, Director, Women’s Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation. Sloane will talk about her journey to this global work in support of women human rights defenders and a global citizen movement, including what has sustained and inspired her own work as an activist and advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. Space is limited. Please register for this FREE event by September 25: The post As a Woman My Country is the Whole World appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

  • Disaster-Risk Management in Laos
    by Tracie Yang on August 15, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    In July, Lao PDR experienced significant increases in water levels due to heavy rains from the southwest monsoon. The adverse effects were exacerbated by Tropical Storm Son-Tinh, which blew through several provinces in the south on July 18. The tropical storm damaged one of seven dams in a large hydroelectric network along the Xe-Pian River, in Attapeu Province. Around 5 billion cubic meters of water were suddenly and devastatingly released downstream when the dam unexpectedly collapsed, affecting 13 villages and more than 16,000 people, over 10 percent of the province’s population. The flood of water and mud washed out roads and bridges and buried homes and buildings, leaving some 6,000 people homeless. The government has declared the region a national disaster area. The heavy rains have also affected other provinces, and the Lao government has reported flooding in 373 villages in 10 provinces, affecting roughly 1.5 million people. Lao PDR is exposed to many climate hazards, such as flooding, drought, landslides, storms, and typhoons. From 1970 to 2010, 33 natural hazard events were recorded, mostly floods and droughts, affecting almost 9 million people and causing economic damages of over USD 400 million. The Lao government is actively promoting public awareness of disaster-risk reduction. The last decade has seen an important shift in risk-management strategies, from a reactive approach, focused on post-disaster relief, to a more proactive approach, emphasizing pre-disaster preparedness and prevention. Disaster-risk management is coordinated through a relatively new network of provincial, district, and village Disaster Prevention and Control Committees (DPPCs). District and village disaster units are still nascent, however, and have been the focus of capacity building in recent years. The Asia Foundation and the Korean NGO Luminous Action OrganizatioN (LAON) are working together on a project called “Prepared and Resilient Communities in Lao PDR.” The goal is to increase communities’ resilience to disasters, particularly floods, in Luang Prabang Province by providing disaster-risk reduction and management training to provincial DPPCs, building a safe shelter and community center, and offering training to support disaster-resilient livelihoods in Xieng Ngeun District. The training approach draws on the Community Emergency Response Team... Read more The post Disaster-Risk Management in Laos appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

  • Towards Inclusive Cities: Women and Urban Planning in Myanmar
    by Tracie Yang on August 15, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    The world’s cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. The United Nations projects that 60 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2030 due to accelerating migration and urbanization. In Myanmar, as in other rapidly urbanizing countries, urban growth is placing increasing pressure on municipalities and other governing bodies to deliver quality public services that are responsive to local needs. In this environment, effective urban planning is of the utmost importance, but urban planning that is not inclusive, that overlooks or ignores the life experiences and unique needs of certain demographic groups, will inevitably deny those groups equal access to the social, economic, and political benefits of urban life. The Asia Foundation has conducted the first multi-city survey in Myanmar that specifically focuses on the well-being and life experiences of urban dwellers. The pilot City Life Survey polled 1,400 residents of the cities of Yangon, Taunggyi, and Hpa-an with the aim of analyzing various facets of urban life in Myanmar—from work, public transit, and taxation to green spaces. It provides preliminary data for municipal leaders to become better informed and more responsive to their constituents’ needs. With gender-disaggregated data and an equal representation of men and women respondents, the report offers new insight into the different urban life experiences of these two fundamental demographic groups. Women and the city According to the City Life Survey, urban women and men in Myanmar are equally educated, but women are almost twice as likely to be unemployed and not looking for a job. Women are more likely to be responsible for childcare and housework—19 percent of men reported doing no housework or childcare at all, compared to just 5 percent of women. Women who spend 11–15 hours per day on domestic labor outnumber men by a factor of more than four—14 percent to 3 percent. These data strongly suggest that women have a very different urban life experience than men. Cities around the world historically have been planned predominantly by men. When women aren’t part of the planning process, the unique circumstances of women’s lives tend to be ignored,... Read more The post Towards Inclusive Cities: Women and Urban Planning in Myanmar appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

  • How Asia Is Viewing the Trump Presidency
    by Tracie Yang on August 15, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    This week, we present an essay from the Foundation’s Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia: An Early Assessment of the Trump Presidency. This project convened a symposium of influential Asian thought leaders for ongoing discussions of U.S. foreign policy priorities in Asia. Former Asia Foundation trustee Harry Harding reflects on the participants’ views. The symposium on which these essays draw, convened by The Asia Foundation, the American Center of Hong Kong, and City University of Hong Kong earlier this year, provided a valuable opportunity to hear Asian assessments of the Trump administration’s Asia policy 14 months after the new president assumed office. As he did throughout his campaign, President Trump entered office questioning many of the long-standing assumptions underlying American foreign policy, both regionally and globally. He promised to reject both these assumptions and the foreign policy elites who championed them. Now in the second year of his term, the president has repeatedly challenged America’s commitment to free trade, its reliance on regional trade and security architecture, and its devotion to human rights. How do thoughtful Asian observers evaluate these developments? And do they regard the president’s views simply as a temporary consequence of his unexpected election that will be swept away at the end of his term, or as deeper, more enduring trends that foreshadow the decline and retreat of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region? Interestingly, the opinions expressed by symposium participants on these issues were neither as polarized nor as extreme as one may encounter in other parts of the globe, including the United States. Instead, they reflected a blend of relief, approval, confusion, and concern across a large number of important regional issues. Their complex and often subtle analysis warrants careful consideration by their American counterparts. Relief The relief expressed by many of the Asian participants reflected their realization that many of the preconceptions about the incoming Trump administration, based on Trump’s campaign statements, the views of his political base, the positions of some of his advisers, and the characterizations by his opponents, have thus far proved unfounded. Many Asians had feared that Trump... Read more The post How Asia Is Viewing the Trump Presidency appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

  • The Price of Power: The Political Economy of Electricity Trade and Hydropower in Eastern South Asia
    by Tracie Yang on August 15, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Grand experiments in geopolitics often begin by cautiously testing new ways of doing things. Sovereign states calibrate and then recalibrate their visions by expanding and aligning interests with their neighbors, with the hope that the sum of what is achieved is greater than its parts. Recent actions indicate that this is underway in South Asia’s nascent regional energy trade. These signs of progress are important for two key reasons. First, though countries in South and Central Asia suffer from chronic mistrust, energy trade creates interdependence, which is a somewhat reliable predictor of further openness in interstate relations. Second, the Paris Agreement on climate change has played a significant role in pushing the West and emerging markets to prioritize carbon-emissions mitigation. Regional electricity trade could play an important role in achieving a greener energy mix. In a new report from The Asia Foundation, The Price of Power, authors Aditya Valiathan Pillai and Sagar Prasai analyze the political, economic, and environmental imperatives that may herald a new pragmatism in regional energy cooperation in South Asia. In the winter of 2016, India’s Ministry of Power issued guidelines that defined the limits of electricity trade with South Asian neighbors. In a phraseological departure from earlier documents on regional power cooperation, it called electricity a “strategic” commodity. This is with reason. Electricity’s central role in economic growth makes it a focal point for contestations in democratic politics across the world, and it is no different in South Asia. The interdependencies created by regional electricity markets can diversify the generation pool and reduce the cost of electricity, but, like all forms of regional cooperation, they are also a vulnerability. The process of their creation must, therefore, first pass the test of politics.   A failure of trust in South Asia has led to the creation of a subregional bloc called BBIN (an abbreviation for Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal), which today serves as the functional core of the South Asian regional project. One of the bright spots of BBIN has been the growth of cross-border electricity trade between the four countries. The complementarity of supply and demand in the four... Read more The post The Price of Power: The Political Economy of Electricity Trade and Hydropower in Eastern South Asia appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]



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Bioversity International



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CIAT

CIAT The International Center for Tropical Agriculture is a not-for-profit research and development organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger while protecting natural resources in developing countries.



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CIFOR

Center for International Forestry Research Center for International Forestry Research



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Crop Trust

Crop Trust Securing our food, forever.

  • The Art of the Multilateral Deal
    by Cierra Martin on August 8, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Luigi Guarino | Crop Trust Director of Science and Programs Imagine I’m your neighbour, and I have something you want, a tool say, to fix your car. Can we come […] The post The Art of the Multilateral Deal appeared first on Crop Trust. […]

  • ‘Wild’ Times at the Crop Trust
    by Cierra Martin on July 25, 2018 at 10:19 am

    It’s been a particularly “wild” time for many Crop Trust staff recently, with teams heading to far-flung corners of the world – and often far off the beaten path – […] The post ‘Wild’ Times at the Crop Trust appeared first on Crop Trust. […]

  • Tim Fischer elected for a second term as Crop Trust Executive Board Chair
    by Cierra Martin on June 27, 2018 at 7:00 am

    (BONN, GERMANY – 27th June 2018) – Australia’s former Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer, has been elected for a second term as Executive Board Chair of the Crop Trust. Tim […] The post Tim Fischer elected for a second term as Crop Trust Executive Board Chair appeared first on Crop Trust. […]

  • Representatives of CWR Project visit Embrapa Temperate Agriculture
    by Cierra Martin on June 11, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Last Monday, a Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) Project delegation visited Embrapa Temperate Agriculture (Pelotas, RS) to learn more about the work of rescuing wild potato relatives – one of the branches […] The post Representatives of CWR Project visit Embrapa Temperate Agriculture appeared first on Crop Trust. […]

  • Forward and Upward: Spirit of our GOAL Workshop in Latin America
    by Cierra Martin on June 11, 2018 at 10:34 am

    When you hear the word ‘quality’ what comes to mind? This was the question posed by Janny van Beem, the Crop Trust’s Quality Management Specialist, at our most recent Genebank […] The post Forward and Upward: Spirit of our GOAL Workshop in Latin America appeared first on Crop Trust. […]



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DAI

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  • DAI to Present at 2018 SEEP Annual Conference in October
    on August 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    DAI is delighted to be presenting three panels at the upcoming 2018 SEEP Annual Conference, “Collaboration for Impact,” taking place in Arlington, Virginia, October 1–3. The conference features plenaries with industry experts, 25 member-led peer learning sessions, four donor-sponsored lunch dialogues and the third edition of the much-acclaimed SEEP Fail Fest. The first panel, chaired by our Senior Agriculture Specialist Don Humpal, is called “Trading Up to Agricultural Transformation: Smallholder Crop Aggregation and Markets.” Panelists from DAI, the East Africa Grain Council, and Michigan State University will discuss how today’s African food systems shift to meet the needs of rapidly urbanizing populations. Trade between food-surplus and food-deficit nations in Africa is essential to improve regional food security and smallholder livelihoods. Participants will explore current and evolving models to deliver more benefits from trade. The second panel is called “Collaborating with the Businesses: Women’s ROI in the Workplace.” DAI representatives from the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID)-funded Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund (AWEF). The panelists will discuss how to effectively calculate the value of women’s access and agency with business settings and consider how businesses analyze this data to make decisions. Presenting AWEF’s findings from its work within the Ready Made Garment Sector in Egypt, the panel will consider how implementers could identify new methods for calculating, pitching and monitoring the return on investment of women’s increased engagement in ways the private sector understands. The session will showcase different perspectives, including donors, the private sector, and practitioner views to present a cost benefit analysis and the value for money of enhancing women’s access and agency. Participants will learn about practical lessons learned and explore a new tool for calculating return on investment on women’s access and agency in the workplace. Panelists include all AWEF partner organizations: DAI Europe, Arafa Holdings, MarketShare Associates, and DFID. Finally, the third panel in which DAI is presenting is called “Fulfilling Project Evidence Needs: A Customer-Centric Approach to Measuring Impact.” In this interactive session, market systems and monitoring and evaluation practitioners explore the opportunities and limitations of using data collected by businesses to fulfill a project’s evidence needs. Panelists from Acumen, DAI’s Mozambique—Feed the Future Agricultural Innovations (INOVA) project, EcoVentures International, and MarketShare Associates will discuss how to incentivize and support partners to track and use evidence as it related to customer satisfaction and growth strategies, creating positive market system change while responding to donor monitoring and reporting requirements. The Small Enterprise and Education Promotion Network–The S.E.E.P. Network was started 1985 as a group of U.S.-based nongovernmental groups that worked in enterprise development and microcredit, seeking to promote economic opportunities for the world’s poor. It evolved over the years and today, with active members in 160 countries, is a global network of diverse organizational types and geographies. Follow news about the conference online with the hashtag #SEEP2018. […]

  • Governor-Elect Gives Keynote at DAI Board Meeting in Nigeria
    on August 9, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    DAI’s Board was treated to a keynote speech by Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor-Elect or Ekiti State, in Nigeria as part of its quarterly meeting, which is held once per year in a country where DAI works. […]

  • DAI Hosts Third Mandela Washington Fellow
    on August 8, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    DAI is delighted to welcome Soilihi Massoundi as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Soilihi will work through September with DAI’s Youth and Workforce Development global practice on knowledge management and business development initiatives. […]

  • Now Available: The Summer 2018 Issue of DAI’s Developments Newsletter
    on July 20, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    The Summer 2018 issue of DAI’s Developments newsletter is now available. Our lead story looks at Nigeria—Africa’s most populous nation—and how the oil-rich nation can fulfill its significant economic upside. DAI’s Nigeria Country Director Joe Abah, trade and investment expert Juan Estrada-Valle, and market systems specialist Bill Grant discuss issues such as the impact of the country’s devalued currency, which has increased Nigeria’s competitiveness. Across the continent, a Kenya-based USAID program helped leverage $100 million in commercial investment in sectors as diverse as agribusiness, mobile technology, and apparel. In addition to filling market needs in East Africa, the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub is demonstrating that private investors can invest and profit in developing nations when presented with sound, market-driven opportunities, and where risk is mitigated by means of carefully deployed donor capital. DAI’s Brigit Helms and Kanini Mutooni explain. SwitchPoint conference breakout session that examined how health care entrepreneurs can improve their business proposals. In North Carolina, the 7th annual SwitchPoint conference, photo above, brought together 400 technology and health experts to brainstorm tech-fueled solutions in health care. Attendees came away with new ideas for how applied technology can accelerate health results for the world’s suffering people, especially in marginalized locales, reports Developments Editor Charles Coon. Other features: When market forces are harnessed in developing countries, great things can happen—such as countries with surplus food selling to countries that need food, writes Yohannes Assefa. Most of Africa’s food supply is dependent on seed, and the number one seed challenge in sub-Saharan Africa is quality. DAI’s Tracy Mitchell and Don Humpal make four recommendations that would improve seed systems to benefit millions of smallholder farmers. The USAID Jordan Workforce Development project helped Jordan establish employment services driven by supply and demand that can flexibly address the country’s youth unemployment bubble, reports Samer Badawi. Also from Jordan, DAI Board member Marwan Juma reflects on what the Kingdom has learned from its efforts to mobilize business and create jobs on the frontline of the Syrian refugee crisis. DAI has again been named a main implementing partner for the European Commission (EC) 2018–2022 Frameworks contracts, an agile development programming tool to quickly source and execute short-term research and pilot projects around the world. DAI’s Adam Pierzchala reports. A DAI-led consortium provided the U.K. Department of International Development with guidance to inform programming that addresses the 75 million children who cannot go to school because they have been driven from their homes by war, crisis, and natural disaster. Christian Haussner summarizes the recommendations. Young people in Lebanon who wish to start or grow social enterprises to help address the country’s challenges—including problems stemming from the Syrian refugee crisis—are making progress with assistance and funding from the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Story by Hoda Salman. To sign up for DAI news, newsletters, technical articles, and job postings, click here. […]

  • DAI Named USAID’s Large Business Partner of the Year
    on July 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has named DAI its USAID Large Business Partner of the Year in recognition of the firm’s work with small businesses in 2017. From left, USAID Acting Deputy Administrator David Moore, DAI Senior VP Zan Northrip, and USAID Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Director Mauricio Vera. Photo: USAID. […]



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  • The Unbanked Challenge: Unprepared
    by Reena Vadehra on August 10, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    What does it mean to be unbanked? It means being unprepared to plan for the future. The post The Unbanked Challenge: Unprepared appeared first on FINCA International. […]

  • FINCA Advisory Council Event Engages Supporters on Social Enterprise
    by Denis Okello on August 9, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    The inaugural FINCA Advisory Council event brought together supporters for a panel discussion on social enterprise and impact investing, including an appearance by FINCA Ventures investee, Amped Innovation. The post FINCA Advisory Council Event Engages Supporters on Social Enterprise appeared first on FINCA International. […]

  • FINCA International Welcomes Judith Reyes as General Counsel
    by Michael Leen on August 7, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Judith Reyes joins the senior management team at FINCA International as General Counsel, bringing nearly 15 years of expert legal experience in nonprofit foundations and corporate firms. The post FINCA International Welcomes Judith Reyes as General Counsel appeared first on FINCA International. […]

  • A Shifting Frontier: How Mobile Money is Reshaping the Gender Gap in Financial Inclusion
    by Scott Graham on August 6, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Women are more likely than men to be shut out from financial services. Scott Graham explores whether financial technologies can help women break the cycle of poverty and financial exclusion. The post A Shifting Frontier: How Mobile Money is Reshaping the Gender Gap in Financial Inclusion appeared first on FINCA International. […]

  • Case Study: The Business Case for Digital Financial Services
    by Denis Okello on August 2, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    The International Finance Corporation and the Mastercard Foundation present key elements of a financial model for a digital financial service. The report features the work of FINCA DR Congo. The post Case Study: The Business Case for Digital Financial Services appeared first on FINCA International. […]



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  • Maine’s ranked choice voting could lead the way to a healthier U.S. democracy
    by threespot on August 16, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    After two years of wrangling, Maine just became the first state in the country to pass and uphold ranked choice voting, which lets voters rank the candidates in order of preference rather than casting a vote for just one. This change to Maine’s electoral system could create more civil campaigns that better represent the preferences… The post Maine’s ranked choice voting could lead the way to a healthier U.S. democracy appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

  • How effective are former governors as legislators in Congress?
    by Kate Payne on August 8, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Governors form a subset of senators with the unique experience of serving as chief executives of their states. Adapting to a legislative body requires a different way of solving problems and getting things done for their constituents. How do they stack up as legislators compared to senators with other backgrounds? The answer seems to be ... The post How effective are former governors as legislators in Congress? appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

  • How not to do feminist open government – and one big idea that can help
    by Kate Payne on August 3, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    There were no all-male panels at the Open Government Partnership Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia last month. There were three panels on gender and a full-day on feminist open government. These are baby steps toward the aspiration of Feminist Open Government that the government of Canada, which now co-chairs the Open Government Partnership, is promoting. But they ... The post How not to do feminist open government – and one big idea that can help appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

  • Q&A with Margot Fahnestock: A teen-centered approach to contraception in Zambia and Kenya
    by Kate Payne on July 25, 2018 at 1:12 am

    Can a creative teen-centered design process help increase young women’s access to contraception? We thought it might when we funded a new partnership between IDEO.org and Marie Stopes International in Zambia and Kenya in 2013. An independent evaluation that we commissioned from Itad provides new insights about the human-centered design approach to adolescent reproductive health.… The post Q&A with Margot Fahnestock: A teen-centered approach to contraception in Zambia and Kenya appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

  • Promise and progress on family planning in Francophone West Africa
    by Kate Payne on July 25, 2018 at 1:07 am

    The nine countries that comprise Francophone West Africa have some of the highest maternal fertility rates, lowest contraceptive rates, and highest number of maternal deaths of any region in the world. Yet they receive less investment from international donors—particularly for family planning—than other regions in sub-Saharan Africa. The Hewlett Foundation gave an initial grant to ... The post Promise and progress on family planning in Francophone West Africa appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]



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    • High-level Smart Food pitch at Crawford Fund Conference in Australia’s Parliament House
      by mfareed on August 17, 2018 at 9:29 am

      Australian Foreign Minister calls it an ‘exciting breakthrough’ Can we change global diets so they get smarter – more nutritious and more environment friendly with Smart Food? This was the pitch of ICRISAT’s Assistant Director General Joanna Kane-Potaka at the Crawford Fund annual conference 2018. Held at the Parliament House in Australia, Kane-Potaka said Smart... Read Mor […]

    • Three sorghum varieties released in Nigeria
      by mfareed on August 17, 2018 at 9:27 am

        Nigeria’s National Committee on Variety Naming, Registration and Release on 26 July 2018, approved the registration and release of two medium-maturing sorghum varieties, SAMSORG 47 as ZAUNA-INUWA, SAMSORG 48 as KAURA BORNU, and an early medium-maturing variety, SAMSORG 49 as CF35:5, in Nigeria. SAMSORG 47 (ZAUNA INUWA) was developed from indigenous sorghum germplasm materials... Read Mor […]

    • Modern, cutting-edge, collaborative – management of breeding data receives a boost across Africa
      by mfareed on August 10, 2018 at 9:14 am

      A hackathon, data migration and capacity building – it was a busy month for ICRISAT’s efforts to modernize databases and strengthen breeding data management. Crop breeding programs can be much more effective with modern data management tools. This is just what a workshop series across Africa with National Agricultural Research System (NARS) partners and ICRISAT... Read Mor […]

    • Water impact: When over 15,000 tanks were restored, how did lives of smallholder farmers change?
      by mfareed on August 10, 2018 at 9:01 am

      Soil, water and socio-economic impact of Telangana state government’s Mission Kakatiya to be assessed by ICRISAT scientists A unique mission of the state government of Telangana in India, that aims to restore over 46,000 tanks across the state, will now assess the impact it is making. With over 15,000 tanks, restored, the soil, water changes... Read Mor […]

    • Tying up with one of China’s oldest agri-science academies to accelerate modern research pursuits
      by mfareed on August 10, 2018 at 8:59 am

      To foster joint academic and research pursuits and to explore future collaborative ventures, the Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences (ZAAS), a non-profit agricultural research institution, signed an MoU with ICRISAT. The agreement facilitates the exchange of scientific materials, publications and information. Academic, research and other staff will participate in teaching, training, research for development programs... Read Mor […]



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    • IFPRI Researchers Distinguished with Numerous Awards at International Conference of Agricultural Economists
      by dsample on August 3, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      Aug 3, 2018 Press Release IFPRI Researchers Distinguished with Numerous Awards at International Conference of Agricultural Economists August 3, 2018, Washington, D.C. – Several IFPRI researchers were recognized with prestigious awards at the 30thInternational Conference for Agricultural Economists this week. Research Fellow Berber Kramer and received the T.W. Shultz Prize for Best Co […]

    • Iron-Biofortified Pearl Millet (Bajra) Consumption Improves Cognitive Outcomes in Indian Adolescents
      by saggarwal on July 30, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      Jul 30, 2018 Press Release Iron-Biofortified Pearl Millet (Bajra) Consumption Improves Cognitive Outcomes in Indian Adolescents Consuming biofortified pearl millet (bajra) improves learning and mental abilities related to perception, attention, and memory among Indian adolescents, according to a new study. […]

    • A Sustainable Food Future for Human and Planetary Health
      by dsample on July 26, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Jul 27, 2018 Press Statement A Sustainable Food Future for Human and Planetary Health Statement by Shenggen FanDirector General, IFPRI(as prepared) G20 Agriculture Ministers Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina 27 July 2018  Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to commend the G20 Agriculture Ministers for their continu […]

    • Modern Technologies Increase Ethiopian Small Farmers’ Wheat Yields by 14 percent
      by saggarwal on July 17, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Jul 5, 2018 Ethiopia Press Release Modern Technologies Increase Ethiopian Small Farmers’ Wheat Yields by 14 percent Washington, D.C: Usage of certified seeds, improved farming techniques and a guaranteed market for the wheat crop led to an increase in smallholder Ethiopian farmers’ wheat yields by an average 14 percent, according to a new study by the International […]

    • China’s road to food security in a time of rising trade protectionism
      by dsample on June 26, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Jun 26, 2018 Press Release China’s road to food security in a time of rising trade protectionism Washington, DC – The rise of trade protectionism and antiglobalism around the world pose a considerable threat to global food security and nutrition. Two new reports launched in Beijing today provided critical analyses on the impact of trade disputes a […]



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    • Sustain
      by Nicole Bachelard on August 15, 2018 at 7:31 am

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    • Empowering whistleblowers is the key to combating wildlife crime
      by Nicole Bachelard on August 7, 2018 at 7:17 am

      Whistleblowers have been effective at combatting financial and corporate crime, but are sorely lacking in the sphere of wildlife crime. If empowered to combat it, whistleblowers could be fundamental to dismantling the wildlife crime economy, writes Scott Hajost, Managing Director, Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program, National Whistleblower Center. The wildlife trade involves hundreds of millions of individual plants and animals from tens of thousands of species. Photo: Dan Challender/Save Vietnam's Wildlife We are in the midst of a global extinction crisis. Wildlife crime, a multibillion dollar industry, is an epidemic that threatens terrestrial and marine life. Many methods are being deployed on the national, subnational and international levels to combat wildlife trafficking, including anti-poaching campaigns, demand reduction, and public-private partnerships. However, a critical part of the current enforcement regime has yet to be activated – whistleblowers.  Whitleblowers should be encouraged and incentivized to report the trafficking of elephant ivory and other illegal products made from threatened species. Photo: USFWS At its core, wildlife trafficking is a business. Whistleblowers have been incredibly effective in cracking down on financial and corporate crimes. It is time we apply this methodology to the wildlife sphere.  If we make reporting crime more lucrative than participating in it, there will be a sea change in how the wildlife crime industry operates.  Certain US whistleblower laws provide rewards for information that lead to successful prosecution of criminals. In short – they provide a monetary incentive to report illicit activity. By empowering whistleblowers, we can change the calculus of participating in wildlife crime. If we make reporting crime more lucrative than participating in it, there will be a sea change in how the wildlife crime industry operates.  How it works: the application of US legal tools There are US whistleblower reward laws with international jurisdiction that can be used to combat wildlife crime. Two of these laws are the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The False Claims Act The FCA is the US’ number one litigation tool against those who defraud the government. It penalizes customs fraud, among other things, and has been incredibly successful in cracking down on crime in the non-wildlife context. For example, in late 2017, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York settled a case against Notations, a garment wholesaler. The case was originally brought by a whistleblower. Notations admitted to ignoring repeated warning signs that its Chinese importer was lying about the value of its imported goods to avoid paying customs fees. As a result, Notations is being penalized US$1 million in fines. While the US Department of Justice did not release the portion of the reward that went to the whistleblower, under the FCA a whistleblower plaintiff is entitled to somewhere between 15% and 30% of the total reward.  The principles of this case can and should be applied to the wildlife crime context. Illicit wildlife products are frequently smuggled through ports – by air, land, and sea – and are able to pass through customs based on falsified documents. Evidence of these falsified documents would provide a strong basis for an FCA case. Replace garments with elephant ivory, pangolin scales, or illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing products. The method of litigating the case is the same, and the whistleblower reward provision still applies.   The US’ False Claims Act is a powerful tool to stop illegal wildlife trade at ports of exit and entry. Photo: US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kitt Amaritnant / Wikimedia Commons In 2017 alone, of the US$3.7 billion recovered by the US government under the FCA, US$ 3.4 billion was recovered due to whistleblower disclosures. Of the recovered funds, whistleblowers received US$392 million in rewards.  There are multiple reasons as to why the FCA is such a powerful tool for halting wildlife crime. Not only is there a clearly-delineated evidentiary threshold for litigation, but also non-US citizens are eligible for whistleblower rewards. Even NGOs can blow the whistle and be eligible to receive compensation. (In 2017, the Natural Resources Defense Council, a fellow IUCN member, received a portion of a $920,000 award under the FCA.) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act The FCPA can also be used to litigate wildlife crime cases that occur outside the US.  It prohibits publicly-traded corporations, both US and international, from paying bribes to foreign officials. The FCPA also mandates proper financial record keeping. Jurisdiction is established when foreign companies permit US investors to buy their stocks through the use of American Depositary Receipts (ADRs). In the wildlife crime context, if an individual has evidence of inaccurate financial record keeping that covers up wildlife trafficking, or papers that show the wiring of funds to pay for illegal wildlife products, there may be sufficient evidence to litigate an FCPA case so long as the company involved is under its jurisdiction. This jurisdiction includes an extensive list of foreign companies. Money is an instrumental element to oiling the cogs of the wildlife trade, and illicit transactions leave a paper trail. From 2011 to 2017, 2,655 whistleblowers from 113 countries filed claims under the FCPA whistleblower reward provision. Over US$30 million has been paid to non-US citizens who reported bribes paid overseas. FCPA prosecutions have included cases in which bribes were paid at ports in Kenya and to government officials in Argentina. Whistleblowers are eligible to receive between 10% and 30% of the total amount recovered after a successful prosecution. Again, this could be a game-changer in the area of wildlife crime. Money is an instrumental element to oiling the cogs of the wildlife trade, and illicit transactions leave a paper trail. If someone has evidence of bribery or other financial transactions passed through a US or US-linked corporation that facilitated wildlife trafficking, there may be a basis for an FCPA case.   The FCA and FCPA are just two examples of US whistleblower award laws that can be applied to the wildlife context. There are numerous other whistleblower award laws, including some that are conservation-specific, that can be leveraged to halt not only wildlife crime but also environmental pollution.  Our Work at National Whistleblower Center National Whistleblower Center (NWC) was selected as a Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Global Crime Tech Challenge, an initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with fellow IUCN members National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and TRAFFIC.  As part of our mandate as a winner of the Crime Tech Challenge, we are promoting the existence of these whistleblower reward laws. Our Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program seeks to inform wildlife whistleblowers of their rights and educate NGOs about these powerful legal tools at their disposal.  It is time to empower whistleblowers in the wildlife sphere, to bolster law enforcement and conservation efforts. Photo: Leslie Rose Photography Litigating these cases, and winning, will send a powerful message to both the demand-side of wildlife crime and its facilitators: that they are culpable, and that they must implement internal compliance measures or risk recurring penalties.  Leveraging whistleblower reward laws is about dismantling the wildlife crime system by holding the most powerful players accountable.  It also empowers individuals within the criminal economy to take a stand against the wider systemic forces that they are subject to. Leveraging whistleblower reward laws is about dismantling the wildlife crime system by holding the most powerful players accountable.  Our methodology has great potential but it is sorely underutilized. Only together we can work to successfully dismantle the wildlife crime economy.  Topic: BiodiversityWildlife trafficking Author:  Scott Hajost Scott Hajost is the Managing Director of the Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program at the National Whistleblower Center in Washington, D.C. – an IUCN Member organisation. He is an international lawyer and environmental policy and law expert with over 37 years’ experience working with the US government, NGOs, multilateral institutions and leading global environment and development projects. Mr. Hajost was formerly Executive Director of the IUCN USA Multilateral Office. He is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the IUCN US National Committee, Vice-Chair of the Board of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition, and a member of several IUCN commissions including the World Commission on Environmental Law. […]

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    • Emerging Care Delivery Models Where Payers and Providers Become One
      by Jim Cimino on June 21, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD – Chief Medical Officer June 21, 2018 The trend of reducing health care costs through global capitation and aggressive contracting from payer/provider integration has and will continue to expand in the health care market. This combination will provide a solid singular force in reducing cost and improving outcomes. Recent announcements of unusual entities entering the market, such as Amazon, CVS, and Walmart, are an example of this phenomenon. Developers and utilizers of clinical pathways should be aware of these new models and how pathways may need to be adapted in light of these atypical models. The principles and structures of Kaiser Permanente and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) may represent future models of care. Providers, pathways developers, and payers alike should take note of these new models. Click here to learn mor […]

    • An Answer to Randomly Designed Behavior-Change Programs
      by Jim Cimino on March 14, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      One of the key topics in health care relates to how to change patient behavior. Over the years, many programs have been developed and implemented with varying results. In 2011, Professor Susan Mitchie and colleagues at the University College of London conducted an intensive search and spoke with several behavioral change experts to identify 19 programs that addressed health-related behavior change. […]

    • Who Really Controls Treatment Selection? It’s Not Always Who You Think
      by Jim Cimino on February 26, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      New policies and legislation related to health care reform mean that control over prescription drugs selections may also shift within different markets. For providers and provider groups creating clinical protocols for a disease state, it is important to understand the various stakeholder biases in real-world contexts, so that appropriate prompts may be integrated into the protocol in order to achieve the best outcomes. Drug selection will vary greatly based on the insurer’s position, disease state, health system, and patient. […]

    • Water Street Completes Dual Acquisitions to Continue Building Life Sciences Commercialization Services Platform
      by redwards on December 5, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Health Care Firm Acquires Alliance Life Sciences and Health Strategies Group CHICAGO – December 5, 2017 – Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry, announced today that it has completed two acquisitions to continue building a leading global life sciences’ commercialization services platform. The health care firm has acquired Alliance Life Sciences (Alliance) and Health Strategies Group. Water Street will bring the two companies together with The Access Group, a business it acquired last year, under a global enterprise that will offer life sciences companies a suite of commercialization services to support them with bringing new therapies to market, and gaining and sustaining market access and share. “We are excited to be at the forefront of helping life sciences firms develop, manage and deliver new outcomes-based therapies that address specific patient populations and diseases,” said Jim Lang, an executive advisor with Water Street who will serve as executive chairman of the newly combined enterprise. “By bringing these two market-leading companies together with The Access Group, we are taking the next step toward building a global leader that will offer life sciences companies an integrated portfolio of solutions to help them bring the right therapies to the right patients at the right value.” Founded in 1992, Health Strategies Group is the leader in market access intelligence and customized research for pharmaceutical and biotech professionals. Its team of analysts dissects trends and identifies opportunities to help companies optimize their product access and distribution. Alliance, founded in 2008, specializes in maximizing revenue and optimizing pricing for its customers. The firm offers a broad array of global pricing analytic tools and data, outsourced contract and revenue management services, including business process outsourcing, and digital marketing operational services. “Together with Health Strategies Group and The Access Group, we will offer our customers a deeper and more extensive portfolio of next-generation solutions that address the entire spectrum of their commercial needs,” said Emmanuel Doe, CEO, Alliance. “As one entity, we will have a greater impact on aligning outcomes among patients, caregivers, physicians and payers for pharmaceutical and medical device products.” Rod Cavin, managing director, Health Strategies Group, added: “We are thrilled to join forces with Alliance and The Access Group. Our clients are working incredibly fast and hard to bring new and life-changing therapies to market. Building this platform with Water Street enables us to combine our research capabilities with new services that will accelerate getting these therapies to the patients who need them.” Water Street’s new global enterprise will work with life sciences companies to introduce new therapies and optimize existing therapies to targeted patient populations through the following suite of solutions: Strategic and Advisory Consulting Services Agency Implementation and Execution Research, Data and Analytics Products Turnkey Outsourced Operations Alliance, Health Strategies Group and The Access Group will continue to operate under their current names and leadership teams. The executives of each company will report to the holding company’s board of directors spearheaded by Executive Chairman Jim Lang. Financial details of the acquisitions are not being disclosed. About Alliance Alliance Life Sciences is a global innovator that delivers peace of mind and unlocks business value with unique solutions to complex commercial problems. With more than 15 years of dedicated life sciences experience, its worldwide team of experts provides insights and solves problems in contracting, pricing, reimbursement, and commercial operations. Alliance serves top pharmaceutical manufacturers, mid-market life sciences companies, and multiple medical device and diagnostic firms. For more information,... […]

    • A Major System Change is Under Way
      by redwards on October 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Scott Guerin, PhD – Senior Director, Government Policy Systems & Analytics October 27, 2017 Yesterday CVS made an offer to acquire Aetna. This is a true game changer for 2 reasons. The first is that it represents the most significant national integration of a service provider and a payer. Second, this defensive play by CVS is ahead of Amazon entering the pharmaceutical distribution market. Amazon’s presence will result in consumers having much more control. The bottom line is that the market is quickly providing tools and channels to give providers and patients more control of treatment selection. Click here to learn mor […]



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    • Puerto Rico’s Path to Resilient Recovery and Reconstruction
      by Joseph Peralta on August 15, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      Last fall, the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, The Rockefeller Foundation, and 100 Resilient Cities came together to support the Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission, a collaborative effort led by Puerto Rico’s philanthropic, business, government, and NGO sectors to build back an island that is physically, socially and economically resilient for the future. In June, the Commission released the ReImagina Puerto Rico Report, a […] The post Puerto Rico’s Path to Resilient Recovery and Reconstruction appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

    • Bringing Scale to the Impact Investing Industry
      by Joseph Peralta on August 15, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      In 2007, the term “impact investing” was coined by The Rockefeller Foundation, putting a name to investments made with the intention of generating both financial return and social and/or environmental impact. Ten years on, unprecedented capital is flowing into the space with many of the world’s blue-chip investment firms creating dedicated funds and products. From […] The post Bringing Scale to the Impact Investing Industry appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

    • Addressing the $1,000 Problem: Experimentation to Evolve our Social Safety Net
      by Joseph Peralta on July 30, 2018 at 7:13 pm

      Five months ago, The Rockefeller Foundation teamed up with The Workers Lab to launch a design sprint for social change to address the $1,000 problem with a promise to share real-time learning from our work. Over the past few months, we’ve gathered insights on the merits of applying product development methodologies from the tech industry […] The post Addressing the $1,000 Problem: Experimentation to Evolve our Social Safety Net appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

    • How U.S. Communities Are Advancing Economic Opportunity for All
      by Joseph Peralta on July 30, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      How are communities tackling poverty and inequity, and improving economic opportunity for all? This is the question posed by our Communities Thrive Challenge, a $10 million Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative funding opportunity to support and scale successful, community-driven approaches that improve economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities across the United […] The post How U.S. Communities Are Advancing Economic Opportunity for All appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

    • Eating More of What We Grow
      by Joseph Peralta on July 17, 2018 at 5:12 pm

      Although food production worldwide has increased dramatically over the past 50 years, today, some 2 billion people still suffer from hunger, micronutrient deficiencies, and increasingly, obesity. According to the World Health Organization, diet quality is now the number-one contributing factor to death and disability worldwide. Frankly, our food system is failing to nourish everyone. At […] The post Eating More of What We Grow appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]



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    • Lessons from Kenya on how to restore degraded land
      by Leigh Ann Winowiecki on August 15, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      The state of the earth’s biodiversity – the world’s variety of living organisms – is in crisis. About one third of the world’s land has been severely degraded from its natural state. Some of the worst forms of... The post Lessons from Kenya on how to restore degraded land appeared first on Agroforestry World. […]

    • How soil scientists can do a better job of making their research useful
      by Keith Shepherd on August 14, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      Scientists must remember that farmers are focused on the best return from their inputs with little risk as possible. Dominic Chavez/World Bank/Flickr Soil is a vital part of the natural environment. It supports the growth of plants, is... The post How soil scientists can do a better job of making their research useful appeared first on Agroforestry World. […]

    • From farm to fork: strengthening direct sales between smallholders and consumers in Cusco, Peru
      by admin on August 9, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      haga clic para leer la versión en español Researchers say farmers need more help if they are to sell healthy farm products directly to city consumers Strengthening links between smallholder farmers and consumers is complex; there are many... The post From farm to fork: strengthening direct sales between smallholders and consumers in Cusco, Peru appeared first on Agroforestry World. […]

    • Agroforestry could make agriculture emissions-neutral by 2050
      by Renz Celeridad on August 6, 2018 at 5:25 am

      At a defining conference centred around the forthcoming ASEAN Guidelines for Agroforestry Development, participants heard that integrating more trees into farming systems will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help farmers adapt to climate change.   Agroforestry is a... The post Agroforestry could make agriculture emissions-neutral by 2050 appeared first on Agroforestry World. […]

    • Philippines to access the Green Climate Fund
      by Renz Celeridad on August 2, 2018 at 3:04 am

      The Philippines is preparing a proposal to access the Green Climate Fund, a billion-dollar platform that bankrolls low-emission and climate-resilient programs in developing countries. “Ambition enables finance,” said Redentor Constantino, executive director of the Institute for Climate and... The post Philippines to access the Green Climate Fund appeared first on Agroforestry World. […]


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