Global Development Marketplace 2008 kicked off this morning with a warm welcome by Katherine Sierra, Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank, to the 100 finalists representing 42 countries and event visitors.
Agriculture and Rural Development
Shree Krishna Updadhyay, Executive Chairman of the finalist Support Activities for Poor Producers of Nepal (SAPPOS-Nepal), and his colleague Govind Koirala appear to have logged the longest travel times to DM2008.
Monique Barbut, CEO and Chairwoman of the Global Environment Facility -- the largest funder of projects to improve the global environment and one of the funders of Development Markektplace 2008 -- talked about GEF's role in the grant competition.
Q. GEF deals with multimillion-dollar programs. DM2008's projects are in the $200,000 or less range. Why are they important to GEF?
|For European firms producing relatively sophisticated, high-tech machinery, China’s domestic market is their main target for the long run.|
Less-developed countries need many things – but, in most cases, nothing greater or more urgent than productive agriculture. Most of the world’s poorest people -- the 2.6 billion who try to survive on less than $2 a day – are family farmers whose small plots are unproductive and generally cut off from growing export markets. If these families could make the leap from subsistence to market-driven farming, world poverty would decline exponentially. It’s a big "if."
I am really looking forward to the conclusion of the Development Market Place in September. I enjoyed working with World Bank Group (WBG) and external colleagues judging in a previous round and the opportunity to interact personally with the finalists excites me.
The 2008 Development Marketplace (DM) global competition on Sustainable Agriculture
received 1,768 proposals from around the world addressing three key issues: linking small-scale farmers to markets, improving land access and tenure for the poor,
|Workers scale one of the skyscrapers under construction in Cambodia.|
But, for all this, this connection more and more misses a key fact: over the last couple of years, Cambodia has achieved a relative peace that has enabled dramatic social and economic change.
After seven years of fitful trade negotiations, the WTO’s Doha Round has collapsed, and the post mortems have already hit the newsstands. Writing in the International Herald Tribune, Keith Bradsher points to a new alliance between China and India, both pushing for so-called “safeguard” rules for agriculture, translating into uncapped tarif
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