Thoughts from an agricultural development gal in Ghana

Development Digest – 17/04/11

Here’s your weekly development digest. Sorry it’s late again… but enjoy!
Special thanks to Sylvie Spraakman for contributing the Canada news section!

If you only have time to read 5 articles, read the ones with the *star*.

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Global news:

Tepco to compensate Japan’s nuclear plant victims – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13090304
Plant operator to ‘end’ Japan nuclear crisis – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/04/201141755954143715.html
Battles for Libyan cities rage on – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/04/201141741541217692.html
Libya’s Pathway to Peace (by Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy) – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/15/opinion/15iht-edlibya15.html

Canada news:

Tories come under attack for Auditor-General’s ‘shocking’ G8 spending report: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/972725–tories-come-under-attack-over-ag-s-shocking-g8-spending-report
Pot laws quashed by Supreme Court – lawmakers react: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/974409–lawmakers-police-seek-guidance-after-pot-laws-quashed
*Students might actually vote in this election (let’s hope so!): http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/thanks-a-heap-rick-mercer-the-students-might-actually-vote/article1985368/
Tories may release Afghan detainee documents: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/story/2011/04/14/cv-election-afghan-detainees.html?
‘Ethnic costumes’ email gets people angry: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/story/2011/04/14/cv-election-ethnic-counter-rally.html?
Wet start to planting season could lower grain yields: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/wet-start-to-planting-season-threatens-grain-yields/article1986078/
For the next generation of Inuit, hope lies in education – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/for-the-next-generation-of-inuit-hope-lies-in-education/article1972023/

FEATURE Canadian Election news:

These stories are from earlier, but since we missed Canada news last week, let’s catch up:
If you’ve been living in a hole, here’s the rundown on the entire election so far (it’s a bit old, but still valuable): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12978645
Good overview of the election platforms so far: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13021359

Leader’s Debate:
Watch it here: http://watch.ctv.ca/news/election-2008/english-debate/#clip98314
Fact checking on various statements throughout the debate: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/realitycheck/2011/04/fact-checking-the-leaders-debate.html
Race tightened in the hours prior to English debate – http://ipolitics.ca/2011/04/13/race-tightened-in-the-hoursprior-to-english-debate-ekos/
Analyses of the debate:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13057442
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/story/2011/04/12/cv-election-may-debate.html?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/ndp-trends-up-after-debate-while-liberal-support-stays-stagnant/article1985114/

Africa news:

Alassane Ouattara begins difficult task of rebuilding, reuniting Ivory Coast – http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2011/0412/Alassane-Ouattara-begins-difficult-task-of-reuniting-rebuilding-Ivory-Coast
‘A very highly systematized and orchestrated campaign of violence’ in Ivory Coast –  http://www.undispatch.com/a-very-highly-systematized-and-orchestrated-campaign-of-violence-in-ivory-coast
Gbabo party leader calls for reconciliation – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/04/201141755150915480.html
*The Ivorian Endgame – http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/67728/mike-mcgovern/the-ivorian-endgame?page=show
Cote D’Ivoire round-up: The Civilian Toll – http://sahelblog.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/cote-divoire-roundup-the-civilian-toll/
Burkina Faso traders riot over lootings – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/04/2011416135127178281.html
Soldiers ‘continue to mutiny’ in Burkina Faso – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/04/2011417103043486641.html
Blue-sky thinking – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704559904576228391344450766.html
Nigeria poll points to north-south divide – http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/04/2011416233540878922.html
Google appoints female country manager for Nigeria – http://macjordangh.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/google-appoints-female-country-manager-for-nigeria/
REPORT: A New Era of Transformation in Ghana (IFPRI) – http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/rr171.pdf

Agriculture news:

Food for Thought – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704608504576208481176749062.html
RELATED: Vilsack: Jobs will be lost if ethanol subsidy ends – http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011104140339
Four lessons for transforming African agriculture – https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Public_Sector/Management/Four_lessons_for_transforming_African_agriculture_2785
Don’t plant rice, Japanese farmers told – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10718297
Women are central to feeding Africa – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13049176
RELATED: Teach a woman to farm (infographic) – http://www.farmingfirst.org/2011/04/teach-a-woman-to-farm/
Indonesia is all over this problem like white on rice – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703905404576164212551766804.html
Zoellick warns on food, oil prices – http://blogs.wsj.com/dispatch/2011/04/14/zoellick-warns-on-food-oil-prices/
Five reasons carbon markets won’t work for agriculture – http://iatp.typepad.com/thinkforward/2011/04/five-reasons-carbon-markets-wont-work-for-agriculture.html
African broadcasters trained in the ‘whole station approach’ – http://blog.farmradio.org/2011/04/african-broadcasters-trained-in-the-whole-station-approach-by-pauline-kalumikiza-program-officer-farm-radio-malawi/
An analysis on Malawi’s fertilizer subsidy program – http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=57990

Development thinking:

REPORT: World Development Report 2011 (World Bank) – http://wdr2011.worldbank.org/fulltext
RELATED: The economics of violence – http://www.economist.com/node/18558041?story_id=18558041
Core principles for aid providers – http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/apr/14/core-principles-aid-providers-relief-rights
Questions over Greg Mortenson’s stories – http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/04/15/60minutes/main20054397.shtml
RELATED: Mortenson under fire from ’60 Minutes’ – Bozeman philanthropist denies allegations – http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/article_4d3125cc-67d7-11e0-b861-001cc4c002e0.html
Reform School – http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/12/reform_school
BRIC wall – http://www.economist.com/node/18560195?story_id=18560195
*Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1% – http://www.vanityfair.com/society/features/2011/05/top-one-percent-201105
No Innovator’s dilemma here: In Praise of Failure – http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/04/in-praise-of-failure/
The ‘Business’ of International Aid – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704425804576220524034207558.html
COMMENTARY on above: The ‘Business’ of International Media – http://aidnography.blogspot.com/2011/04/business-of-international-media-what-if.html
Five stories from Africa – http://web.me.com/mmuspratt/mmuspratt.com/NOTES/Entries/2011/4/12_Five_stories_from_Africa.html
The ‘Top Think Tanks’ in the World – http://africasacountry.com/2011/04/13/the-top-think-tanks-in-the-world/
Is giving the greatest moral challenge of our time? – http://www.whydev.org/is-giving-the-greatest-moral-challenge-of-our-time/
Aid blogging matters (?) – http://talesfromethehood.com/2011/04/14/aid-blogging-matters/
Two years of giving all I can (consider giving to this GREAT site if you can spare some change for making change!) – http://goodintents.org/good-intentions-blog/two-years-of-giving-all-i-can
Cash transfers: what does the evidence say? (related to the DFID research paper I posted last week!) – http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?p=5042
*IRL (In Real Life) – http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/irl-in-real-life/
Lessons Learned: A Day Without Dignity – http://www.aviewfromthecave.com/2011/04/lessons-learned-day-without-dignity.html

Impact evaluation, behavioural economics & RCTs:
*Is Nudging really enough? – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703385404576259030599041442.html
When will we learn how to learn? – http://blogs.odi.org.uk/blogs/main/archive/2011/04/14/Ben_Ramalingam_knowledge_learning_impact_evaluation_evidence.aspx
Why most aid won’t be good aid – http://shortsentences.org/2011/04/why-most-aid-wont-be-good-aid/
Stuff you cannot randomize – http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/stuff-you-cannot-randomize
Things I Like (and a contest!): More Than Good Intentions – http://www.aviewfromthecave.com/2011/04/things-i-like-and-contest-more-than.html
Dean Karlan’s new book: RCTs – this time it’s personal – http://blogs.worldbank.org/impactevaluations/dean-karlan-s-new-book-rcts-this-time-it-s-personal
Limitations of RCTs (Part 3): How context influences program execution – http://findwhatworks.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/limitations-of-rcts-part-3-how-context-influences-program-execution/

EWB blog posts:

Geneviève: What are we ready to cope with? – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/04/what-are-we-ready-to-cope-with.html
Franck: Élections Fédérales: VOTEZ!! / 2011 ELECTIONS: VOTE NOW!! – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/elections-federales-votez/
Geneviève: Galerie de la souris mini – http://alittlegirlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/04/galerie-de-la-souris-mini.html
Robin: Social Entrepreneurship: “the last thing a fish would ever notice would be water” – http://addictedtoimpact.blogspot.com/2011/04/social-entrepreneurship-last-thing-fish.html
Mike Klassen: Peaks and Valleys – http://doorwaytotheuniverse.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/peaks-and-valleys/
Untapped Markets: Is Zambia missing out on a windfall? – http://untappedmarkets.ca/2011/04/is-zambia-missing-out-on-a-windfall/
Franck: Argumentaire pour le vote stratégique – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/argumentaire-pour-le-vote-strategique/
Franck: Dépenses du G8: la verité avant les élections! – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/depenses-du-g8-la-verite-avant-les-elections/
Franck: G8 expenses: know before you vote! – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/g8-expenses-know-before-you-vote/
Franck: Condensé de nouvelles: élections fédérales 2011 – http://franckvachon.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/condense-de-nouvelles-elections-federales-2011/

And don’t forget our regular features:
Jo’s Zam-servations – http://zambiajo.wordpress.com/
Ben’s Friday Flims – http://theborrowedbicycle.ca/

Amusing and interesting things:

Distilling the wisdom of CEOs – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/business/17excerpt.html
Ethical businesses with a better bottom line – http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/14/ethical-businesses-with-a-better-bottom-line/
Royal Canadian Mint reveals special coins to commemorate royal wedding: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12993812
Gangster Fashion – http://africasacountry.com/2011/04/03/despot-fashion/
Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like (always a good joke!): Blogging to display their superior thinking – http://stuffexpataidworkerslike.com/2011/04/13/45-blogging-to-display-their-superior-thinking/

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