Author Archives: loupdumer

Giving cash for Xmas (and as a form of Aid)

The economics of gift giving by Marginal Revolution. There are two problems with giving presents. The first one is the knowledge problem – “how do I really know what the person wants”. The second one is the incentive problem – … Continue reading

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Food for thought

10 best bet innovations to help agriculture adapt to climate change¬†– innovations in rice, water, digital, finance, livestock and more Social and environment impact entrepreneurs showcased by UNCTAD including using bees to generate big data for environmental protection and an … Continue reading

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Incentives to kill off Lionfish

This month I took part in a joint mission with UNDP to prepare a project on climate resilient agriculture and biodiversity in Grenada. There are many threats facing the country’s biodiversity including climate change, land degradation, tourism development, urbanization and … Continue reading

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How does trade policy support food security?

I attended a meeting at FAO last week. The Committee on Commodity Problems held an event in which experts from WTO and other trade related organizations¬†discussed the linkages between trade and agricultural policy. The impact of climate change on agriculture … Continue reading

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Kosher pizza and antisemitism in Rome

Rome has a tiny old Jewish quarter. I stumbled across it looking for somewhere to eat after arriving late Monday night for work meetings Tuesday in FAO.¬† I picked a restaurant with most people in it as an indicator of … Continue reading

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