Author Archives: loupdumer

Supporting rural women in Pakistan

This UN radio report describes FAO’s work to promote climate smart agriculture in Pakistan where water scarcity is acute. The project uses farmer field schools to introduce zero tillage (directly sowing on untilled land to avoid erosion and improve water … Continue reading

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The Great Leap Forward and Hayek

The horrific story of the collectivization of Chinese agriculture is related is this excellent Econtalk podcast interview with Frank Dikotter – insanity and cruelty on an unimagined scale. Arguably, the famine is relatively unknown in the West at least less … Continue reading

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Vicuña – using markets for conservation

Today I presented the findings of a study I prepared with Gabriela Lichtenstein on the trade in vicuña fibre to a side event at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora … Continue reading

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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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