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Food Security and the Need for Responsible Investment Guidelines

by Guest Blogger for Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
A farmer collects rice during harvest time at a paddy field in Padalarang, Indonesia's West Java province, May 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Beawiharta). A farmer collects rice during harvest time at a paddy field in Padalarang, Indonesia's West Java province, May 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Beawiharta).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Gregory Myers, director of private sector engagement at Cloudburst Group and former division chief for the Land Tenure and Property Rights Division at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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Fighting Poverty with Land

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman
Women harvest paddy in Bhatar, West Bengal, India, 2001 (Courtesy Reuters). Women harvest paddy in Bhatar, West Bengal, India, 2001 (Courtesy Reuters).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Ashok Sircar and Tim Hanstad of Landesa, a global development non-profit that works to secure land rights for the world’s poor. Here they discuss how coordinating development projects can help lift families out of poverty.

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Eliminating Poverty and Hunger By Empowering Women

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
A woman farmer in Khokana, Nepal, June 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Navesh Chitraka). A woman farmer in Khokana, Nepal, June 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Navesh Chitraka).

Food security and hunger eradication are international priorities because of their indisputable positive impact on development goals, local and regional economies, and social stability. Yet despite global attention, nearly 870 million people around the world still do not know where their next meal is coming from. Although this number has fallen by 130 million people since 1990, the decline plateaued after 2008, making clear that new and refined strategies to eliminate world hunger are needed.

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Emerging Voices: Amanda Richardson on Land Rights for Women

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman
Women in West Bengal, India, line up to sign their names to receive land titles at a government distribution ceremony in 2011 (Courtesy Landesa). Women in West Bengal, India, line up to sign their names to receive land titles at a government distribution ceremony in 2011 (Courtesy Landesa).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Amanda Richardson, an attorney and land tenure specialist with Landesa. She discusses the benefits that secure land rights can bring to women and their communities.

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Emerging Voices: Stephanie Hanson on Empowering Female Smallholder Farmers

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman
Cecilia Wafula appears at her farm in Lutacho village, western Kenya, in March 2010 (Courtesy Stephanie Hanson). Cecilia Wafula appears at her farm in Lutacho village, western Kenya, in March 2010 (Courtesy Stephanie Hanson).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Stephanie Hanson, director of policy and outreach at One Acre Fund. She explains the specific obstacles facing Africa’s female farmers and One Acre Fund’s model for addressing them.

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Democracy in Development: Food Insecurity and the Future of the Sahel

by Isobel Coleman
Women wait to load their cart with bags of rice and bottles of cooking oil at a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol region, in Mauritania on May 30, 2012 (Susana Vera/Courtesy Reuters). Women wait to load their cart with bags of rice and bottles of cooking oil at a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol region, in Mauritania on May 30, 2012 (Susana Vera/Courtesy Reuters).

Yesterday on my blog, I discussed the current outlook for food security in the Sahel. While a large humanitarian response and welcome rainfall have averted an immediate crisis, the region continues to face underlying problems ranging from unreliable weather to the conflict in Mali. As I conclude: Read more »

Holding Countries Accountable for Social and Economic Rights

by Terra Lawson-Remer
Boys look out of a window on bus as they return from school in Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 4, 2009 (Carlos Barria/Courtesy Reuters). Boys look out of a window on bus as they return from school in Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 4, 2009 (Carlos Barria/Courtesy Reuters).

Last week I introduced the SERF Index, a new measurement tool my colleagues Susan Randolph, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, and I have built to evaluate social and economic rights fulfillment. The new index sheds important light on the issues facing the Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council, where Argentina, Gabon, Ghana, Peru, Guatemala, Benin, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Pakistan, Zambia, Japan, Ukraine, and Sri Lanka will be evaluated on their human rights practices under applicable international human rights conventions from October 22 to November 5. This year’s session will be the fourteenth meeting of the Universal Periodic Review since its first session in March 2006. Read more »

Democracy in Development: Improving Women’s Economic Potential

by Isobel Coleman
A Kashmiri farmer winnows paddy during harvesting season in Bhatpora on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, October 9, 2012 (Fayaz Kabli/Courtesy Reuters). A Kashmiri farmer winnows paddy during harvesting season in Bhatpora on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, October 9, 2012 (Fayaz Kabli/Courtesy Reuters).

Yesterday on my blog, I discussed the challenge of identifying the most effective ways to overcome obstacles to women’s economic potential. This was the subject of a meeting of the ExxonMobil roundtable series last week at the Council on Foreign Relations. As I write: Read more »