23 Jan 2018: The STEPS Summer School in May 2018 will bring together highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, urban, water or energy issues. The aim is to explore theories, ideas, research methods and practical applications of STEPS thinking on pathways to sustainability.
M. Mohsena / Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, 2018
Undernutrition among mothers and children remains one of the main public health challenges of the 21st century, particularly in low and middle-income countries. The causes of malnutrition are directly related to inadequate dietary intake as well as disease, though many factors contribute to the indirect causes.
When 500,000 Bangladeshis fled to huge concrete cyclone shelters to escape Cyclone Roanu in May 2016, it has hardly reported. Shelters and warning systems have already cut the death rate from super cyclones by 98%, but because few people died and the shelters were designed and built by Bangladeshis, not by aid agencies, few are aware of this striking progress.
Is there an alternative model to small family farming that could provide sustainable livelihoods to millions of resource-constrained and often non-viable smallholders in developing countries? Could group farming constitute such an alternative, wherein smallholders voluntarily pool land, labour and capital to create larger farms that they manage collectively?
In recent decades, agricultural productivity in low- and lower-middle-income countries, particularly in Africa, has fallen increasingly behind that of upper middle-income countries. Adequate use of agricultural inputs such as improved seeds and inorganic fertilisers has been identified as one way of enhancing agricultural productivity.
D. Frank / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, 2017
This study includes a comprehensive assessment of the situation of urban climate finance in the three countries of South Africa, Chile and India with a specific focus on the partner cities of the “Cities Fit for Climate Change” (CFCC) project: eThekwini (Durban), Santiago de Chile and Chennai.