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Rising Powers role in agribusiness and South-South Cooperation through technological expertise.Also food and nutrition, the right to food, land reform issues, commodity prices and food production, trade and Foreign Direct Investment in agricultural productivity.

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This section looks at the role of the Rising Powers in food and agriculture ranging from food and nutritional security, the right to food, land reform issues, the relationship between commodity prices and food production, the role of trade and Foreign Direct Investment in agricultural productivity and food security and more. The Rising Powers are home to large, growing populations who need to be fed – accordingly, Brazil, China and India are amongst the top five global producers for maize, wheat and soy. Many of these countries have made significant advances in improving food and nutritional security, often resulting from civil society’s advocacy, which has an important role in promoting policies guaranteeing the right to food. Many Rising Powers are active in agribusiness, with Brazil in particular selling agricultural technologies, inputs and machinery as well as sharing technological expertise through South-South Cooperation with African countries. Brazil and China have also invested in technological change and agricultural research and together with India, agricultural spending and investment has increased overall.

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Developing countries must boost own R&D
P.G. Pardey; J.M. Alston; R.R. Piggott / International Food Policy Research Institute 2006
Are developing countries are at risk of becoming technological orphans? Research to boost crop productivity has almost always been a good investment- this report warns that developing countries need to stop relying on technological &#...
Analysing the policy process in the adoption of GM crops in developing countries
E. Masood / Panos Institute, London 2005
GM (genetically modified) crops are rapidly gaining ground in developing countries, even though their adoption is highly controversial. This report explores how decisions are made about GM food crops in five developing countries - Bra...
What is the future of modern biotechnology in Brazil?
A. Y. Cribb / Science and Technology Journal 2005
[The full document is only available in Portuguese] This paper argues that whilst modern biotechnology potentially appears as a technological option with great potential for the agrifood Brazilian system, it is facing serious c...
Land reform in the 1990s: is it gender sensitive?
S. Razavi / United Nations [UN] Research Institute for Social Development 2005
This brief explores the reform of land tenure institutions which re-emerged in the 1990s, and asks if these reforms are any more gender sensitive than those of the past? The paper highlights that a focus of the recent reforms h...
Investigating the role that smallholder agriculture plays in alleviating poverty in South Africa
C.L. Machethe / Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria 2004
Poverty and income inequality persist in South Africa despite efforts to eliminate them. Poverty is more pervasive in rural areas, particularly in the former homelands: the majority (65 percent) of the poor are found in rural areas an...
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