Health Spending and Inequality in Emerging Economies

New research from the Empowering CSO Networks in an Unequal Multi-polar World programme compares the cases of India, China, Russia and Indonesia in terms of levels and structures of health spending, and the impact on inequality in each of these countries. The report finds that in order to reduce inequality and improve the overall quality […]

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Sustainable agriculture in China: then and now

Blog post by Seth Cook (seth.cook@iied.org)  | Senior Researcher in IIED’s China and Agroecology Teams This article was originally posted at http://www.iied.org/ China´s food production processes are facing major environmental challenges that are not only specific to china alone but the world at large. In this article the writer notes that, by China adopting sustainable agricultural practices it […]

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A Glimpse of South Africa’s Multi-Layered Inequality

Blog Post by:Katherine Trebeck,Global Research Policy Adviser, Oxfam Great Britain @ktrebeck In this article, the writer captures the visible layers of economic inequality in South Africa and explains how transformation is necessary to build a system that heals and protects its citizens. She highlights several footholds in the system that can deliver wider change which […]

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Mexican Agriculture and the Financialization of the Agricultural Sector (Part II)

Guest post by Gabriel Pons Cortés| Programme Policy Advisor-Oxfam Intermón in collaboration with El Barzón Lack of market transparency and the oligopoly of the four large traders (ADM, Bunge, Cargill and Dryfus, known as ABCD) make it impossible to know the real level of speculation. For example, it is not possible to know if ABCD’s very important financial divisions […]

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Mexican Agriculture and the Financialization of the Agricultural Sector (Part I)

Guest post by Gabriel Pons Cortés| Programme Policy Advisor-Oxfam Intermón in collaboration with El Barzón What defines Mexican agriculture?  Mexico has a dual agricultural system, which means that huge companies (agribusiness) co-exist with family farms. In a dual system, huge companies that have higher productivity set the prices: they can sell products at lower prices than small scale […]

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