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The informal seed sector in Africa is massive – 90% of farmers get their seeds from there. Shawn McGuire

Africa’s informal seed system needs to be brought in from the cold

More than 90% of Africa' small-scale famers get their seeds from informal systems. Governments and donors should shift their attention from the formal and invest more in the informal sector.
Rwanda’s experience shows that the ‘Green Revolution’ is not as transformative as it is made out to be. Supplied

Why the ‘Green Revolution’ is making farmers poorer in Rwanda

The modernisation of agriculture has been touted by economists and the IMF as a way of reducing poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. But caution about the benefits of the Green Revolution is advisable.
What people are told about their local climate and what they experience may differ. Education and collaboration can remedy this disconnect. Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

How to get communities in east Africa to trust climate science

Climate scientists are finding a disconnect between communities and climate science: people simply don't trust the information they're receiving.
Satellite image showing clouds over the Greenland Sea downstream of the ice edge during conditions where there was a large transfer of heat and moisture from the ocean to the atmosphere. NASA

Declining winter sea ice near Greenland spells cooler climate for Europe

Loss of sea ice near Greenland and Iceland portend a colder future for Europe.
Scientists will be either ineffectual or counter-productive. EPA

Why climate scientists shouldn’t bother testifying to Congress

Western liberal democracies believe that in difficult political decisions science serves as a referee and arbiter of truth. Scientific knowledge can indeed inform and narrow the scope of policy choices…
Climate science is right – but it isn’t winning. NASA

Is it time to take science out of the climate change debate?

Scientists tell us that the world is warming and greenhouse gas emissions are to blame. Yet climate change framed by scientists, politicians and economists as a straightforward pollution problem will neither…
It seems that talk is at last followed by walk. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US-led summit is welcome news for the ocean, at last

As it had already been cancelled once, due to the US government shut-down last October, the latest developments in Iraq made it seem likely the Our Ocean conference, organised by the US State Department…
There’s more to history than kings and queens. wallg

School history exams shouldn’t just be a test of Britishness

The government has recently announced changes to the content of GCSE and A level history exams in England. As in previous reforms to the history curriculum, the documents set out the proportion of British…
Enough already. Stressed teacher via shutterstock

Teachers need more support to tackle bad behaviour

We are often told that behaviour is not really a problem in the vast majority of English schools. In 2012, the government reported that classroom behaviour was “at least satisfactory” in 99.7% of schools…
Director Haifaa Al Mansour’s Wadjda a shocking omission from the Oscars. Daniel Dal Zennaro

Festivals and funding need to support female film directors

The Oscars aftermath has begun to die down for another year, and stars are perhaps now starting to get over their hangovers. The racial diversity of this year’s awards has been widely championed, but we…
12 Years a Slave is to be mandatory viewing in all state-run US high schools. Francois Duhamel

Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave is an artistic and educational triumph

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave walked away with the coveted prize of Best Picture at the Oscars last night. It faced fierce competition from contenders such as American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity…

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