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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) met in Ankara, Turkey on June 8 2022 to discuss Ukrainian grain exports. EPA

Food prices: how countries are using the global crisis to gain geopolitical power

Negotiations between Russia and Turkey to ensure safe passage of Ukrainian grain hint at a new era of global food diplomacy.
A researcher at the advocacy group Oceana uses GPS data to trace the activity of fishing boats. Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

The information age is starting to transform fishing worldwide

One of the oldest industries, fishing, is entering the world of advanced analytics and data-driven planning. With oceans under stress and key fish stocks dwindling, can precision fishing help?
A deforested piece of land in the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia, in northern Brazil, on Aug. 23, 2019. Carl De SouzaA/FP via Getty Images

Brazil’s economic crisis, prolonged by COVID-19, poses an enormous challenge to the Amazon

Because Brazil’s economic prosperity in the last two decades is increasingly linked to the Amazon’s good health, restoring the country’s economy is a critical first step toward ending deforestation.
A grant from the Chinese government will make way for a multimillion-dollar fishing port complex in Accra, Ghana. Nipah Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

COVID-19 further exposes inequalities in the global financial system

Global economic policy excludes low-income countries from the spending options that developed nations use to buffer their economies in times of crisis, and the pandemic has inflamed that inequality.
A farmer harvest his soybean field in Loami, Ill. AP Photo/Seth Perlman

Why China’s soybean tariffs matter

There’s a good reason China took aim at US soybean exports when it announced its latest list of retaliatory tariffs.

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