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Ethiopian refugees, who fled fighting in Tigray, receive snacks at a Sudanese border reception centre in November 2020. Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images

The legal implications of humanitarian aid blockades

If a country refuses, or blocks, humanitarian aid this act violates international law.
Harvesters work on a soybean harvest in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. (Pixabay)

Coronavirus: Another chance to transform the global food trade

For the second time this century, crises have led to calls to transform our global food system. We can start with restructuring the global food trade so that it complements local food systems.
Many parts of Africa suffer from food insecurity. Here, women and children wait to be registered before a food distribution. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

I fight anti-GMO fears in Africa to combat hunger

Predictions suggest that Africa will suffer dramatic losses of crops and productive land as the climate warms. Perhaps adopting GM crops designed to tolerate stress can save the continent from famine.
The lighter citrus plants have been edited using CRISPR to alter the phytoene desaturase (PDS) gene which gives them a white color. Yi Li

These CRISPR-modified crops don’t count as GMOs

GMO crops have been rejected by many countries and consumers. Now, an international team of researchers are creating better crops using DNA editing--without inserting foreign genes into the plant.
A controversial article in a respected academic journal recently made the argument for colonialism. Here, a man is carried by Congolese men in a photo from the early 20th centiry.

Colonialism was a disaster and the facts prove it

An academic article that asserted the benefits of colonialism caused an outcry and resulted in calls for its removal. A post-colonial expert explains why.
Rules imposed after the 9/11 attacks can obstruct aid to Somalia’s internally displaced people. Omar Abdisalan/AMISOM Photo

Anti-terror rules are blocking aid to conflict zones

Rules imposed after 9/11 and still on the books are getting in the way of delivering aid to conflict zones. In countries like Yemen and Syria, it could mean the difference between life and death.

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