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Microfinance Boosts Business and Sustainability in Africa

Posted by admin on January 25th, 2007

Yvonne Siu, IPC communications director, has contributed the following post on the changing roles of business and microfinance in Africa.
With its humble beginnings in 1976 with Muhammad Yunus in Bangladesh, the current microfinance movement has flourished into a highly visible and championed social and development phenomenon. Today, 3,100 microfinance institutions (MFIs) are in existence worldwide, [...]

Biofuels Across the Atlantic

Posted by admin on January 22nd, 2007

IPC Chief Executive Charlotte Hebebrand has contributed the following piece about recent biofuel legislation on both sides of the Atlantic, and suggests that in the midst of promoting domestic biofuel production, we should not rule out future trade in the increasingly appealing commodity.
There is plenty of legislative movement on both sides of the Atlantic on [...]

Canada’s Request for WTO Consultations on US Farm Subsidies

Posted by admin on January 11th, 2007

IPC Member Michael Gifford has contributed the following article commenting on the recent request by the Canadian government for consultations with the United States on its corn subsidies.
Canada’s recent request for formal WTO consultations on certain US agricultural subsidies underscores yet again the vulnerability of the main US domestic farm programs to international challenge. In [...]

Thoughts on Cloning

Posted by admin on January 10th, 2007

This post was contributed by Charlotte Hebebrand, on the trade implications of cloned animals.
The FDA’s draft risk assessment determining that food from cloned animals is safe to eat got my attention even though it was announced in that quiet week between Christmas and New Years. I do not want to - nor am I [...]