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Age of choice: Fiji/Vanuatu

Age of choice: Fiji/Vanuatu

Research reports and studies, September 2014
This report reviews the experiences of Fiji and Vanuatu in managing non-traditional development assistance (NTDA) flows as part of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) project ‘The age of choice: How are developing countries managing the new aid landscape?’
Politically smart, locally led development

Politically smart, locally led development

Research reports and studies, September 2014
David Booth and Sue Unsworth
Aid donors have found it hard to move from thinking politically to working differently, but there is evidence that they can do so and that this improves outcomes. This paper presents seven examples of where adopting a politically smart, locally led approach has led to better outcomes.
A greener Burkina: sustainable farming techniques, land reclamation and improved livelihoods

A greener Burkina: sustainable farming techniques, land reclamation and improved livelihoods

Research reports and studies, September 2014
Amanda Lenhardt, Jonathan Glennie, Nicholas Intscher and Ahmed Ali, with Gabriel Morin
This case study describes the factors that have enabled 200,000–300,000 hectares of degraded land in Burkina Faso to be brought into productive use through the application of improved traditional farming techniques. It draws out important lessons regarding the diffusion and adoption of appropriate agricultural technologies, effective social organisation and the role of finance in supporting and promoting progress in sustainable agriculture.
Growing more with less: China’s progress in agricultural water management and reallocation

Growing more with less: China’s progress in agricultural water management and reallocation

Research reports and studies, September 2014
Julian Doczi, Roger Calow and Vanessa d’Alançon
Since the early 1990s, China has experienced remarkable economic growth, lifting nearly 600 million people out of poverty. Investments in agricultural productivity post-1978 drove this growth, but also led to pollution and overuse of water resources. Nonetheless, China has since progressed toward more sustainable water management, particularly in agriculture. This case study focuses on China’s ability to get ‘more crop per drop’ by improving agricultural water use.

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