If we can't prove that speculation drives food prices, should we regulate it anyway?

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If we can’t prove that speculation drives food prices, should we regulate it anyway?

One of my more wonk-mind-blowing moments last year was refereeing a debate about financial speculation and commodity prices between Oxfam’s Rob Nash and a UK Treasury wonk who wished to remain nameless. I couldn’t understand either of them (even by international development standards, the language is really weird – try ‘contango’ or ‘backwardation’).  I tried […]

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At last, a sensible suggestion for post2015

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What is the evidence for evidence-based policy making? Pretty thin, actually.

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Beyond Horsegate: comparing the supply chains of the big 10 food companies

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Community-based tourism in Ethiopia – aka where I've been for the last two weeks

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Community-based tourism in Ethiopia – aka where I’ve been for the last two weeks

Just got back from something of a busman’s holiday – two weeks in Ethiopia with my wife Cathy. The highlight was some community-based tourism, a magical four-day trek across the highlands near Lalibela. First the community bit. The trek consisted of daily walks, with the next village providing a donkey for the bags (v welcome […]

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Off on holiday. It involves a donkey. Back in a couple of weeks.

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Aid and the private sector: a love story

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Bad Governance leads to bad land deals – the link between politics and land grabs

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