Sharp opinion and analysis on issues that are critical to sustainable development.
Contract Farming: Challenges and a new tool for success
IISD and FAO have developed a Model Agreement for Responsible Contract Farming to help farmers and responsible buyers address the shortcomings of contract farming.Read More
Ten Years of G20 Summits: Hopes and failures
Does the G20 have anything to offer in a world of conflict and confusion?Read More
What's Stalling the G20's Move to Clean Energy?
Next year will mark a decade since G20 leaders met in Pittsburgh and promised to identify and eliminate subsidies to fossil fuels. In that time, trillions of dollars in government budgets have been spent to subsidize fossil fuel production and consumption.Read More
The End of Coal? What to Watch for at the Upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP24)
While COP24 was always intended to be a "technical" conference—with parties focused on finalizing the details required to operationalize the Paris Agreement—there is potential for a strong political element to the discussion.Read More
To Think Local and Act Local You Need Local Data
Data is no exception to the trend of localizing our consumption, charitable giving and development efforts.Read More
Citizen Science Fills Critical Gap in Monitoring Freshwater Resources
Most of us lack baseline data about our ecosystems, which makes it difficult to recognize changes and detect early warning signs. Enter citizen science.Read More
Not a Case of Either/Or: How government and mines in Zambia can save money through energy efficiency
For years, Zambia’s large hydroelectric dams were able to meet the power needs of its mines, but facing rising electricity demands the country opted to increase generation using coal, diesel and heavy fuel oil.Read More
What Do Bears and Smartphones Have in Common?
The challenge that electronics hibernation poses to the circular economy.Read More
Forget GDP – for the 21st Century We Need a Modern Growth Measure
Our radar to track progress is far from satisfactory.Read More
Making Winnipeg a Smart City With New Technologies
We asked four members of our Winnipeg team how they would tackle some of Winnipeg’s most pressing issues: This is what they came up with.Read More