Written By: Dr. Trina BiswasDepartment of Agricultural Economics & AgribusinessLouisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USAIllustration: Suman ChoudhuryThe Amazon River Basin, home to the largest rainforest on earth covers roughly 40 percent of the South American continent. It encompasses areas in Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. Nearly two-thirds of amazon’s forest cover lies in Brazil.The Amazon rainforest has long been recognized as a warehouse of ecological services for the world. It is home to almost 10% of the world’s biodiversity and 30% of the world’s species. The rainforest is referred to as “Lungs of the Planet” and contributes greatly to local and global climate by absorbing humongous amounts of Greenhouse g
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Around 3000 world leaders including 250 high ranking politicians from G20 countries and 1000 business leaders gathered in the Alpine town of Davos, Switzerland from January 22-25 for 2019 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF). Top leaders from different aspects of life including academics, politicians, civilians, business leaders engaged in global dialogues to shape global, industrial and regional agendas in the context of Fourth Industrial Revolution. Discussions ranged from challenges concerning income inequality to the future of education to international trade to geopolitical tensions to cybersecurity etc. Discussions regarding Climate change and environmental challenges were among the issues that dom
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After a steady decline in the number of hungry people in the last two decades, the number of people who go to sleep hungry at night is on the rise again. There were over 200 million fewer hungry people in 2015 (790.7 million) as compared to 1990-92 (991 million) largely due to Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the global community. However, according to the United Nations (FAO), the number of people suffering from chronic hunger increased in 2016. Nearly one out of nine people (or about 815 million people) were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2016 as per the United Nations. The 2018 Global Report on Food Crises estimated that 124 million people in 51 countries are currently facing Crisis food insecurity...