In the last five years the concepts of green growth and green economy have moved from fringe debates to mainstream policy. However, a divide is opening up between some large international institutions focusing on growth through green investment, and developing countries emphasizing poverty reduction and equity through green policy innovation. The latest report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) attempts to bridges the divide. Perspectives on equity in resource efficiency Read More


Evidence from research shows that careful management of nature results in benefits to people’s wellbeing, especially for the poor who depend most on the quality of ecosystems. Making meaningful impacts in the way ecosystems are managed requires governments to step in and scale up, but empowered communities can make strong calls to enact and implement change at the local level. Carefully designed, incentives such as payment for ecosystem services can simultaneously improve the health of ecosystems and livelihood outcomes for poor and vulnerable groups. Read More



There is a pressing need to assess the unfolding impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on agriculture in the Asia-Pacific region – with particular reference to resource-poor smallholder farmers who are amongst ‘those furthest behind’ - and to identify measures to mitigate its negative impacts keeping in view the intricate linkages of the sector with food and nutrition security, livelihoods, and social and environmental sustainability. On June 18, 2020 the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, hosted a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture in the Asia-Pacific and Role of Mechanization to identify the role sustainable agricultural mechanization can play in enabling recovery and building long-term resilience of the farming community to future crisis. The agenda and recording of the discussion can be found here.

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