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China’s Quest for Nutritional Security

Benjamin Walsh, Research Analyst Future Directions International 16 November 2017 In his paper titled “China’s Quest for Nutritional Security” Benjamin Walsh, Research Analyst, the Global Food and Water Crises Programme, examines nutrition, an important, but underappreciated, component of Chinese food security. He argues that a greater appreciation of the role that access to nutritious food plays in…

The Wasteful Dragon: Food Loss and Waste in China

Mervyn Piesse, Research Manager Future Directions International 16 November 2017 In his paper titled “The Wasteful Dragon: Food Loss and Waste in China” Mervyn Piesse, Research Manager, the Global Food and Water Crises Programme, assesses the extent of food loss and waste in China. He finds that reducing food loss and waste will bring social, economic…

China’s Quest for Nutritional Security

Nutrition is an important, but underappreciated, component of Chinese food security. A greater appreciation of the role that access to nutritious food plays in economic productivity could help to reduce the economic burden of an ageing population.

US Leads Calls for World Bank Lending Reform to Help the World’s Poor

Recent testimony from a senior US Treasury official suggests that the US is in the process of re-evaluating its foreign assistance programme, potentially leading to institutional adjustments that could improve food and water security in developing countries.

“New Horizons” for South Korean Diplomacy in South-East Asia

Through greater engagement with ASEAN, South Korea is aiming to diversify its diplomatic relations by broadening the focus from the four major powers of China, the United States, Japan and Russia.

Lebanon: The Pawn in the Saudi-Iranian Chess Match

By drawing Lebanon into its all-but-declared war against Iran, Saudi Arabia has almost certainly set itself on the path to failure or the Middle East to war.

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