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Growing Our Future – How Regenerative Agriculture Can Achieve Economies of Scale

Agriculture sits at the nexus of some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today: climate change, food security and nutrition, water quality, biodiversity and livelihoods. The COVID-19 crisis is exacerbating pressures across the agriculture supply chain, revealing the fragility of the food system. It has shone light on core societal values of health and nutrition and highlighted the importance of essential food system workers. A transition toward regenerative practices could bring a huge win-win for farmers, food companies and the environment and a foundation for a truly future-fit agricultural system.

Neglect and Exploitation in Balochistan: Listen To Haseeba Qambrani Baloch

The sense of neglect and exploitation felt in Balochistan is likely to bring frequent setbacks to Pakistan’s China policy, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

Papua New Guinean Agriculture: Significant Opportunity and Much Peril

The Papua New Guinean Prime Minister, James Marape, has stated that agriculture is a major focus for his administration. He envisions PNG becoming the food basket of Asia and has suggested that it could sell rice and coffee to the three billion people that are expected to live there within the next decade. A lack…

Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbour’s Continental Shelf: Australia’s Timor Sea Maritime Boundary

Coveting a neighbour’s continental shelf is a trend that has caused diplomatic rifts and become a contentious issue since the early 1960s. There are some recent cases where coastal and/or island States have experienced the problem in regional seas, for example, in the Arctic Ocean, the East and South China Seas, the Falklands Basin and…

China, the United States and the Taiwan factor

The ongoing tensions between the United States and China, which have come to partly define the Trump presidency, have seen both sides strive to gain economic, military and geopolitical advantage. Their ongoing trade negotiations appear to have captured the interest of observers and analysts but a close second, if that is indeed what it is,…

Indonesian Elections 2019: Prabowo Loses Presidential Vote, but Gains Ground in the Legislative Vote

While support for Prabowo’s Gerindra party has marginally improved, the makeup of parliament remains largely unchanged.

Dams in Africa: balancing food, water and energy security

Mervyn Piesse Research Manager Future Directions International 2 August 2018   In his paper titled “Dams in Africa: balancing food, water and energy security”, Mervyn Piesse, Research Manager, Global Food and Water Crises, examines African dams and their effect on the economy such as the improvement of water, food and energy security and the issues…

Iran: As the Regime Withers, the Dangers Grow

The Iranian theocracy continues to weaken in the face of sustained opposition from those it rules. That can only lead to a dangerous time for all Iranians.

Implications of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Congress: Part One: Xi Consolidates Power

The recently-concluded Congress of the Chinese Communist Party saw President Xi consolidate his power and set China on a revised and ambitious path, one perceived as more becoming of a superpower. Such a move also presents risks for the region and for China itself.

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.

Publication Guide

  • Associate papers are primary source assessments written by FDI associates. The assessment topics range from regional bilateral relationships and opportunities and challenges in our neighbouring countries.

  • Feature interviews are interviews conducted by an FDI Research Manager. Interview topics range from the sustainability of our planet to the improved provision of emergency food aid.

  • Normally issued in hardcopy, these represent a comprehensive study of one of FDI’s four research areas.

  • Strategic alerts are priority current intelligence items. We provide these alerts when events such as military deployments or foreign election results occur.

  • A 1500 to 3000 word, single topic assessment.

  • A number of short articles addressing current intelligence topics, issued each week.

  • A record of discussions resulting from a single, or series of, roundtable conferences.

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