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Big Data and its need for unicorns

There is no doubt that big data has become a valuable commodity for this century. A recent article in The Economist entitled Fuel of the future: Data is giving rise to a new economy states that data has become to this century what oil was to the previous one.

What role can cacao for peace play in Colombia?

Purdue University and CIAT developed, over the course of a year or so, an analysis of the cacao production chain in Colombia, commissioned by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in the context of the Cacao for Peace, financed by USAID.

Good NEWS for the Fight Against Malnutrition

Using Big Data and Machine Learning to Power a Nutrition Early Warning System (NEWS) for Africa Since at least the 1970s, food crises have seemed to strike sub-Saharan Africa with depressing frequency They often require complex and costly international responses and...

What is the place of ‘resilience’ in the New Urban Agenda?

The New Urban Agenda adopted by the UN General Assembly on 23 December 2016 is centered on sustainability and equity. The vision of the declaration is one of ‘cities for all, referring to the equal use and enjoyment of cities and human settlements, seeking to promote inclusivity (…) [and] where all persons are able to enjoy equal rights and opportunities’.

How diverse is the global diet?

When we published about the increasing homogeneity in global food supplies, we hadn’t yet found a good way to make the underlying national level data readily visible to interested readers. This is why the publication of our new Changing Global Diet website is exciting. It provides interactive visuals for 152 countries over the past 50 years. We that hope you enjoy your investigations through time. Perhaps you can tell us where you think the changing global diet is headed.

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