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Power of the pen helps drive education and food security policy


The power of the journalist’s pen can be an invaluable tool in equitable and sustainable development targeted at the world’s 795 million people who do not have enough to eat.

CABI’s news website SciDev.Net – the world’s leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis about science and technology for global development – has an important mission as part of its commitment to putting science at the heart of the global development agenda.

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By disseminating fact-based stories from people working in development and science, including policymakers, researchers, the media and informed public, SciDev.Net’s work is already making a difference, supporting SDGs like Zero Hunger and Quality Education.

Within a week of publishing ‘Farmers in Africa should switch to biopesticides’, Manuele Tamò – country representative of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Benin – was contacted by the International Development Research Centre through its regional representative in West Africa. The Centre invited him to write a concept note for a project of up to US$500,000 exploring ideas expressed in the article, looking at ways in which policymakers can do more to promote biopesticides and increase crop yields in Africa.

SciDev.Net is also an important resource for educators and students. Grace T. Bengwayan works at Benguet State University in the Philippines and teaches part-time under the Rural Development programme. She explains that when she reads SciDev.Net, it’s like enrolling in a class – it educates, informs and motivates. She encourages her students to register at SciDev.Net to learn from the articles and use them as reference materials for their research.

 “Good authoritative, reliable and trustworthy science journalism that really gets under the skin of the issues affecting global development is an invaluable tool to place science at the heart of policy making.” Ben Deighton, SciDev.Net’s Managing Editor

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Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty

Helping small-scale farmers improve their livelihoods by providing knowledge about plant health and access to markets.

Zero Hunger

Developing a sustainable food system that helps smallholders meet the world's growing need for food.

Good health and well-being

Ensuring healthy lives, promoting well-being for all at all ages and tackling  determinants of health.

Quality Education

Support development and prosperity by seeking out, organizing and making evidence based knowledge with those that need it.

Gender Equality

Empowering women and young people to play a more powerful role in the future of agriculture.

Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all - addressing the threats to water security

Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Climate Action

Helping agricultural sector to supply sufficient, safe and nutritious food, embedded in a healthy and climate resilient landscape

Partnerships for the Goals

Organizations must develop and enhance partnerships to find the best and most sustainable solutions to the world's challenges.

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