Food and Agriculture

The Agricultural Sector in the Era of Bioeconomy

The idea of bioeconomy—the section of the economy based on renewable biological resources, from agriculture to pharmaceuticals and biotech—has gained the interest of policymakers and the private sector alike in recent years. A strong, innovative and sustainable bioeconomy is increasingly seen as an indispensable part of the solution to many global challenges, from food security to climate change.

Farm Labor and Mexico’s Export Produce Industry

Recent news articles have highlighted incidents of forced labor, debt peonage, and poor conditions of some internal Mexican migrants employed on farms that grow produce for U.S. consumers.  NGO Polaris suggested that several hundred thousand workers in Mexico could be in forced labor situations, including in agriculture.

Launch of the African Transformation Report 2017: Agriculture Powering Africa’s Economic Transformation

On October 19, 2017, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted the launch of the African Transformation Report 2017, “Agriculture Powering Africa’s Economic Transformation,” with Dr. K.Y. Amoako, Founder and President of the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET); Dr. Yaw Ansu, Chief Economist at ACET and primary author of the report; Dr. Mark Sundberg, Deputy Vice President and Chief Economist of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC); and Dr.

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