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By 2050, the world’s population will approach ten billion. Feeding them all will require novel solutions to increasing agricultural productivity, and one of the most promising incipient technologies involves leveraging the naturally occurring microorganisms that are already in the ground, writes Esther Ngumbi.

In an apparently inflated and politically-calculated move, Addis may continue providing for the official residence of the State of Oromia, as well, largely for psychological and sentimental reasons.

For Africa, the question is no longer “if” students are taught, but “what.” Unfortunately, while access to education has improved significantly in recent decades, school curricula have changed little since the colonial era, when secondary education was an elite privilege designed to advance the careers of a select few, writes Kim Kerr.

Money spent on nutrition for young children offers phenomenal returns. Our research shows that fortifying staple products with vital micronutrients generates huge returns almost everywhere it currently is not done. Meanwhile, programs to provide homes with livestock turn out to be a much less powerful investment, writes Bjørn Lomborg.

It has been encouraging to watch national authorities coordinate their efforts under the auspices of the Financial Stability Board (FSB). Better coordination has reduced the risk of regulatory arbitrage, and address the threat that banks will be, as former Bank of England Governor Mervyn King memorably put it, “international in life but national in death”, writes Mohamed A. El-Erian.