Daniel Bornstein
Daniel Bornstein

I am a senior at Dartmouth College interested in development in Africa. I have conducted 2 research projects in The Gambia, in West Africa. The first investigated farmers' strategies for maintaining local control over their rice seeds, in the face of the dissemination of a new variety. The second looks at how Gambia is attempting to comply with European Union standards for aflatoxin levels in its peanut exports. I have written for the Christian Science Monitor, Merrick Herald, and College News Magazine.

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Sept. 2, 2013

How Climate Change Politics Are Ruining African Agriculture

The global land grab in Africa has sought to gain legitimacy through a flawed narrative of "green growth," which promises no such growth for the smallholder farmers bound to lose access to land.

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March 25, 2013

Land Grabs in Africa Are Also Water Grabs

The global land grabbing issue in Africa, in which foreign investors are taking over productive farmland, is also fundamentally about foreign control over water resources.
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Dec. 22, 2012

3 Simple Ways We Could Better Fight World Hunger

While many are calling for new investments in agriculture, there are facets of our global economy that need to be halted to fight food insecurity. No longer can such issues remain "off the table"
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Oct. 26, 2012

World Bank Should Be Blamed for Land Grabs in Africa

The narrative challenging the global land grab focuses on corporate hegemony. But the actual dynamic to blame, after all, may be a bias favoring the urban folk at the expense of rural people.
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Oct. 24, 2012

Jim Kim, World Bank Chief and Former Dartmouth President, Wants to Cut Global Education Funding

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has been a champion for the world's poor throughout his career, which is why it would be so catastrophic to see the World Bank diminish its support for education
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Oct. 2, 2012

Agriculture Reform in Africa: In a Gambian Village, Learning From a Local Champion

Village-level agriculture initiatives may seem small, but just imagine their potential if we connect their leaders to international networks.

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Sept. 7, 2012

3 Simple Reasons Why Globalized Agriculture Production is Not the Solution to Global Hunger

It is troubling that the integration of African farmers into global markets, which has historically come at the expense of food security, is now being promoted as "development."
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April 3, 2012

African food sovereignty must focus on building locally-controlled food systems

G-BIACK's work is an example of the sorts of agricultural approaches that need to be mainstreamed to contest high-input agriculture
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March 29, 2012

Take Free Markets Out of Global Development

From the 1960s Green Revolution through present-day agricultural development efforts, the market rationale has remained central, at the expense of the world's poorest.
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Jan. 28, 2012

Why We Should Encourage Agriculture Studies At Private Colleges

If our top colleges and universities aren’t teaching agriculture, then how will their graduates be encouraged to enter this field?
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Jan. 24, 2012

With 1B Hungry Globally, World Bank, USAID, and the Gates Foundation Need a New Approach

Applying the 1960s Green Revolution model to Africa would increase the continent's vulnerability to food insecurity.

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Dec. 23, 2011

Ontario Mega Quarry Brings Out Foodie, Environmental, and Farm Activists

A broad coalition of activists — farmers, Toronto chefs, urban locavores, and environmentalists — has mobilized against a proposed mega quarry in Ontario, Canada.
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Nov. 13, 2011

The Contradictory U.S. Position on Global AIDS

Despite U.S. claims of leadership on global AIDS, the U.S. is pushing for strict intellectual property rules that would undermine access to HIV treatment.
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Nov. 2, 2011

The Multi-Functional Future of Agriculture in Africa

The Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Program conference in Ethiopia provides an opportunity to bring agriculture's multiple developmental uses to the forefront.
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Oct. 16, 2011

U.S. International Development Plans Hurting Feed the Future's Policy Initiatives

Feed the Future's goals and initiatives are trampled by the need for USAID to satisfy U.S. economic interests.
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Sept. 1, 2011

MDGs Show the UN's Continued Legitimacy

The success of the Millennium Development Goals in combating global hunger is proof that the UN remains important.

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Aug. 7, 2011

How Wealthy Nations Drive Food Insecurity

The developed world's response to resource scarcity and climate change with land use strategies increase the vulnerability of the world’s poorest people.
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Aug. 2, 2011

Africa Needs its Own Food Security Solution

"Country-owned development" is key to shifting from a one-size-fits-all perspective in combating famine, to addressing the unique challenges in food security in different countries.
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July 29, 2011

Planning, Not Response, Will Fight Famine

The global food system can't just respond to the wreckage of famine, it must promote long-term development in an era of high food prices and destructive climate change.
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July 20, 2011

The Politics of Starvation: Food Security = National Security

Failed states like Somalia are more vulnerable to food crises, which fuel instability among their people, deepening the political vacuum.