Newsletters and articles


GM without baggage

Public debate on genetic modification often generates more heat than light. An article in the March 2013 issue of Rice Today, the magazine of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), makes a refreshing change: it simply examines the state of play on GM rice, without passing judgement on whether the technology is good or bad.

The article, which you can download from the IRRI website, describes the GM work under way at IRRI and partner institutes to tackle such challenges as vitamin A deficiency, iron deficiency, improving photosynthesis and developing drought tolerance. It's one of several we’ve co-authored for this magazine.



Pro-poor irrigation: can we do it better?

Irrigated agriculture has contributed greatly to food security and poverty reduction in Asia, but the region still has the highest absolute numbers of poor people of all the world’s developing regions. In 2004, scientists at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) completed a study to find out what could be done to make irrigation work better for the poor.

The study report weighed in at over 100 pages, so Green Ink was asked to write a synthesis. The result was Pro-poor Intervention Strategies in Irrigated Agriculture in Asia, an 8-page paper for policy makers that clearly and simply sets out the main areas where policy and institutional change could make a difference.

“I really did like Green Ink’s style of writing, which could be easily understood by a non-science person."

Dawn Rodriguez, Communications Coordinator, IWMI



Latin America gets more equal

The spread of democracy has brought better policy making and more equitable development to some of Latin America’s largest countries. That’s the conclusion of The Recent Decline of Inequality in Latin America, a paper by leading regional economists with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Luis Lopez-Calva and Nora Lustig.

With editorial support from Green Ink, the paper was completed in time for presentation at a meeting in Argentina in 2009, followed by publication in the journal Economia. Its conclusions have since been widely disseminated, in part through a book written by the same authors.



Beyond sustainability, shared value

At the heart of Nestlé’s business model lies the concept of Creating Shared Value (CSV), an approach that moves beyond a narrow definition of sustainability to embrace social aims – health and wealth for local communities and others along the value chain as well as for the natural resource base on which future production depends. That it does so owes much to the company’s Corporate Head of Agriculture Hans Joehr, for whom the concept has been the subject of a personal crusade going back a decade or more.

In May 2010 Joehr was asked to contribute an article on CSV to a special publication of the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE). He’s a busy man and English isn’t his first language, so he came to Green Ink for help. After interviewing him by Skype we wrote a 4-page article which was submitted to RASE in early June.



Making markets benefit the poor

That’s the job of an innovative project in Nigeria funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). Known as Pro-Poor Opportunities in Commodity and Service Markets or PrOpCom for short, the project spots weaknesses in markets and works with stakeholders to devise solutions. It began its activities in the rice sector but has now branched into other areas, including policy support, mechanization and agro-inputs.

In mid-2010 PrOpCom invited Green Ink to provide support for its communications programme. We’ve since worked on various short communications, including a newsletter and a success stories series, plus a brochure and flyer. Find out more at