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Body, gender and empowerment: a conversation with Chloe Schwenke (USA), Alexandru Balasescu (Romania), Hulda Ouma (Kenya), Wendy Harcourt (Australia/Italy). 

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The issues of gender and empowerment, while fading out the development agenda - are being increasingly addressed and highlighted by icons of popular culture - as pointed out in the editorial of SID Development Vol. 53.2 on 'Gender and Empowerment'.

Interview with Robert Paarlberg, author of 'Food Politics: What everyone needs to know' 

Q: Today is the world food day. What are the key messages the world needs to hear today? 

by Shukria Dini

Excerpt from the article

Twenty years ago, economic planning and protectionism were held responsible for poverty and stagnation. Nowadays it is the market that is blamed, not only for increased poverty and income inequality, but also for the dismantling of public services and ecological destruction. Yesterday's solutions have become today's problems. Liberalization and privatization have left people and environment at the mercy of the free market. The mightiest are reaping the benefits, the weakest are footing the bill.

Wendy Harcourt, SID Senior Advisor and Editor of Development, was awarded the 2010 Feminist and Women's Studies Association's Prize on 2 October in London. Wendy was presented with her prize for her book 'Body Politics in Development'.

by Susan Alexander

As a communicator, the Millennium Development Goals have been both a blessing and burden. On the one hand they provide a simple story hook and a straightforward benchmark. However, since the underlying issues, debates and measurements are necessarily complex, contested and contentious the headline achievements are only ever that - the headline.

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