Economic development

Japan: Booming flower industry

In many parts of the world, flower growers struggle to make a living, but in Japan the industry is well literally blooming. One farmer’s collective in northern Japan has discovered new and creative ways to prosper and their ingenuity is fast becoming a model for growers worldwide.

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Global connectedness rankings show value of knowledge networks – UN

A United Nations report released today has for the first time established a Connectedness Index that measures countries’ knowledge networks and links their level of connectedness with economic development indicators.

New UN report calls for major overhaul of global finance, aid and trade machinery

Overcoming the serious weaknesses exposed by the global economic crisis will not be easy and will require a major overhaul of the machinery for international finance, aid and trade, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Employment creation key to poverty reduction in Africa – UN report

High unemployment rates continue to hinder poverty reduction efforts in Africa, the United Nations says in a new report released today, stressing that African countries must give priority to diversifying their economies to create decent jobs to boost social development.