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Food Matters: Food Security And The Future Of FoodFood Matters: Food Security And The Future Of Food by Teng, Paul; Manda Foo

Food matters. It is a basic human need, yet its availability in adequate, safe, nutritious and regular amounts for humans is by no means assured. While land and water for food production are both declining at alarming rates due to natural and human causes, the demand for food is still growing as populations all over the world increase. The unending questions - where food comes from; how it is grown; how climate change impacts the supply of vegetables and fish and what we can do about it; nutrition in diet; future new types of food that will be produced in factories; how safe is organic food and GMOs, etc. - present some of the most pressing food-related issues everyone, from leaders and policymakers to corporate chiefs and man-in-the-street, needs to be aware of. This seminal book, Food Matters, by Professor Paul Teng and Manda Foo provides explanations to the many questions asked about today's food sources and quality. Written in prose that is easily understandable, it takes the reader through the fascinating story of the origin of our common foods, how they have changed in looks and their methods of production, and discusses many issues on the minds of consumers and governments.

Our Cities, Our Homes: People, Places And PassionsOur Cities, Our Homes: People, Places And Passions by Anwar Fazal

The world has been in a state of disruptive flux for decades. This transformation signals an unfolding process of creative destruction: society, the economy, politics, cultural life, technology and the environment have, in many ways, changed beyond recognition. Anwar Fazal has been one of the world's leading witnesses to these dramas - an engaged and engaging public intellectual who has been at the forefront of local and global efforts to forge innovative solutions to pressing problems. This book brings together, for the first time, some of his most important contributions to debates about what kinds of alternative futures are possible. At their heart are a deeply felt commitment to people-centred development, incorporating the values of justice, sustainability and inclusiveness, and the potential of capacity building, enabling people to build on the capabilities they already possess. Written in an accessible style, infused with a clear-eyed passion for emboldened people and liveable places, this is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of the planet.

Corruption And Crime In Malaysia: Perception Or Reality?Corruption And Crime In Malaysia: Perception Or Reality? by Akhbar Satar

The author is a criminologist, crime analyst, and former graft-buster who highlights the evils of graft and crime, how to detect, deter and measure it, and offers solutions to curb and prevent it. Various criminological theories are discussed as we get introduced to, in an easy to understand and unbiased manner, the real situation of corruption and crime in Malaysia. Corruption and crime in Malaysia provides the glaring instances of corruption investigations and prosecutions amongst public servants and politicians involving famous cases such as 1MDB, SRC, FELDA scandals, Tabung Haji, Sabah Water scandal and the issues of money laundering, assets declaration, political donation, kleptocracy, polygraph testing and the general election. This book provides insight into causes of crime, its criminals and victims such as delinquency, drug smuggling, addiction, human trafficking, terrorism and the various punishments for such crimes.

Catching Thunder: The True Story Of The World's Longest Sea ChaseCatching Thunder: The True Story Of The World's Longest Sea Chase by Eskil Engdal; Kjetil Saeter

December, 2014: In the forbidding waters off Antarctica, Captain Hammarstedt of the Bob Barker embarks on a voyage unlike any seen before. Across ten thousand miles of hazardous seas, Hammarstedt's crew will relentlessly pursue the Thunder - an infamous illegal fishing ship - for what will become the longest chase in maritime history. Wanted by Interpol, the Thunder has for years evaded justice: accumulating millions in profits, hunting endangered species and ruthlessly destroying ocean habitats. The authors follow this incredible expedition from the beginning. The wake of the Thunder leads them to trail of criminal kingpins, rampant corruption, modern slavery, and an international community content to turn a blind eye. Very soon, apprehending Thunder becomes more than a chase but a pursuit of the truth itself and a symbolic race to preserve the well-being of our planet. A Scandinavian best-seller, Catching Thunder is a remarkable true story of courage and perseverance, and a wake-up call to act against the destruction of our environments.

Beyond Romance: Fieldwork In SarawakBeyond Romance: Fieldwork In Sarawak by Egay, Kelvin; Hew Cheng Sim (Eds.)

This volume offers a collection of fieldwork stories written through the lens of sociologists, historians and anthropologists who have made the people, cultures and environment of Sarawak their field of study. Fieldwork is, they have found, never a straightforward task of collecting data, it is about establishing a relationship with the people and their surroundings and learning to live in different worlds. Bringing together fieldwork memoirs, short essays, journal entries and letters, this book also offers an insight into the history and culture of Sarawak from the eyes of its researchers, covering the 'lost tribes' in resettlement schemes, Kelabit child rearing, the biography of a Hakka civil servant and the Tua Pek Kong temples of Sarawak.

The Ha Noi Action Plan 2018-2022The Ha Noi Action Plan 2018-2022 by Asian Development Bank

The Ha Noi Action Plan 2018-2022 (HAP) addresses the unfinished and expanded agenda of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program for the remaining 5 years of the GMS Strategic Framework 2012-2022. The HAP provides directions and operational focus to the GMS program and guides identification of projects in transport, urban development, energy, agriculture, environment, tourism, trade facilitation, human resource development, and information and communication technology.

Institutionalizing Gender Equality: Urban Development Experience Of The Bangladesh LocalInstitutionalizing Gender Equality: Urban Development Experience Of The Bangladesh Local by Asian Development Bank

This case study examines selected urban development projects of the local government engineering department in Bangladesh, with focus on mechanisms to foster gender equality and women empowerment. ADB supports the institutionalization of gender equality in government agencies to enhance their gender-responsiveness and sustainability of gender equality results. The Bangladesh Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) is a trailblazer in mainstreaming gender equality in its policies, systems, and programs. This report presents the results of a stocktaking of LGED's gender mainstreaming practices particularly in ADB-financed urban development projects.

Gender Equality Results Case Study: India - Enhancing Energy-Based Livelihoods For WomenGender Equality Results Case Study: India - Enhancing Energy-Based Livelihoods For Women by Asian Development Bank

This gender equality case study presents the contributions of the ADB-India project in providing 24-hour power supply to rural households in Madhya Pradesh and how it has opened opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the energy sector. Reliable supply of 24-hour electricity in the State of Madhya Pradesh since 2014 has transformed the lives of many, including women from low-income households. The case study builds up on the project progress so far, showcasing women who, along with their sense of personal empowerment, have increased their incomes and savings through microenterprises. The case study reaffirms that a steady supply of electricity, coupled with capacity development, helps create an arena where men and women are accorded equal participation in business opportunities.

Gender Equality And Social Inclusion Assessment Of The Energy Sector: Enhancing Social SustainabiGender Equality And Social Inclusion Assessment Of The Energy Sector: Enhancing Social Sustainabi by Asian Development Bank

This study seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of gender equality and social inclusion issues of the energy sector in Nepal and recommends measures to ensure energy access to all. In Nepal, deeply embedded structural conditions determined by gender, caste or ethnicity, religion, language, and even geography have made access to and benefits from energy resources highly uneven. This study is an attempt to understand the factors affecting the outcomes and extent to which the initiatives have fostered gender equality and social inclusion. The study recommends measures to facilitate the distributive impact of energy sector development if Nepal is to meet its target of ensuring energy access to all.

Bangladesh Gender Equality Diagnostic Of Selected SectorsBangladesh Gender Equality Diagnostic Of Selected Sectors by Asian Development Bank

Over the last 2 decades, Bangladesh has made progress in women's participation in the labor force, gender parity in primary education, and women's political representation. The Government of Bangladesh has made policy commitments toward gender equality and established an institutional framework to fulfill these. This publication intends to support the government in its attempt to address persisting gender inequalities and gaps through a multisector approach across policies, programs, and projects. It provides insights into gender issues in urban; transport; energy; and skills, vocational, and tertiary education, and gives suggestions for strengthening gender mainstreaming in projects.

Urban Wastewater Management In Indonesia: Key Principles And Issues In Drafting Local RegulaUrban Wastewater Management In Indonesia: Key Principles And Issues In Drafting Local Regula by Asian Development Bank

This publication is intended to serve as a guidance document for local governments in Indonesia to develop their regulations on urban wastewater management. One of the major concerns in urban development is proper wastewater management. In many developing countries, the lack of a comprehensive wastewater management law jeopardizes sustainable urban development. This is true in Indonesia where wastewater management regulations at the local level are inadequate. This publication discusses the basic principles of wastewater management services and is designed to be a guidebook for the development of local urban wastewater management legislation. This guidebook's chapters and sections can be readily transformed into the chapters and articles of a local regulation.

Dhaka Water Services Turnaround, TheDhaka Water Services Turnaround, The by Asian Development Bank

This publication features an ADB project that turned around an urban water utility in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and offers a good example for other similar utilities in South Asia. ADB's investment program in the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority provided a breakthrough in approaching urban development, particularly the delivery of clean, reliable, affordable water and to the poor, no less. This publication looks at the key success factors that other utilities are taking note of: The zonal approach to rehabilitating and managing urban water services, trenchless technology for expeditiously laying pipes, and how to connect the urban poor - and keeping them connected - through community-managed approaches.

Impact Evaluation Of Development Interventions: A Practical GuideImpact Evaluation Of Development Interventions: A Practical Guide by Asian Development Bank

This book offers guidance on the principles, methods, and practice of impact evaluation. It contains material for a range of audiences, from those who may use or manage impact evaluations to applied researchers. Impact evaluation is an empirical approach to estimating the causal effects of interventions, in terms of both magnitude and statistical significance. To help backstop more use of impact evaluation approaches, this book introduces core concepts, methods, and considerations for planning, designing, managing, and implementing impact evaluation, supplemented by examples. The topics covered range from impact evaluation purposes to basic principles, specific methodologies, and guidance on field implementation.

Women On Board: Making A Real DifferenceWomen On Board: Making A Real Difference by

This book features 24 female directors and highlights their directorship journeys. Cutting across age, race, profession and background, the profiles of these exceptional women will inspire readers and debunk the notion of the corporate boardroom as dull and colourless. Politically engaged, socially resilient and acutely attuned to the changes around them, women in boardrooms are making their mark. As diversity is pushed to the forefront, this publication provides thought leadership on women directorships around 12 boardroom themes such as business models, digital economy and risk management.

Pentecostal Megachurches In Southeast Asia: Negotiating Class, Consumption And The NationPentecostal Megachurches In Southeast Asia: Negotiating Class, Consumption And The Nation by Chong, Terence (Ed.)

Charismatic pastors, fast-paced worship sessions, inspirational but shallow theology, and large congregations - these are just some of the associated traits of Pentecostal megachurches. But what lies beneath the veneer of glitz? What are their congregations like? How did they grow so quickly? How have they managed to negotiate local and transnational challenges? This book seeks to understand the growth and popularity of independent Pentecostal megachurches in Southeast Asia. Using an ethnographic approach, the chapters examine Pentecostal megachurches in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore. Each chapter dwells on the development of the megachurch set against the specific background of the country's politics and history.

Why We FightWhy We Fight by Martin, Mike

Why are we willing to die for our countries? How can ideology persuade someone to blow themselves up? When we go to war, morality, religion and ideology often take the blame. But Mike Martin boldly argues that the opposite is true: rather than driving violence, these things help to reduce it. While we resort to ideas and values to justify or interpret warfare, something else is really propelling us towards conflict: our subconscious desires, shaped by millions of years of evolution. Why We Fight will change the way we think about violence and ourselves.

Ghost Cities Of ChinaGhost Cities Of China by

Featuring everything from sports stadiums to shopping malls, hundreds of new cities in China stand empty, with hundreds more set to be built by 2030. Between now and then, the country's urban population will leap to over one billion, as the central government kicks its urbanization initiative into overdrive. In the process, traditional social structures are being torn apart, and a rootless, semi-displaced, consumption orientated culture rapidly taking their place. Ghost Cities of China is an enthralling dialogue driven, on-location search for an understanding of China's new cities and the reasons why many currently stand empty.

Why The Dalai Lama Is A SocialistWhy The Dalai Lama Is A Socialist by

To the surprise of many, the Dalai Lama recently declared that, 'I am a socialist'. While many Buddhists and socialists would be perplexed at the suggestion that their approaches to life share fundamental principles, important figures in the Buddhist tradition are increasingly framing contemporary social and economic problems in distinctly socialist terms. In this novel and provocative work, Terry Gibbs argues that the shared values expressed in each tradition could provide signposts for creating a truly humane, compassionate and free society. Hopeful about our potential to create the 'good society' through collective effort, Why the Dalai Lama is a Socialist is grounded in the fundamental belief that everyday human activity makes a difference.

Sq21: Singapore Queers In The 21St CenturySq21: Singapore Queers In The 21St Century by Ng Yi-Sheng; Jason Wee (Ed.)

First published in 2006, the groundbreaking collection of coming out stories was the first affirming non-fiction volume accompanied by real names and faces. Written in light, clear prose, SQ21 shows an unabashed straightforward honesty and finds inspiration in the lives of these ordinary Singaporeans. Though a bestseller that won acclaim as The Straits Times non-fiction book of that year, SQ21 remained out-of-print for nearly a decade. This new reprint comes updates with fresh material - a new interview by Ng Yi-Sheng, and a new foreword by the editor Jason Wee.

Crime And The Chinese DreamCrime And The Chinese Dream by Bakken, Borge (Ed.)

Although official propaganda emphasizes the Chinese Dream as the dream of all Chinese, the opportunities of achieving prosperity by legal means are distributed unequally. Crime and the Chinese Dream reveals how people on the margins of Chinese society find their way to the Chinese Dream through illegal or deviant behaviors. The case studies in this book include corrupt doctors in public hospitals in Beijing, fraudsters in a village called "cake uncles," illegal motorcycle taxi drivers in Guangzhou, drug users being "reeducated" in detention centers, and internet addicts who are treated as criminals by the system. Despite the patriotic and collectivistic tint of the official dream metaphor, the contributors to this volume show that the Chinese Dream is essentially a state capitalist dream, which is embedded within the problems and opportunities of capitalism, as well as a dream of control.