Erle Frayne Argonza's Blog – February 2012 Archive (9)

CITIES DRIVE GLOBAL GROWTH

CITIES DRIVE GLOBAL GROWTH

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

The world is going urban and no force whatsoever, save for geological cataclysm of a planetary scale, can wreck the social phenomenon of urbanization. My own country PH is now 70% urban population-wise, which is in far contrast to what it was once during my birthyear of 1958 when 85% of people were rural peasants and fisherfolks.

 

Cities were the ones that drove the domestic…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 26, 2012 at 4:27am — No Comments

GLOBAL FOOD PRICE INDEX DECLINE

GLOBAL FOOD PRICE INDEX DECLINE

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Global food price index ended up with a general decline, as per report from the FAO. This was a quick reversal of the year-long trend that saw food prices rising as a whole.

 

The FAO reported in the mid-phase of last year that food prices were rising, and rising alarmingly. Famine struck the Horn of Africa, while calamities damaged to food base of other countries, events…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 23, 2012 at 1:55am — No Comments

CAN SMART FARMING REVERSE CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT?

CAN SMART FARMING REVERSE CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT?

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Can smart farming equalize or even totally reverse the deleterious impact of climate change? What parameters and factors (soil? seeds? water? skills? technology?) need to have some control altogether to see the positive effects of the interventions?

 

That question is the subject of intense response today by stakeholders in Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia that…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 21, 2012 at 9:37pm — No Comments

FISCAL DECENTRALIZATION: SHOWCASING PHILIPPINES

FISCAL DECENTRALIZATION: SHOWCASING PHILIPPINES

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

The government decentralization that has been going on in the Philippines for the duration of the post-Martial Law/Dictatorship era (dictatorship deposed in 1986) seems to have caught the attention of urban observers worldwide.

 

As a gesture of interest on the Philippine experience, the United Nations recently published a book showcasing the same…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 18, 2012 at 2:45am — No Comments

ASIANS TOP USA-EUROPE SCIENCE R&D SPENDING

ASIANS TOP USA-EUROPE SCIENCE R&D SPENDING

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Another breakthrough news has struck our perception banks recently, with the gladdening news that Asians as a whole have topped both USA and EU spendings on science research & development.

 

Ten Asian countries are noted to be leading the way for Asians as a whole in sci-tech R & D, to note: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 16, 2012 at 2:19am — No Comments

URBANIZING MYANMAR LAUNCHES INSTITUTE

URBANIZING MYANMAR LAUNCHES INSTITUTE

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Myanmar has been mired too long in the rural backwoods of eternal militaristic damnation. So it would be a well appreciated news to learn of scaling up urban development in the struggling country.

 

Myanmar is juxtaposed next to the ASEAN 5—Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines—that are now citadels of urban development, industrialization and service…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 15, 2012 at 1:57am — No Comments

SEAWEED BIOFUELS, WHAT’S YOUR TAKE?

SEAWEED BIOFUELS, WHAT’S YOUR TAKE?

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Kelp off the coast of Chile is being developed into a source of biofuels today. The strategy is aquafarming and not the open biomining of available seaweeds. Which means that biotech can be applied to treble the quantities of yields of the bi-product.

 

What’s your take of the new development in biofuels? Techno-innovators would surely welcome this development, among whom…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 13, 2012 at 3:12am — No Comments

MEKONG LEADERS PLAN AHEAD

MEKONG LEADERS PLAN AHEAD

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

An end-of year (2011) good news was the meeting of Mekong leaders to plan ahead for tomorrow. A 10-year plan was forged among them, with the ADB acting out as process facilitator and co-convenor.

 

The Mekong region comprises a huge section of the continental Southeast Asia which by itself is a subregion of significant proportions. Boosting development growth in the…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 8, 2012 at 3:11am — No Comments

URBAN SECURITY OF TENURE: CAN IT BE MONITORED?

URBAN SECURITY OF TENURE: CAN IT BE MONITORED?

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Is it possible to fully monitor security of tenure in cities? What concrete policy measures and institutional requirements can be taken to conduct such monitoring efficaciously?

 

Cities often than not differ in their policy measures concerning tenure matters. Besides, there is the variegation in the level of institutionalization of rules and enactment—from…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on February 4, 2012 at 2:57am — No Comments

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