Articles by Jeffrey Sachs

Topic: Sustainable Development

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2013

"High stakes at the UN on the Sustainable Development Goals," The Lancet, September 19, 2013.

"New United Nations initiative on sustainable development comes to campus," Columbia Spectator, September 17, 2013.

"Global Development’s Winning Goals," Project Syndicate, August 27, 2013.

"Sustainable Visions," Project Syndicate, June 7, 2013.

"Paths to Sustainable Power," Project Syndicate, March 28, 2013.

"Happy Happiness Day!," Huffington Post, March 20, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"A Better Way to Fight Climate Change," Project Syndicate, February 28, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"Writing the Future," Project Syndicate, January 24, 2013. Download as [PDF]

2012

"Attention, Mr. President: No Politics, Just Our Solutions — Saving the Climate," Parade, November 4, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"A Global Solutions Network," Project Syndicate, August 22, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Our Summer of Climate Truth," Project Syndicate, July 27, 2012. Download as [PDF]

The push for a “Green Revolution” in African agriculture has boosted crop yields as much as three-fold and helped reduce hunger for about 20 million rural Africans. But the remarkable effort has yet to reach 250 million rural people who remain malnourished in rural Sub-Saharan regions.

Now, two new programs in Ethiopia and Tanzania will adapt modern technology such as an innovative “lab-in-a-box,” smartphones and web-based communications linked to digital soil mapping, along with intensive training for agricultural extension workers, to broaden the reach of that “Green Revolution.”

The two collaborative projects are being funded by grants from the DuPont and  Monsanto companies, announced Friday, which will strengthen the work of researchers from the Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment Program at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, in cooperation with agricultural agencies in the two countries and several other partners.

“This is the beginning of very effective relationship between our university, our African partners, and two leading private sector companies who are committed to address food security in Africa,” Pedro Sanchez, director of the Tropical Agriculture Program, said. “These two leading seed companies recognize that without precise information on how to replenish the fertility of African soils, improved seeds of all crops will not reach their potential.”

The Earth Institute and its partners have played a major role in combating hunger in Africa since 2004, when then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for “a uniquely African Green Revolution.” Sanchez and others working on the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger released a report the following year making recommendations they said could reduce hunger by half by 2015.

The Tropical Agriculture Program and its partners started the African Soil Information Service (AfSIS) in 2009 to develop a digital map of soil properties of the non-desert portions of Sub-Saharan Africa. Understanding nutrient levels, water retention and other properties of soils – and getting that information back to farmers in a timely way – is key to helping the region feed its people.

DuPont is contributing $1 million over three years for the agronomic dimension of the Tropical Agriculture project in Ethiopia.

Monsanto will contribute $400,000 for a similar project in Tanzania for the first year of a planned three-year effort – part of $50 million in grants the company has pledged to support agricultural development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Tropical Agriculture program is seeking support for similar work in Nigeria and Ghana, the two other countries where a second phase of the digital soil map project is planned.

“Developing this system will begin to overcome one of the major constraints currently faced in Africa that impedes the practical use of soils information,” the proposal states. “Crop yields will increase, decreasing hunger, improving nutrition, improving soil health and facilitating the use of improved varieties and hybrids.”

The system should help farmers determine optimal fertilizer blends in each area, and increase the productivity of hybrids for important crops such as maize that are designed to adapt to conditions in various regions.

The results of the project could be applied to other growing areas that have been stuck for years with low yields in Sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti and elsewhere.

The grant announcements coincide with a major new public-private initiative by the Obama administration to improve nutrition and help farmers in Africa build local markets and improve productivity. Among the private participants are DuPont and Monsanto and other companies, including nearly 20 from Africa.

"A Rio Report Card," Project Syndicate, June 18, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals," The Lancet, June 9, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"The future of development goals," in the Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book 2012[Download as PDF]

"A World Bank for a New World," Project Syndicate, February 24, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"Sustainable Humanity," Project Syndicate, January 31, 2012. [Download as PDF]

2011

"Challenges at the Cutting Edge of Fighting Global Poverty," Huffington Post, December 4, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Ban Ki-moon and the Age of Sustainable Development," Project Syndicate, June 24, 2011. [Download as PDF]

2010

"Millennium Goals, Five Years to Go," Huffington Post, September 19, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"After the earthquake, how to rebuild Haiti from scratch." The Washington Post. 17 January 2010. [Download as PDF]

2009

"Hold the rich nations to their word," Financial Times, 16 December 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Enough posturing politics. Time to let the experts lead." The Guardian. 2 December 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Can we feed and save the planet?" Scientific American. December 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Transgressing Planetary Boundaries," Scientific American, December 2009. [Download as PDF]

"American has passed on the baton." Financial Times. 29 September 2009.

"Biodivesity Conservation and the Millennium Development Goals." with Jonathan E. M. Baillie, William J. Sutherland, Paul R. Armsworth, Neville Ash, John Beddington, Tim M. Blackburn, Ben Collen, Barry Gardiner, Kevin J. Gaston, H. Charles J. Godfray, Rhys E. Green, Paul H. Harvey, Brett House, Sandra Knapp, Noëlle F. Kümpel, David W. Macdonald, Georgina M. Mace, James Mallet, Adam Matthews, Robert M. May, Owen Petchey, Andy Purvis, Dilys Roe, Kamran Safi , Kerry Turner, Matt Walpole, Robert Watson, Kate E. Jones. Science. 18 September 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Good News on Malaria Control." Scientific American. August 2009.

"Still Needed: A Climate Plan", Scientific American, July 2009

"Still Needed: A Climate Plan." Scientific American. July 2009.

"Towards a global fund for the health MDGs?" with Paul Pronyk. The Lancet. 20 June 2009.

"Needed: a New Generation of Problem Solvers," with John McArthur. The Chronice of Higher Education. 18 June 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Aid Ironies." Huffington Post. 24 May 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Homegrown Aid." The New York Times. 8 April 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Crisis with a Cure." Financial Times Health Supplement. 26 March 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Eight Principles for a Global Agreement on Climate Change." COP15 UN Climate Change Change Conference Blog. 28 January 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Rewriting the rule book for 21st Century capitalism." The Guardian. 28 January 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Input Subisidies to Improve Smallholder Maize Productivity in Malawi: Toward an African Green Revolution", with Glenn Denning, Patrick Kabambe, Pedro Sanchez, Alia Malik, Rafael Flor, Rebbie Harawa, Phelire Nkhoma, Colleen Zamba, Clement Banda, Chrispin Magombo, Michael Keating, and Justine Wangila. PLoS Biology, 7(1): e1000023. 27 January 2009. [Download article as PDF]

"Smallholder Food Production and Poverty Reduction: Principles for a Financial Coordination Mechanism to Support Smallholder Farmers." Ad Hoc Advisory Group to the Madrid Conference on Food Security,
Chaired by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. IDEAS Foundation. 26 January 2009.
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2008

Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, Penguin Press, 2008.

"Extreme Poverty," with Gordon C. McCord, in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
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"Regional development, geography of," with Gordon C. McCord, in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
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"A New System for Development Aid." FT.com's Comment. 28 November 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Better Cities, Better Life: Challenges for Shanghai." Shanghai Daily. 12 November 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Job One: Some thoughts on what Obama's top priority should be." Washington Post. 9 November 2008. [Download as PDF]

"The Specter of Malthus Returns." Scientific American. September 2008.

"Using Carbon Taxes to Pay for Development." Financial Times. 24 September 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Millennium Goals at the Midpoint." Scientific American. August 2008.

"The Millennium Development Goals: running out of excuses." G8 Summit 2008 publication. July 2008.
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"A Deadline on Malaria." Scientific American. July 2008.

"How to Solve the Growing Global Food Crisis, in Three Steps." NY Daily News. 23 July 2008. [Download as PDF]

"The Challenge of Sustainable Development in Asia." International Herald Tribune. 16 June 2008.

"The African Green Revolution." Scientific American. May 2008.

"We Need a Power Surge." Time Magazine. 29 May 2008. [Download as PDF]

"How to Feed the World." Newsweek. 10 May 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Bhagwati and Sachs on the Food Crisis." International Herald Tribune. 7 May 2008. [Download as PDF]

Slate Book Club on Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet. [Download as PDF]

"Common Wealth." TIME Magazine. March 2008. [Download as PDF]

Bien Común.”  Centro de Investigación Social, Un Techo Para Chile.  Año 7, No. 12.  Segundo Semestre 2008.  Santiago, Chile, translated from “Common Wealth” TIME Magazine, March 2008.

"Climate Change after Bali." Scientific American. February 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Paths to Peace Through Compassion, Cooperation and Sustainable Development." SGI, 24 January 2009.

2007

The African Millennium Villages,” with Pedro Sanchez, Cheryl Palm, Glenn Denning, Rafael Flor, Rebbie Harawa, Bashir Jama, Tsegazeab Kiflemariam, Bronwen Konecky, Raffaela Kozar, Eliud Lelerai, Alia Malik, Vijay Modi, Patrick Mutuo, Amadou Niang, Herine Okoth, Frank Place, Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, Amir Said, David Siriri, Awash Teklehaimanot, Karen Wang, Justine Wangila, and Colleen Zamba. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Special Feature: Sustainability Science, 104 , no. 43 (October, 23 2007): 1677580.

"What a Little Fertilizer Can Do." Time. 26 July 2007.
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"The Secretary-General: Indispensable for Sustainable Development." UN Chronicle. Issue 1, 2007.
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"Climate Change Refugees." Scientific American. June 2007.
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"How I'd fix the World Bank." Fortune. 26 June 2007.
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"The Road to Clean Energy Starts Here." Scientific American. May 2007.
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"Rapid Victories Against Extreme Poverty," Scientific American. April 2007.
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"Threats of War, Chances for Peace," Scientific American. March 2007.

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"A Climate For Change." TIME Magazine. 8 March 2007.

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"Moving Beyond Kyoto." Scientifc American. February 2007.
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"The Neglected Tropical Diseases." Scientifc American. January 2007.

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2006

"The Challenge of Sustainable Water." Scientific American. December 2006.
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"Welfare States Beyond Ideology." Scientific American. November 2006.
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"Fiddling While the Planet Burns." Scientific American. October 2006.
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"Lower Fertility: A Wise Investment." Scientific American. September 2006.
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"Virtuous Circles and Fragile States." Scientific American. August 2006.
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"Ecology and Political Upheaval." Scientific American. July 2006.
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"Investments Toward Sustainable Development," with Walter V. Reid. Science, Vol. 312. 19 May 2006.
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"Incorporating a Rapid-Impact Package for Neglected Tropical Diseases with Programs for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria," with Peter Hotez, David H. Molyneux, Alan Fenwick, Eric Ottesen and Sonia Ehrlich Sachs. PLoS Medicine, 3(5): e102. February 2006.
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2005

"A Robust Strategy for Sustainable Energy," with Klaus Lackner. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Issue 2. 2005.
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The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, The Penguin Press: New York, 2005.

Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Millennium Project, (Director),  Earthscan: New York, 2005.

"Challenges of Sustainable Development Under Globalization," lecture delivered at the University of Sydney, October 14, 2005.  Published in International Journal of Development Issues, Vol. 4, No. 2, December 2005.
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"A Global Compact to End World Poverty: Jeffrey Sachs on Stabilisation, Transition and Weapons of Mass Salvation," interview by Brian Snowdon.  Published in The World Economy, Vol. 6, No. 4, October-December, 2005. 
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"Understanding African Poverty: Beyond the Washington Consensus to the Millennium Development Goals Approach," with Gordon McCord and Wing Thye Woo, in Africa in the World Economy, Jan Joost Teunissen and Age Akkerman (eds.), FONDAD: The Hague, 2005.
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"Economic Possibilities for our Time," 16th Annual Panglaykim Memorial Lecture, Jakarta, Indonesia, August 2005.
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2004

"National Common Minimum Programme of the Congress-led United Progessive Alliance: Policy Reform and Public Investment Requirements," with Nirupam Bajpai, CGSD Working Paper No. 22.  August 2004.
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"Sustainable Development," Science, April 30 2004.
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"The Challenges Facing Landlocked Developing Countries," with Michael L. Faye, John W. McArthur, and Thomas Snow, Journal of Human Development, Vol. 5, No. 1, March 2004.
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2003

Economic Development and the Division of Labor (Foreword), by Xiaokai Yang, Blackwell Publishing, 2003.

2002

"Compensation for 'Meaningful Participation' in Climate Change Control: A Modest Proposal and Empirical Analysis" with T. Panayotou and A. Peterson Zwane, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management,  43, pp. 437-454, 2002.
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"Sacudir el futuro," Revista Incae, Vol XII, No. 2, September 2002

"The Essential Ingredient," New Scientist, August 17, 2002. [Download as PDF]

"How to save the world in Johannesburg," Financial Times, August 13, 2002
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"Three Years and Three Lessons since 9/11," Facts, September 2004.
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"The New Geopolitics." Scientific American. June 2006.
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"Breaking the Poverty Trap." Scientific American. September, 2007. [Download as PDF]

"Progress summary of the MDGs: update for ministers." The Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book. June 2008.
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"Surging Food Prices and Global Stability." Scientific American. June 2008.

"It's too late to seal a global climate deal. But we need action, not Kyoto II." The Guardian. 30 September 2009.