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Developing countries face major vulnerability challenge

Vulnerability, with its facets of exposure and dependence, represents a major challenge for the sustained and beneficial integration of developing countries into international trade, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said, writes *Kanaga Raja.

Traditional seeds under threat

In farming communities in Burkina Faso, seeds are used, propagated, bred and traded according to an elaborated traditional system. But this system is increasingly under threat: international seed corporations are aggressively advertising their products, and the government is singing...