Haiti's government and USAID will now do wheat fortification; exactly what we found to be one of the most effective policies 


Bjorn Lomborg

Fortifying wheat flour to save Haitian lives

Copenhagen Consensus' Haiti Priorise project makes impact with the launch of RANFOSE, the first food fortification project of Haiti. USAID and the Ministry of Public Health and Population have teamed up to fortify wheat flour in Haiti, which will prevent 150 newborn deaths and 260,000 cases of anemia each year.

The US representative referred to Copenhagen Consensus research when introducing the new initiative, pointing out that food fortification has been identified "as one of the most efficient investments in Haiti’s development."

Achieving more with less

After being the top recipient of Canadian aid in 2010, Haiti fell to 16th place in 2015, making it more important to spend limited funds effectively. This is what Haiti Priorise, sponsored by the Canadian government, set out to do: Improve the nation’s social, economic and environmental well-being by highlighting the cost-effective aid interventions.

Lomborg explains the most promising solutions for Haiti in Canada's newspaper of record, The Globe and Mail, stressing that economic research can provide inspiration and valuable policy-making input.

Don't cut spending for one of the best aid investments

President Trump proposed to cut the US’ global food assistance program, “Food for Peace,” in his 2018 budget request. But few forms of development spending are as crucial as providing proper nutrition, which Lomborg showcases in New York Daily News.

Copenhagen Consensus research at a global and national level has repeatedly shown that improving nutrition to stop starvation or malnutrition is a phenomenal investment because inexpensive, early nutrition can produce significant, lifelong benefits.

Al Gore’s new film misses a few inconvenient facts

Eleven years ago, “An Inconvenient Truth” brought attention to global warming with frightening narratives about looming environmental disaster. Despite his poor record, former Vice President Al Gore is back with “An Inconvenient Sequel”, which promises more of the same.

Lomborg argues in Wall Street Journal that Gore’s strategy of using scare tactics and poor science to point out failed policy solutions cannot be the solution to global warming.

California is handling climate change all wrong

California has won praise for promising to live up to the Paris climate treaty even after US withdrawal, and for signing its own climate ‘treaty’ with China. It is commendable that Governor Brown is showing leadership where the Trump Administration has withdrawn, but California’s pathway will be expensive for the state and achieve slightly more than nothing for the planet.

In Los Angeles Times, Lomborg argues that a smarter approach to climate policy — and one befitting California’s role as one of the most innovative states in the country — would be to focus on the development of affordable green energy.

Learning from malaria

Over the last 15 years, more than six million lives have been saved from malaria, thanks in large parts to a concerted effort from the Gates Foundation and the US government. Copenhagen Consensus research over this time frame consistently highlights the great benefits every dollar invested in malaria initiatives can have. The lessons of that success can – and therefore should – be applied to other great development challenges as well.

Read Bjorn Lomborg's column for Project Syndicate in five languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including The New Times (Rwanda), Times of Oman, Sydsvenskan (Sweden), The Nepali TimesLa Nacion (Costa Rica), The Daily Star (Lebanon), Naija 24/7 News (Nigeria) and The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka).

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Milenio (Mexico)

Paris não é a solução
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

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Listy z naszego sadu (Poland)

Pariisin sopimus ei korjaa ilmasto-ongelmaa
Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

Speaking up against climate alarmism is bad for academics

A third of all adults (1.6bn) is now overweight or obese

Cycling and walking is 10x deadlier than driving

Will climate change cause more child marriages?

39% of Americans believe climate will lead to humanity's extinction. Yet, only 17% are very worried?

Without subsidies, nobody wants a Tesla anymore

How the EU starves Africa into submission

Temperature trend still off in tropics

Beyond Counting Climate Consensus

About Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus 

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to improve the environment and the world, and has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 public intellectuals.

He is the author of several best-selling books, an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School and works regularly with many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates.

His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, was ranked by the University of Pennsylvania as one of the world’s "Top 25 Environmental Think Tanks".

Lomborg is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, for outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, CNN, FOX, and the BBC. His monthly column is published in 19 languages, in 30+ newspapers with more than 30 million readers globally.
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