... West Africa will benefit. While the BRICS countries continue to act as competitors, they are striving towards cooperation. At the 2013 Summit in Durban, the BRICS countries set a new model for financing infrastructure. The 2014 meeting in Fortaleza, Brazil resulted in the creation of the BRICS New Development Bank. And the 2015 Summit in Ufa, Russia is expected to produce the Strategic Economic Cooperation initiative. All this is designed to coordinate the efforts of the BRICS countries, including efforts in Africa.
China as the Main ...
... Brasilia in March and launch a manifesto designed to make the group a key player in the global food security regime. But they did. Now the world is waiting.
From a moral and business ethics perspective the effort makes sense and can add value to the BRICS brand.
But success depends on China, India and Brazil, who are impacted by drought and infrastructure problems that step on their economic performance. And Russia is dealing with a sanctions regime that includes food, orchestrated by Washington and its European allies.
BRICS food security. A slow ...
... Nippon Sumitomo, South Korea's Posco and the two major American steel producers, Nucor and U.S. Steel.
The two major American producers generated $37.4 billion (27 billion Euros) in revenue from steel during the first 10 months of 2013. Other BRICS, Brazil, China and India, each generated roughly half that amount. Draw your own conclusions, regardless whether they are driven by emotions or realpolitik;)
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... the new Edelman Trust Barometer study by Holdheim amps up Russia’s mistrust for the government of president Vladimir Putin and has the hubris to remove South Africa from the BRICS grouping altogether. Does that sound political to you? Should the BRICS issue a response? Did South Africa leave the group?
Grouping Brazil, Russia, India and China together, the study claims that “excluding China, they (the BRICs) exhibit the highest degree of trust in business as institution (Brazil 70 percent, Russia 45 percent and India 79 percent).”
China is excluded ...
... global trend rests on enforcement, the expansion of sanctions and hasty military intervention, whereas it is preventive diplomacy and peacekeeping operations that must become the key tools.
BRICS Countries in Peacemaking
India indisputably outnumbers its BRICS partners and is followed by Brazil, with South Africa and China trailing behind. Russia is the unquestionable underachiever, with the numbers of its military and police in the UN missions on a clear downward spiral.
During the past decade, Western countries have been curtailing ...
... drain.” Among the BRICS there is a steady migration of brainpower from rural areas, away from farming, to more affluent, cosmopolitan cities.
Direct Planting Agriculture, Why Managing Change For A Sustainable Future Is A Big Challenge
Other than Brazil the BRICS have not met the challenge of adapting to modern conservation agricultural schemes that yield more with less overall expenditure, notably direct planting (sometimes called “no till agriculture”).
For more than three decades Brazil’s ...