The 2021 edition of the Commodities and Development Report explores how technological development and innovation can help commodity-dependent developing countries (CDDCs) achieve economic diversification and value addition.

The circular economy is now at the forefront of the competitiveness agenda for various industrial sectors, industrial parks, and firms.

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa has been severe; however, countries are weathering the storm so far.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on 25.02.2021, notified the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.

Recent developments in frontier technologies, including artificial intelligence, robotics and biotechnology, have shown tremendous potential for sustainable development. Yet, they also risk increasing inequalities by exacerbating and creating new digital divides between the technology haves and have-nots.

This compendium showcases new and innovative low carbon technologies that have potential to be deployed in Asia and the Pacific. It features 10 technologies for capturing, utilizing, or storing carbon dioxide. The key aspects of these technologies are discussed together with their advantages and status of development and commercialization.

The study evaluates the role of R&D, human capital, and technology spillovers in influencing India’s long-run productivity growth.

Agricultural innovation scaling approaches tend to be empirical but do not sufficiently take into account the complex realities of ‘softer elements’ such as people, supply chains, markets, financing mechanisms, policies and regulations, professional knowledge, power relations, incentives and history.

Technology adoption has been proven to be an efficient way to improve agricultural productivity as well as farmers’ income across the semi-arid regions of the globe. However, an upcoming method to improve food and livelihood security is through sustainable technology intensification.

As a second wave of COVID-19 causes further economic and social disruption, smart data-driven cities, powered by smart infrastructure and solutions, are using data analytics and predictive modelling to help shape their pandemic response to limit the loss of human life and minimize economic disruption.

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