Policy and advocacy
Practical Action seeks to influence policies, institutions and processes to bring about changes that bring benefits to poor women and men.
Energy for the poor
Access to basic, clean energy services is essential for sustainable development and poverty eradication. Yet over two billion people today have no access to modern energy services. Millions can be lifted out of poverty without ruining the planet with the help of clean sustainable energy.
Sustaining agricultural biodiversity
Practical Action is defending local efforts to sustain the agricultural biodiversity of crops, livestock, fish and other foods developed by farmers, herders and fisherfolk. This biodiversity is disappearing fast and is being replaced by monocultures of patented seeds, GMOs and Terminator Technology.
The 21st century will be dominated by technology - it affects everyone, changes economies and impacts on the environment. Yet, most people have no say in what technologies are developed and for whose benefit. Practical Action is working to involve people more in technology decisions and improve their technology capabilities.
Across the globe 1.2 billion people live in absolute poverty. Of these, almost 300 million live in sub-Saharan Africa. The majority of these people are small-scale farmers who depend on agriculture and the management of natural resources for their livelihoods. Farmers, teachers and entrepreneurs explain what would make a real difference to their lives in this series of short videos on energy and agriculture.
Technology as if People and the Planet Mattered
Practical Action policy adviser Patrick Mulvany presented this speech at the UN Poverty Forum in New York on 16 November 2006.
Our climate is changing and it's the world's poorest people who are hardest hit by devastating droughts, floods and other extreme weather events. This is a massive injustice - climate change is caused by the world's richest countries.
Poverty condemns around half of the world's population to use solid fuels, including wood, dung and coal, for cooking and heating their homes. Every day thousands of men, women and children die as a result of lethal levels of smoke in their homes.
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