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Vertical farming can allow former cropland to go back to nature and reverse the plundering of the earth. Illustration: Bruce McCall/ The New Yorker

The Vertical Farm: Growing crops in the city, without soil or natural light.

by Ian Frazier The New Yorker January 9, 2017

Today in the U.S., vertical farms of various designs and sizes exist in Seattle, Detroit, Houston, Brooklyn, Queens, and near Chicago, among other places....

Evening approaches at the Dzaipi transit center in northern Uganda, where UNHCR has erected tents for many of the refugees. Photo: F.Noy/UNHCR
Evening approaches at the Dzaipi transit center in northern Uganda, where UNHCR has erected tents for many of the refugees.  Photo: F.Noy/UNHCR

Scale up or cut back? Humanitarian aid grapples with growing funding gap

by Kristy Siegfried IRIN December 16, 2016

This week, the UN announced that $22.2 billion would be required to meet the needs of an estimated 92.8 million people affected by conflicts and natural disasters in 2017.  Current funding trends suggest that aid agencies will be lucky...

Kimberly Flowers, Photo: Vatican Radio

Listen: Food Insecurity-a cause and consequence of conflict

by Hayley Susino Vatican Radio December 10, 2016

In a world where conflict affects so many communities, it is important to recognize the connection between food insecurity and social unrest. Kimberly Flowers, Director of the Global Food Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), was brought to Rome by U.S. Miss...

Dial ‘N’ for Nutrition? A Landscape Analysis of What We Know About m-Nutrition, m-Agriculture and m-Development

by Barnett, I., Scott, N., Batchelor, S. and Haddad, L. Institute of Development Studies December 10, 2016

Mobile phone technology has the potential to initiate behavior change and facilitate the long-term maintenance of new behaviors. This paper reviews the existing m-agri and m-health interventions. The purpose of this review is to assist would-be implementers and evaluators to understand the landscape...

Valle del Cocora, Salento, Quindío Colombia. Photo: Johana Arias
Valle del Cocora, Salento, Quindío Colombia. See the full Oxfam report Unearthed: Land, power, and inequality in Latin America. Photo: Johana Arias  

Latin America has most unequal land distribution, Colombia fares worst, Oxfam study says

by Anastasia Moloney Thompson Reuters Foundation December 5, 2016

BOGOTA - Land distribution in Latin America is the most unequal in the world where only one percent of the farms and estates control more than half of the region's productive land, aid group Oxfam said on Wednesday. Colombia, where two thirds of agricultural land is concentrated in just 0.4 percent ...

Bread for the World's 2017 Hunger Report discusses the challenges to ending hunger resulting from fragile states, conflict, climate change and poor government.
Bread for the World’s 2017 Hunger Report discusses the challenges to ending hunger resulting from fragile states, conflict, climate change and poor government.  Access the report or the executive summary.

Tackling hunger requires addressing the challenge in fragile states

by Jennifer Ehidiamen Devex December 4, 2016

Political instability and climate change continue to threaten global efforts to end hunger and poverty. By 2030, two-thirds of the world’s poor will be living in ...

Migrants preparing to board the smugglers’ boats that will take them from Venezuela to Curaçao. Photo: © Meridith Kohut for The New York Times
Migrants preparing to board the smugglers’ boats that will take them from Venezuela to Curaçao. Photo: ©  Meridith Kohut/The New York Times

Hungry Venezuelans flee in boats to escape economic collapse

by Nicholas Casey New York Times November 29, 2016

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao — The dark outlines of land had just come into view when the smuggler forced everyone into the sea. Roymar Bello screamed. She was one of 17 passengers who had climbed onto the overloaded fis...

You may be higher up the global wealth pyramid than you think

by Economist Business and Finance The Economist November 28, 2016

Pop quiz: Where do you think you fall on the global wealth pyramid? The answer may surprise you...   See full story at http://www.econ...

Davíd Romero Hernández, 51, center, trimming grass in his new avocado orchard on the edge of Apútzio de Juárez, in Mexico, in October. Photo: Adriana Zehbrauskas/The New York Times
Davíd Romero Hernández, 51, center, trimming grass in his new avocado orchard on the edge of Apútzio de Juárez, in Mexico, in October. Photo: ©   Adriana Zehbrauskas/The New York Times

Avocados imperil Monarch butterflies’ winter home in Mexico

by Victoria Burnett New York Times November 19, 2016

APÚTZIO DE JUÁREZ, Mexico — The green volcanic hills that tower above Apútzio de Juárez have begun to fill with swarms of monarch butterflies, ...

In Toronto, Mouhamad al-Hajj and his family, refugees from Syria, have resettled with the help of a group of sponsors. Photo: © Nicole Tung for The New York Times
In Toronto, Mouhamad al-Hajj and his family, refugees from Syria, have resettled with the help of a group of sponsors.  In Bar Elias, Lebanon, relatives, including Mr. Hajj’s sister-in-law and her children, are desperate to move to Canada, too.  Photo: © Nicole Tung for The New York Times

What does it mean to help one family?

by Jodi Kantor and Catrin Einhorn New York Times October 26, 2016

TORONTO, SEPT. 8 — Wissam al-Hajj, a Syrian refugee, woke up in the most comfortable home she had ever lived in, an apartment growing increasingly stuffed with toys for her four children. She realized she had slept far more soundly than usual. But when she remembered why, she grew irritated: Her h...

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