USDA report warns climate change likely to impede progress on global food security

by security USDA December 2, 2015

PARIS, Dec. 2, 2015 — Climate change is likely to impede progress on reducing undernourishment around the world in the decades ahead, according to a major scientific assessment released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on global food security and its implications for the United S...

Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years, scientists say. Experts point to damage caused by erosion and pollution, raising major concern...

by Oliver Milman The Guardian December 2, 2015

The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution in the past 40 years, with potentially disastrous consequences as global demand for food soars, scientists have warned. ...

The Awa tribe is caught between a diminishing forest and the dangers posed by the contemporary world. Photo: Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post

In the Amazon, the ‘world’s most endangered tribe’ has few options

by Dom Phillips Washington Post December 1, 2015

The Awa tribe is caught between a diminishing forest and the dangers posed by the contemporary world. Photo: Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post...

Latin American legislators find new paths to fight hunger

by Aramis Castro and Milagros Salazar Inter Press Service November 19, 2015

Peruvian lawmaker Jaime Delgado reads out the final declaration of the Sixth Forum of the Parliamentary Front Against Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean, in Lima. From left to right: John Preissing, FAO representative in Peru; Ecuadorean lawmaker María Augusta Calle; and Uruguayan legislator...

Cotton is one of the most important fibre crops in the global textile industry. But many of the cotton farmers at the bottom of the very lucrative gar...

by Martine Parry The Guardian November 19, 2015

Globally, up to 100 million smallholder farmers depend on cotton for their income. They are, however, at the very bottom of the garment industry chain, largely invisible and without a voice, ignored by a trillion-dollar industry that cannot exist without their produce....

Can farms be good for nature without being organic? The organic-or-not debate ignores a crucial further option. Setting aside tracts of land for wildl...

by Karl Mathiesen The Guardian November 18, 2015

Non-organic farmers can do much more to foster wild plants, butterflies and bugs without giving up on pesticides, according to new research, but organic farms still bring the largest benefits for wildlife....

A farm in Mato Grosso State in the cerrado, the vast savanna on the edge of the Amazon rain forest that is being razed for agricultural expansion. Photo: Marizilda Cruppe for The New York Times

TIAA-CREF, U.S. investment giant, accused of land grabs in Brazil

by Simon Romero New York Times November 16, 2015

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — As an American investment giant that manages the retirement savings of millions of university administrators, public school teachers and others, TIAA-CREF prides itself on upholding socially responsible values, even celebrating its role in drafting United Nations principles fo...

Thirty million children, far from home. Here are three of them.

by Jake Silverstein New York Times November 5, 2015

I have two photos on my desk. The first shows a child, a girl of about 10. She is standing behind an enormous pile of her family’s belongings, which have been tightly packed for a long journey. Her face is blank with uncertainty, but she strikes a bossy pose — one hand on her hip, the other plan...

Terraces built by Atacameño Indians in the village of Caspana in Alto Loa, in the northern Chilean region of Antofagasta. This ageold farming technique represents an adaptation to the climate, and ensures the right to food of these Andes highlands people. Photo: Marianela Jarroud/IPS

Terrace farming–an ancient indigenous model for food security

by Marianela Jarroud Inter Press Service October 21, 2015

Terrace farming as practiced from time immemorial by native peoples in the Andes mountains contributes to food security as a strategy of adaptation in an environment where the geography and other conditions make the production of nutritional foods a complex undertaking....

Parched earth following a drought in northern Afghanistan. The region has been hit by increasingly unpredictable weather, with most experts agreeing it is an effect of climate change. Photo: Joe Dyke/IRIN

Climate change and conflict: it’s complicated. Sharing scarce water resourses will be major issue.

by Philippa Garson IRIN News October 20, 2015

Whether dramatic changes in weather patterns drive conflict has long been the subject of great debate. Did a series of droughts precipitate the collapse of the Khmer Empire in the early 15th century, for example? Or was the Little Ice Age in the mid-17th century a leading cause of the rampant warfar...

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