Opinion

Where do the world’s hungriest people live? Not where you think

by Shenggen Fan Huff Post April 1, 2015

If you were tasked to end hunger and malnutrition in the world, you might first ask: Where do such vulnerable people live? It may be a surprise that the majority of the world’s hungry and malnourished live in large Middle Income Countries (MICs), some of which are global economic powerhouses. These countries are hosts to the Missing Middle, or vulnerable populations that tend not to either benef ...

We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it

by George Monbiot The Guardian March 24, 2015

Imagine a wonderful world, a planet on which there was no threat of climate breakdown, no loss of freshwater, no antibiotic resistance, no obesity crisis, no terrorism, no war. Surely, then, we would be out of major danger? Sorry. Even if everything else were miraculously fixed, we’re finished if we don’t address an issue considered so marginal and irrelevant that you can go for months without ...

Peasant sovereignty?

by Evaggelos Vallianatos Independent Science News March 18, 2015

In May 2014, the Spain-based international agrarian organization, Grain, reported that small farmers not only “feed the world with less than a quarter of all farmland,” but they are also the most productive farmers on Earth. For example, small farmers and peasants in nine European countries outproduce large farmers. ...

We’re throwing away tons of fruits and veggies for not being pretty enough

by Anna Lee Washington Post March 13, 2015

You can always tell when I’ve been munching from a bowl of tortilla chips because the only ones left are the perfect ones: all three corners intact, no folded edges, no giant air bubbles. The broken chips and burnt bits and crumbs usually lurking at the bottom of the bowl are gone. I ate them. ...

New project announced: Global food security by the numbers

by Ashleigh Black Chicago Council on Global Affairs March 12, 2015

Since the global food crisis in 2008, the world has seen increased interest in agricultural development to alleviate poverty, spur economic growth, and advance food security. New research, new players, and additional resources have cropped up across the traditional landscape. ...

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi says his country is in danger of collapse. “If this country fails, the whole region will slide into a cycle of anarchy that will represent a grave danger to all countries in this region, including Israel, and would extend to Europe.”

by Lally Weymouth Washington Post March 12, 2015

Since the army took power from Mohamed Morsi in 2013 with popular support, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi says he’s been fighting to keep the forces of anarchy at bay. ...

Is gender inequality the main roadblock to achieving nutrition targets?

by Lawrence Haddad IFPRI March 7, 2015

To mark International Women's Day I wanted to write about something that has been niggling me. ...

Let’s grant women land rights and power our future

by Monique Barbut Inter Press Service March 4, 2015

BONN, Mar 4 2015 (IPS) - Women are not only the world’s primary food producers. They are hardworking and innovative and, they invest far more of their earnings in their families than men. But most lack the single most important asset for accessing investment resources – land rights. ...

From famine to feast in 40 years: Policy matters

by Shenggen Fan Huff Post March 3, 2015

In the mid-1970s, the outlook for food supplies around the world was grim. There were talks of “food triage”— food-rich countries would decide which food-poor countries should get food, thereby dooming the rest to death. ...

Food security: If the dreamers lose, we face a nightmare Less food for more people on a hotter, drier Earth. How can we work to avoid this future?

by The Guardian March 2, 2015

By the time nations once again get round a table in Paris in December to discuss climate change, hunger should be on the menu. Researchers have just warned that a new and aggressive strain of yellow rust fungus is now a threat to Britain’s wheat harvest. ...

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