Agriculture & Nutrition

Niger and Sahel use Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration Increase Yields to Improve Food Security

by August 18, 2022

As described in this recent National Geographic article (see link below), farmers in Niger let cut trees regrow in their fields, leading to improved crop yields from retained soil moisture and fertilization by fallen leaves. Improved crop yields can improve food security. Over the past 35 years N...

Resilience Book Review: Ending Hunger – The Quest to Feed the World without Destroying It

by August 8, 2022

Anthony Warner's 2022 book "Ending Hunger - the Quest to Feed the World Without Destroying it" (Oneworld Press) attempts to challenge the myths he sees in social discourse in developed countries about how to address world food problems.  Based on his popular blog "the Angr...

WFP’s Chief Economist Comments that World is “Exploding” with Food Insecurity

by Megan Durisin (Bloomberg Business Week) Yahoo Finance May 4, 2022

In an comment on May 4, 2022 about the Global Network Against Food Crises report that Global hunger will increase this coming year; Arif Husain, the Chief Economist for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said the "the world is exploding with food insecurity"....

What War in Ukraine means for World Food Supply

by Michael J. Puma and Megan Konar New York Times March 1, 2022

This opinion piece in the New York Times looks into the ramifications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing disruption of an agricultural breadbasket of Europe. Since staple grains are the food of the World's poorest, Bangladesh, Sudan and Yemen as well as many Middle Eastern countries...

Opinion: Why reinvent the wheel on food security and nutrition?

by Jennifer Clapp, Martin Cole, Thanawat Tiensin Devex May 22, 2021

With preparations for the United Nations’ upcoming Food Systems Summit in full swing, recent ...

What About CORONA Virus and Food Safety?

by Lucia Anelich, Jeffrey M. Farber, Ryk Lues, and Valeria R. Perriera The Conversation February 25, 2021

An interesting assessment of SARS-CoV-2 Virus and food safety....

Photo by Elizabeth Whelan

New Series by Devex: Future of Food Systems

by DEVEX February 10, 2021

Please find the Future of Food Systems series by DEVEX, international development social media platform. ...

United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021

by United Nations UN February 9, 2021

The United Nations will host a Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) in 2021 - in September or October. This Summit will be unique in that it will be open to everyone to participate (as a virtual summit). The Summit's purpose is to raise awareness and elevate public discussion about how reforming our food s...

Four Famine Hot Spots

by WFP Staff WFP/FAO November 9, 2020

The World food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) have reported that Burkina Faso, Yemen, Nigeria's Northeast and South Sudan are considered the top four famine hot spots. ...

State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) Report 2020

by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO United Nations August 4, 2020

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World is an annual report prepared by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO to inform on progress towards ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition and to provide in depth analysis on key challenges for achieving this goal in the context ...