Agriculture & Nutrition

Philippines El Niño task force to prioritize water, food security

by Czeriza Valencia The Philippine Star April 1, 2019

The Philippines Department of Agriculture reported the damage to the agricultural sector has reached P4.35 billion from 149,494 hectares affecting 138,859 farmers and fisherfolk nationwide....

How you can think yourself thin

by BBC Reel March 12, 2019

650 million people in the world are considered obese. It’s more likely that people live in countries where obesity is more of a problem then being underweight....

The World Food Program Uses Innovation to Disrupt Hunger

by Maddie Seibert Food Tank March 4, 2019

The World Food Programme's Innovation Accelerator began in 2016 and its process, “Design. Fail. Iterate. Scale.” is reminiscent of a startup accelerator. The Innovation Accelerator accepts applications from WFP staff, aspiring startups, NGOs, and companies, selects the best, and offers funding a...

How urban agriculture can improve food security in US cities

by Miguel Altieri The Conversation February 16, 2019

During the partial federal shutdown in December 2018 and January 2019, news reports showed furloughed government workers standing in line for donated meals. These images were reminders that for ...

Nature’s nutritious seeds: 10 reasons why you should opt for pulses

by FAO February 11, 2019

In many cultures, pulses are considered as ‘protein for the poor’ and their high nutrient content makes them ideal for vegetarians and vegans to ensure adequate intakes of protein, minerals and vitamins. ...

GMO cowpea: Bridging the gap between innovation and social change

by Opuah Abeikwen Cornell Alliance for Science January 14, 2019

The pod-borer insect (maruca) is highly notorious in cowpea production, forcing farmers to spray pesticides about six to seven times within a planting season. Nigerian scientists hope a new genetically modified variety of cowpea will resist this pest while limiting the ...

This Bill Gates-backed start-up is fighting world hunger by making your avocados last longer

by Tom Huddleston Jr. CNBC January 11, 2019

Apeel Sciences, a Southern California-based food technology startup that is trying to battle food waste. ...

Scientists Have ‘Hacked Photosynthesis’ In Search Of More Productive Crops

by January 4, 2019

Researchers at the University of Illinois have been able to engineer photosynthesis in plants that could help increase yields in key food crops like cowpeas in the future. "It's really the first major breakthrough showing that one can indeed engineer photosynthesis and achie...

Space tech that feeds high-end diners in Toronto could help Canada’s North

by December 26, 2018

Technology being used to stock high-end Toronto restaurants with designer leafy greens could provide Northern Canadians with locally grown produce. ...

One way to reduce food waste: Use it to make soil healthier

by Matthew Wallenstein, Cynthia Kallenbach and Peter Olayemi Phys.org November 12, 2018

Food waste contains valuable nutrients that can make soil healthier and more productive. Our research group at Colorado State University is working with Leprino Foods, a global supplier of dairy products, to explore the potential for transforming lactose – the natural sugar in milk – into a res...

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