Opinion

Soil: the sustainable alternative to oil income in Africa

by Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi The Guardian March 22, 2016

The 2014 Africa Progress Panel report presents the two faces of Africa: robust economic growth and continuing poverty. But the report suggests Africa could change this duality by asking: how can resources make a positive impact on development? While impressive headline growth figures are reported, incomes do not trickle down to improve livelihoods of the majority of the population. ...

These cheap, clean stoves were supposed to save millions of lives. What happened?

by Marc Gunther Washington Post March 22, 2016

About 3 billion of the world’s poorest people burn wood, charcoal or dung in smoky, open fires to cook their food and heat their homes. Millions die annually from lung and heart ailments caused by cooking with solid fuels, according to the World Health Organization. ...

Letting (some of) India’s women own land

by Tina Rosenberg New York Times March 22, 2016

This month, 600 women gathered under a huge blue-and-yellow-striped tent in Baripada, a small city in Odisha, a state in India’s east. They were among India’s most neglected people. Widowed, abandoned or divorced, many had ended up living like servants in the households of their fathers, brothers or in-laws. ...

The farm bill drove me insane.America’s top nutrition thinker tried to unpack the most important food law. It was a mistake

by Marion Nestle Politico March 17, 2016

In fall 2011, in an act of what can be described only as hubris, I had the bright idea of teaching a course on the farm bill.For nearly 25 years, I had been writing and teaching about food politics and policy at New York University, and I knew that the farm bill dictated not only agricultural policy, but also such things as international food aid and feeding the hungry in America. It had to be one ...

Why was Berta Cáceres assassinated?

by Beverly Bell Other Worlds March 16, 2016

A few numbers begin to reveal why Honduran indigenous leader and global movement luminary, Berta Cáceres, was assassinated on March 3, 2016.According to the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), more than 300 hydroelectric dams are planned for Honduras, of which 49 are on COPINH lands. Eight hundred seventy-two contracts have been handed out to corporations for min ...

Berta Lives! The life and legacy of Berta Cáceres

by Beverly Bell Other Worlds March 9, 2016

I began writing a eulogy for Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores years ago, though she died only last week. Berta was assassinated by Honduran government-backed death squads on March 3. Like many who knew and worked with her, I was aware that this fighter for indigenous peoples’ power; for control over their own territories; for women’s and LGBTQ rights; for authentic democracy; for the well-being of ...

Feeding big cities in growing, fragile, and conflict-ridden states

by Sam Worthington Global Food For Thought March 4, 2016

As Ethiopia faces its worst drought in 50 years, some of the ten million people in need of food, and the 400,000 children suffering from malnutrition, reside in the slums of Addis Ababa. Increasingly the face of hunger is in a slum or city. While it is important to fight hunger and malnutrition in rural areas, we must not forget to address food insecurity in growing cities. ...

Urbanization, food security and youth employment

by Patricia Langan and Shawnee Hoover Global Food For Thought March 3, 2016

A stunning fact: nearly 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities by 2050.As our primary goal is to increase food and nutrition security for all people, we must consider the ability of youth to forge productive livelihoods so they can feed themselves and their families. ...

Kenyans reaquire an old taste: eating healthier

by Rachel Cernansky New York Times February 23, 2016

In the 1950s and ’60s, governments in Africa and Asia started subsidizing the production of staple crops like rice and corn because it was the fastest way to fill bellies and reduce starvation in those regions. Today, needs have changed: The problem is no longer chronic hunger but malnutrition, and the solution is not more calories, but better calories. ...

Beyond deportation: Fixing a broken immigration system

by David Bacon The American Prospect January 27, 2016

The Obama administration's self-contradictory stance on deportation perpetuates a long tradition of U.S. immigration policies that ignore the root causes of migration. ...

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