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Food Security

Supporting Farmers in Syria Now Is Essential for a Sustainable Future

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 02.06.2016 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

The brutal and protracted conflict in Syria has taken an enormous human toll and the surge of refugees has catalyzed a host of worrying collateral effects in the region and beyond. While we all hope for peace, it is imperative to enable those who are in the country to maintain the basic lifelines of the land where wheat was first domesticated.

From Davos: This Idea Could Transform Global Food Systems

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.25.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

Looking ahead, we are committed to further increasing science capacity in this area and building new business models that incentivize farmers for keeping more carbon in their soil.

Behind the "Banana Man" - Haiti's Only Presidential Candidate

Mark Schuller | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
Mark Schuller

by Jennifer Vansteenkiste and Mark Schuller If nothing changes, Haiti is scheduled to have a run-off election this coming Sunday, January 24. Only o...

Local Knowledge as a Model of Climate Change Mitigation

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 01.25.2016 | Green
Nichlas Emmons

The Inuit Circumpolar Council - Alaska (ICC-AK) recently released a report that strongly tied the protection of traditional aspects of culture to the protection of the natural environment.

The Missing Ingredient in UN's 2030 Global Goals

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The SDGs and the Paris climate agreement are clearly interconnected and any effort to tackle one without immediate consideration of the other will do serious disservice to both.

To Feed and Sustain the World, We Need Common Ground

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

Food fights won't solve the challenges we all face as this century unfolds. Collaboration will.

Agenda to Bring New Corporate Issues into the WTO is Defeated, But So Are Developing Countries' Demands for More Policy Space for Development

Deborah James | Posted 12.29.2015 | World
Deborah James

Nairobi, Kenya - At the first ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Africa, it was clear that the majority of members opposed f...

Eating the Sun: How Solar Power Feeds the World

Robert A. Freling | Posted 12.18.2015 | Green
Robert A. Freling

Bill Leak's cartoon about Indians trying to munch on solar panels isn't just offensive, it's also just plain wrong. He appears to be utterly clueless...

Three Ways "The Poor" and Communities of Faith Are Leading the Way on Climate Change

Ryan P. Cumming | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
Ryan P. Cumming

olicy changes that reduce emissions and change the way we relate to the environment are necessary, long-range solutions to a changing climate, and the recent agreements about climate change and hunger give some hope.

Anti-Hunger Groups Make Impassioned Pleas: the United States Should Support, Not Object, to Removing WTO Obstacles to Global Food Security

Deborah James | Posted 12.15.2015 | World
Deborah James

Those of us who believe in a world free of hunger have an exciting opportunity to open up a pathway for progress on this entrenched issue -- yet hardly anyone has noticed because it is happening at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.

Climate Change: Half a Degree Will Make a World of Difference for the Food We Eat

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 12.09.2015 | Green
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

World leaders are now debating whether to aim at limiting global warming to two degree C or 1.5 degree C. But nobody is talking about what these different targets mean for future agricultural production

Is Food Security Breaking Through in Paris Climate Talks?

Frank Rijsberman | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Frank Rijsberman

The latest news from Paris is cautiously optimistic that we will have an agreement by Friday. What does it mean for agriculture and food security? Although the French government has shown great leadership championing agriculture at COP21, it is not yet really on the table for the negotiators.

Time to Unleash Our Secret Weapon Against Climate Change: Farmers

Frank Rijsberman | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
Frank Rijsberman

Just like David vs. Goliath, one should never underestimate the smaller guy in the struggle. Small farmers can still thrive in the face of climate change, and our research is proving it.

Will Climate Change Break the Global Food System?

David MacLennan | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
David MacLennan

Will climate change by itself break the global food system in the next 10 to 15 years? That's unlikely. But add population growth, failed states, armed conflict and political instability to the mix and the picture starts looking a lot more combustible. Places that are already grappling with other strains may well be driven over the edge by climate-induced food price spikes.

Saving Coral Reefs Requires Halting Climate Change

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Local conservation efforts are important to restoring and protecting coral reefs. However, if we don't halt climate change those efforts will not be enough to save them. That's why marine biologists and ocean lovers have their eyes on the COP 21 climate negotiations in Paris this week.

COP21: It's Time to Eat for the Planet

Robynne Anderson | Posted 12.01.2015 | Green
Robynne Anderson

Though it may not always be prominent in the COP21 discussions, the role played by agriculture in many economies -- in terms of food security, economic opportunity and poverty reduction -- means agriculture is a key component of many national strategies for adaptation and mitigation.

Achieving Food Security and Nutrition for those Furthest Behind In an Era of Climate Change

Ertharin Cousin | Posted 12.03.2015 | World
Ertharin Cousin

It is no coincidence that most of the world's hungry -- more than 80 percent of the 795 million hungry people -- live in countries which are increasingly prone to floods, droughts and storms that can trap them in a cycle of chronic hunger and poverty.

Climate-Smart Agriculture Is Key to Ending Hunger

Shenggen Fan | Posted 12.01.2015 | Impact
Shenggen Fan

We need a new green revolution that can reduce agriculture's carbon footprint, empower women and generate a productive agricultural sector that can nourish everybody in the world. Building this kind of climate-smart agriculture requires smart policies by governments.

The Next Frontier of Climate Change Resilience

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

In this increasingly interconnected world, only real and lasting resilience -- achieved by way of innovative, systems-deep approaches -- will allow us to solve for multiple problems at once, both now and on into the future. Here are seven potentially game-changing trends we believe will be the next frontier of climate resilience

5 Reasons to Pay Attention to the Global Food Security Act

Katie Lee | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact
Katie Lee

As we celebrated World Food Day on October 16, it's important to remember that globally, nearly 800 million people are still hungry. Yet here in the United States, there is an opportunity for Congress to act in the fight against global hunger, malnutrition, and extreme poverty.

How Can Effective Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships Help Us Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and End All Forms of Malnutrition by 2030?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

People are at the heart of the new Global Goals. And if we are to achieve them, we must work together and where relevant use multi-stakeholder partnerships to engage, negotiate and deliver results with the communities suffering most from malnutrition.

The Fight to End Hunger: The Role of U.S. NGOs and Global Leadership

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

This September, global leaders from 193 countries came together to agree on an ambitious set of universal goals to reduce poverty and inequality.

The Danger of Leaving Sustainability out of the Dietary Guidelines

Stephanie Feldstein | Posted 10.09.2015 | Green
Stephanie Feldstein

The ripple effect from continuing to pretend that the health of our diets and the health of the planet are separate issues puts our climate, our land and water, and our ability to continuing producing nutritious food for everyone at risk.

#Enough! A Campaign to End War and Focus on Food and Health

Kathy Kelly | Posted 10.02.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

The people gathering at the Afghan Peace Volunteers' Borderfree Center recognize the role of war in the multiplicity of suffering of people like Jamila. One of their efforts includes a campaign that they call #Enough! - a simple yet compelling call to abolish wars and instead work to meet human needs.

The Calculus of the Vulnerable

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

Not long ago while working in our food bank, I noticed an older woman who seemed to be weighing her food before she put it in her basket. Each can, each piece of fruit, every vegetable.