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Food Security

A World Food Day for All World Views

Mark Moore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mark Moore

While it fails to make most of our calendars, every October the world selects a day to recognize the importance of food, and they call it World Food Day. This year's is today, and it comes in the midst of a political climate where we seem to agree on less than ever.

How to Change The Way The World is Fed?

Lisa Dreier | Posted 12.16.2013 | Impact
Lisa Dreier

This year's World Food Day calls for "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition." Our challenge is to devise new approaches to produce more food for a growing population, while using fewer resources and providing better livelihoods for those who need them.

10 Things to Know About Food on World Food Day

Lester R. Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Lester R. Brown

We are in a situation both difficult and dangerous. The world today desperately needs leadership on the food security issue to help the world understand both the enormity of the challenge we face and the extraordinary scope of a response, which will require restructuring of the energy economy.

World Food Day and the Women of Keur Moussa

Kathleen Mogelgaard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kathleen Mogelgaard

The women of Keur Moussa, like millions of women around the world, are on the front lines of efforts to achieve food security and better nutrition for their families and communities. When their needs are met -- including their needs for family planning -- this year's World Food Day theme will be within closer reach.

The True Food Prize Goes to the Haitians

Salena Tramel | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Salena Tramel

The 2013 World Food Prize credits Monsanto in the fight against hunger through sustainable agriculture -- yet there is a disconnect between the spirit of the prize and the U.S. agrochemical giant's actual practices.

Feeding 1 Billion People Through Agriculture Finance

Vicki Escarra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

If feeding a continent were a simple equation, no one in Africa would go hungry. Its landmass exceeds that of China, Western Europe, India, Argentina and the continental U.S. combined, with enough arable land to feed 2.5 billion people.

Food Prices: One Year After

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

Just over a year ago, a sharp rise in maize prices, triggered by the worst drought in the last 50 years in the US Midwest, sent shock waves through the international food markets raising fears that food prices would spiral out of control as they had in 2007-8, 2010-11 and 2012.

1 In 8 People Around The World Go Hungry

Reuters | Posted 11.30.2013 | World

By Agnieszka Flak MILAN, Oct 1 (Reuters) - One in eight people around the world is chronically undernourished, the United Nations' foo...

Overpopulation Is Still the Problem

Alon Tal | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Alon Tal

It is time to realize that there is a tradeoff between "quality of life" and "quantity of life." In a planet with limited resources -- sustainable growth is an oxymoron.

Tackling Our Planet's Most Pressing Challenges

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

Our planet's population is nearing 7 billion. The nexus between human well-being and conservation of nature needs our attention more than ever.

Is Demography Destiny?

Robert Walker | Posted 11.24.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

Most of the stories are about the people who are struggling to survive in a world of resource scarcity, a changing climate, and environmental degradation. Some of them, despite their evident struggles, are intent on having large families; they see their children as an economic and social safety net.

Start-Up Wins $1 Million to Tackle Global Food Crisis -- With Edible Insects

Neil Parmar | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Neil Parmar

And the $1 million Hult Prize for the best start-up idea that secures food for undernourished slum-dwellers goes to... a group of five students from Montreal, Canada, who want to grow, process and sell edible insects.

To Rebuild the Social Contract, Start by Ending Hunger

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

As political leaders gather at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, we mark the fifth anniversary of the extraordinary events of 2008 and afte...

Say 'No Can,' or Find a Solution?

Richard Ha | Posted 11.16.2013 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

A recent bill up before the Hawai'i County Council would have criminalized Big Island farmers for using biotechnology to grow their crops with less fertilizer and fewer pesticides. A second bill is still on the table, and I almost cannot think of anything that would take us further away from where we need to be heading.

Should Companies Patent Life?

Judy Frankel | Posted 11.09.2013 | Technology
Judy Frankel

Before we march off into this dark future where the source of our food comes from companies that would like to control all seed and food supplies, remember to find a congressman who would vote against the TPP.

G20 Lays Out Plan That Could Help World's Poor - If Leaders Step Up

John Ruthrauff | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact
John Ruthrauff

The G20's focus in 2013-2014 will continue to include food security for the poorest families, providing financial services to rural poor who lack access to banks, and reducing the cost to immigrants sending remittances home to their families.

The Food Sovereignty Prize: Antidote to the World Food Prize Debacle

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 10.20.2013 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

What do all these efforts have in common? They are grounded in sustainable, equitable and dignified livelihoods.

Not Your Typical Banana Republic

Michael Hoevel | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Michael Hoevel

Ugandans eat more bananas per capita than any other nation in the world -- with a typical adult eating around three times his body weight in a year. And for good reason. Bananas grow easily in Uganda's tropical climate, making them available all year round at very affordable cost.

How Farms and Gardens Can Cultivate Youth and Communities

The Corps Network | Posted 09.22.2013 | Green
The Corps Network

Every year, more Corps build farms and gardens and develop agricultural programs that expose their youth participants to the discipline of farm work, and also expose the community to the benefits of green spaces and fresh produce.

From Cold to Hot: There's Something in the Air

Aaron Gray-Block | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Aaron Gray-Block

Aggressive action to reduce carbon emissions is urgently needed. If governments take concerted policy steps, the worst impacts of climate change can still be avoided.

Climate-proofing Africa's Lifeline: Water

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 07.19.2013 | Impact
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

One billion people around the world go hungry every day. In fifteen years time, there will be another billion people on the planet who will need food ...

Stripping Food Assistance From Farm Bill Undercuts Basic American Values

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 09.15.2013 | Green
Kimberly Freeman Brown

Our country can't ever truly prosper or act as a leader in the global economy when our own kids don't have enough to eat. If we want to get America on its feet again, we need to first stabilize the growing number of vulnerable communities -- and that begins with food security.

Who's Hungry Now? The Answers Might Surprise You...

Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé

"Though I've tracked the hunger problem for decades, I had no idea the agency's definition of hunger is so limited. To me, it seems certain to miss millions more who don't experience such long-term, extreme deprivation but who are still without the food they need."

Global Leadership For Global Food Security

Peggy Clark | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Peggy Clark

It's clear that the political, environmental, and health implications of food insecurity are stark. What's not yet clear is whether we have the leadership framework at a global level to confront the complex challenge of sustainably and equitably feeding a growing world population.

The Egyptian Riddle

Robert Walker | Posted 09.01.2013 | World
Robert Walker

Any government that does what's needed to right the economy will not be around for long. The people want their subsidized bread and the farmers want their subsidized fuel. Take those subsidies away and you take away the consent of the governed.