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A Modest Proposal for Feeding Africa

(5) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 3:03 AM

In his recently released annual letter, Bill Gates has made a series of "big bets" for development. One of these bets, that Africa will be able to feed itself by 2030, is a view I also share. But I don't think we need a big bet to make...

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With Food as a Common Denominator, an American Is Welcomed in Iran

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 9:35 AM

On August 26th of this year, two days after his daughter's wedding in a seacoast town near The English Channel, former Ambassador Kenneth Quinn (Cambodia/Clinton/1996-99), walked into an auditorium in Karaj, Iran, an hour's drive north of Tehran, and addressed more than four hundred scientists at the Agricultural Biotechnology Research...

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Youth Unemployment: Challenge or Opportunity?

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 7:00 PM

2014 is the AU year of Agriculture and Food Security. As African leaders gather at the end of this month in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, for the 23rd African Union (AU) Summit, they have an opportunity to make good on their 2003 promise to allocate ten percent of their budgets to...

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Green Meets Brown: The Many Colours of a Food Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 4:56 AM

Dr. Norman Borlaug, "the Father of the Green Revolution" would be turning 100 this week. Influential figures in the fight against hunger gathered in his honour in Mexico, to celebrate his work in wheat improvement that saved more than a billion people worldwide from starvation. Amongst them, Howard...

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Act Now, or Food Shortages Could Become a Problem for Us All

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 9:37 AM

Food insecurity is a problem often discussed with the developing world in mind. Just in the past few years, there have been record floods in Pakistan, a destructive heatwave in Russia, recurring droughts in the Sahel region of Africa and disruptive storms...

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Sustainable Agricultural Intensification: A Practical Solution for the Global Development Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 12:59 PM

Hunger, malnutrition, poverty, climate change, environmental degradation - addressing these injustices is at the forefront of political meetings the world over. Yet these problems persist as global leaders strive to find efficient and synergistic ways of tackling them sustainably.

In Africa alone over 200 million people...

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Food, Farmers and Markets: Towards Government Action for Smallholders in 2013

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 9:03 AM

Could 2013 be the year that governments take decisive and inclusive action to tackle global hunger?

The more than 100 organisations who have announced their support for the 'Enough Food for Everyone IF' campaign certainly hope so. The campaign is focused on getting politicians to tackle global hunger and...

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Information Is Power, But Is it Powerful Enough to Halt Climate Change?

(13) Comments | Posted December 1, 2012 | 3:42 PM

In a world where almost one billion people are chronically hungry and the current and future state of food security is beset by challenges such as climate change, knowledge and information are powerful. Powerful in terms of understanding the problems, in terms of deriving solutions and in terms of advocating...

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Eating Orange Flesh

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 11:37 AM

Eating orange flesh in Mozambique is not an episode from a bizarre horror movie. On the contrary it is a message of life-saving nutrition and hope for millions of young children.

Orange is the colour of a new range of varieties of sweet potato that contain beta-carotene, a pre-cursor of...

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A Brit Down on the Farm in Iowa

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 12:40 PM

Iowa's corn and soybean harvest is now in the silos. The yields are about a quarter down on normal, not as much as was feared given the record drought this year. In Iowa they received less than 4 inches of rain in the summer months, the driest since...

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One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World? Yes We Can

(5) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 7:00 PM

In a US presidential election year, optimism comes with intense scrutiny. I am by nature an optimist, and when I am asked if we can feed the world adequately and equitably, I do say 'yes', but I do not say 'yes' lightly.

Our global food security challenges are daunting: food...

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Women in African agriculture: Farmers, Mothers, Innovators and Educators

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 5:33 AM

The droughts in the US and Russia and their impact on harvests have dominated the news in the last few weeks. And with the latest USDA announcement that the US maize crop would be the smallest in six years and the soybean crop the smallest in nine years,...

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Tackling Malnutrition: the 'Other' Olympic Legacy for London 2012

(8) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 7:00 PM

As the Olympics draw to a close, there is no doubt that the champions of London 2012 will leave a legacy of achievements that inspires large numbers of young people to fulfil their personal potential.

But for 200 million children in the world, a very different legacy is in...

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Hunger at Camp David

(11) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 8:02 PM

Gordon Conway writes for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Food for Thought blog.

The one billion poor and hungry in the world will not be at the Camp David G8 summit later this month. But decisions made there could make their lives a great deal...

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Growth With Resilience: An Opportunity for African Agriculture

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 3:03 PM

Many African countries are growing fast. African GDP is growing at about 6% per year and over the past decade, 6 of the world's 10 fastest grow¬ing countries were African. But this growth remains fragile.

Economic growth in low income countries has been, in part, driven by faster agricultural growth....

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Who Feeds the World? (Girls)

(2) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 3:22 PM

Sheila Ommeh is passionate about poultry. A PhD fellow at the International Livestock Research Institute, based in Nairobi, Kenya, Sheila hopes to introduce a disease-resistant chicken using indigenous breeds that can be easily produced by women farmers.

Sheila has a home grown understanding of the importance of...

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Investing for the Future With Home Grown School Feeding

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 7:01 AM

The facts speak for themselves, around 60 million children across the developing world still go to school hungry everyday - 40% of them in Africa. The importance of food for young children is well known - malnourished pre-school children are more at risk of contracting illnesses such as diarrhoea, malaria...

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Pesticides Create Pests, Don't They?

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 5:02 AM

Since the 1960s we have known that pesticides when used without care and attention will cause insect pest outbreaks. But we never seem to learn. In recent years there have been severe outbreaks of planthoppers and leafhoppers on rice in China, Vietnam and other countries in...

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From Food Security to Wealth Creation: Why African Agriculture Matters

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 4:12 AM

Popular legend has it that victorious Roman invaders, as they secured their conquest of Carthage in 146 B.C., further devastated the city by scattering salt over the land. Their actions sought to prevent their Phoenician enemies from rebuilding their metropolis.

Salting the earth was used to curse the city,...

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Victim and Culprit: Why COP 17 Can't Ignore Agriculture

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2011 | 5:00 PM

While climate sceptics continue to muddy the waters, African farmers know from their day to day experience that the climate is changing and they are having to adapt.

I am writing this in the savannah zone of northern Ghana where the rainfall is normally erratic, but has become increasingly...

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