Nutritious, cheap and… convenient? Capitalising on untapped bean markets

Beans are great. They are nutritious, they are cheap and they boost the incomes of smallholder farmers. But, for the vast majority of the estimated 200 million Africans that eat them, I doubt that convenient is a word they would associate with this protein staple. Dried grains, the most available and affordable bean product, take … More Nutritious, cheap and… convenient? Capitalising on untapped bean markets

ILRI: A no-meat diet everywhere will not solve the climate crisis

People in industrialized regions like the United States of America or Europe are generally urged to eat less meat and animal-source foods as part of a healthier and lower-emissions diet. But such recommendations are not universal solutions in low- or middle-income countries, where livestock are critical to incomes and diets, argue scientists in recently published … More ILRI: A no-meat diet everywhere will not solve the climate crisis

2020 feels like dark fiction. Here’s how science can inspire a better future

How can scientists move us beyond the calamities of 2020? The current moment for our species feels a lot like fiction. Not without cause, fiction writers have made the most out of imagining near-future worlds that seem unthinkable or unbearable. However, the real world of 2020 is both less unthinkable and more unbearable than fiction: … More 2020 feels like dark fiction. Here’s how science can inspire a better future

How the EU’s Green Deal survived the coronavirus pandemic

The threat of the pandemic actually helped push through the European Green Deal. As March brought death and chaos to Europe, officials in the Cabinet of European Green Deal chief Frans Timmermans developed a pattern of working: crisis in the morning, recovery in the afternoon. The Green Deal — the political project to make the EU climate … More How the EU’s Green Deal survived the coronavirus pandemic

Investing in Women could change the climate change game

The world urgently needs both climate solutions and gender equality. Neither can exist without the other. Climate change and gender inequality are two of the most significant and long-standing global challenges that we face today. And experts and policymakers in each area recognize that these issues are inextricably linked with one another.  It follows that … More Investing in Women could change the climate change game

6 Signs of Progress Since the Adoption of the Paris Agreement

Since the adoption of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015, global momentum to tackle the climate crisis has been building. Progress has been made on almost every front, from bold corporate emissions-reduction targets and investors shifting away from coal to a surge of support for net-zero targets and a rising movement of … More 6 Signs of Progress Since the Adoption of the Paris Agreement

Reflecting on #OneCGIAR: Feedback from the GFAR Constituencies on the survey conducted for upcoming CGIAR 2030 Research and Innovation Strategy

The CGIAR 2030 Strategy is based on the premise that the organisation can deliver more relevantly, consistently and efficiently when brought together under fewer institutional boundaries, supported by clearer, unified, and empowered management and governance. As stated in the CGIAR documentation “One CGIAR … provides the opportunity for a fresh ten-year strategy that can shape … More Reflecting on #OneCGIAR: Feedback from the GFAR Constituencies on the survey conducted for upcoming CGIAR 2030 Research and Innovation Strategy

Worsening land inequality widens gender, climate change gaps

by Rina Chandran Source : Thomson Reuters Foundation News Land inequality is growing worldwide, threatening the livelihoods of 2.5 billion people who directly rely on farming and widening disparities in gender, health and climate-change impacts, researchers warned on Tuesday. The widening gap in ownership and access to land especially hurts small and marginal farmers, women, and … More Worsening land inequality widens gender, climate change gaps

Three pillars for food system change: inclusivity, joint vision and long-term commitment

A new paper identifies three key ingredients multi-actor initiatives need to drive change in the food system. Changing the food system, with its many moving parts and multitude of actors, requires bringing together diverse views in a meaningful and productive way. The Hivos-IIED Sustainable Diets for All (SD4All) programme has championed multi-actor initiatives as a … More Three pillars for food system change: inclusivity, joint vision and long-term commitment

Ending hunger: science must stop neglecting smallholder farmers

Policymakers urgently need ideas on ways to end hunger. But a global review of the literature finds that most researchers have had the wrong priorities. How can research help to end hunger? One way to answer this question is to assess published research on hunger, and determine which interventions can make a difference to the … More Ending hunger: science must stop neglecting smallholder farmers

Farmers are true COVID-19 heroes and we must support the people who produce our food

“If you have any idea about farming then you probably know that crops need to be planted at a certain time of the year. But this March, Zimbabwe went into a national lockdown, and the window for seeding wheat had passed,” says Ruramiso Mashumba, a farmer and CEO of Mnandi Africa, an organization that helps rural … More Farmers are true COVID-19 heroes and we must support the people who produce our food

WATER – A priceless yet endangered resource

By Emir Šahinović, NextGen Plant Science Network Water scarcity, water demand, clean water, water governance – these terms are increasingly being used due to the expanding effect of climate change on Earth. Climate change has significantly threatened this vital resource, influencing different facets of human life. These adverse consequences are reflected in the disruption of … More WATER – A priceless yet endangered resource

Soil pollution, a barrier for sustainable development

By Emir Šahinović, NextGen Plant Science Network As the world evolves with the advent of new technologies and increasingly invasive agricultural practices, we continue to actively pursue the development of new types of industries while still dependent on existing ones. Of course, the benefits to the human population from these new technologies and industries are … More Soil pollution, a barrier for sustainable development

Looking beyond hunger: thoughts on SOFI 2019

This week, State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 charted just how off track we are to end hunger and meet global nutrition targets by 2030. With more than a quarter of the world population without regular access to nutritious food and insufficient progress on all forms of malnutrition, FAO DG José Graziano da Silva calls for “bold multisectoral action” and a redoubling of … More Looking beyond hunger: thoughts on SOFI 2019

Seeds of life: The plants suited to climate change

By Matthew Tucker Photography by Rob Kesseler Source – BBC News   Experts at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, selected 11 seeds from plants and trees that may be better suited to climate change than other species. Using a scanning electron microscope, artist Rob Kesseler created striking colourised images of the seeds in extraordinary detail. The … More Seeds of life: The plants suited to climate change

All aboard the Chachafruto Express

The chachafruto (‘basul,’ Erythrina edulis), a leguminous tree native to the Andean region that produces large and sweet beans inside its pods, reminds me of my childhood in eastern Antioquia, Colombia. During the harvest season, the beans were used to produce delicious and super nutritious cakes. It was so popular that one of the local chivas, rustic colourful buses … More All aboard the Chachafruto Express

India Wants to Double Farmers’ Incomes – and Tackle Climate Change. Is Technology the Answer to This Double Bind?

Forty years since India gained independence, what has really changed for the farmers of today? Farmers incomes are still too low, India needs to at least double farmers’ income. During this crucial post-independence period, agriculture contributed 45% of the country’s GDP, employing the majority of Indian workers. After an impressive increase in agricultural production in … More India Wants to Double Farmers’ Incomes – and Tackle Climate Change. Is Technology the Answer to This Double Bind?