“Is our talk aggressive enough?” was a provocation disguised as a question from an audience member during the CFS44 side event, Key achievements in the fight against climate change in light of the 2012 HLPE recommendations. Indeed, the data looks dire, and the threats are well…threatening. Clearly there is an urgency to act as food security … More More walking, less talking
Indigenous communities have traditionally passed information from one generation to another. Valuable information products of hundreds years of experience and observation of the environment that surrounds them. Information related to specific processes in agriculture, to the management of natural resources, and how to better adapt to climate change. This knowledge exchange has been a way … More Forever young
I have attended a number of side events during the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), but this one was different. The room a bit quiet, I could see more women than men. It was almost impossible to hold back the tears rolling down my cheek to hear the burden our mothers and sisters are … More Woman: Life at the Sharp Edge
How would you feel if everything that you worked for and all that you owned were to be taken away from you? Well this is the sad reality that many farmers around the world face, as they often do not own the land they work on. Issues such as wars, civic, ethnic and religious conflicts, … More Out from under your feet
Agriculture is under threat—its sustainability is a big challenge for us all. Many options are being tried to make agricultural practices sustainable, and organic agriculture is one among them. The multiple features of organic agriculture that contribute to food security and help in achieving the SDGs were discussed at the side event on “Increasing food security through sustainable agricultural … More Go Organic, Stay Healthy and Sustainable!
The power of data over our lives is hard to overestimate. It governs how we understand and interact with the modern world, how it is measured and controlled. So what is being done to utilise open data for global food security and nutrition? A side event at CFS44 went a long way to answering this … More Data democracy: a new age
Climate change has tremendous impacts on the agricultural sector, which increasingly needs new technologies and other innovations to ensure food security and wellbeing for those who depend on it. On the second day of CFS44, I attended a side event hosted by the World Farmers’ Organization and the New Zealand and Canadian Governments on the … More Good partnership for good stewardship in the agricultural sector
We have been cutting trees to plant food crops, since the beginning of time. Forest cover loss is a major contributor to climate change – the biggest challenge of our times. So, we won’t save the world without saving forests. However, while the connection between forests and climate is very well recognized, agriculture is an … More Why good policies and public funding (only) won’t change the world
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. –John C. Maxwell, leadership expert Strong political leadership, some suggest, is necessary for economic and sustainable development. In developed and developing countries we’ve seen a direct correlation between a growing or thriving economy and sound political leadership. Parliamentarians are tasked … More Your only job is to lead
….”Peace”, “partnerships”, “projects”, “production”, “perspectives”, “participation” and “passion”, to name just a few. I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many ‘p’ words together in my life! This was no English class on alliteration but instead a side event on How Cross-Sectoral Partnerships Help Smallholders Deliver a More Food Secure Future held at CFS44 organised by CABI, IFAD, CropLife International and … More The many P’s of Partnership
It’s another rainy day in the coastal Odisha, India. The Bhitarkanika village looks drenched and dark. Meet Pampa Dolui, age 34, a single mother of two, who has adopted a grim routine over these months, digging soil outside her home to let in the saline water from the sea to enter her sweet water pond. … More Digging deeper into soil: The future of food
About one third of all food produced today—some 1.7 billion tonnes—is lost or wasted along the value chain. In developing countries, this occurs mainly in the postharvest phase due to lack of adequate infrastructure. In developed countries, wastage occurs mainly at the retail and consumption levels due to constraining regulations and unsustainable consumption patterns. (Gustavsson … More What a Waste
“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world” is a popular saying by Marilyn Monroe. How about we give a woman the right tools so she can fix this world? It’s worth a try. Today at one of the CFS44 side events, the panelists were discussing the role of women for … More What would a woman do?
“Partnership is like the dark matter of the universe. We all know it’s there but, we are not exactly sure what it is made of.” Nick Perkins The term public–private partnership is not a new buzz word in the development sector and trying to paint a picture of the exact time it was introduced will … More Public-Private-Peasant-Partnership: Who needs who?
Today is World Food Day, and the theme this year is “Change the Future of Migration: Invest in Food Security and Rural Development”. This issue is one of pressing importance to all the Partners in GFAR, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation. At stake are the future of our food systems, our young … More On World Food Day, GFAR and Partners look forward to making out-migration a choice, not an obligation
“If you can’t measure, you can’t manage” -Peter Drucker That is why metrics are important for the government or any institution, and development partners in addressing food insecurity, malnutrition, hunger, poverty. According to FAO, after a prolonged decline since 1990, the number of undernourished people has increased to 815 million in 2016, from 777 million … More Food Insecurity Metrics Now in Sync
Today, the thought of smoking in an office seems fabulously anachronistic, probably even to smokers. In fact, cigarette smoking has dropped by about two-thirds in the past fifty years. An article by the Huffington Post identifies the five main reasons why smoking has declined so dramatically: young people at center of prevention efforts; anti-smoking laws; increased tax on … More Sugarcoating the facts?
On the surface at least, modern foods systems appear to be astonishingly diverse. A person walking into a supermarket almost anywhere in the world can be overwhelmed by the profusion of choices. The productivity of our food systems is also impressive: between 1961 and 2001, crop yields more than doubled in all regions of the … More Nourishing diversity in our food systems
“What happens to forests will be largely shaped by what happens outside of forests…” Linda Andersson (Policy Officer, Vi-Agroforestry) So we know that Sweden is the country that brought us Ikea and Abba. But did you know that Sweden is also one of the world’s largest producers of timber? Around 68% of this beautiful land … More Lumberjills and Lumberjacks: Building Sweden with women at the table
“What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action”, said Meister Eckhart, the German Philosopher. Truly said, “Soil is where food begins”. This session of CFS#44 was all about being more responsible to protect and sustain soil health. The importance of soil in our life and environment was … More Get on the soil train…