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
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
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
The world is dangerously off track in its efforts to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, with food systems underpinning all 17 of those targets. … More Farmers Will (Again) Feed the World
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
President elect Joe Biden. Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post … More Biodiversity expected to see biggest gain in generation on Biden’s election to U.S.
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
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
“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
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
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
Recently I had a craving for Thai food. I visited Thailand a few years back, and I can say the common knowledge about Thai cuisine is true: it takes your taste buds on an adventure. Like most South Asian cuisine, Thai cuisine incorporates contrasting flavours and textures in just the right balance. But, since Thai … More Food: What have we forgotten?
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
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
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
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?
“After each class, students fill out a short feedback survey on our sessions are. The most pertinent response a student said to me was that our beginner, paper-based coding game was too easy and that her school’s IT class is already doing Python. This means we simply have to step it up.” – Keron Bascombe, Creator, Tech4agri … More Trinbagonian Impakter: Tech4Agri for the A in STEM
“Loss of biodiversity means we have less opportunities,” says Christian Puglisi, sending off fireflies with his eyes. A Danish chef of Sicilian-Norwegian heritage, he is an alumnus of the world’s famous Noma and runs several restaurants in Copenhagen, including the Micheline starred entirely organic Relæ. He also has a farm in Lejre, 40 minutes away from … More Food Biodiversity: The bottomless well of innovation
According to The State of the Food Security and Nutrition in the World released last year (SOFI 2018), global hunger and malnutrition has increased considerably since 2016, reaching 821 million undernourished people – approximately one person out of every nine in the world. This means that the number of people suffering from hunger has returned … More Diversified Agri-food Systems: Bastions of biodiversity, nutrition and resilience
Agricultural innovation – Is it only about technology? Or can broadening participation be innovative in itself? Key takeaways from FAO’s International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers resonate strongly with the Partners in GFAR: Innovation must be done by and with farmers and youth. The International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers, held … More We’re all in this together: Putting farmers and youth at the center of #AgInnovation