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
You should eat a kilo of Cavendish bananas a day, if you’d like to fulfil your recommended intake of vitamin A. Or, you could eat one To’o banana. Too bad the Cavendish variety accounts for 47% of the worldwide production and 99% of the commercial export sale to developed countries; we seem destined to stuff … More Agrobiodiversity: goin’ bananas for people and planet
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” ― Jackie Robinson Measuring “performance” in the private sector seems easy: reduce cost and increase profit. We face more challenges in the development sector, or in the wider non-profit world. How do we measure the performance of a development organisation/project? Most … More “Brace for Impact!” – Join our COSA/GFAR/GLF webinar.
“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
“All this is a long-term process, but we keep having the commitment and look forward that the guidelines will definitely help to improve the land access of indigenous people”. It is in these terms that Mrs. Marcela Villarreal, Director of Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development – (FAO) concluded her intervention at the CFS44 side event … More The tradeoffs of indigenous and community land right promotion
“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…
Everyone knows forests are home to a wealth of biodiversity, with the Amazon alone hosting a quarter of global biodiversity. It is also now well established that diversity in crop production increases a farmer’s resilience to environmental stresses and shocks – from extreme weather to pests. In terms of ending poverty, food insecurity and environmental degradation, … More At loggerheads over agroforestry
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. A school meal a day keeps the doctor, police and human rights lawyer at bay. Children all over the world, especially in the poorer countries or conflict territories go to school without the benefit of a proper meal or a meal, period. A school meal can often … More Feed them or Fail them
In a world of climate change, food insecurity and rapid urbanization, just try to imagine for a few minutes what Albert Einstein would be doing if he were a young farmer nowadays. Considering that obviously, the world has dramatically changed over the last 100 years since the “Theory of relativity” was developed. “What do today’s … More If Einstein had been a farmer