By Daniel Kandy
Farmers in the U.S. are being called upon to meet the double-challenge of feeding a growing population while implementing agricultural reforms that are environmentally sustainable and socially equitable.
Researchers are identifying and seeking to address the issues that farms face and issues that reach beyond the … Continue Reading ››
This is the second in a series of blogs Nourishing the Planet will be writing about workers in the food system. Nourishing the Planet research intern Ronit Ridberg recently spoke with Erik Nicholson, National VP of the United Farm Workers of America. In the first part of this two-part interview, Erik talks about the global … Continue Reading ››
By Daniel Kandy
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is providing quality seeds to 100,000 vulnerable farmers in an effort to improve food security in Burkina Faso. Much of the country lies within the Sahel, a biogeographic zone that runs between the Sahara Desert to the north and the savannahs to the south. The … Continue Reading ››
Last Thursday, state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) announced a new joint venture with Encana, Canada’s largest producer of natural gas, to develop some of Encana’s holdings in the Montney and Horn River Shales. These are two of North America’s “Magnificent Seven” shale plays, containing … Continue Reading ››
By Hauke Brankamp and Tobias Reichert
In past decades, advice from international institutions on agricultural policies and development strategies was based heavily on support for free markets and minimal public intervention. But in many regions, particularly in Africa, these strategies did not lead to significant poverty reduction and improvements in agricultural productivity. China, on the other … Continue Reading ››
This is the first in a series of blogs Nourishing the Planet will be writing about workers in the food system.
There is a growing awareness about the importance of making food choices that are both good for our bodies and for the environment. Organic and locally grown food are increasingly popular among foodies, as are … Continue Reading ››
No, these aren’t the thought-provoking and compelling statistics about creating a more sustainable world that readers have come to expect from the Worldwatch Institute. They are, however, actual findings from studies conducted … Continue Reading ››
By Alex Tung
In the hot, dry regions of West Africa, small-scale farmers may spend as many as five hours a day hauling water in calabashes (hollowed, dried out squashes) or plastic buckets to irrigate their crops. But now farmers can make more money without breaking their backs, thanks to “Affordable Micro-Irrigation for Vegetable Production in … Continue Reading ››
At the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension at Cape Coast University in Southern Ghana, learning takes place not only in classrooms, but also literally in fields and farms all over the country. As part of a program to improve agricultural extension services, extension officers are working with professors to find ways to … Continue Reading ››