Recognizing the Potential of Agricultural Cooperatives to Combat Hunger and Poverty

By Marissa Dwyer

The United Nations has declared 2012 as the “International Year of Cooperatives.” Co-operatives are business enterprises that are owned and controlled by the members they serve. The UN declaration aims to direct attention to the potential for co-operatives to contribute to socio-economic development. This is particularly significant for farmers … Continue Reading ››

Natural Fibres: Benefitting the Environment and Improving Food Security One Organism at a Time

For thousands of years, natural fibres have been at the core of the textile industry. From cloth, to paper and building materials, natural fibres were always the base material. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, natural fibres are substances produced by plants and animals that can be spun … Continue Reading ››

Nourishing the Planet TV: Better Cotton, Better Livelihoods

In this week’s episode, Nourishing the Planet discusses the Better Cotton Initiative—an international membership association made up of cotton retailers, producers, and non-profit groups—that is working in Pakistan, IndiaBrazil, and West and Central Africa (Benin, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso) to promote sustainable cotton cultivation that is less damaging … Continue Reading ››