In Case You Missed it: This Week in Review

Nourishing the Planet was in Taiwan this past week, to launch the Mandarin edition of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, in partnership with Taiwan Watch. You can view pictures from the launch here.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

We received some exciting press coverage this week. Nourishing the Planet’s recent opinion editorial on creating a greener economy was published in California’s The Sacramento Bee, our research on food waste was featured in the Chicago Sun-Times and in Germany’s Die Zeit newspapers, and our research on the use of sustainable agricultural innovations to address the negative impacts of climate change and overpopulation was published in Taiwan’s Taipei Times and in The Guatemala Times, respectively.

Highlights from this past week:

Women account for 75 percent of the agricultural producers in sub-Saharan Africa, but the majority of women farmers still lack basic services. Fortunately, innovations in communications and organizing are helping women play a key role in the fight against hunger and poverty. Nourishing the Planet team highlights four innovations that can strengthen women’s agricultural capacity.

According to a new report by the Worldwatch Institute, China’s environmental problems remain a cause for global concern as climate change continues to reduce agricultural production and create instability in world food prices. But as China establishes green jobs in various economic sectors, sustainable agriculture can be a key component in reducing air pollution and water contamination and protecting forests and wildlife, all while producing nutritious food.

Our indigenous vegetable of the week is the African rock fig. Although never commercially cultivated, this fig grows throughout much of tropical Africa. In addition to its delicious, sweet fruit, the African rock fig tree also provides tannin for tanning, fuel wood, and young leaves that can be added to flavor soups.

Now it’s your turn: What were your favorite posts from the week? What do you hope we’ll write about next week? Let us know in the comments!

To purchase your own copy of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

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