In Case You Missed It: The Week in Review

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Nourishing the Planet received some exciting news coverage this week. Our discussion of land grabs in sub-Saharan Africa was featured in the United States’ in  Reuters and UPI, in Angola’s Jornal de Angola, and in Croatia’s Nacional newspapers. And Germany’s N-TV article discusses how agriculture can play a role in addressing the challenges posed by the world’s growing population.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

This week, Nourishing the Planet highlights India’s efforts to create a food security bill, that will help empower women and alleviate hunger. We discuss a recent WWF UK report about the impact soy production is having in Brazil’s Cerrado region. And, we interview Florence Reed, founder of Sustainable Harvest International, who discusses her organization’s work to reduce deforestation and improve rural livelihoods in Central America by sustainable farming practices, including soil conservation, intercropping, and worm composting.

Other highlights from the past week:  According to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a quarter of the world’s known plant species—some 60,000 to 100,000 species—are threatened with extinction. But, organizations, such as the Kew Millennium Seed Bank (MSB), are working to ensure that global plant biodiversity is maintained.

In this week’s Nourishing the Planet TV episode, we highlight the organization Landesa which is working to secure land rights for landless farmers in 45 countries around the world to improve diets and livelihoods.

This week, we discuss the Kei Apple or Umkokola, a short and hardy plant native to southern Africa. High in Vitamin C content, this fruit is often referred to as a “famine fruit”, because it is a crop that people resort to when other crops have failed. The fruit is perfect for jams and jellies, and has a significant antioxidant capacity – giving it the potential for widespread demand among health-conscious consumers.

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!

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