In Case You Missed It: The Week in Review

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Nourishing the Planet spoke at the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders’ 9th Annual Forum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Policy makers, researchers, and funders were in attendance to exchange ideas about more effective ways to fund sustainable agricultural and food systems. Our Project Director, Danielle Nierenberg, participated on a panel that explored the relationship between agriculture and water, where she highlighted agricultural innovations that are helping to preserve scarce water resources.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

Some highlights from the past week: This week, we discuss the impact of “land grabs” on small-scale Indian farmers’ livelihoods. According to Dr. Vandana Shiva, founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology (RFSTE) and Navdanya, the Indian government forces farmers to sell their land for US$6 per square meter to developers, who then sell it for as much as US$13,450 per square meter.

This week, we highlight the multi-purposeful crop tamarind, which is not only used to add flavor to local dishes, but can also be used to treat mange in goats. Although known for its sweet and tangy pulp, the crops’ leaves and flowers can also add flavor to dishes, and its bark can be used to make furniture, boats, and charcoal.

In this week’s Nourishing the Planet TV episode, we discuss the importance of urban agriculture in the fight to reduce global food insecurity. Urban farmers, around the world, are turning backyards, schoolyards, and even sacks of dirt, into gardens to feed their families, the cities, and beyond.

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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