In Case You Missed It: The Week in Review

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Nourishing the Planet is continuing to highlight agricultural innovations that are working to alleviate hunger and poverty on the ground. If you are doing or seeing interesting and inspiring work that you would like to share with us, let us know by emailing dnierenberg@worldwatch.org.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

Some highlights from the past week: We highlight ways that agriculture is helping to reduce food waste, while improving livelihoods and protecting the environment. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), roughly one-third of the food produced worldwide is lost and wasted – a surprising number considering about 1 billion people remain chronically hungry.

We discuss the importance of indigenous livestock as a means of improving global food security. N’Dama cattle are native to the Fouta-Djallon highlands in the West African country of Guinea. They are a hardy breed of cattle that are not only heat-tolerant, but they can survive on lower quality feeds, while providing delicious milk and meat.

This week’s innovation highlights Compatible Technology International (CTI), an organization that designs, builds, and distributes inexpensive post-harvest tools, such as cool storage sheds and food processing grinders. These simple devices are helping small-scale rural farmers in the developing world to process, store, and sell their crops.

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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