In Case You Missed it: This Week in Review

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This week, Nourishing the Planet was in Italy, where project director Danielle Nierenberg presented at the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition’s Third Annual International Food & Nutrition Forum along with former Millennium Institute President, Hans Herren, author of Food PoliticsMarion Nestle, and other experts in food and nutrition. Tomorrow we will be in Paris, France, releasing the French edition of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet with the GoodPlanet Foundation. Click here for more launch details.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

Our research on ten ways to reduce food waste during the holidays received some very exciting news coverage this past week. Our suggestions were featured in Time magazine’s Ecocentric Blog, Global Post, Ag Weekly, United Press International, and The Huffington Post, to name a few. And our op-ed on urban agriculture’s potential to reduce food insecurity in cities was published in The Coloradoan.

Highlights from this past week:

In this guest post, the World Agroforestry Centre’s Kate Langford discussed the Centre’s recently published review of 32 value chain analysis manuals about agriculture and forestry that aims to help users identify which manuals which will be most applicable for their communities. This review will be of particular use to field staff of development and research organizations but also helpful to policy makers, educators and the private sector.

Our indigenous vegetable of the week is African wild vegetable eru, found in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The eru leaves are eaten raw, or shredded and added to soups, stews, porridges, and fish and meat dishes. Both species of eru are highly nutritious and an important source of protein, essential amino acids, and minerals.

And our innovation of the week looked at the Backpack Farm Agricultural Programs, which is trying to prove that investing in smallholder agriculture in east Africa is one of the most effective long-term means of addressing the recurring drought in the Horn of Africa. Each backpack supplied by the organization contains a soil testing bag, indigenous or drought resistant seed packs, biological crop protection and fertilizer inputs, a drip irrigation system, a filter, water tank, sprayer, training manual, and a crop journal, which are all helping to dramatically increase farmers’ crop yields.

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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