In Case You Missed It: This Week in Review

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This week, the World Food Prize Foundation hosted its 2012 Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa. Nourishing the Planet Director Danielle Nierenberg spoke at “DialogueNEXT” about the innovative nature of agriculture. Click here to watch her presentation.

Photo Credit: Bernard Pollack

In celebration of this year’s World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. Daniel Hillel, and his work in micro-irrigation in the Middle East, Danielle Nierenberg and Research Associate Sophie Wenzlau published an article in the Des Moines Register this week about the importance of conserving water in agriculture. At a time when 75 percent of Iowa continues to experience “extreme” and “exceptional” drought, the World Food Prize’s recognition of the vital need for water conservation in agriculture is extraordinarily relevant. Read the full article here.

On World Food Day on October 16, we put together a list of 21 policies enacted by governments around the world that are changing the food system for the better. We also highlight the role that agricultural cooperatives can play in the fight against hunger and poverty. Agricultural cooperatives help farmers access and share information, get fair prices for their goods, and participate in local decision making. Read more about cooperatives here.

In a guest post, Dr. William Dar, Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), profiles five ways that biodiversity can help fight world hunger. The 11th Conference of Parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is happening this week in Hyderabad, India; Dr. Dar argues that we need to be aware of the values of biodiversity, and act to conserve and use it sustainably. Read the full post here.

And in our Indigenous vegetable of the week post, we highlight pewa, a nutrient-dense fruit that provides more protein than an avocado. For centuries, Indigenous groups have used pewa in jellies, compotes, flours and edible oils. Read more about pewa’s uses and high nutritional value here.

Further highlights from the past week:

Check out this article published on, in which Nourishing the Planet Director Danielle Nierenberg speaks about the importance of fostering global food security. And take a minute to follow and like the Food MythBusters as they debunk the myth that industrial agriculture is the only way to feed the world. Watch the teaser for their film on industrial agriculture vs. sustainable farming, coming out on Food Day, October 24.

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 State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE.

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