Posts Tagged ‘Innovations that Nourish the Planet’

Sep28

Nourishing the Planet TV: Fighting Global Malnutrition Locally

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In this week’s episode, research intern Joseph Zaleski discusses the benefits of fighting malnutrition locally through the use of Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTFs).

Video: http://youtu.be/b6UWlDnXITE

To read more about RUTFs, see: Fighting Global Malnutrition Locally.

To purchase your own copy of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

May15

In Case You Missed It: The Week in Review

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We just had an exciting week in New York City where we continued to meet with NGOs, researchers, and food activists to share the innovations we’ve found over the last year and a half as we traveled through 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa for our research for State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet.

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(Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

Some highlights from the week: This week we featured “Africa’s queen of fruits,” the Imbe.  With sap that makes arrow poison, leaves that contain antibacterial compounds, and fruit as tasty as its cousin mangosteen, the imbe, or Garcinia livingstonei, is a plant with a diverse range of benefits to diets, livelihoods, and the environment.

Check out these highlights from the Future of Food Conference which was hosted Wednesday, May 4th at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Organized by Washington Post Live, this conference brought together policymakers, scientific experts, advocates and food company leaders–including U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom VilsackMillennium Institute President and CEO, and State of the World 2011 contributing author,  Hans Herren; and Navdanya Director, Dr. Vandana Shiva– to think about how to fix the food system.

Don’t miss this great interview with Nourishing the Planet co-Project Director, Brian Halweil. Halweil discusses his latest research on global fisheries, the need to sustainably manage depleting fish stocks, and how improved fishing techniques can play a role in alleviating hunger, while protecting the environment.

To purchase your own copy of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

 

Apr29

Making Every Drop Count

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Nourishing the Planet’s recommendations for effective water management in agriculture were featured in this article on Afrique en Ligne. The article highlights low-cost, small-scale innovations featured in State of the World 2011, which can help increase the availability of water for crops.

Afrique-en-Ligne-Water-Irrigation-Treadle-Pumps-Africa-Nourishing-the-PlanetIn sub-Saharan Africa, 95 percent of crop land depends on rain, and as the impacts of climate change become more evident, scientists predict that rainfall will decline in the coming decades. But rain-fed areas also hold the biggest potential for boosting efficiency of water resources on the farm.

Increasing demand for water is threatening the livelihood of millions of small-scale farmers. But support from governments, development agencies, and NGOs can help make technologies, such as human-powered pumps and affordable micro-irrigation, more accessible to smallholder farmers.

To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

Apr28

Initiatives that Help make Everyday Earth Day

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Check out our op-ed about Earth Day published in The Arizona Republic. The article points to agriculture as an emerging solution to many of our most pressing environmental problems.

Arizona-Republic-Phoenix-Sustainable-Agriculture-earth-day-food-waste-biodiversity-urban-farmingInitiatives are cropping up in Arizona and around the world, which are helping to alleviate hunger, while also cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions and protecting crop biodiversity.

In Phoenix, the organization Waste Not collects 6,000 pounds of surplus, perishable food from grocery stores, and restaurants. It delivers this food to daycare centers and retirement homes. This helps cut down on the food that rots in landfills, emitting potent greenhouse gases. In West Africa, farmers are using solar dryers to dry mangoes, papaya, and other fruit to prevent them from going to waste.

And efforts by five Slow Food chapters across Arizona are helping to celebrate local and traditional foods including prickly pear, mesquite, and chilies. Slow Food Phoenix hosts farm tours and supports a school garden program at Desert Marigold School.

By focusing on agriculture to nourish people and the planet, we can make everyday Earth Day.

To purchase your own copy of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

Apr27

Getting “More Crop Per Drop” to Strengthen Global Food Security

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Increasing demand for water continues to put a strain on available water sources, threatening the livelihood of millions of small-scale farmers who depend on water for their crops. At a time when one in eight people lack access to safe water, Nourishing the Planet points to low-cost, small-scale innovations to better manage this vital resource.  These efforts are increasing the availability of water for crops and helping farmers improve crop productivity and become more food-secure.

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Innovations to improve the availability of water for crops can help farmers become more food-secure. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

Seventy percent of the world’s freshwater is used for irrigation, and global water resources are drying up as climate change takes hold and population growth continues. 60 percent of the world’s hungry people live in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa—most of them on small farms—where they do not have a reliable source of water to produce sufficient yields. Only 4 percent of the cultivated land in sub-Saharan Africa is currently equipped for irrigation. 95 percent of cropland in the region depends on rain, and climate scientists predict that rainfall on the continent will decline in the coming decades. But there is great potential to expand irrigation with small-scale solutions.

The Green Revolution of the 1960s led to a near tripling of global grain production and a doubling of the world’s irrigated area. It also, however, demanded vast quantities of water. Previous agricultural investments have focused narrowly on increasing crop yields, while there has been relatively little research and investment in ways to make better use of scarce water resources. Affordable innovations that boost agricultural development and meet the increasing demand on already-scarce water resources while also mitigating the impacts of climate change, are more important than ever.

Nourishing the Planet recommends three models for effective water management that have the potential for getting ‘more crop per drop’:

Human-powered pumps. The foot-operated treadle pump enables 2.3 million farmers in the developing world—some 250,000 in sub-Saharan Africa—to boost crop productivity, improve harvest reliability, and raise incomes. The original $35 version can irrigate 0.2 hectares with ground water; newer models can irrigate up to 0.8 hectares and cost no more than $140 installed. These devices already generate $37 million a year in profits and wages. In Zambia, International Development Enterprises worked with farmers to determine the most effective type of pump. The Mosi-O-Tunya pump is manufactured locally and delivers 25 percent more water per second than older versions.

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Apr24

In Case You Missed It: The Week In Review

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We are writing after a very busy week that includes the very successful launch of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet in Pretoria, South Africa.

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(Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

The event that was hosted in partnership with the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, FANRPAN Chief Executive Officer, and Danielle Nierenberg, Nourishing the Planet co-Project Director, joined local agricultural experts—including Sithembile Ndema, State of the World 2011 contributing author and FANRPAN Program Manager—to discuss agricultural innovations that are working to alleviate hunger in South Africa and across sub-Saharan Africa.

Other highlights from the week include: This week’s episode of Nourishing the Planet TV research intern Kaia Clarke discusses how with the increased prevalence of cell phones worldwide, farmers are gaining even more access to the information they need to improve their harvests and get a fair price for their crops at local markets.

Check out this interview with Ronnie Coffman, Cornell professor of plant breeding and genetics and the director of Cornell University’s Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat (DRRW) project. DRRW has recently been awarded a $40 million, five-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID) to address the threat of the fungal infection known as rust that is especially devastating to wheat harvests.

This week’s innovation features he new comic book series “ShujaazFM” which means ‘heroes’ in Sheng, a combination of Swahili and English. The free monthly insert in the Saturday Nation newspaper, a daily syndicated FM radio and TV program, is teaching youth about sustainable agriculture practices from protecting chickens from New Castle disease to fish farming.

Did you have a favorite post this 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. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

Apr12

A Sneak Peak at State of the World 2011’s New Trailer

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Nourishing the Planet is proud to present the new State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet book trailer.

 

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQpBeu9jG1Q

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

Over the last two years, the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project traveled to 25 countries in sub-Saharan African – the places where hunger is greatest – to meet with farmers, farmers’ groups, scientists, academics, journalists and other experts to discuss environmentally sustainable innovations in agriculture. The report draws from hundreds of these conversations, case studies and first-person examples to offer solutions to reducing hunger and poverty worldwide while also protecting the environment.

The report assesses a diverse range of agricultural innovations, from intercropping to drip irrigation to improved agricultural policy. And State of the World 2011’s findings are shared in over 20 languages with a wide range of global agricultural stakeholders, including governments, policymakers, farmer and community networks, and the increasingly influential nongovernmental environmental and development communities.

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

 

 

Apr02

Nourishing the Planet Launches Across Europe

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During the Spring of 2011, State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet has launched across Europe with events in Denmark, Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. Nourishing the Planet co-Project Director Danielle Nierenberg was on hand at each event to discuss with participating academics, scientists, journalists and other experts,  innovations in agriculture that are helping to alleviate hunger and poverty, while also protecting the environment. Nourishing the Planet is now in Cape Town, South Africa and looking forward to continuing related events throughout selected cities in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG0sCOhzyVc

To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

Mar28

State of the World 2011 Launches in Barcelona, Spain

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Today State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet launched in Barcelona, Spain at an event hosted at the Melcior Colet Museum in collaboration with the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia (UNESCOCAT) and The Advisory Council for Sustainable Development of Catalonia (CADS). Nourishing the Planet co-Project Director Danielle Nierenberg was on hand to discuss innovations in agriculture that are helping to alleviate hunger and poverty, while also protecting the environment.

 

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To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

Mar24

State of the World 2011 Launches in Turin, Italy

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Yesterday State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet launched in Turin, Italy at the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali. Nourishing the Planet co-Project Director Danielle Nierenberg was there to discuss projects she saw on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa that are helping  alleviate poverty and hunger, while also protecting the environment. Other participants at the event included Silvia Rosa Brusin, journalist for RAI3 TG Leonardo and Mario Salomone, President of L’Istituto per l’Ambiente e l’Educazione Scholé Futuro onlus.

 

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