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Committee on World Food Security focuses on fo…

Committee on World Food Security focuses on food systems and nutrition:

The Committee on World Food Secuirty (CFS) wrapped up its 45th Session today, tasking itself with formulating Voluntary Guidelines for Food Systems and Nutrition for approval in 2020.

Agroecology as a Tool of Sovereignty and Resil…

Agroecology as a Tool of Sovereignty and Resilience in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria:

Even before Hurricane Maria devastated the island back in October 2017, Puerto Rico already imported 85 percent of its food. Local farming declined decades ago amid U.S.-led industrialization on the island, following a shift away from diversified small-scale farms to plantation agriculture. An ailing economy, austerity, and the fact that 44 percent of Puerto Ricans lived […]

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Working lands play a key role in protecting bi…

Working lands play a key role in protecting biodiversity:

Diversifying working lands – including farmland, rangeland and forests – may be key to preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change, says a new review article. These changes could extend the habitat of critters like bats, but also much larger creatures like bears, elk and other wildlife, outside the boundaries of protected areas, while creating more sustainable, and potentially more productive, working lands.

No time to lose to reverse negative hunger and…

No time to lose to reverse negative hunger and malnutrition trends:

Failure to eradicate hunger will undermine all the Sustainable Development Goals, meaning “poverty will not be eradicated, natural resources will continue to degrade, and forced migration will continue to rise,” he told delegates gathered in Rome for the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).

Potential benefits of wildlife-livestock coexi…

Potential benefits of wildlife-livestock coexistence in East Africa:

A study of 3,588 square kilometers of privately owned land in central Kenya offers evidence that humans and their livestock can, in the right circumstances, share territory with zebras, giraffes, elephants and other wild mammals – to the benefit of all.

Farm Conservation Practices are Profitable. Bu…

Farm Conservation Practices are Profitable. But Will Lenders and Insurers Step Up?:

For the last 15 years, Justin Knopf has opted out of tilling the soil on his farm. More recently, his family’s operation—4,500 acres where he farms wheat, corn, soybeans, and sorghum with his dad and his brother in Central Kansas—has also incorporated cover crops, most often mixes including triticale and canola or millet, radishes, flax […]

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Addressing nutrition is primarily a public pol…

Addressing nutrition is primarily a public policy issue:

“Changing the legal and institutional frameworks is fundamental to change the productive structure and ensure good nutrition for all,” he told representatives gathered at the annual forum of the Civil Society Mechanism (MSC) – a vehicle for the participation of non-governmental actors in policy formulation in at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).

Irrigating vegetables with wastewater in Afric…

Irrigating vegetables with wastewater in African cities may spread disease:

Urban farmers growing vegetables to feed millions of people in Africa’s ever-growing cities could unwittingly be helping to spread disease by irrigating crops with wastewater, a new study reveals.

The Hot Cereal Company Using Buy-One-Give-One …

The Hot Cereal Company Using Buy-One-Give-One to Fight Food Insecurity:

In 2013, seven years after inventing the buy-one-give-one (BOGO) business model for his Toms shoe company, Blake Mycoskie quietly changed tactics. Toms would no longer just donate one pair of shoes to a person in need for every pair its customers bought; it would now work to cure larger inequities in those places, starting with […]

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Getting to the root of lavender’s secrets

Getting to the root of lavender’s secrets:

A team of researchers has identified the complete genetic makeup of the lavender plant, Lavandula angustifolia.