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How enset can save Ethiopia

Hunger is expensive: The World Food Program (WFP) announced recently that child malnutrition in Ethiopia costs 55.5 billion Br every year. That is 16.5% of the gross domestic product: nearly a fifth of the country’s earnings. Ironically, hunger also disproportionately affects small holder farmers: The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that half […]

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Back to School and Back to Good Food

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. As summer comes to an end, school is just around the corner for children across the United States. For children enrolled in state schools, this typically means the return of unhealthy lunches that are best described as “fast food”: hamburgers, chicken nuggets, fried snacks and sugary soft […]

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Women key to sustainable agriculture

Women account for 75% of the agricultural producers in sub-Saharan Africa, but the majority of women farmers are living on only $1.25 a day, according to researchers from the Worldwatch Institute. Despite the challenging circumstances that women in developing countries face, important innovations in communications and organising are helping women play a key role in […]

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Targeting gaps in the food supply chain

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. Agricultural production is only the first step in moving the world’s food from farm to fork, according to Nourishing the Planet, a project of the Worldwatch Institute. The other links in the food chain – harvesting, packaging, storing, transporting, marketing, and selling – ensure that food actually […]

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World population day: Agriculture offers huge opportunities for a planet of 7-billion

  As the global population increases, so does the number of mouths to feed. The good news is that in addition to providing food, innovations in sustainable agriculture can provide a solution to many of the challenges that a growing population presents. Agriculture is emerging as a solution to mitigating climate change, reducing public health […]

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How we waste food

According to staggering new statistics from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, roughly one-third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption is lost or wasted, amounting to some 1.3 billion tons a year. In the developing world, more than 40% of food losses occur after harvest — while being stored or transported, and during […]

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Sustainable fishing

Global fish production has reached an all-time high, according to Nourishing the Planet’s latest research for the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online publication. Aquaculture, or fish farming — once a minor contributor to total fish harvest — increased 50-fold between the 1950s and 2008 and now contributes nearly half of all fish produced worldwide.According to […]

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Getting more crop per drop

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. […]