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World Food Day: Take a holistic approach to food production

From Danielle Nierenberg October 16 is World Food Day. It can be a day of action, dedicated to tackling hunger and ensuring food security and nutrient-dense diets for everyone. Food should nourish and nurture people, society, and the planet, but in so many ways, the food system is broken. “The health impacts of our current food system cannot be ignored,” ... Read More »

Where camels walk on water

Tesfaye Bekalu Camels can walk on water. I wouldn’t have believed if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. And if you don’t believe me, well, just look at the picture below to see camels walking on water in Somaliland! Where camels walk on water. Read More »

US Nat’l Farm-to-School Month: World’s 30 innovative programs

From Danielle Nierenberg This October, Food Tank is celebrating national Farm-to-School Month in the United States. In the U.S. alone, over 42,000 schools are changing their communities with farm-to-school programs, impacting the lives of over 23 million students. And schools and organizations across the world—from Australia to Zambia—are redesigning food education with on-site gardens, educational farms, and nutritious meals. Read More »

Zinc-biofortified wheat reduces childhood illness

When vulnerable young children in India eat foods prepared with wheat enriched with zinc, they spend significantly fewer days sick with pneumonia and vomiting, shows a study published this week. Diets in India commonly lack sufficient zinc and consequently, nearly 40% of children under five years of age are physically stunted and markedly vulnerable to common infections, like diarrhoea and ... Read More »

Building resilience through agroecology

Dhaka, Oct 1 – Agriculture takes up almost 40% of the planet’s ice-free land surface, accounts for 70% of the freshwater used in the world, and produces about 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. It is also the single biggest driver of biodiversity loss. Meanwhile, climate shocks and extreme weather events can cause food price volatility that affects both consumers and producers around the ... Read More »

The revolutionary ambition of AGRF 2018 must be sustained

In early September 2018, about 2,800 delegates from 79 countries and high-level dignitaries, including current and former heads of states, international agencies, CEOs of global corporations and youth entrepreneurs, and techies involved in agriculture gathered in Kigali for this year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). Read More »

C’nawabganj farmers see bright prospect of dragon fruit

Chapainawabganj, Sept 17 – Farmers of Nachole Upazila in the district are showing more interest in cultivating dragon fruits commercially sensing its profitability and favourable growing condition. The juicy fruit is known as ‘pitaya’ in Thailand and the origin of the fruit in South America. Dragon fruit belongs to cactus species and its scientific name is “Pitay”. Read More »

Drying Ganga may stall food security, prevent achieving SDGs

by Sahana Ghosh A study forecasts that in the absence of interventions, groundwater contribution to Ganga river’s water flow would continue diminishing in the summer for the next 30 years. The dwindling of Ganga river would severely affect water available for surface water irrigation, with a potential future decline in food production. This decline in river flow also has implications for ... Read More »

The politics of food in Venezuela

Co-Written by Ana Felicien, Christina M. Schiavoni & Liccia Romero Few countries and political processes have been subject to such scrutiny, yet so generally misunderstood, as Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. This is particularly true today, as the international media paints an image of absolute devastation in the country, wrought by failed policies and government mismanagement. At the same time, ... Read More »