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How can we fill 9 billion bowls by 2050

January 29th, 2016 / Thomson Reuters

9 Billion Bowls report focuses on a specific link in the global chain – the production and delivery of food. It’s here where the greatest challenges – and brightest opportunities – for feeding our planet lie. Read …

What urbanisation means for rural areas in Africa

January 28th, 2016 / Can we feed the world?, UK

In 1950 only about a third of the world’s population lived in cities, but rapid population growth has led to increased urbanisation, which has seen this figure rise to 54% in 2014. As this trend is set to continue, by 2050 over two-thirds of the global population will live in …

Saving African cassava from whiteflies

January 28th, 2016 / TED, US

For decades, the farmers of East Africa have battled the African whitefly, a tiny insect that infests the cassava crop. Cassava, also called manioc, arrowroot or tapioca, is an important food all over the world — more than half a billion people (yes, billion with a b) rely on cassava …

Climate change and GMOs: can non-transgenic varieties address global challenges?

January 27th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Talk over rice production and genetics has been dominated by Golden Rice, the bioengineered rice variety that was enhanced to produce Vitamin A. While this has the promise to cure up to 500,000 annual worldwide cases of blindness due to Vitamin A-deficient diets, it has yet to come to market. …

Encouraging GM food crops only way out for India says MP

January 26th, 2016 / The Economic Times, India

With the government deciding to roll out the food security law, former Food Minister and senior Congress MP K V Thomas today said encouraging Genetically Modified (GM) crops is the only way the country can feed its growing population. Read …

In South Africa water is the new gold

January 26th, 2016 / Times Live, South Africa

Our biggest water resource, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, is struggling to keep up with the demand from South Africa. Reports coming out of Lesotho suggest that more and more people are moving out of the countryside and into the towns, with the result that that country’s government is having …

Anti-GMO groups side against Gates Foundation

January 26th, 2016 / AG Professional, US

The U.S. Right to Know and Global Justice Now are two activist organizations hammering against any organizations or public institution supportive of genetically modified (GM) crops and the funding of their spread in the U.S. and Africa. Both are condemning the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and those receiving money …

Agricultural education and the next green revolution

January 25th, 2016 / Chicago Council on Global Affairs, US

There is much to celebrate when writing on the accomplishments of agriculture and science. Our era is one where farms all over the world are more productive than ever and the hungry—though there are still too many—have never been fewer. But as our population continues to grow towards nine billion …

South Africa: what happens when the food runs out?

January 25th, 2016 / News24, South Africa

“For the first time in living memory South Africa is going to be experiencing a food shortage, and Im afraid that this shortage is going to create ripple effects in our society of epic proportions. I say this because hungry and desperate people do desperate things to make sure they …

Women’s role in achieving a food secured Africa

January 25th, 2016 / International Policy Digest, US

The just ended year 2015 was the African Union’s Year of Women Empowerment. In post 2015, one thing is apparent – that Africa will not effectively achieve food security and poverty reduction unless the gender gap in economic opportunities is narrowed. Indeed the importance of women in development is well …