September 29, 2014

Big Ideas and Emerging Innovations

Climate-Smart Farmers Get Tech Savvy to Save India's Breadbasket
Erratic weather, rising temperatures, declining water resources, and labor shortages are threatening India's breadbasket state of Haryana, forcing farmers to abandon age-old practices and adopt technology to ensure food supplies for millions. Thousands of farmers are learning to adapt to climate change, boost soil fertility, and reduce their carbon emissions.

Indonesia Enlists Wasps in War on Crop Killer
Tiny parasitic wasps are neutralizing a pest that threatens to destroy cassava, one of the developing world’s most important staple foods. The wasps are being released in Indonesia, the latest country threatened by the mealybug. Mealybug is a threat to food security in Indonesia, which has one of the region’s highest child malnutrition rates.

Why has 'Microhydro' been Neglected as a Solution to Energy Poverty?
Decentralized energy systems, like microhydro power which harnesses the energy of small rivers and streams, improve energy access and help to maximize the relationships between water, energy and food. Currently, agriculture is the largest user of water, and increasing demands for energy also requires increasing use of freshwater. 

Image: REUTERS/Thomson Reuters Foundation/Nita Bhalla


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1,000 Days Blog, 1,000 Days

Africa Can End Poverty, World Bank

Agrilinks Blog

Bread Blog, Bread for the World

Can We Feed the World Blog, Agriculture for Impact

Concern Blogs, Concern Worldwide

Institute Insights, Bread for the World Institute

End Poverty in South Asia, World Bank

Global Development Blog, Center for Global Development

The Global Food Banking Network

Harvest 2050, Global Harvest Initiative

The Hunger and Undernutrition Blog, Humanitas Global Development

International Food Policy Research Institute News, IFPRI

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center Blog, CIMMYT

ONE Blog, ONE Campaign

One Acre Fund Blog, One Acre Fund

Overseas Development Institute Blog, Overseas Development Institute

Oxfam America Blog, Oxfam America

Preventing Postharvest Loss, ADM Institute

Sense & Sustainability Blog, Sense & Sustainability

WFP USA Blog, World Food Program USA


| By Roger Thurow

Our New Gordian Knot

Fifty years ago Dr. Norman Borlaug recieved the Nobel Peace Prize for cutting the "Goridan knot" of population and food production. Now the planet faces another seemingly intractable problem: how to nourish the planet while preserving the planet.