June 4, 2018

Big Ideas and Emerging Innovations

A man covers harvested rice in a rice field in Nanan, Yamoussoukro. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

Report Reveals Groundbreaking Results for Rice Farming
Rice is an important crop in West and Central Africa—most of the 430 million people living in the region depend on it as a staple—but West Africa currently consumes more than it produces and has been importing rice from other parts of the world. But a new farming technique, SRI, is promising higher yields while reducing the need for inputs

Climate Solutions, Economic Growth, Global Stability? Rural Girls Hold the Key
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is thrilled to announce a new blog series, Stakeholder Girls, which highlights the central role that rural girls must play in consideration of the 2018 G7 priority theme areas. If leaders do not consider the unique strengthens and concerns of rural girls, progress on each of these themes will be curtailed.

World Bank Urges Africa to Embrace Technology to Transform Agriculture
The World Bank says that the continent stands a better chance of advancing food security through accurate climate data received from cutting edge innovations. While agricultural productivity in the continent has picked up in recent years, it still lags behind other regions. Throughout Africa, start-ups and other institutions are leveraging digital technology in transformative ways.

A Spud is Born: UMaine Unveils Gourmet ‘Pinto Gold’ Potato
The new spud, released by the University of Maine, is called the "Pinto Gold" and the university's potato breeding program leader describes it as a high-yielding, yellow-fleshed specialty variety. The new variety is adapted to cool, northern growing areas. The Pinto Gold is the fourth potato variety released by University of Maine since 2014.

Climate-Proofing Indian Agriculture
Climate change is posed to be the most extreme challenge to agriculture in India. Farmers must gain access to the rich scientific knowledge developed by research institutions through efficient dissemination of climate-smart technologies. Additionally, simple and affordable insurance products should be properly implemented to create safety net for the farmers.

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Support for the Global Food and Agriculture Program is generously provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Blogroll

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

Archive

Interview with Doug Bereuter on Global Food Security

In this video interview, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Global Agricultural Development Initiative Co-Chair Doug Bereuter discusses the importance of investing in women farmers and sustaining the US leadership in global agriculture and food security programs.





Commentary - Africa: A Continent of Opportunity

I recently returned from a conference hosted by the Aspen Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with a number of scholars and members of Congress. Over a period of several days we did an in-depth exploration of the myriad issues encompassing U.S. relations with the 54 nations of Africa.


Photo of the Week

Annette Kwamboka peels the husk off a cob of her mother's maize in Bugita, Kenya.







Commentary - Sharing Agricultural Success with President Obama

When I first got the idea back in 2008 that the women farmers like myself in central Senegal should join together to help one another succeed, I never would have guessed that five years later I would be sharing that story of success with the president of the United States. 


Commentary - Is Feed the Future delivering results? Yes – with some limitations.

Robai Nyongesa, a smallholder farmer in western Kenya, used to struggle to grow enough maize to feed her family. Last year, she was able to harvest 20 bags of maize from 1 acre of land, a fivefold increase over her previous poor harvests. Her large harvest enabled her to feed her three children, and to hire a tutor to give her children private lessons at home.



Photo of the Week

Farmers of the Faulu group in Bungoma South, Kenya, stand proudly in front of Beatrice Masila’s sorghum that has now grown taller than they are!