August 18, 2014

Big Ideas and Emerging Innovations

(Shamba Shape Up)

Agricultural Reality Stars
When researchers discover more sustainable ways to farm across the globe, sharing this information is not always easy. Organizations are taking a new approach with non-traditional media: information and agricultural innovations are reaching the world’s most remote farming communities through means such as popular reality shows, song lyrics, and comic books.

Genetically Modified Flies ‘Could Save Crops’
A type of genetically engineered fly which eventually kills itself could be an effective method of pest control, according to new research. If released into the wild, they could prevent damage to crops in a way that is cheap, and environmentally friendly; but others oppose the technology and say releasing genetically modified flies into the wild could have unintended consequences.

Fertile Opportunity Awaits For Food Waste Processors
Up to a third of the available food supply goes to waste. We definitely should be working to reduce this waste, but what about the organic scraps or produce that legitimately should be disposed of that are currently emitting methane in landfills? There’s a greentech movement afoot to use that material both as the feedstock for renewable energy and for soil nutrients.


The Global Food and Agriculture Program aims to inform the development of US policy on global agricultural development and food security by raising awareness and providing resources, information, and policy analysis to the US Administration, Congress, and interested experts and organizations.

The Global Food and Agriculture Program is housed within the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. The Council on Global Affairs convenes leading global voices and conducts independent research to bring clarity and offer solutions to challenges and opportunities across the globe. The Council is committed to engaging the public and raising global awareness of issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.

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


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.