Enabling Subsistence Agriculture through Small Dams
Large agricultural development programs in Africa usually target commercial agriculture, which enables the export market. But what of the small scale farmers who depend on subsistence agriculture? Sustainable subsistence appears to be unachievable without reliable access to water. One of the ways in which communities can gain reliable access to water is through the construction of small dams and related water conservation technologies.
Food-X: An Accelerator to Grow the Food Movement
Tech business accelerators are sprouting up everywhere. In return for several months of mentorship, education, and access, many fledging companies are willing to trade a percentage of their equity for a quick infusion of cash from venture funders. And, given the explosive interest in food and farming, it should come as no surprise that some investors have finally applied the accelerator model to how and what we eat. Enter Food-X, which is on a mission to create change throughout the food system.
How Unboiled Eggs Could Help Fight Food Waste
A group of researchers recently figured out how take an egg from a fresh to a boiled back to an unboiled state. Unboiling the egg essentially means refolding the proteins into their original shape. And that's a big deal for science – it's estimated the pharmaceutical, environmental and food industries, among others could save $160 billion a year by refolding tangled proteins.
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.
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Guest Commentary - Closing the Gap with Impact Investing: Reassuring Trust in the Sustainable Development Goals
Council intern and New York University student Lauren Stadler writes about the complexities and opportunities in achieving SDG2.
John Willard III, CEO of CAW Industries, Inc., saw a great business opportunity for their product in Africa. But their capability as a small-sized company to successfully enter into agricultural markets on the African continent does not have to be unique.
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A lot can change in a decade-It was just over 10 years ago that the world was reeling from high fuel and fertilizer prices, food price spikes and related civil unrest.
In the latest piece from the Agri-Pulse and Council collaboration, Rep. Rodney Davis and Dr. Peter Goldsmith champion efforts to improve the way we produce, enhance, and deliver technologies needed to improve our food systems.