Ag Secretary: Smartphones Could Tell Buyers What's in Food
In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of GM foods, Secretary Vilsack says he has an idea: use your smartphone. Vilsack told members of Congress that consumers could just use their phones to scan special bar codes or other symbols on food packages in the grocery store. All sorts of information could pop up, such as whether the food's ingredients include GMOs.
A Modest Proposal for Feeding Africa
The ingredients that will achieve food security in Africa are already known to us, and we already have parts of them working. Currently, average cereal yields in Africa are a little over one ton per hectare. In the UK it can be up to eight tons. Africa has places where European-level yields could be achieved. That is not the issue. It can be done, the question is how.
Freight Farms: How Boston Gets Local Greens, Even When Buried In Snow
Entrepreneurs are using those shipping containers to grow local produce. "Freight Farms" are shipping containers modified to grow stacks of hydroponic plants and vegetables. It's a new way for small-scale farmers to grow crops year-round in a computer-controlled environment, even in the middle of the city.
Farming: There's an App for That
The growing field of agricultural technology allows farmers to track herd performance, calculate fertilizer ratios and ID crop pests, all with the flick of a finger on a touch screen. These eight apps are the latest ag tech tools to help farmers improve production and increase revenue.
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Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Agricultural Development Initiative Co-Chair Dan Glickman addresses the importance of agricultural education, the effects of climate change on agriculture, and the need to fund agricultural research.
Each year on 16 October World Food Day aims to increase understanding of problems and solutions in the drive to end hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
On October 16, the Global Harvest Initiative released our 2013 Global Agricultural Productivity Report® at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, before an audience of global scientists, agricultural industry experts, dignitaries, farmers, and development professionals.
Globally, over 2 billion people rely on small-plot farming for their primary livelihood.
“We are controlling the diseases of malnutrition, like kwashiorkor, marasmus,” she says on her small farm in the western Kenyan village of Kabuchai. “In this community of ours, we don’t have these diseases any more. People are working harder to improve their farms.”
The extreme weather and drought the U.S. has experienced in 2012-13 may become a new norm and the impacts of global climate change will be even more severe in certain regions, known as global hotspots, in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and South America.
The World Food Prize is honoring three distinguished scientists whose achievements have greatly contributed to agricultural biotechnology.
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.
Innovation is at the heart of sustainable intensification, helping African smallholder farmers produce more with less impact on the environment while also improving agriculture’s sustainability.
The title of this article comes from a presentation that Dr. Borlaug once made, but it also tracks my own career and how I ended up working with Norm for a decade as the head of the World Food Prize, the organization that he created to be the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture.”
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.
Annette Kwamboka peels the husk off a cob of her mother's maize in Bugita, Kenya.
The issue of global food security has recently reemerged as an important societal concern.
Smallholder farmers are the largest population of poor people in the world.