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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Support for the Global Food and Agriculture Program is generously provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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As the expiration date of the Millennium Development Goals draws closer, our promise to eradicate extreme hunger and poverty remains largely unfulfilled.
In February of 2013, I visited the Philippines to conduct an in-depth look at how that nation’s government and civil society organizations are implementing new approaches to improve food and nutrition security.
By the year 2050, our planet will be home to another two billion people. How and where we will we feed everyone has become one of the most pressing conservation issues of the 21st century.
Last fall InterAction pledged that its member NGOs would spend more than $1 billion in private resources on food security, agriculture and nutrition work over the next three years.
Ten years after the Ethiopian famine of 2003, when international food aid rushed in to feed 14 million people, another World Food Program (WFP) tent has been erected on an open field. But this isn’t a scene of food distribution. It is a scene of food purchase.
Food security is one of the most pressing challenges in the world today. The challenge is particularly important as the world population is projected to reach over 9 billion people resulting in increased food demand by the year 2050.
Commentary - Failing to Address the Complexity of US International Food Aid Policy May Result in Perpetuating the Problem of World Hunger
An encouraging new development from the Obama Administration intends to change the way the US distributes its international food aid. But will it succeed?
The Karimi group of Tabalab, Kenya, receives top dress fertilizer, solar lights, maize bags, sukuma seeds, and cassava cuttings at top dress delivery in Teso.
Joska Aweko is working with TechnoServe junior business advisor Jane Akot to improve her farming techniques and increase the income she earns from cotton.
Marion Odongo of Ringa, Kenya, uses a knife to crack kernels of maize loose from a dried cob so she can store them to last her through the year.
Hunger, malnutrition, poverty, climate change, environmental degradation - addressing these injustices is at the forefront of political meetings the world over. Yet these problems persist as global leaders strive to find efficient and synergistic ways of tackling them sustainably.
Colette Mushimiyimana prepares sticks for climbing beans she will soon plant in Mukimba, Rwanda.
As word spread earlier this week of the food aid reform section of President Obama’s 2014 budget, I wondered how Jerman Amente would greet the news.
When it comes to providing hunger relief to needy people around the world, the United States has been a leader since World War II. And if early reports about the Obama administration’s 2014 budget are true, then the U.S. will have a golden opportunity to provide even more food to the hungry while spending less taxpayer dollars in the years ahead.