Manure from Millions of Hogs Fuels Natural Gas Project
One recipe for renewable natural gas goes: Place manure from about 2 million hogs in lagoons, cover them with an impermeable material and let it bake until gas from the manure rises. Then, use special equipment to clean the gas of its impurities and ship the finished product out. That’s the vision of one of the largest biogas projects in the US, part of a long-term effort to turn underused agriculture resources into an engine for environmentally friendly farming practices.
Improved Web Tool for Better Estimates of Forest Biomass and Carbon Stocks
An updated version of the online tree assessment tool known as GlobAllomeTree will now allow countries to get a clearer picture of the biomass, carbon content, and ecosystem services of trees and forests than previously possible. GlobAllomeTree helps scientists, foresters, private companies and policymakers improve the assessment of forest carbon stocks and prepare greenhouse gas inventories, necessary for mitigation of climate change.
New Sense of Community in UN 'Freedom Camp' for African Asylum Seekers
The EU should seriously consider creating a UN-supervised “freedom camp” in Africa. Sending failed asylum seekers to their countries of origin is fraught with insurmountable problems. If they are given protection and basic services—housing, education, health, water, sanitation, and tools—asylum seekers could use the security and facilities in their “freedom camp” to grow enough food to feed themselves, with surplus sold to other famine-stricken regions of Africa.
The Missing LINC in the Newborn Survival Agenda: Prevention
The Public Private Partnership to Prevent Preterm Birth is charged with forging a prevention path in newborn survival to complement the current efforts to treat sick newborns. The partnership aims to demonstrate that preterm birth rates can be significantly reduced by addressing lifestyle, infection, nutrition, and contraception among populations of women where preterm birth rates and deaths are extremely high.
Saving the World, Startup-Style
During the past decade, there has been a quiet revolution in the way many scholars think about aid. Rich countries should allow poor ones to determine what needs to happen and then pay money to whoever comes up with an actual solution. Whatever you think of Silicon Valley, the venture-capital philosophy of investing can be an extremely useful model for philanthropy.
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Agricultural research for improved production practices and technologies, more resilient cultivars and varieties, safer agrochemicals, and a more robust understanding of plant genetics, diseases, pathogens and pests contributes greatly to fostering productivity around the world and can be one of the most important tools for eradicating global food insecurity and malnutrition.
President Obama has convened leaders from the food, agriculture, and technology industries to discuss ways these companies are leveraging open government data, related information tools, and other innovations as the Administration unveils the Climate Data Initiative’s “Food Resilience” theme.
As the recent Global Food Security Symposium 2014 highlighted, the unlikely marriage between agricultural development and climate change policy has brought stakeholders from diverse backgrounds together.
On Monday, July 21, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Agricultural Development Initiative held a Twitter roundup on climate change and food security, as part of Devex’s Feeding Development campaign (#FeedingDev).
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the creation of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) and the 15 members who will sit on the FFAR board of directors.
The world is on a path to need almost 70 percent more crops in 2050 than those it produced in 2006.
Dan Glickman, The Chicago Council of Global Affairs’ Global Agricultural Development Initiative cochair and former US Secretary of Agriculture, recently traveled with the global poverty-fighting organization CARE on a Learning Tour to Guatemala and Honduras.
Temperature and precipitation patterns, as well as changes in weed, pest, and disease prevalence are already occurring under a changing climate.
On July 21, we will be hosting a Twitter roundup to highlight solutions to ensure food security in the face of climate change. We want to hear from you!
As senior program officer at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Agricultural Development Initiative and former student in the fields of plant science, international agriculture, and rural development, I’m intrigued and delighted by innovative approaches to improving rural livelihoods through agriculture.