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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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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Ellyn Ferguson writes about how the 2014 farm bill will affect America’s international food aid programs in her latest post at Roll Call, “Despite Tug-of-War, USAID Gains Leeway on Food Aid.”
Dr. Robert Paarlberg, the Betty Freyhof Johnson Professor in the Department of Political Science at Wellesley College, and author of the book Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know, delivered a Heuermann Lecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
There are a range of diverse and complex challenges facing today’s farmers.
The 2014 Agriculture Act authorized $1.47 billion for the PL 480 Title II Food for Peace program, a slight increase over FY 2013.
Imelda Nasimiyu practices digging up a mature cassava root at a farmer training in Namikelo, Kenya.
On March 6, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs will host a half-day International Women’s Day Global Health Symposium at the Fairmont hotel in Chicago.
There are several reasons why Guatemala sits atop the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index, a ranking compiled by the Institute of Development Studies in the UK measuring the political and social commitment to reduce hunger and undernutrition in developing countries.
Secretary Kerry said climate change is a national security threat and called it "the greatest challenge of our generation" during his visit to Indonesia.
Farmers in Kimwanga, Kenya, learn how to measure seed and fertilizer for planting at One Acre Fund's base education trainings.
The development of products tailored to address the risk management needs of African smallholder farmers has received a lot of attention in recent years.
Water is essential for life and human survival.
In 2013, up to $75 billion dollars was invested by the governments of 169 countries into school feeding programmes.
Climate change has been highlighted as a top threat facing the international community in 2014.
Juan Deras, a member of the Flor del Pino cooperative in Honduras, displays berries from a coffee tree.
In 2003, African leaders pledged to increase support for agriculture.