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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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report today that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans.
According to the UN, 17 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions are due to deforestation. Of that total, Latin America contributes 46 percent – which alone, accounts for roughly 8 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions.
Commentary Series: Satellite Technology and Innovation Can be Used to Secure Land and Property Rights
Recent years have seen advances in satellite remote sensing technology that can be used to address land and property rights globally.
More than one billion of the world’s poorest people share three traits: they live in rural areas, rely on the land to survive, and they lack secure legal rights to the land on which they depend.
While the vast majority of Africans rely on land-based livelihoods to survive and cite land as their most important resource, rights to this land are often unclear and insecure.
When people like me speak about land rights and access or when we write project descriptions for advocacy and research pieces, we typically will assert that strengthening the security of land rights through measures like land titling is important to achieving rural development goals such as increased yields, investment, environmental conservation, and access to credit.
Commentary Series: The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure and Large-Scale, Land-Based Agricultural Investment
In 2012, the FAO developed and proposed the Voluntary Guidelines (VGs) in an effort to boost food security, reduce hunger, provide protection of legitimate rights in land and other resources, and prevent the ills created by the global trend towards large-scale, land-based investments (LSLBIs) in the developing world.
In the course of our work at USAID, we have observed that over the last several years, large capital inflows from the private sector to emerging markets—some projections estimate that $30 billion in private capital will be invested in farmland by 2015—have created challenges and opportunities for global agricultural systems and markets.
A great worry had barged into the little house of Leonida and Peter Wanyama in western Kenya. They had been called to the office of the local chief. There was a demand that they turn over part of their land.
As discussions continue around the shape of the post-2015 development agenda and how to measure progress towards achieving new global goals, it is useful to step back and consider the story of the drunkard and the streetlight.
A series of commentary featuring food security and land tenure experts, who will examine various aspects of land tenure security, including its relationship with agricultural production, gender, sustainable development, and post-2015 Millennium Development Goals framework.
On May 22 in Washington, DC, global leaders will convene at The Chicago Council's Global Food Security Symposium 2014 to chart a course for how the US government, in partnership with business and civil society and international organizations, can advance global food security in the face of weather volatility and climate change.
Rwandan farmer Michel Gakuba strings together his newly harvested maize. He will hang the strands of maize to help the cobs dry before storing them.
An interactive discussion on Twitter with global hunger and nutrition expert, Roger Thurow.
The American Association for the Advancement of Scientists (AAAS) published a new report, What we Know, urging Americans to take actions on climate change.