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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Postharvest losses in Ghana are not just an agricultural marketing problem; they are a matter of life and death.
John F. Kennedy will be remembered for many things. The lives he touched and the people of all backgrounds he brought together during his tenure in the White House leaves a legacy that will be emulated for ages.
While the climate talks in Warsaw continue to sideline the world’s one billion farmers from the policy discussions, another UN process – the post-2015 development agenda – offers another opportunity for the agricultural sector to contribute to the future sustainable development challenges ahead of us.
A farmer in Gitwa, Rwanda, reads a training at one of the input delivery sites.
The Chicago Council Senior Fellow and former Executive Director of the UN World Food Program Catherine Bertini discusses how gender relates to agriculture, the role of nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life, and the importance of US investment in agriculture development.
Rural women constitute 50 percent of the agricultural labor force in Africa; they are responsible for 80 percent of the food production and 50 percent of the agricultural output.
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.