July 14, 2014

Big Ideas and Emerging Innovations

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Meet the Gleaners—Fighting Hunger and Climate Change at the Same Time
If global food waste were a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas polluter in the world, behind only China and the US. A growing number of individuals, nonprofits, and religious organizations have set out to stop this waste. They are gleaners, repurposing the unwanted food to feed hungry people, and fighting climate change at the same time.

Could Insects Feed the Hungry World of Tomorrow?
More of the world is clamoring for protein, but resources are coming under increasing strain to farm enough to feed everyone who wants to eat it. The answer might be wriggling around our feet: insects. They could be particularly useful for developing countries, but richer countries could also benefit from this alternative protein source.

What's the Next Quinoa? Farmers, Foodies Revive Heritage Grains
As the global population grows, climate change eats at farm yields, and food becomes more processed and less nutritious. Sustainable agriculture advocates are increasingly turning to grains that have been the basis of subsistence farmers' diets in Africa, South Asia, and Central and South America since the time of earliest agriculture.

Six Innovations Revolutionizing Farming
In the last half century agricultural production has tripled with innovations in farming technology. What innovations are making the difference? To name a few, dairy hubs that link smallholder farmers to dairy processors, mobile apps like VetAfrica and Farming Instructor, and new farm management software that calculates food rations and milking systems.


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Africa Can End Poverty, World Bank

Agrilinks Blog

Bread Blog, Bread for the World

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Concern Blogs, Concern Worldwide

Institute Insights, Bread for the World Institute

End Poverty in South Asia, World Bank

Global Development Blog, Center for Global Development

The Global Food Banking Network

Harvest 2050, Global Harvest Initiative

The Hunger and Undernutrition Blog, Humanitas Global Development

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International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center Blog, CIMMYT

ONE Blog, ONE Campaign

One Acre Fund Blog, One Acre Fund

Overseas Development Institute Blog, Overseas Development Institute

Oxfam America Blog, Oxfam America

Preventing Postharvest Loss, ADM Institute

Sense & Sustainability Blog, Sense & Sustainability

WFP USA Blog, World Food Program USA


| By Roger Thurow

Our New Gordian Knot

Fifty years ago Dr. Norman Borlaug recieved the Nobel Peace Prize for cutting the "Goridan knot" of population and food production. Now the planet faces another seemingly intractable problem: how to nourish the planet while preserving the planet.