October 20, 2014

Big Ideas & Emerging Innovations

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The Chocolate Revolution: Central American Startup Seeks To Grow Sustainable Cocoa Production
Smallholder cocoa farmers are underpaid and impoverished. But there is a new, more ethical chocolate movement going on. By removing middlemen and shortening the value chain, both farmers and buyers are increasing their value and quality, ultimately bringing large-scale social impact to farming communities and driving systemic change in the industry.

One-Third of Food Is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done
The FAO estimates that one-third of food produced for human consumption worldwide is annually lost or wasted along the chain that stretches from farms to our collective kitchens. If there's anything good about the shocking scale of global food waste, it's the huge number of opportunities it presents for improvement.

Africa’s Agricultural Potential
The average African farm performs at only about 40% of its potential. So how can these farms rise to their potential to address hunger and malnutrition while boosting livelihoods and promoting inclusive growth? It's not pity and handouts that are needed. It is access to markets and finance, land tenure security, knowledge and technology, and the right policies.

Grow Lights and Drones: How California’s Drought is Driving Farmers into High-Tech
California's grappling with one of its worst droughts in history. Some in the agricultural industry are beginning to explore technology that may help them adapt to the new, arid reality. Increasingly, farmers are interested in grow lights. Recent developments have made grow lights far more energy-efficient, enabling them to be fielded on a much larger scale.

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Blogroll

1,000 Days Blog, 1,000 Days

Africa Can End Poverty, World Bank

Agrilinks Blog

Bread Blog, Bread for the World

Can We Feed the World Blog, Agriculture for Impact

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

International Food Policy Research Institute News, IFPRI

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

Archive


| By Brian Diers, Rita Mumm, Michelle da Fonseca Santos

Guest Commentary - USAID’s Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab is Working Across the Value Chain to Enable the Advancement of Soybean Development in Africa

Soybean has been the fastest growing crop for the last 20 years. Despite soybeans having a long history in Africa, soybean yields have increased very little over the last half century, especially when compared to the U.S. and Brazil. Through a number of targeted interventions, the Soybean Innovation Lab at the University of Illinois has been working to change that. 








| By Roger Thurow

I am Gita

Roger Thurow's essay "I Am Gita" from The End of Hunger, edited by Jenny Eaton Dyer and Cathleen Falsani.







| By Marshall M. Bouton

India's Mandate for Agricultural Reform

Chicago Council President Emeritus Marshall M. Bouton discusses challenges facing Indian agriculture and potential reforms to meet the government's goal of doubling farmer incomes by 2022.