The Global Food and Agriculture Program aims to inform the development of US policy on global agricultural development and food security by raising awareness and providing resources, information, and policy analysis to the US Administration, Congress, and interested experts and organizations.
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.
1,000 Days Blog, 1,000 Days
Africa Can End Poverty, World Bank
Bread Blog, Bread for the World
Can We Feed the World Blog, Agriculture for Impact
Concern Blogs, Concern Worldwide
End Poverty in South Asia, World Bank
Global Development Blog, Center for Global Development
Harvest 2050, Global Harvest Initiative
The Hunger and Undernutrition Blog, Humanitas Global Development
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
Yes, farming is hard work; but with targeted investments it can also be “decent work.”
Check out this week's news brief.
If we wish to avoid a future of hunger, conflict and instability, we must act now to improve the status, perception and wellbeing of smallholder farmers around the world. That begins with the farmers themselves, and working with them directly to help them see the potential inherent in their land and their dreams for their families.
Not all jobs are made equal - nearly 160 million young people are working, yet still living in poverty. Transforming agriculture into meaningful employment would help to grow incomes, stabalize socities, and create opportunity for the next generation.
The latest podcast in our ongoing series with Roger Thurow. Hear how even the best nutrition projects can be undermined by bad water, poor sanitation and hygiene, and lousy infrastructure. From northern Uganda, we hear a mother’s agony when her healthy, robust child suddenly falls ill after a few sips of water…unclean water, it turned out.
Highlighting approaches, technologies, and ideas that have the potential to radically advance global food security.
Young people need good work, and agriculture needs the next generation of farmers. Sebastian Teunissen describes Solidaridad's work to connect the dots.
Check out this week's news brief.
Guest Commentary - Half the Sky – and Half the Earth: Enhancing Food Security through a Focus on Women in Agriculture
In every corner of the global economy, women face barriers that make them less able to participate and advance in the labor force, and less likely to benefit from the fruits of their labor. The agricultural sector is no exception, and gender inequality within the sector is holding the world back from achieving sustainable food security.
Guest Commentary - Strengthening Women's Land Rights: The Neglected Lever Towards Increasing Ag Production
As we celebrate International Women’s Day, Frank Pichel of Cadasta Foundation would like to invite you to join the growing movement in support of women’s land rights.
Malnutrition robs children and economies of their ability to reach full potential. While the damage to a child’s physical and cognitive development is irreversible, it is a preventable problem with proven, cost-effective solutions.
Across sub-Saharan Africa, millions of young women are sidelined from economic opportunities, with one third of young women in the region are not working, studying or receiving training, more than double the rate of their male peers. With more than 6 million young women coming of working age every year, African economies must create more new jobs and business opportunities for them.
Women, despite being the backbone of rural societies, often face structural barriers that limit their ability to strengthen their economic security. The latest post in the Next Generation series examines the challenges and opportunities facing female farmers.
A woman is economically empowered when she has both the ability to succeed and advance economically and the power to make and act on economic decisions. Julian Peach from Grow Asia underlines the moral and business case for gender equality in agricultre.