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.
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A lack of rural broadband access is holding back farmers across the globe. Annie Dee, a rancher in central Alabama, writes on the center pivot irrigation equipment that helps her maximize crop yields - a vital tool that depends on high-speed internet connections.
Guest Commentary - How a Humble Seed Is Helping African Farmers to Better Manage Both Food and Water
For most smallholder farmers, the stakes couldn’t be higher. A successful season means the difference between ample food and a bit more income, or hunger and poverty in the season ahead. Delivering the broader benefits of modern agriculture to these regions is a complex challenge.
As water and nutrition security becomes further challenged, the United States must better coordinate agriculture, nutrition, and water development policy in order to adequately respond to increasing pressures.
Growing populations, internal conflicts, trade wars, and digital and environmental changes all have a lasting impact on our day-to-day lives. Water is the center of much of the change and conflict.
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Equipped with this risk mitigation tool, smallholder farmers are more likely to invest in quality inputs that yield more and produce better-quality products demanded by buyers.
Getting more drought-tolerant crops to smallholders is difficult, but possible.
Roger Thurow interviewed families from Chicago to Uganda, Guatemala to Uttar Pradesh and underscores the vital role of clean water to fight childhood malnutrition.
Arguably, nothing is more important than water; it affects every aspect of our lives. Yet, access to clean water remains one of the biggest challenges in many countries, particularly in Africa and Asia.
Tackling malnutrition in all its forms requires coordinated action across a range of different sectors.
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Climate change is already challenging efforts to nourish the planet. As a result, billions of people are likely to remain vulnerable to micronutrient deficiencies
With climate change driving changing rainfall patterns in many rural geographies, access to small-scale irrigation systems is becoming an increasingly important tool for reducing farm production risks and improving the well-being of small-scale farmers. But not all farmers are able to access the benefits these systems provide – women in particular, are often left out of the picture.
Agriculture is the largest consumer of water in India, accounting for more than 80 percent of total consumption, and sugarcane is an incredibly thirsty crop. Sugarcane is also a labor-intensive crop and more than 60 percent of that work is done by women.