May 27, 2013

Special Edition of the Global Food for Thought News Brief

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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

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


The Next Generation: Tomorrow’s Jobs - Quality Over Quantity

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, stabilize societies, and create opportunity for the next generation. 

| By Mannik Sakayan

Guest Commentary - Nourishing the Future

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.  

| By Dace Mahanay

Guest Commentary - How Young Women Can Find Opportunities in African Agriculture

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.

The Next Generation: Women’s Work

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. 

| By Arlene Mitchell

Guest Commentary - Why We Should All Care About School Meal Programs

On March 7 Senator Pat Roberts will receive the Global Child Nutrition Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on behald of school meals, agriculture, and nutrition. In this post Arlene Mitchell, the Executive Director of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, underlines the vital role of school meal programs for the health of the world's childern.