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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
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
Like most women in the Maasai community in Kenya, Elizabeth Talash Naikoni is up at dawn to milk her cows.
Ren Wang, assistant director general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, explains why we must support smallholder farmers through knowledge, market access, and technology in order to achieve global food security.
What will he say? What will Nelson Mandela say after 27 years in prison?
Ruth K. Oniang'o, Founder and Editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, as well as the Founder and CEO of Rural Outreach Africa, addresses gender mainstreaming in agriculture and how empowering women farmers can improve nutrition and health.
A farmer in Rwanda shells her maize after harvesting.
In the rural Indian village of Barjor Khera, Seema Kumar cradled her two month old daughter, Deepansi, in her arms. It was a time to dream of the future.
The holidays are all about excess. Overpriced gifts, overbooked schedules, and—of course—too much food.
Professor Barbara Schaal discusses the importance of investing in agriculture research to meet the demands of the future.
Postharvest losses in Ghana are not just an agricultural marketing problem; they are a matter of life and death.
John F. Kennedy will be remembered for many things. The lives he touched and the people of all backgrounds he brought together during his tenure in the White House leaves a legacy that will be emulated for ages.
While the climate talks in Warsaw continue to sideline the world’s one billion farmers from the policy discussions, another UN process – the post-2015 development agenda – offers another opportunity for the agricultural sector to contribute to the future sustainable development challenges ahead of us.
A farmer in Gitwa, Rwanda, reads a training at one of the input delivery sites.
The Chicago Council Senior Fellow and former Executive Director of the UN World Food Program Catherine Bertini discusses how gender relates to agriculture, the role of nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life, and the importance of US investment in agriculture development.
Rural women constitute 50 percent of the agricultural labor force in Africa; they are responsible for 80 percent of the food production and 50 percent of the agricultural output.
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Agricultural Development Initiative Co-Chair Dan Glickman addresses the importance of agricultural education, the effects of climate change on agriculture, and the need to fund agricultural research.