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Growing lettuce in an indoor farming system. Courtesy of Urban Oasis
16 October 2017
Does this sound like it’s from a sci-fi movie? An empty, underground car park with huge metal cylinder tanks spread throughout. Inside these tanks you can find… lettuce, pak choy, kale, coriander, and even strawberries – in the middle of winter! All of these nutritious plants grown vertically in...
Photo Credit: Georgina Smith/CIAT via Flickr.
13 October 2017
We have been cutting trees to plant food crops, since the beginning of time. Forest cover loss is a major contributor to climate change – the biggest challenge of our times. So, we won’t save the world without saving forests. Photo by Georgina Smith/CIAT via Flickr. However, while the...
Photo by Chris Rhoads via Unsplash
12 October 2017
Wood fuel has a dirty reputation. Used for home cooking, it generates indoor air pollution, the single biggest environmental hazard worldwide, with 4 million deaths every year. While agriculture pulls the strings of deforestation, fuel wood is a forest degradation culprit. Photo by Chris Rhoads via...
10 October 2017
Oftentimes the talks about gender feel like a good old fight: Each of the sides seems so deeply blinded by their own hurt and sure of their righteousness, that none of them wishes to hear out the other side of the story. Photo by Gwenael Piaser via Flickr. Lost in quarrels and power...
Photo by Knoell Marketing via Unsplash
3 October 2017
After waking myself up with the first dose of coffee of the day, I headed to the session on knowledge based bioeconomies at the Agri4D Conference 2017. I looked forward to this session because I was not familiar with the topic yet and could not really imagine what my take-home message would be....
Photo by Jairo Alzate via Unsplash
27 September 2017
The saying goes that if you “give a man a fish, you feed him for only one day, but if you teach him to fish then he can feed himself for life”. I dare to say that if you teach someone in a low-income country to do aquaculture, you can empower generations to feed themselves and make sustainable...
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18 September 2017
The hotspots of food biodiversity often coincide with regions inhabited by indigenous peoples. Old animal breeds, plant cultivars or traditional processed specialties like cheeses, breads or cured meats survive in these areas because they form an integral part of indigenous peoples’ identities....
Photo by Xochiquetzal Fonseca/CIMMYT via Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
24 August 2017
“Variety is the very spice of life, which gives it all its flavour” wrote William Cowper in his poem “TheTask”. Endless repetition gets very boring and even depressing, at least it gets for me. And who doesn’t like to try something new every once in a while?  In fact, our brain...
Photo by: photothek/Ina Fassbender
18 August 2017
How can young people receive the support and knowledge they need to innovate and lead the sustainable future? How can youth engage in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? These are the questions that were on the discussion table at the SIANI Youth’s and SDSN Youth’s joint...
Photo by Lufa Farms via Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
16 August 2017
“While the third agricultural revolution boiled down to the effects of a small number of actors focusing on the singular goal of maximizing the yields, I believe the fourth revolution will be the opposite — a huge amount of actors across disciplines will crowdsource multivariable solutions,...