Food security

Bioscience should underpin African agriculture, say scientists

By Mekonnen Teshome. Bioscience projects including ones that turn tannery waste into manure can improve crop productivity and food security, and boost agricultural resilience to climate change-related impacts in East Africa, according to scientists.

The Phosphorus Challenge

Phosphorus is essential for worldwide food security. This irreplaceable natural resource is being used up increasingly fast. The demand for phosphorus is growing and virtually all phosphorus rock is mined in countries outside of Europe. In Europe, phosphorus is not being treated sustainably. It disappearsfrom the food chain as animal manure, human excreta and organic waste.

Promoting Food Security in Gaza through Urban Gardens

Global Communities is supporting households in Gaza by helping them to plant urban gardens to improve their food security. This initiative is being conducted under the Palestinian Community Assistance Program (PCAP) in partnership with Mercy Corps and USAID.

Seagrass beds in Gulf ‘key to food security’

By Bonnie James. Unesco Doha Office, along with its partners in the Gulf, is in the process of formulating a proposal to use seagrasses under seawater irrigation in coastal salt-deserts (sabkhat) to assist food security in the dry lands.

Mark Lynas: Farmers should be free to grow GMs

Environmental campaigner and award-winning author Mark Lynas has called for farmers to be free to choose what kind of technologies they want to adopt and demanded anti-GM protestors stop hijacking future food production.

Smallholder farming: a way towards sustaining food security and adapting to climate change: Video

Seminar on Landscapes in a Carbon Focused World 26 October 2012
SIANI, Focali & Naturskyddsföreningen organized a one-day seminar in Gothenburg.

Summary: Smallholder farming, the dominant in Ethiopia, has a multi-functional dimension.

Feeding the World - Africa's role in solving the global food crisis

Photo: Feeding the World Africa's role in solving the global food crisis
At The Economist's inaugural Feeding the World conference in Geneva on February 8th 2012, WTO Director General Pascal Lamy highlighted Africa as "the missing piece in the global food security puzzle" with the greatest amount of arable land left fallow but very low current levels of trade in food – "if Africa is seen as a problem today, it may very well hold the key to global food security tomo

Dialogue on Transformation: Strategies for changes

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NGO Strategy Dialogue on Energy and Climate, Agriculture and Food Security towards the Great Transformation

Conference on 1-2 November 2012 in Bonn

Never before in history has the number of hungry and chronically undernourished people climbed to such levels.

One billion hungry: Can we feed the world?

In One Billion Hungry, Sir Gordon Conway, one of the world’s foremost experts on global food needs, explains the many interrelated issues critical to our global food supply from the science of agricultural advances to the politics of food security.