- Send Salads to Ethiopia, and Solar Panels to Senegal
We wouldn't send salads as food relief to a starving country, so why is the Overseas Private Investment Corporation doing the equivalent in the energy sector?
- Asmita: Identity amid Crisis
Two young entrepreneurs launched a venture combining ethical finance and scientific crop management to boost yields and profitability for the suicide-prone farmers of India.
- Fruits of Our Labor
Through cultivation of organic mango orchards, Adivasi families in India have been able to build sustainable income and supply the processed-food markets.
- The Kasiisi Porridge Project Story
An innovative NGO in Uganda has helped bring daily porridge to hungry schoolchildren, and it is now expanding with a 20-acre multipurpose farm and indigenous forest to make the project sustainable.
- Valid Solutions for Malnutrition
Health and nutrition pioneer Steve Collins is building a social enterprise to battle severe acute malnutrition with ready-to-use therapeutic foods grown and manufactured in the developing world.
- Witness to the Quake
Yuki Hanyu, a research scientist at Tohoku University in Sendai, wrote this report on the devastating earthquake in Japan, summarizing his situation in the immediate aftermath and giving us a rare glimpse of what it was like to be at the center of the disaster.
- 100% Renewable by 20XX
The right mix of technologies and policy tools is lining up to move the world off dirty energy by mid century, but it will take a consistent push on many fronts.
- Is Famine the New Norm?
If we truly consider world hunger an abomination, and not merely an investment opportunity, big changes need to be made in food policy.
- The Missing MDG
Access to sustainable, affordable, and clean energy sources underpins the ability to realize all the Millennium Development Goals.
- Altered Genes and Their Vendors
The evidence on both sides of the genetic modification debate is inconclusive, but attentive regulation could ensure crop safety in developed and developing countries.
- A Permaculture Strategy for Haiti
Geoff Lawton of the Permaculture Research Institute discusses how to strategize and deploy sustainable local food production across Haiti as part of earthquake relief and long-term recovery.
- Humanitarian Aid Politicized
Humanitarian aid is often viewed as a political commodity, no matter how well intentioned the donors may be. As swelling urban centers make disasters deadlier, this poses a crucial policy problem for international relief and diplomacy.
- Market and Community Approaches to Food Crisis
The food crisis has tempted governments to enact export bans and pull other market levers, but helping small-scale farmers might be a better long-term target for food stability.
- In Vitro Meat, a More Humane Treat
As a growing world population demands more calories, new food technologies may help alleviate some of the hunger, cruelty, and environmental problems associated with industrial livestock farming.
- Global Strategies for Child Nutrition
So long as we treat ending child malnutrition only as a series of national problems, the effort is doomed to failure. There must be a strong global strategy that complements national initiatives.
- Whither the Grapes of Worth?
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened in Norway this week, but genetically modified organisms are not allowed. As global warming pushes wine grapes away from the equator, a natural French Chardonnay could become passe.
- Trouble with Tuna
Today's globalization may be causing more stress to our planet than we realize, and the food industry is just one example. When it comes to mercury in fish, it's not whether to eat tuna but what we've done to the tuna that should be debated.
- Inflation Fuels Global Hunger
Despite the best efforts of central bankers everywhere, inflation is making a comeback, and everyone's feeling the pinch of rising food and fuel prices.
- Local Produce vs. Global Trade
Food policy based on think global, buy local may create contradictory choices when it comes to helping the environment and poor-country farmers.
- Agrofuels Favor Business over Farmers
In the absence of a greater scientific consensus and effective legislation to protect farmers, workers, consumers, the environment, and the food supply, full-steam-ahead plans for agrofuel development cannot be justified.