Food security efforts need to look beyond urban agriculture.
It's important to question whether the promotion of urban agriculture can actually help people, or whether other solutions should be explored.
Getting healthy foods on shelves is only part of the solution.
Does making healthy food accessible actually affect what people purchase and what they eat? The answer is a little more complicated than you might think.
Africa contributes the least of any continent to climate change – but it also has the least resources to manage it.
Scenarios on global trends over the next 20 years point to some serious challenges for Africa. Whatever actually happens, it's important for the continent to put in place mitigation strategies.
Women make up the majority of an estimated 6000 urban farmers in Cape Town.
In Cape Town's Cape Flats, female urban farmers are vital for food security and strengthening social capital.
Can we learn to feed the multitudes?
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About one in seven Americans report going hungry at some point during the year, a fact apparently far from the minds of the presidential candidates.
A staple daily diet for millions of South Africans is this traditional porridge, known as “pap”, made from mielie-meal (ground maize).
Food insecurity is not only a cause of bad food choices, it is a result of the economics and geographies of the food system.
Artichokes growing in Werribee South, an area that uses recycled water for irrigation.
Australians eat a lot of water. Nearly 500 L is required to produce the food each of us eats every day.
Carrots from farms on Melbourne’s urban fringe.
Australians may need to get used to coping with more disruptions to their food supply and rising food prices in a warming climate.
Tens of millions of smallholder farmers across sub-Saharan Africa have a stake in improving the health of the soil their cattle graze on.
Africa’s soil crisis calls for quick and creative action. This includes deepening farmers' knowledge about soil microbes.
Australia can balance energy, water and food needs with the environment.
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We have all the tools to achieve economic growth and environmental sustainability - we just have to choose to use them.
Consumption of chicken has been rising in Africa. This is a short-term solution to improving food insecurity.
Meat has health benefits. And good quality meat could also be the solution to the food insecurity problems that plague two-thirds of households in the developing world.
New season asparagus from farmland on Melbourne’s city fringe.
Melbourne's farms currently supply over 40% of the city's food. But a growing population and urban sprawl mean by 2050 they'll supply half as much.
A young farmer selecting onion in Lusaka, Zambia. Sub-Saharan Africa should get more young people involved in agriculture.
Young people are shunning Africa's agricultural sector despite high levels of unemployment and food insecurity. This underscores the need to demonstrate the profitability of agriculture.
A young girl carries a bag of potatoes as she leaves a vegetable stall in Kliptown, Soweto.
Food insecurity plagues South Africa's informal settlements, resulting in obesity, chronic diseases and mental health disorders in adults and stunting and poor development in children.
Locust sits on a wheat stalk.
Insects have been in a feature in agriculture since the end of the 19th century. Using a combination of new and old control methods is the best way to deal with our food competitors.
Food insecurity is not only a matter of hunger but may have multiple manifestations.
Food insecurity is a problem that doesn't only stem from hunger. It is also a result of eating food that is not nutritious.
Industrial agriculture has created a food system that is inherently undemocratic in its disregard for human need.
The global food production system is inherently undemocratic. Based on shared experiences of the adverse effects, the world's citizens need to intervene as democratic publics to transform a broken system.
Can science help the developing world stave off a food crisis?
The challenges of feeding a hungry planet are many. Gene editing crops to be more productive, nutritious or hardy could help, but concerns about GMOs abound.
It’s hard to eat well without a kitchen.
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For some people receiving SNAP benefits, real luxury would be a kitchen in which to cook.
Tanna Island locals replanting crops, only days after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu.
Food has been scarce for many rural people in Vanuatu since Cyclone Pam -- but overall, they now have greater security of food supply than they did in the past.