A future of heat and strife or humanity’s finest hour – our response to climate change today will define the 21st century.
An avocado orchard in Tzaneen, South Africa. Food insecurity in the country went up in the wake of COVID-19.
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Government support for farmers, higher rainfall and grain imports have helped sub-Saharan Africa stave off food insecurity, but the region isn't out of the woods yet.
A soldier looking over a maize field where Somali farmers are tending a crop in Dollow, northern Somalia.
For decades Somalia has been in a near-constant state of food insecurity. This is due to a combination of stagnant crop production, a rapidly increasing population and political unrest.
People visit fruit section of a grocery store on Guadeloupe, an island group in the southern Caribbean Sea.
Debt relief would improve Caribbean states' response to global crises.
A tomato vendor attends to buyer at a makeshift food market established to cushion the effect of COVID lockdown in Lagos.
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To overcome food insecurity, especially in a pandemic, Nigeria's emergency preparedness requires a total overhaul of it's agri-food supply chain.
A group of young men wait on a road for work in South Africa. A staggering 74% of the country’s youth are jobless.
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Relying solely on job placement as an indicator of successful intervention misses out on outcomes that are equally important, or more so, amid high structural unemployment.
Largely as a result of school nutrition programs, today’s kids are eating more fruits and vegetables.
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New research shows both adults and kids are eating more nutritious food. But minorities and low-income populations still lag behind the rest.
Technological advances can help manage more efficient, sustainable and accountable farming practices.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has further destabilized global food chains supplies. Technological innovations like blockchain can help address these challenges.
The idea that seed banks must be full of potentially helpful microfungi inside seeds was not a stretch, and yet no one had ever looked before.
Food insecurity affected many students even before the pandemic hit, with international students the worst hit. But students and universities have shown a lot can be done to end the problem.
Countries must develop more efficient adaptation strategies to make food supply systems more climate-resilient.
Large-scale droughts can have cascading impacts on food security. They can reduce yield, increase food prices, trigger changes in consumption and lead to unstable supply.
Local diets need to be sustainable, linked to human health and environmental sustainability.
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Indigenous foods such as cowpeas can improve people’s nutrition and help them cope with the hunger brought about by the effects of COVID-19 on foreign food imports.
Farmers, Rui Vaz village, Santiago island, Cape Verde.
Indigenous beans could enhance food security in Cabo Verde which depends on food imports.
Paul and Becky Rogers converted 14 acres of land in Kent County, Mich. to habitat that supports pollinators, songbirds and wildlife.
It's possible to feed the world's 7.8 billion people with more environmentally friendly farming practices. Here's how.
The doum palm is an indigenous tree in Kenya which produces edible fruit.
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Africa's key to future food-nutrition security may depend on the untapped potential of indigenous fruit trees.
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Food safety agencies have assessed the risk of acquiring COVID-19 from contaminated food or food packaging. They found that currently, there's no evidence that the virus is a food safety risk.
Through the Paris Agreement, the world’s countries agreed to work to keep global warming well under 2 degrees Celsius.
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The US is formally back in the Paris climate agreement as of today. As one of the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters, it has a lot of work to do, with food security, health and safety at stake.
Fruit and vegetables at a market in Kenya. The WHO is pushing for consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, fish and unsaturated fats.
When a pandemic hits, questions that immediately arise include what impact there will be on public health, the economy and other aspects of society. Another set of questions involves response priorities…
Authors urge UK government to come clean to public about food shortages.
With the UK government creating hostilities with the EU, its hopes of switching to other food sources would take years to settle.
Farmed red tilapia, Thai Mueang, Thailand.
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Fish farms feed millions of people around the world, but they also consume a lot of fish that are dried or ground up to make aquafeed. Researchers are developing more sustainable alternatives.