COVID-19 has further emphasised the need for a more diverse food system, in which SMEs play a key role.
South Africa's food system is dominated by big firms, leaving small businesses to supply localised and under-served markets, and provide rural employment. It needs to be inclusive and diverse.
COVID-19 mitigation could open new opportunities for agroecological innovation, here a multifunctional landscape in Ethiopia.
Michael Hauser (ICRISAT)
It's time to redesign food systems that deliver healthy foods, allow farming families to make a good living, and support thriving societies.
Corn stover (stalks, leaves and cobs) left behind after harvesting becomes a mulch and cover crop for soybeans on a Tennessee farm.
Lance Cheung, USDA
There's growing interest in making the US food system more resilient and flexible, but soil – the origin of nearly everything we eat – is often left out of the picture.
Richard Byma from By-Acre farms in Sussex County, New Jersey, tends to his Holstein herd.
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Small-scale dairy farmers are struggling across the US – but in New Jersey they've developed a model that keeps their products and their customers local.
Empty shelves in a grocery store in Toronto on March 22, 2020 as customers stock up on dry goods and shelf-stable foods.
Using innovative technologies like Bitcoin and automation can help protect our food supply chains from disruptions like the one caused by the current coronavirus pandemic.
A food market in Ibafo in Nigeria’s Ogun State. The effects of COVID-19 on food systems will be keenly felt in poorer countries.
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The potential exists for malnutrition to exacerbate the health consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The future of farming is ours to decide.
We all need to eat. Experts imagine how the next agricultural revolution can feed us while fighting climate change and habitat destruction, instead of accelerating it.
Our food, finance, and logistics systems are more vulnerable than we think.
Our food, finance, and logistics systems are worringly vulnerable to climate shocks – we can't rule out collapses within a decade.
It’s not that people in poorer countries want to eat unhealthily - but cost is a huge factor.
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The fact that relative food prices differ so markedly and so systematically provides a very strong rationale for nutrition-focused food policies.
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Foraging is a crucial part of many diets and should not be discouraged.
Through grassroots movements like La Via Campesina, farmers around the world are working to reassert the rights of local food producers.
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If the food movement's goal is to reclaim a corporatised food system by 'rebuilding the public sphere from the ground up', what does this look like?
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Many will switch to less healthy diets as imported food becomes more expensive, says new research.
Technology can be used to help farmers produce good crops.
Leo Sebastian (IRRI-CCAFS)
Food systems must be transformed to produce more nutritious food with a lower environmental footprint.
Wild foods at the edge of this field in Burkina Faso are just as important for household nutrition.
Foraging and gathering food can play a huge role in feeding people.
Multiple reports have convincingly demonstrated that agroecology is the most promising pathway to sustainable food systems on all continents. But governments aren't doing enough to support it.
Bustling scene at a market in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Global food system issues can be traced to colonial history. It's time food production became more sustainable so that it meets the needs of people - equally.
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.
As a foodie, but also a vegetarian, I am always seeking alternative food systems that are healthy, farmer-friendly, community-focused, and easy to use —attributes that also make food systems sustainable…