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March 19, 2015

Potential for Nutrition Gains in Nepal through its Agriculture Sector

Jess FanzoColumbia University

Agricultural and food systems around the world have evolved to become more complex and globalized. The nutritional quality of food production, processing, and consumption – as determined by the food system – is intrinsically related to the World Summit goal for all people to have the opportunity to lead a healthy and active life. Nutrition-sensitive […]

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March 10, 2015

Learning from experience: Connecting Landscape Leaders in Ethiopia

Christopher PlanickaEcoAgriculture Partners

At first impression, the Amhara region of Ethiopia may seem drab and barren. Knowing of the degradation that happened to these landscapes, I didn’t expect to see much more than scrubland. A recent visit to the Aba Gerima watershed, however, showed me a much greener picture, where a team from the Water and Land Resource Centre (WLRC) […]

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March 4, 2015

Forests a Food Security Blanket for Communities in India

Kavitha KurugantiAlliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture Debal DebCentre for Inter-Disciplinary Studies Rukmini RaoGramya Resource Centre for Women Salome Yesudas

Countries like India, which claim to have reduced poverty yet have had no reductions in hunger and malnutrition, present quite a paradox that must be addressed. The food sovereignty framework, introduced by the Sustainable Development Goals debate, is promising because it addresses the fact that hunger and malnutrition are not just a supply problem, but […]

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March 2, 2015

De-commodifying Food: the last frontier in the civic claim of the commons

Jose Luis Vivero PolUniversité catholique de Louvain

The socially constructed nature of food as a private good is being necessarily re-conceived as a commons, a crucial narrative for the transition from the dominating industrial food system towards a more sustainable system that is fairer to food producers and consumers. Food is a natural resource that is essential for human existence and has […]

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February 28, 2015

SDGs fail to address interlinkages between goals and targets

Claudia RinglerInternational Food Policy Research Institute

In a recently released review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), my colleagues and I find that the goal on food security, improved nutrition and sustainable agriculture is a vast improvement over the Millennium Development Goals, which did not consider agriculture at all. But, the SDGs fail to address important complementarities and tradeoffs among goals and their targets. Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared […]

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February 25, 2015

Changing the face of agriculture

Lauren PonisioUniversity of California, Berkeley Kevi MaceUniversity of California, Berkeley

Agricultural landscapes in the United States, from the Central Valley of California to the Corn Belt of the Midwest, are largely similar in that the lands encompass expanses of single crops. Whether it is almonds or grapes or tomatoes or a fallow field, the one thing they have in common is their imposing homogeneity. This […]

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