Monthly Archives: October 2011

Can we Feed Seven Billion People?

Professor Sir Gordon Conway writes for the Huffington Post  Around the world, 200 million children’s growth is stunted. That is one-third of all children in the world under the age of five years old. In some African countries, the proportion … Continue reading

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Rattan Lal, Sir Gordon Conway and Paul Richards at Tropentag 2011 in Bonn

Sir Gordon Conway, Paul Richards and Rattan Lal address how to include small holders into carbon trade during the recent annual Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management (TROPENTAG) in Bonn. Part 1  Part 2  Part 3 

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Hungry for Change

In the videos below, the European Crop Protection agency asks Sir Gordon his views on the future challenges for agriculture. These questions will be addressed in more detail at their upcoming conference on 10th November ‘Hungry for Change‘. Agricultural productivity … Continue reading

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Global food crisis: towards a ‘Doubly Green’ world #foodcrisis #BAD11

People tell me I’m an optimist. But right now this optimist is scared. We are facing some formidable challenges: 1 billion people chronically hungry, recurring food price spikes, extreme climate change impacts, and feeding more than 9 billion people by 2050 with … Continue reading

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The secret to their success: how countries have reduced malnutrition rates

Why are some countries successful in reducing rates of malnutrition while others are not? This was the question Action Against Hunger sought to answer in their recent paper, Zero Hunger: Transforming Evidence-Based Success Into Effective Change. The paper, launched alongside … Continue reading

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CAP reform – what does it mean for resource-poor smallholders in the developing world? #agdev #CAP

The European Commission published their new proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) today (12th October). Agriculture for Impact is still digesting the content, but so far we would summarize reaction from the agricultural development community with a … Continue reading

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Leading the debate: the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue 2011 #foodprize #hunger

‘The Next Generation: Confronting the Hunger Challenges of Tomorrow’ will be the theme of the World Food Prize ‘Borlaug Dialogue’ international symposium which runs from the 12-14th October in Des Moines, USA. Gordon Conway from Agriculture for Impact will join … Continue reading

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Girls Grow: A vital force in rural economies #girlsgrow

 If you want to change the world, invest in adolescent girls. When a boy becomes an adolescent, a world of new opportunities opens up to him. But in all too many places, when a girl becomes an adolescent, her choices … Continue reading

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Prevention is better than treatment but is it enough?

The on-going famine in the Horn of Africa was preventable.  Early warning mechanisms were in place and were effective but warning signals were ignored until the crisis reached a critical level. Not only was the immediate response inadequate , a … Continue reading

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Food, families and women in science

Jo Seed writes for the Global Food Security blog. It’s time to rebalance the scales for African researchers in agriculture, says Jo Seed. During the launch of the Montpellier Panel Report last year I was inspired by the talk on women in … Continue reading

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