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Waiting for the sea - BBC News. What role for grazing livestock? The Sustainable Food recently held an event to discuss the question ‘What role for grazing livestock in a world of climate change and diet-related disease?’

What role for grazing livestock?

We feel this is one of the defining questions of our age because it’s really about what we should eat to stay healthy and how food should be produced in future so that we don’t ruin the planet for ourselves and for future generations. Current food production methods are causing huge problems and are unsustainable. We are over-using finite resources, polluting the atmosphere and the environment, destroying wildlife, including pollinators on which much food production actually depends and we are harming our health in the process. We invited 50 scientists, policy-makers, campaigners and industry representatives to discuss these issues, but also filmed the presentations, which you can watch below, to make them widely available.

40 Organizations That Are Shaking Up the Food System. Since our launch in January, Food Tank has worked to amplify the messages of groups working around the world to improve the food system.

40 Organizations That Are Shaking Up the Food System

The 40 organizations we're highlighting today are doing invaluable work to change the way we eat, grow, cook, buy, and sell food. Our hope is that the more people know about the work that these groups are doing, the more people can be inspired to make their own change in the food system. We realize many, many organizations are missing from this list. Home : 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security, 10-13 October 2015. Challenges to food security in East Asia. Inequality is a threat to economic growth and social stability, globally as well as in Asia-Pacific.

Challenges to food security in East Asia

In spite of solid GDP growth in the region of around 7-8%, we haven’t seen a corresponding reduction in poverty. It is therefore not surprising that the theme of this year’s World Economic Forum on East Asia is Leveraging Growth for Equitable Progress. The rising challenge of our fragile food security - Barry Desker. The world is being haunted again by the spectre of a global food shortage.

The rising challenge of our fragile food security - Barry Desker

Demand for food over the next decade is expected to increase by 1.1% annually. But global food productivity gains have declined from 2% in 1970-2000, to 1.1% today — and are continuing to decline. A 2011 study reported that the world consumed more than it had produced for seven out of the past eight years. These concerns will lead to growing attention paid to the nexus between food, water and energy resources, especially as climate change is expected to have an increasing impact globally.

Nineteenth-century economists struggled with the Malthusian dilemma: As populations rose, it was assumed that a forced return to subsistence agriculture would act as a check on population growth. Southeast Asia’s Food Security Challenge: More than ‘Stock’ Solution Needed. By Belinda Chng Synopsis Countries in Southeast Asia face a fresh challenge to their food security as food consumption patterns change, and reliance on imports increases to meet such shifts.

Southeast Asia’s Food Security Challenge: More than ‘Stock’ Solution Needed

Food Security and Hunger in Asia and the Pacific. Wheat - the largest primary commodity. Family Farmers: Feeding the world, caring for the earth. The Role of Livestock Data in Rural Africa: The Tanzanian Case Study. Many farmers across rural Africa depend on their livestock for survival.

The Role of Livestock Data in Rural Africa: The Tanzanian Case Study

Whether animals such as chickens, goats, pigs and cattle are used as a primary source of household food or as income from the sale of animal by-products, they represent an important asset to many families throughout the continent. This reality, coupled with the fact that demand for animal protein continues to increase in sub-Saharan Africa due to population growth and a rising middle class, defies the trend of a sector that is often neglected when it comes to targeted investments.

Yet the data shows us that this may indeed represent a missed opportunity. Youth and Livestock in Africa. Family Farmers: Feeding the world, caring for the earth. Family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities, and it is linked to several areas of rural development.

Family Farmers: Feeding the world, caring for the earth

Family farming is a means of organizing agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production which is managed and operated by a family and predominantly reliant on family labour, including both women’s and men’s. Both in developing and developed countries, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector. At national level, there are a number of factors that are key for a successful development of family farming, such as: agro-ecological conditions and territorial characteristics; policy environment; access to markets; access to land and natural resources; access to technology and extension services; access to finance; demographic, economic and socio-cultural conditions; availability of specialized education among others.

Family farming has an important socio-economic, environmental and cultural role. Food security: Facts and figures. Food security is deeply connected to other development challenges and poor health.

Food security: Facts and figures

Michael Hoevel traces the links. Food security addresses one of humankind’s most fundamental needs — access to a nutritious and adequate diet. It is also seen as a fundamental right, as stated by the UN in its Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet a staggering 842 million people around the world still suffer from undernourishment, 98 per cent of whom live in developing countries. [1] Sub-Saharan Africa has the largest concentration of food insecurity of any region, while South Asia has the highest overall number of hungry people, currently an estimated 295 million (See figures 1 and 2). Big Facts: Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. This story spotlights some of the Big Facts on Sub-Saharan Africa, and is part of a special blog series to complement the new Big Facts infographics website.

Big Facts: Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa

All regions are challenged by climate change but some are facing tougher challenges than others. In Sub-Saharan Africa, severe climatic changes, low adaptive capacity and high levels of food insecurity make for a tough task. But large unused tracts of land, potential to significantly increase yields, as well as a young and growing population, offer glimmers of hope. Population growth about to step up a gear In some countries, population growth is slowing, others are in the midst of growing, and then there are those just getting started.

Soy. Soy production is one of the biggest drivers of deforestation in South America.

Soy

It causes widespread environmental damage, increases the use of pesticides, contributes to food insecurity, and is associated with violence and human rights abuses amongst local communities and farmers. As Europe is the leading importer of soy from South America, it must be held responsible for the expansion of soy production and the problems it causes. Expansion Soy is a protein rich crop. JECH : Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Authors Correspondence to: MrP Scarborough British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, OX3 7LF, UK; Accepted 8 August 2005 Abstract. Only agroecology can tackle the global food and health crisis.

Malnutrition isn't surprising, given that the chief goal of the majority of players in the food system, from farmers upwards, is not to produce nutritious healthy foods for the people, but to make a profit. The current global food crisis is simple and complex at the same time. Simple because all we need is sufficient, healthy food to eat and to share, for our medicine and to commune with nature, simple because it's technically possible to have an abundance of healthy food. Yet we have made it a complex issue. Q&A: Reform of EU farm policy. 1 July 2013Last updated at 13:15 ET Global warming has fuelled fresh concerns about food security in Europe The European Union is negotiating a major reform of its Common Agricultural Policy. The programme is the most expensive scheme in the EU - accounting for more than 40% of its annual budget - and one of the most controversial.

In June 2013 ministers reached a deal with Euro MPs and the European Commission, though the reform package has not yet been agreed in full. The Commission's original goal was to shift rewards away from intensive farming to more sustainable practices - but environmentalists say that ambition has been watered down. Land Grabbed Map. Each country that is shaded represents where a "land grab" has occurred. A "land grab" is defined by GRAIN* as a large-scale land purchase or lease made by foreign investors. According to GRAIN, since 2006, there have been 416 land grabs in 66 countries covering nearly 35 million hectares (86.5 million acres). The different shades of the map show the intensity of the land grabs in each country, with dark red representing more hectares grabbed and cream representing less hectares grabbed.

Click a country for more information on how much land was grabbed and on which countries were purchasing or leasing the land, as well as what the final use for the land was (e.g. agribusiness, construction, finance, industry, real estate, etc.). Source: GRAIN Map created by Varun Mangla / Circle of Blue with contributions from Aubrey Ann Parker and Jordan B. Releases data set with over 400 global land grabs. Today GRAIN is making available a new data set documenting 416 recent, large-scale land grabs by foreign investors for the production of food crops.

The cases cover nearly 35 million hectares of land in 66 countries. Sustainable development goals .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. Battle to feed the world pits small farmers against big agriculture. Dotted along the narrow path that skirts the edge of Beatrice Alvitsa’s house in Shimanyiro, a green Kenyan valley near the border with Uganda, are dozens of millet plants, each protected by a carefully assembled fence made of sticks. “These keep the chickens and other animals out,” she says, bending down to mend a break in one of the fences. Having received training in farming techniques and secured regular access to quality seeds and fertiliser, Alvitsa now produces enough food on her acre and a half of land to feed her family. She pays school fees for her seven children by selling surplus food and saves money in a mobile bank account. Rickets returns as poor families find healthy diets unaffordable.

Magic Breakfast. Portion Sizes - Food Portion Size Tips. Media pages – Save Money. Real junk food: Bristol cafe serves up food saved from supermarket rubbish bins. Organic Recycling Ltd. Agroecology Home. Agroecology in Action. Future of Food: A Plan to Feed the World. UN Global Compact Builds Momentum for Agribusiness and SDGs. (New York, 12 November 2014) - Stakeholders in global agribusiness have welcomed the United Nations Global Compact Food and Agriculture (FAB) Principles. Since their launch on 22 September 2014 at the United Nations in New York, the FAB Principles have been endorsed by South-East Asian Governments and the fruit juice sector in Europe, aligned with the Declaration of Abu Dhabi, and fostered an initiative for businesses focused on global soil health and management. The FAB Principles are built on commitments made at the UN Global Compact’s Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum held during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012.

Responding to calls for a common language and framework to achieve food security through more sustainable agriculture, the FAB Principles were developed over two years, through over 20 consultations globally with over 1,000 businesses and other key stakeholders. Food and Agriculture Business Principles. Obesity-food-policy_lrg.jpg (JPEG Image, 1500 × 2176 pixels) - Scaled (46%)