This week, the Food and Agriculture Organization released its report, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015. Good news is: the number of hungry people worldwide has dropped to roughly 795 million. But statistics are complicated, and hunger remains a critical problem in regions of protracted political and environmental crises. Some regions fare […]
We’re hearing more and more about the palm oil industry’s destructive practices. But, as this Guardian story points out, “it takes money to make money,” and it’s important to look at the financing for large land acquisitions that lead to deforestation and expansive palm oil plantations. More here.
How to combat malnutrition? Teach patients to garden and cook. This is what Rwanda’s Rwinkwavu District Hospital is doing (with support from Partners in Health). Dr. Fulgence Nkikabahizi, the hospital’s medical director, explains that many patients have access to nutritious food, but they have never been taught to balance the nutrients in the meals they […]
Climate News Network reports this week on the threats that Borneo’s mammals face due to climate change and deforestation. More than half of all Borneo mammal species could lose a third of their habitat by 2080. But there’s even more to the story, not reported in this particular piece. As forests and mammals disappear, so […]
This is what chocolate looks like before it’s ground and made into bars. This is cacao, dried and cracked open to reveal the dark richness inside. We saw these particular beans at a Maya farmer’s home in Belize, just before the holidays. There, we witnessed the enormous labor involved in growing, harvesting and preparing cacao. […]
Development work is complicated. Ask anyone with experience in it. Take, for example, this New York Times story about African fishers taking their bed nets to the waterways. These nets, distributed by the millions in efforts to prevent malaria, were intended to keep families safe from nighttime mosquito bites. But villagers, driven by hunger, have […]
Most Cambodian farmers live in the countryside and struggle to make ends meet. But in cities, The Cambodia Daily reports, more Cambodians who can afford the equipment are experimenting with hydroponics and other forms of rooftop gardening. We’ve seen this at restaurants that are starting to grow their own greens. More here.
The Guardian hosts a panel of experts to discuss the prospects for long-term development in unstable and post-conflict states. See comments for discussion here.