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Does the world need more food?

Human populations are growing and people are hungry. Does that mean the world needs more food? The answer depends partly on whether you focus on food sovereignty or food security. My fellow blogger Jessica Duncan at Food Governance tells us … Continue reading

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Green Rush to carve up Africa

‘There is a gold rush happening in Ethiopia, but it’s not a hunt for the yellow metal. It’s a quest for the green gold of fertile farmland.’ So says Richard Schiffman at Farmland Grab. ‘A nation more associated with periodic … Continue reading

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Cattle which resist a devastating disease

People in tropical countries fear diseases called sleeping sickness, and other names, caused by tiny parasites called trypanosomes (Trypanosoma spp.) also known as tryps. Now there’s new science suggesting a way to reduce Animal African Trypanosomiasis in cattle (Bos primigenius) … Continue reading

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AFSA meets in Ethiopia to oppose GM products

Originally posted on ECO-opia:
  The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) will next week meet in Ethiopia to discuss strategies for resistance against genetically modified (GM) seeds. AFSA is a Pan African platform comprising networks and farmer organisations…

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Existing cropland could feed four billion more by dropping biofuels and animal feed

Emily Cassidy at the University of Minnesota says that four billion more people could eat if existing croplands were used in better ways. ‘We already produce enough calories to feed a few billion more people. As our planet gets more … Continue reading

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African Agricultural Growth Corridors and the New Alliance: who benefits, who loses?

Helena Paul and Ricarda Steinbrecher at EcoNexus tell us about African Agricultural Growth Corridors and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. You can see their report here. The idea is to end poverty and hunger by promoting commercial, … Continue reading

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The G8′s great land-grab

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