Today's top stories on global agricultural development and food security issues.
By Sung Lee
FAO Statistical Yearbook 2012, FAO, March 2012
Through employing data from global statistical providers, including FAO, the publication presents a visual synthesis of the major trends and factors shaping the global food and agricultural landscape and their interplay with broader environmental, social and economic dimensions. In doing so, it strives to serve as a unique reference point on the state of world food and agriculture for policy-makers, donor agencies, researchers and analysts as well as the general public.
Growth with Resilience: Opportunities in African Agriculture, Montpellier Panel, Imperial College, March 2012
Resilient agricultural growth doesn’t happen by itself - it needs pro-active policy design and investment. The challenge is to generate agricultural growth that produces enough food, ensures it is accessible to all, is inclusive of the most vulnerable and is resilient, and hence able to withstand the increasing multiple stresses and shocks that afflict the world.
Growth With Resilience: An Opportunity for African Agriculture, Opinion, Sir Gordon Conway, Huffington Post, March 21
Economic growth in low income countries has been, in part, driven by faster agricultural growth. Agricultural development is the best route to achieving economic growth that reaches the rural poor and most vulnerable. As is evident from the experience of recent years, failure to ensure universal food security not only threatens political stability, social welfare and economic growth but hampers global trade and global security.
The Water-Energy-Food Security Challenge: America As The Global Savior?, Opinion, Upmarnu Lall, Huffington Post, March 22
The US led the Green Revolution in the 20th century. It is time to do it again, but for the global good. The stakes are higher. The global water crisis is upon us, and it is time that the US played a direct role in the sustainable development of the world's water and food. It would help not just the global poor and freshwater ecology. It would strengthen the backbone of the US economy, and provide an avenue for our youth to be global emissaries with a sense of purpose.
Hungrier Planet Strains Water Supply, VOA News, March 21
Water. As the population grows, there are more and more people at the tap every day. But when it comes to the world’s demand for water, drinking it is just the beginning. Agriculture accounts for 70 percent of the water drawn from rivers and aquifers worldwide.
1.2 Billion People Live in Poverty – The Rockefeller Foundation and Institute for the Future Invite 7 Billion People to Help Find Solutions, The Rockefeller Foundation, March 21
The Rockefeller Foundation and the Institute for the Future will join forces with people across the globe and ask them to help solve global poverty through an interactive online game. The game, dubbed Catalysts for Change, is based on the premise that collaboration on a global scale can yield unique insights into ways to create a more prosperous, equitable future. The game can be played online at game.catalyze4change.org.