The Chocolate Revolution: Central American Startup Seeks To Grow Sustainable Cocoa Production
Smallholder cocoa farmers are underpaid and impoverished. But there is a new, more ethical chocolate movement going on. By removing middlemen and shortening the value chain, both farmers and buyers are increasing their value and quality, ultimately bringing large-scale social impact to farming communities and driving systemic change in the industry.
One-Third of Food Is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done
The FAO estimates that one-third of food produced for human consumption worldwide is annually lost or wasted along the chain that stretches from farms to our collective kitchens. If there's anything good about the shocking scale of global food waste, it's the huge number of opportunities it presents for improvement.
Africa’s Agricultural Potential
The average African farm performs at only about 40% of its potential. So how can these farms rise to their potential to address hunger and malnutrition while boosting livelihoods and promoting inclusive growth? It's not pity and handouts that are needed. It is access to markets and finance, land tenure security, knowledge and technology, and the right policies.
Grow Lights and Drones: How California’s Drought is Driving Farmers into High-Tech
California's grappling with one of its worst droughts in history. Some in the agricultural industry are beginning to explore technology that may help them adapt to the new, arid reality. Increasingly, farmers are interested in grow lights. Recent developments have made grow lights far more energy-efficient, enabling them to be fielded on a much larger scale.