Africa south of the Sahara has the world’s youngest and fastest growing population. With enough support from African leaders, agricultural initiatives will boost employment and the economy.
This story originally appeared on the Food Security Portal blog.
The answer is—as usual—that it depends!
This post is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) website’s coverage of the recent conference on “Water in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance. Indicators, Thresholds and Uncertainties of the Global Water System,” which took place from May 21-24 in Bonn, Germany.
Workshop aims to accelerate economic transformation for West African food security
West Africa is on the cusp: after years of stagnation and decline, the region has seen steady growth for nearly two decades, and is moving from recovery to transformation
By Grace Lerner
Nearly 30 years after the 1984 famine that left more than 400,000 people dead, Ethiopia has made significant progress toward food security. Some of these recent successes include a reduction in poverty, an increase in crop yields and availability, and an increase in per capita income—rising in some rural areas by more than 50 percent!
Food system experts gather to chart a course for a hunger-free world
Dena Leibman is Head of Outreach at IFPRI
At turns seeming like an inspiring TED talk, policy seminar, industry trade show, research conference, and youth-centric social media event, the Chicago Council’s Food Security Symposium succeeded in its goal to showcase the power of these actors to work individually and together to end poverty and hunger around the world.
This post by Howarth Bouis, Director of HarvestPlus, which is coordinated by IFPRI and CIAT, is part of a series produced by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs marking the occasion of its annual Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C., which was held on May 21st. For more information on the symposium, click here. Follow @globalagdev and #globalag on Twitter to join the conversation.
A photo log on land degradation for International Biodiversity Day
Land degradation—the loss of goods and services derived from our ecosystems, such as soil, vegetation, and other plant and animal life—not only poses a serious threat to long-term food security but puts wildlife diversity in grave danger.
Taking the form of desertification, deforestation, overgrazing, salinization, or soil erosion, land degradation can be caused by biophysical factors, such as the natural topography of an area or its rainfall, wind, and temperature; and unsustainable land management practices, such as deforestation, soil nutrient mining, and cultivation on steep slopes.
This post is part of a series produced by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, marking the occasion of its annual Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C., which will be held on May 21st. For more information on the symposium, click here. Follow @globalagdev and #globalag on twitter to join the conversation on May 21st.