Foodshed Pasta and Pizza: Opening the Kitchen to Napa-Area Youth

Foodshed’s internship program gives low-income and at-risk youth restaurant experience that translates to better futures.

The Guardian

Jackfruit Heralded as ‘Miracle’ Food Crop

Researchers say the large, smelly fruit grown across south and south east Asia could be a replacement for staple crops under threat from climate change. Jackfruit can fill the gap on a number of counts, said Danielle Nierenberg. "It is easy to grow. It survives pests and diseases and high temperatures. It is drought-resistant," she said. "It achieves what farmers need in food production when facing a lot of challenges under climate change."

New Partnership Advocates Closing the Gender Gap and Increasing Youth Participation in Agriculture

Food Tank and The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) announce they will be collaborating during the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).

EU Bill Protects Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Food Security

The European Union has recently passed a bill that protects indigenous rights to natural resources and traditional knowledge.

Alice Waters Celebrates Over 40 Years of Achievement in Food Advocacy

Alice Waters celebrates more than 40 years of education, inspiration, and cooking to advocate the quality and benefits of farm-raised foods.

Earth Day: Promoting Urban Revitalization and Green Cities

Earth Day is an annual celebration of the planet’s biodiversity and an opportunity to highlight solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Indigenous Crop: Fonio—One of the World’s Oldest Grains

Fonio may be one of the tastiest cereals that you have never tried.

Farm Hack Connects Farmers with Low-Cost Tools

Farm Hack connects farmers with innovative, low-cost equipment designs.

IYFF: Community Knowledge Workers in Colombia Train Farmers to Use Mobile Agriculture Technology

Grameen Foundation's Community Knowledge Worker initiative helps smallholder farmers in Colombia improve agricultural productivity.

Great School Lunches Connect Students to Integrated Food Systems

For many children, school food programs have the power to make or break their day.

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China Shapes the Industrial Meat Complex to Meet its Growing Need for Feed

China imports more than 60 million tons of soy annually and boasts 29 of the top 100 feed companies globally.

As the top feed importer in the world, China drastically shapes the industrial meat complex to meet its growing demands. Understanding the environmental and social impacts of such changes is crucial to shaping future policies regulating the industry.

Sustainable Business: A Farmers’ Market at Your Fingertips—Farmigo

Farmigo weekly delivery points can develop into a convenient farmers' market in workplaces, schools, and churches: shared food communities of support, exchange, and knowledge.

Farmigo is an online platform that brings consumers closer to local producers, setting up markets for fresh produce wherever there’s a community of buyers. A stronger network and a healthier food system is the result.

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Announces New Partners for the Milan Protocol

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation announced Eataly, Bioversity International, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Italy joined as supporters and contributors to the Milan Protocol. The Protocol, an initiative spear-headed by the BCFN Foundation, is an international agreement which aims to address the problem of sustainability in the food chain. The decision to join and sustain the Protocol comes from a common mission shared by these organizations.

Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap 2014

Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap project provides information about hunger in communities across the United States.

Map the Meal Gap is a project by Feeding America which compiles information regarding food insecurity. Using an interactive online map, viewers can study the extent to which food insecurity plays a role in their communities, states, and nation.

Database of Sustainable Grassland Management – Calling for Submissions!

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is calling for submissions to its Database of Best Practices in Sustainable Grassland Management.

In order to improve discussion and collaboration surrounding grassland, rangeland, and pastoral management, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has created a Database of Best Practices in Sustainable Grassland Management and is calling for submissions.

International Prize for Research in Sustainable Food Systems: Accepting Entries!

Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation now accepting entrants for second Premio Daniel Carasso award.

The Premio Daniel Carasso Award, an award given by The Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation to promote exemplary research in sustainable food systems and health diets, is now open for application. The 2012 award was given to Dr. Jessica Fanzo for her work in malnutrition.

Agriyouth Speak: There’s No Limit to Building Youth Capacity

Youth serve as inspiration at the Global Landscapes Forum.

Eight youth share their experiences working with agriculture, the environment, and climate change at the Global Landscapes Forum.

Sunrise Ranch Permaculture Design Course Based on Original Curriculum

Sunrise Ranch’s organic farm lies in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Sunrise Ranch intentional community offers comprehensive educational experience in sustainable agriculture and healthy food preparation; its Permaculture Design Course is the training created by the coiners of the term “permaculture.”

Digging a Green House: Walipini

The walipini is a greenhouse that is 1.8–2.4 m underground, relying on the earth’s thermal temperatures to warm the interior.

In areas where the weather conditions make growing year-round undesirable, the Walipini offers a strong solution. This greenhouse allows for growing in cooler climates, and so can increase food security in agriculturally hostile environments.

Working with GFAR, Young Agri-professionals Become Global Leaders

Young agri-professionals work to make agriculture a fun, challenging, and hip career across the globe.

Young agricultural activists are working with GFAR to talk about young farmers, agricultural research and development, and how to attract more young professionals to the business of growing food.

Stories from IFAD: Tool Offers Holistic Poverty Assessment View

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool (MPAT) affords program developers adaptability.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) recently released a Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool, a survey-based approach to evaluating program success. The tool, which will also be used in planning development programs, has already had success in Bangladesh and Kenya.

Video: Cultivating a Better Food System

Danielle Nierenberg talked food systems with the Jewish Food Justice Fellowship at the Leichtag Foundation.

Indigenous Crop: Mesquite—Ancient Flour of the Future

Native-Americans were very familiar with mesquite and the flour that it can yield, but it is only recently being rediscovered for its tasty flour and nutritional benefits.

Hundreds of years ago, mesquite was well known for its tasty flour and medicinal uses by natives living in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. After declining in popularity in more modern times, this hardy plant is making a comeback. The flour is not only tasty, but healthy and gluten-free, and the plant is hardy and drought tolerant.

Ashoka’s Nutrients for All Promotes Change in Nutrition, Farming, and Measures of Health

Ashoka's Nutrients for All Program addresses both bioavailability of nutrients and farming practices.

Ashoka program Nutrients for All focuses on connections between bioavailability of nutrients, health, and land management. The organization supports social entrepreneurs through providing access to funding, tools, and collaborative relationships.

AR4D Foresight for Youth- China Perspective

Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research and Development (YPARD) highlights new trends in youth's participation in agriculture in China.

Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research and Development (YPARD) presents China's perspective on getting youth involved in modern agriculture.

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Food Tank is joining the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and over 360 civil society and farmer's organizations in celebrating the International Year of Family Farming.

Upcoming Events

April 29, Online Webinar: Forsaken Food: The Impact and Opportunity of Food Waste

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May 2, Washington D.C. : Food: A Forum

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May 10, New York City : Edible Institute

Danielle will be speaking on a panel at this event.

May 22, Washington D.C. : Global Food Security Symposium 2014

Danielle will be speaking and Food Tank will be live posting at this event.

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