Op-Ed

Africa Needs Better Farm Policy—Not Better Farmers

I’ve recently spent several weeks in Malawi, and for about 15 years I have been working with colleagues on measuring the impacts of agricultural input use in Africa. With American budget cuts looming, I spent some of my time overseas…

Teaching Agroecology in the Himalayan Foothills

Navandya’s organic farm encourages a mix of ancestral and modern farming techniques through the practice of agroecology. At the heart of their work is the observation that the green revolution has destroyed traditional knowledge that previously guided Indian farming communities.

Free from Debt and Suicide: India’s Natural Farmers

Ashlesha Khadse’s friends in Bangalore’s hi-tech boom are sometimes envious of her work. It’s true that they have their weekends free, but being immersed in a David and Goliath fight for a fair food system seems like pretty meaty stuff.…

California is the Center of the Second-Chance Career Movement

The U.S. prison population has been growing for decades. At 66 prisoners per 10,000 citizens, our per capita prison population is six times higher than in 1975 and surpasses every country except the island nation of Seychelles. One in every…

Fairtrade Farmers Spur Big Change in Child Labor

Belize’s Ministry of Labor takes strong steps to address child labor nationwide. Advocacy efforts by Fairtrade sugar cane farmers were influential in the move.

African Farmers Stung by Climate Change Await Return of New Season Rains

Whitney McFerron is the lead writer and editor for One Acre Fund, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides farmers with the financing and training they need to grow their way out of hunger and poverty. Moses Odoli is watching his…

Saving Lives and Livelihoods

Hunger weakens people to the extent that they cannot fight off even the simplest illness—a common cold can become a death sentence. In South Sudan, this is happening right now.

The Food Sustainability Index: Fostering the Global Shift Towards a More Sustainable Food System

The Food Sustainability Index (FSI) assesses how different areas of the food system and its stakeholders are moving towards a more sustainable direction.

Kiss the Ground Releases The Compost Story With a Celebrity Cast

On May 7, 2017, Kiss the Ground released The Compost Story, a short film about how composting can transform the planet by reducing landfills and improving the health of soils everywhere.

The Impact of a Sociable School Meal

A social meal could be just what elementary and secondary schools need in order to promote learning opportunities during lunch, says Gurpinder Singh Lalli.