“If the associations are registered and the farmers have collective rights to some land, maybe the land grabbing can stop,” Zunguze told me. Association leaders planned to visit neighboring National Farmers Union cooperatives to learn how agro-ecology could help them grow more food for their families and communities.
Over 45 years, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) tracked indicators in 117 countries to understand which policies benefitted agriculture and development. Now, their groundbreaking report has found that successful agricultural transformation in a country depends on the quantity and quality of land available, existing demographic pressures, and implementation of a mix of appropriate policies.
In case you missed it, you can watch the full NYC Summit on Food Loss and Food Waste on YouTube. Questions from the audience and engaging dialogue among speakers and panelists helped generate new ideas and spark action towards combating food loss and food waste from within communities, cities, and governments.
The International Forum on Food and Nutrition, an annual event from the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN), is currently live streaming. Topics include the relationship between hunger and obesity, proper use of natural resources, reducing food waste, promoting sustainable diets, the environmental impact of agriculture, and the effects of climate change.
Instead of investing billions of dollars in a model that doesn’t nourish communities or the environment, policymakers must redirect funds to incentivize organic and conservation agriculture — a far more effective approach to improving food security, environmental sustainability and human health.
Struggling with obesity and food insecurity, Scotland may have a great opportunity to become a good food nation. The Scottish Food Coalition has been campaigning for a Good Food Nation Bill to ensure everyone has access to healthy food.
The Community Coalition for Real Meals wants to reorient the food business model away from “Big Food” and toward “Real Food”—food that supports producers, equity, and the environment.
Dr. Jes Weiglet, shares his thoughts on the role of the TEEBAgriFood framework in the creation of a common language in the agriculture system. He shows the hidden health care and environmental costs of cheap food, and how a collaborative effort can help realize the true cost of cheap food.
Dr. Gunars Platais discusses the complexity of economics in the food system. He shows how every decision in the food system has both intended and unintended consequences and that an integrated approach can increase public interest in the food system.