“The farmer is literally hedging their bets” in Eastern and Southern Africa

Drought tolerant crops that deliver nutrition and income to farmers could bring more food security to the region. Dr. Moses Siambi from ICRISAT explains how relying on single, water-intensive crops during dry periods can be risky.

Millets and Sorghum: Forgotten Foods for the Future

The international crop research group, ICRISAT, is finding new and innovative ways to re-popularize millets and sorghum—traditional, nutritious, low-impact, and drought-friendly crops—in the semi-arid tropical regions of Africa and India.

Biodiversity for Resilience Against Natural Disasters

As climate shocks increase in frequency and intensity, agricultural biodiversity—the variety of species of plants, animals, and microorganisms used for agriculture and food production—is an increasingly important part of resilience building.

Future-Focused Policies Target Desertification

This year’s Future Policy Award, a joint initiative between the World Future Council and U.N. Convention on Combating Desertification, is honoring the world’s best policy solutions combating desertification and land degradation.

The Value of Traditional African Knowledge in Agriculture

Indigenous knowledge expert Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu’s TEDGlobal talk explores traditional African knowledge and practices used by modern farmers, with exceptional results.

Hurricane Irma is the Latest in the “Vicious Cycle of Disaster” in Haiti

In the weeks following Hurricane Irma, humanitarian organizations launch responses and request funding to help Haiti through food insecurity and agricultural destruction.

New Report: Climate Change Affects Every Step of the Food Value Chain

A new IFPRI report examines climate change’s effect on nutrition and how a “climate-smart, nutrition-sensitive” food system, as well as mitigation and adaptation strategies, can reduce morbidity and mortality.

Indian Farmers Are Turning Dumping Grounds into Water Saving Basins

The Doba Livelihood Program is helping Indian farmers adapt to climate change by linking indigenous knowledge with academic research.

Food Insecurity on the Rise: A New Collaborative Report Provides a Global Picture

A new collaborative report combines a variety of data sources for a comprehensive picture of global food insecurity in 65 countries in 2016, its exacerbating factors, and a near-future outlook.

Action-Oriented Research for Jamaican Farmers: Interview with the Winners of the BCFN YES Competition

Shaneica Lester and Anne-Teresa Birthwright have won the BCFN YES Competition with a proposal for action-oriented research on irrigation strategies for Jamaican farmers. Here’s how the became interested in the work and where they’re going next.