CFS Event Blog

Genetically Modified Crops: The Seeds of Hope

According to data from the World Food Programme, around 795 million people do not have enough food to live a healthy life. Thanks to factors both naturally occurring and man-made, it is one of the shocking statistics of our age [...]

Diversification: a fresh story

  As countries focus on policy making and intergovernmental measures to tackle climate change, food system diversity is emerging as a fresh new strategy to ensure food access.   A homogenized food system has gifted us with cost-efficient calories. Fair enough, but these [...]

“Action!” for mother and child nutrition

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS), with its 56 side events, was a great opportunity to learn more about the issue of food security, to meet people who are actively working to address this challenge and to explore new [...]

Let’s make farming famous

Of the 14 side events that I attended during the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the event on farming, innovation and youth was the most engaging and energetic.  It was organized by World Farmers’ Organization (WFO), Food and Agriculture Organization [...]

Cash rules everything around me

Did you know that in order to end poverty and hunger by 2030 we would need to secure an additional US$267 billion in investments per year? Actually, depending on whom you talk to and how you choose to look at it, [...]

Agropreneurship: growing social change

The term ‘agropreneurship’ reminds us that even the smallest-scale farmers are business-people. Sometimes, in the context of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) it’s easy to forget  that, because we hear a lot about the differences between the private [...]

Making innovation “shine” in Tanzania

Drones, aquaponics systems, solar power water desalinization, LED-lit farms with optimized photosynthesis and digital soil mapping.  That’s the list of top five innovations in agriculture for 2015. How many of these are applied in Africa? And how many of these [...]

Agriculture needs fresh and inspiring voices

Leadership is essential in different areas of human life and society. Given the importance of the agricultural sector to the welfare of humanity, it needs leaders with special knowledge, expertise, abilities and skills: qualities that many young people have. During the [...]

Food waste: A global challenge, a local solution

In a few decades around 75% of of the population will be living in cities. How will we feed those cities? Today 800 million people are undernourished and one third of food is lost or wasted.  That is around 1.3 billion [...]

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Agriculture and nutrition need to be addressed together rather than separately. Well, of course, that seems obvious, right? Except that, over time the division between the two has grown. It is clear that multi-sectoral approaches are required to tackle both [...]
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