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Trees of refuge giving back lost chances

23/10/2017
You must be out in space if you have not heard about the refugee crisis – a dreadful outcome of many ongoing conflicts, including those in Syria, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Yemen. These countries have also suffered from devastating [...]

Pastoralist women and food security: resourcefulness on the margins?

23/10/2017
“Here, we have an unique opportunity to be fed on the role of pastoralist women in achieving food security and sustainable development” With those words, Junko Sazaki, Director of FAO’s Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division, launched the side event on [...]

Goddess of Agriculture

23/10/2017
Photo caption: Demeter mourning Persephone (Evelyn de Morgan, 1906) How many men does it take to raise a home? None, it takes a woman. Before I lose the male audience, obviously this is an exaggeration. The point is that a woman often [...]

Growing peace

20/10/2017
A South Sudanese woman paints a heart wrenching picture of her country. It is struggling to feed itself. Resources are stretched to breaking point. The on-going conflict makes water hard to come by and climate change is only making things worse. “When [...]

More walking, less talking

20/10/2017
“Is our talk aggressive enough?” was a provocation disguised as a question from an audience member during the CFS44 side event, Key achievements in the fight against climate change in light of the 2012 HLPE recommendations. Indeed, the data looks [...]

Agriculture’s doctor

20/10/2017
“The goal of life is not to eliminate misery, it’s to keep misery to the minimum.” – Dr. Gregory House in House MD Let’s be realistic. Plants, similar to animals and humans, are susceptible to sickness too, and this is often brought on by pests. [...]

A Farmer’s Courage, An Entrepreneur’s Mindset

20/10/2017
Photo caption: Members of a women’s farmer group tend to their communal crops in Durgapur Village 500 million smallholder farmers provide around 80 percent of food consumed in the developing world, and innovation can be the only way to get them [...]

Are Fish Off the Hook?

20/10/2017
When you think of food what comes to mind? For me, fruits, vegetables and meat (chicken and beef). Did you know that “fish accounted for 17 percent of the global population’s intake of animal protein in 2010” (FAO, 2016).Yes, the [...]

Tasty does not always mean healthy

20/10/2017
To most food-loving people of all ages, gustatory sense is foremost. Children of this generation prefer “tasty” food and tasty to the palate is biased towards processed and ultra-processed food. School children prefer eating chips, junk food, sugary drinks, and other [...]

In Pursuit of the African dream

20/10/2017
Millions of people are migrating from rural to urban areas worldwide. They are looking for a better life and job opportunities that will lead them to prosperity and success. Sounds familiar? Yes, the so called “American dream”. Today, with all these [...]
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