CFS Blog

From Knowledge Gaps to Knowledge Apps - The Potential of Mobile Services in Development

18/05/2017
The quickest way to get out of poverty right now is to have one mobile telephone.”   - Muhammad Yunus (2011) Farmers checking the weather forecast for the latest updates, receiving advice on when to harvest or monitoring the prices for [...]

Ending World Hunger for Global Stability

10/05/2017
We live in a world where hunger is an endemic problem for half the planet while diet books are the best sellers in the other half.  Worldwide hunger and malnutrition have declined quite significantly and, in the aggregate, our earth [...]

Rethinking existing food system

14/04/2017
A few days ago, when I was on a way to my village which was devastated by a terrible earthquake on 25th April, 2015, one incident stirred my soul. I was climbing up a hill when a tiny boy stopped [...]

Genetically Modified Crops: The Seeds of Hope

14/03/2017
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

26/10/2016
  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

24/10/2016
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

24/10/2016
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

24/10/2016
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

24/10/2016
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

24/10/2016
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 [...]
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