Investors believe that Africa is the growth continent. But new UN hunger figures tell a different story. Is this a case of bad growth or bad poverty data?
Negotiations on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity may stumble over finance. World food talks in Rome in the same week have similar problems. Agriculture and biodiversity are closely linked. Why have such separate meetings?
Senior politicians and business leaders are not talking to the scientists or development experts. The Planet Under Pressure 2012 conference warns that this is a recipe for failure at Rio+20. But the participants have their own communication barriers too.
Miscellaneous reflections on the first day of the Planet Under Pressure 2012 conference, embracing Lord Giddens, Twitter and Wordsworth.
The first week of the new year has brought changes at the top of the world’s two most important organisations responsible for tackling global hunger. The head of the World Food Programme. Josette Sheeran, is joining the World Economic Forum, a creative shift of focus from the poor to the rich.
The potentially powerful Committee on World Food Security has failed to follow up recommendations on measures to control escalating world food prices. If the Committee had gathered in Bangkok, it might have reached a different conclusion.
How far can we go in blaming climate change for food insecurity? Kenya poses the difficult questions.
The global food crisis and the future of tropical forests have recently been covered in separate research and advocacy reports. It’s time to join up the two subjects.
The Ethiopia Commodities Exchange is a brave initiative to hook up farmers to customers they would never find within narrow local markets.
Evidence continues to emerge that the release of international donor funds to support global food security is matching neither the scale of the promises nor the urgency of the situation.