Innovative Projects, Methods and Products
‘Mini Farms’ By Israel’s Livingbox Wins Top Prize For Best Project To Feed Third World
From nocamels.com - July 3, 2014
An Israeli-developed “mini-farm” that can grow vegetables anywhere with a self-sustaining “closed loop” of energy and nutrition and help feed a billion needy people has won a prize as the most promising project to help developing countries improve their economies.
Global Buckets: Grow Bags
From www.globalbuckets.org - April 23, 2013
Here is great idea for third world use ... urban food production
Whole Landscape Approach Can Help Feed the World Sustainably
From www.care2.com - February 20, 2013
Learn how alliances are being built to increase food production in Africa and allow for more sustainable farming.
FreshWall - Eat, breathe and enjoy the nature
Grow your own food and make your indoor air cleaner with FreshWall – vertically, year round with near zero maintenance.
Backpack farm targets growth in Africa
Meet the start-up that takes a compact approach to agriculture in Africa.
WEST AFRICA: Growing food for nutrition
“Animal production – that is nutrition.” The statement by Victoria Tsepko of Ghana’s Food and Agriculture Ministry summed up one of the themes of a nutrition forum of the Economic Community of West African States –...
Interview: Healthy food carts for kids get a boost from a healthy global partnership in Indonesia | Global Envision
From www.globalenvision.org -February 8, 2013
Food Water Shelter :: what we do
From www.foodwatershelter.org.au - February 15, 2013
fws is a not-for-profit, non-denominational, non-governmental organisation that builds and manages eco-friendly villages with educational, social and health facilities for vulnerable women, their children and orphans in developing countries. We do this by providing:
UN News - UN agency and Slow Food group partner to boost livelihoods of small farmers
From www.un.org - May 23, 2013
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the international non-profit organization Slow Food today agreed to promote traditional cooking and locally produced food as part of a project to boost incomes for small farmers and...
Celebrating Farmer Creativity Around the World
From foodtank.com - December 2, 2014
The international network Prolinnova hosts Farmer Innovation Fairs across the globe to bring together smallholder farmers and celebrate their creativity.
Poverty Alleviation with the Power of Green Farming
There are over 100 thousand smallholder farmers in Africa. Africa has the agricultural potential not only to feed the continent, but also the world. During the 2010 World Food Conference, Kofi Annan said "improving the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of smallholder farming is the main pathway out of poverty in using agriculture for development."
IPS – Men and Women Farming Together Can Eradicate Hunger | Inter Press Service
From www.ipsnews.net - February 20, 2013
Men and Women Farming Together Can Eradicate Hunger - Three years ago, the residents of the semi-arid Yatta district in Kenya’s Eastern Province lived on food aid due to dwindling crops of maize that could not thrive because of the decreased...
Fertilisers: Enriching the world’s soil
Billions of us rely on artificial fertilisers to provide our food, but it comes at an environmental cost. So how do we feed the world and sustain the planet?
Sierra Leone - Nursing Agriculture Back to Health - AllAfrica.com
The UNDP Human Development Index, which evaluates countries based on life expectancy, education and income, ranked Sierra Leone 177 out of 187 countries in 2013.
Seed savers: Vandana Shiva and female farmers stand up to Monsanto
Perennial Plate talks to Vandana Shiva about her seed-saving revolution and the future of farming in rural India.
Phones for Farmers to Combat Corruption | Food Tank
From foodtank.org - February 20, 2013
The government of Nigeria has created an initiative, Growth Enhancement Support (GES), using cell phones to cut corruption and improve agriculture. GES sends vouchers via cell phones to farmers so they can buy subsidized seeds and fertilizer.
School meals - as good for farmers as they are for children?
From www.guardian.co.uk - March 16, 2013
How an African-led initiative to provide local food for school children is building a new market for small-holder farmers
Five Innovations that are Working to Empower Women | Nourishing ...
From blogs.worldwatch.org - April 23, 2013
Vertical Farming in Action: This innovation has already proven successful in providing food for urban residents during a time of dire need. During the food crisis that hit Kenya in 2007-2008, there was a blockade of food ...
The Project - A Thousand Gardens in Africa | Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity
From www.slowfoodfoundation.com -May 28, 2013
A Thousand Good, Clean and Fair Gardens. The thousand gardens are concrete models of sustainable agriculture, sensitive to different contexts (environmental, socioeconomic and cultural) and easily...
Complex Issues, Ecology and Climate Change
Radical overhaul of agriculture can create farms that enhance rather than degrade the world’s ecosystems
From climateinsight.wordpress.com -March 2, 2013
New practices could double agricultural production, protect natural systems and be “game changer” for global food security
Can 'nexus thinking' alleviate global water, food and energy pressures?
From www.guardian.co.uk - March 14, 2013
With demand for the world's three most precious resources only set to grow, a new approach must be put into action
Food Security and Justice
UN News - Food security and nutrition should top development agenda after 2015 – UN officials
From www.un.org - February 15, 2013
Nutrition and food security should be the top development goal as the international community sets its priorities beyond 2015, the target date for a achieving the globally agreed anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals...
Food security: One of humanity’s ‘most significant challenges’
From www.foodnavigator-asia.com - February 8, 2015
While food security is nothing new, the scale and interconnectedness of the problem the world is now facing make it “one of the most significant challenges humanity has ever faced,” according to a New Zealand academic.
Ghana Hosts FAO Food Security Conference
Food Security Ghana
From foodsecurityghana.com - February 10, 2013
Integrated approach is key to food security in dryland, say experts
From unccdblog.wordpress.com -February 20, 2013
An integrated and holistic approach is the only way to manage dry and degraded land sustainably - this was the core message given out by experts on the second day of Agriculture, Landscapes and Liv...
Strong rural organisations to enhance food security
Strong rural organisations like producer groups and cooperatives are crucial to hunger and poverty reduction. FAO und IFAD have now published cases studies reflecting this, particularly including women's cooperations.
UK Food Group: More Aid for African Agriculture
More Aid for African Agriculture: policy implications for small-scale farmers New UK Food Group report
UK Food Group: Securing future food
Securing future food towards ecological food provision
Precision agriculture improves farming efficiency, has important implications on food security
From www.sciencedaily.com - April 23, 2013
Precision agriculture promises to make farming more efficient and should have an important impact on the serious issue of food security, according to a new study.
Principles and Practice for Resilience, Food Security and Nutrition
From www.huffingtonpost.com -February 9, 2013
Unless we protect the world's poorest people and empower them to adapt to change and build robust, adaptable and more prosperous livelihoods, we face a future where every shock becomes an opportunity for hunger and poverty to thrive.
Stop selling off African land - invest in farmers instead
Land deals between African governments and foreign investors threaten farmers' way of life, while investing in farming would increase productivity and wealth, says Ruth Hall
Development in difficult places – how do we reach the billion people that have been left behind? | Aquatic Agricultural Systems
Ecological methods can help solve food insecurity issues
From www.guardian.co.uk - March 7, 2013
Richard Munang: Using ecosystem-based approaches can provide sustainable food sources and reduce impacts of climate change
The Key To Food Security - Namibian
I personally believe the government through the Ministry of Agriculture should invest more in educating farmers about 'permaculture' (permanent agriculture - a way of farming where people are able to provide food...
New Era of Food Scarcity Echoes Collapsed Civilizations
From sustainablog.org - February 7, 2013
The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. Over the last decade, world grain reserves have fallen by one third. World food prices have more than doubled, triggering a worldwide land rush and ushering in a new geopolitics of food. Food is the new oil. Land is the new gold.
This new era is one of rising food prices and spreading hunger. On the demand side of the food equation, population growth, rising affluence, and the conversion of food into fuel for cars are combining to raise consumption by record amounts. On the supply side, extreme soil erosion, growing water shortages, and the earth’s rising temperature are making it more difficult to expand production. Unless we can reverse such trends, food prices will continue to rise and hunger will continue to spread, eventually bringing down our social system. Can we reverse these trends in time? Or is food the weak link in our early twenty-first-century civilization, much as it was in so many of the earlier civilizations whose archaeological sites we now study?
Are women the secret weapon in the battle for food security?
From www.guardian.co.uk - March 5, 2013
Les Roopanarine: Empowering women at every level of society would dramatically reduce hunger and malnutrition, according to a top UN official
IPS – OP-ED: Organic Farming Movement Marginal but Growing Worldwide | Inter Press Service
From www.ipsnews.net - February 14, 2013
OP-ED: Organic Farming Movement Marginal but Growing Worldwide - Despite the growing worldwide demand for organic food, clothing and other products, the area of land certified as organic still makes up just 0.9 percent of global agricultural land,...
Bhutan set to plough lone furrow as world's first wholly organic country
John Vidal and Annie Kelly: By shunning all but organic farming techniques, the Himalayan state will cement its status as a paradigm of sustainability
Bhutan To Be World’s First 100% Organic Country
From www.undergroundhealth.com -August 12, 2013
by Anthony Gucciardi - Natural Society Bhutan wants to be the first country to eliminate herbicides and pesticides from the food chain.
Benefits of Organic Farming
From www.organicfarmingblog.com -April 6, 2013
The benefits of organic farming are manifold. First, organic farming benefits people directly by producing safe, nutritious foods that are free from the potentially harmful chemicals used in synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Second, organic farming also benefits the environment by utilizing methods that help preserve biodiversity and conserve natural resources such as soil, water, and energy.
Given the relatively higher cost of operating organic farms and gardens, more and more people are still turning to the practice of organic farming. Incidentally, more and more people are also consuming organically grown products. Obviously, both are due in large part to the fact that the perceived benefits of producing and consuming organic products far outweigh the disadvantages.
A tale of tech-driven organic farming - Deccan Chronicle
Thrissur: When Safarali Ismail, an NRI industrialist-turned- farmer in Kodungallur, Kerala, took to organic farming, he wasn't very sure of its benefits.
India's rice revolution
From www.guardian.co.uk - February 26, 2013
In a village in India's poorest state, farmers are growing world record amounts of rice – with no GM or herbicide. Is this a solution to world food shortages? John Vidal meets the farmers
Miracle grow: Indian farmers smash crop yield records without GMOs
Forget what Monsanto's told you: A group of subsistence farmers is breaking harvest records without GMOs or artificial herbicides and fertilizers.
Organic farming – India's future perfect?
From www.guardian.co.uk - February 20, 2013
Nishika Patel: A budding interest in organic food offers farmers soaring incomes and higher yields, but critics say it's not the answer to India's fast-rising food demands
How to make organic farming more productive
From forumblog.org - December 16, 2014
With some farmers turning to less chemically intensive and organic techniques, Lauren C. Ponisio asks if organic production can meet rising food demands?
Albania gets new organic agriculture laboratory FreshPlaza
The Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TIKA) has built an organic agriculture laboratory which follows international standards to make analysis and tests in Albania.
Permaculture: Evolving a Sustainable and Harmonious Way of Life
Permaculture is a movement that began in the 1970s in Australia and has evolved into a worldwide movement towards creating a more sustainable human society
Permaculture: Local and Sustainable | Planet Natural
From blog.planetnatural.com - March 10, 2013
The permaculture movement, dedicated to natural ecosystems, small-scale sustainable food and energy production, and ecologically-friendly living spaces, is that larger picture.
Growing Communities | Explore the Food Zones
From www.growingcommunities.org -January 26, 2015
The Food Zones shows the amounts and types of food we could source from different areas (zones): it starts with the urban areas in which most of us live and moves outwards - raising what it is best to raise in each zone based on the factors shown, taking into account the principles outlined earlier. Growing Communities
Hydroponics and Biointensive
What are Hydroponic Kits?
Hydroponic kits help to grow gardens without using any soil. Plants are rooted in a nutritious medium such as perlite, gravel, sawdust or rock wool. A great way to grow vegetables at home.
The EZ Guide to Gardening Without Soil: Create a Sustainable Food Supply in an Indoor Garden
From www.aeroponichowto.com - April 3, 2013
HYDROPONIC GARDENING SIMPLIFIED
Confused by all the media hype and internet info on hydroponic gardening? Here you'll find the basics, free plans and insiders tips on operating a simple but productive hydroponic garden in your home.
The bio-intensive approach to small-scale household food production
International institute of rural reconstruction, Silang, Cavite, Philippines
This Floating, Water-Filtering Greenhouse Is Designed To Grow Food In Overcrowded Cities
From www.fastcoexist.com -December 20, 2014
The Jellyfish Barge doesn't take up space on land, and instead of using valuable freshwater, the hydroponic system filters the polluted water it's...
Aquaculture and Aquaponics
What is Aquaponics?
From growtest.org - March 16, 2013
Aquaponics A sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating pla...
The Urban Farming Technique That Will Revolutionize the Way We Eat
From www.theatlanticcities.com - March 6, 2013
Aquaponics uses fish to create soil-less farms that can fit into cities much easier.
Urban farming today is no longer a hobby practiced by a few dedicated enthusiasts growing food for themselves. It has become a truly innovative field in which pioneering ventures are creating real, robust, and scalable solutions for growing food for large numbers of people directly at the point of consumption. This is great news not only for urban designers, architects, and building engineers, but also for residents and communities that want to increase food security and become more resilient to climate change.