The desert locust, generally considered one of the most devastating pests in the world to agriculture, has been hitting farmers hard in the Horn of Africa as well as the Arabian Peninsula for six months, devouring crops and pasture. With COVID-19, the situation has gone from bad to worse.
Caydee Savinelli discusses how biodiversity is essential for plant breeding, pollination and diversity of food and why ensuring a sustainable food supply requires each of us to play our part in preserving our land.
The number of people facing hunger is on the rise around the world because of the global COVID-19 crisis, and humanitarian organizations and farm groups are pushing for the Trump administration to boost donations of rice, wheat and other commodities.
The United Nations report concluding that 1 million species are at risk of extinction included some familiar advice for agriculture: Adopt more sustainable practices, preserve genetic diversity in seeds and animals, and involve more sectors, including the public, in the food system.
The new Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development plans to “facilitate much-needed exchange of information” across the continent with the goal of helping countries implement the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Agricultural productivity growth in low-income countries is falling further behind the increase needed to feed their growing populations, and the output of rich nations is insufficient as well, according to the Global Harvest Initiative’s annual GAP report.
October 16 is World Food Day, a time to promote worldwide awareness and action on behalf of those who suffer from hunger – and acknowledge the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.