Oxfam should get serious about malnutrition: Africa needs roads and nitrates

A recent UK Times opinion piece by rational optimist Matt Ridley has really hit the nail of the head about food security, linking together many issues that are repeatedly tackled at this website. The value of fertiliser. The needs of Africa. The…

Bill Gates speaks out about helping small farmers gain access to reliable markets

Chicago Council on Global Affairs Speech May 24, 2011, Prepared Remarks by Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Thank you, Representative Granger, for that kind introduction. Everyone here is grateful for your long-standing leadership…

Ignore poverty and hunger crises today, and dream of a new tomorrow with more biodiversity — that’s the ticket!

Biodiversity doesn’t feed people, but GM crops doMarch 30, 2011, ACSH DespatchDuring a United Nations meeting in Bali to discuss a treaty on plant genetics, La Via Campesina, which according to an article in The Atlantic, is said to be…

Romantic notions of farming on ‘natural’ principles ignore the realities of food demand growing without extra land being available.

From The Scientific Alliance (UK) newsletter.25th March 2011Politicians should be unprincipled Sticking to principles is, you may think, an admirable quality. Indeed, describing anyone as ‘unprincipled’ can hardly be regarded as a compliment. But principles define our way of thinking and…

Threat to world’s wheat being met with money from Bill and Melinda Gates

 Armed with US$40 million, global research team to fight Ug99; Wind-borne wheat pathogen endangers food security worldwide With grant from DFID and Gates Foundation, Cornell University and partners will ramp up surveillance; provide farmers with resistant wheat varieties   ITHACA, NY (27 February 2011)—The United…

The Future of Food and Farming Priority 6: Promote sustainable intensification.

The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainabilityUK Government Office for Science 2011Executive SummaryFrom the IntroductionProject aim: to explore the pressures on the global food system between now and 2050 and identify the decisions that policy makers…

2.4 billion extra people, no more land: Era of Cheap food over?

2.4 billion extra people, no more land: how will we feed the world in 2050?Steve Connor reveals how scientists propose a major policy shift to tackle one of the great challenges of the 21st centuryThe Independent, UKSaturday, 22 January 2011The…