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Interest in high-speed rail (HSR) is growing around the world and the number of countries running these trains is expected to nearly double over the next few years, according to new research by the Worldwatch Institute for Vital Signs Online. By 2014, high-speed trains will be operating in nearly 24... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at Daniellenierenberg's blog
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This year’s theme for World Food Day is “Food Prices—from Crisis to Stability. Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet project The volatility of food prices, in particular price upswings, represents a major threat to food security in developing countries and typically affects poor populations the hardest. According to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2011 at Daniellenierenberg's blog
Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. Global fish production has reached an all-time high, according to Nourishing the Planet’s latest research for the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online publication. Aquaculture, or fish farming—once a minor contributor to total fish harvest—increased 50-fold between the 1950s and 2008 and now... Continue reading
Reblogged May 3, 2011 at Daniellenierenberg's blog
Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. Increasing demand for water continues to put a strain on available water sources, threatening the livelihood of millions of small-scale farmers who depend on water for their crops. At a time when one in eight people lack access to safe water, Nourishing... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 28, 2011 at Daniellenierenberg's blog
Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet. For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address these challenges. This year Nourishing the Planet highlights agriculture—often blamed as a driver of environmental problems—as an emerging solution. Agriculture... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 19, 2011 at Daniellenierenberg's blog
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Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. For most women living in rural and remote parts of India, the day begins as early as 3:00am. The flour for the day’s meals needs grinding, livestock need to be fed, breakfast needs to be cooked, and water needs to be carried from wells, rivers, and streams. And that’s all before the children—usually just the boys— head off to school for the day. In general, in rural India women work more and sleep less than their male counterparts. And they have almost no access to education. The Mona Foundation’s Barli Development Institute... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
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Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. In just a few short weeks State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet will be launched! We're excited to share with you a sneak preview of Chapter 1 entitled, "Charting a New Path to Eliminating Hunger," authored by co-project directors Brian Halweil and Danielle Nierenberg. State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet will illuminate a new generation of innovative approaches to hunger alleviation that has emerged from farmers' groups, private voluntary organizations, universities, and agribusiness companies. After traveling to 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and visiting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
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After many years of studying invasive plant species in Patagonia, Argentina, Dr. Eduardo Rapoport, Professor at the Universidad Nacional Del Camohue, realized that many of the “pests” he was caataloging were edible. “I found that, especially in areas disturbed by man, such as roads, back lots, and gardens, there are a great deal of unintentional food sources.” As a result, Dr. Rapoport found himself looking at these “pests, invaders, and weeds,” in a very different light. “I gathered together a group of students and we set out to assess how many kilograms of wild-growing edible food could be found in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. “The idea was to bring a lot of expertise from the corporate world to help young social start ups,” says Fred Rose when asked about his motivation for founding the Acara Institute two years ago. As part of the Minnesota University’s Institute on the Environment, Acara has developed a classroom curriculum for universities in the U.S. and in India that challenges students to think creatively about how to use private businesses to solve pressing global issues such as hunger and poverty. But instead of the semester culminating in an exam or a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. In Kenya, for the over 5,000 people living in rural communities on or near its shore, Lake Victoria—the largest body of freshwater in Africa—is a life line. It is the main source of water for bathing, drinking, and cooking in the area and its fish populations provide both protein and income to families. “But the shores of Lake Victoria are choking,” says Shana Greene, founder and director of Village Volunteers, a Seattle-based organization that partners with rural communities around the world to create environmentally sustainable solutions for hunger and poverty. “The shores... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. Farmers in the Uluguru Mountains in Tanzania are fighting a losing battle against increasingly degraded land. Repeated plantings are quickly depleting the nutrients in the soil, leaving it nearly barren and vulnerable to erosion. Meanwhile, downstream, the water is dark with sediment, unfit for drinking and expensive to treat. “Downstream, people are complaining about the quality of water,” says Lopa Dosteus, program manager for CARE International’s Equitable Payment for Watershed Management (EPWM) program. “And upstream, the farmers are struggling to grow enough food while their soil washes away.” In response to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. In the Maradi area in south central Niger, where 70 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, the months before the harvest are called “the hunger season.” From mid-July to mid-September, food supplies are at their lowest and most families only eat one meal a day. Since the 1960’s, the entire Sahel region which includes Burkina Faso, Chad, Eritrea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan, has been experiencing increasingly extreme drought and hunger. The Maradi region has been hit especially hard and cereal harvests have dropped by nearly a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. In Cameroon, one of the foods that grows best is cassava. But farmers struggle with low yields because of pests and diseases that damage crops, making each harvest much more labor intensive than they are worth. “Farmers are spending more on planting materials and field maintenance to grow cassava and they are unable to make profit from the poor harvests,” says Emmanuel Njukwe, Chief of Service for the Crop Improvement and Utilization Unit at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). “They are fighting an expensive battle against pests and diseases.” To... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. While the coast of The Gambia is a popular—and economically thriving— tourist destination for European vacationers, the inland portion of the country provides little means for young men to make a living. Many leave their villages for the coast or even other countries, in hopes of making more money in urban areas. This economic disparity within The Gambia, coupled with its agricultural potential, is what inspired Sandy Martin to found the Home Farm Project in 2004. The Home Farm Project works with rural communities to establish the basic training, tools and other... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. In 2004 Peter Njodzeka founded the Life and Water Development Group Cameroon (LWDGC) with a rather simple goal. “ I wanted to see the people in my area have clean water,” he said. “And we kept expanding. That’s how it started.” While Peter was growing up in Nkuv, the small village in Cameroon where he was born, no one had clean water. The water available for drinking was also used by livestock and wildlife, as well as for the whole village’s washing. Every year at least one child would die from illness... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
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Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. Around 1 million people in South Africa—the majority of whom are recent arrivals from the former apartheid homelands, Transkei and Ciskei— live in the shacks that make up Khayelitsha, Nyanga and the area surrounding the Cape Flats outside Cape Town. Just under half, or 40 percent, of the population is unemployed, while the rest barely earn enough income to feed their families. In Xhosa, the most common language found in the area, the word ablalimi means “the planters”. Through partnerships with local grassroots organizations, the aptly named, Abalimi Bezekhaya, a non-profit organization... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. Listen to Radio Fanaka Fana and Radio Jigiya, in the Fana and Zégoua regions of Mali, and you are much more likely to hear tips for improving compost piles and soil quality than you are pop music hits or current events. That’s because the station is participating in Farm Radio International’s Africa Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI), a project to test the viability of using radio as a tool for spreading agricultural information to farmers throughout Africa. Farm Radio International is a Canadian-based non-profit organization with partner broadcasters from over 300 radio... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Cross posted from Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet. As climate change worsens, and fresh water availability grows more erratic, the food security of small-scale farmers throughout Africa will increasingly depend on their water management abilities. Luckily, the tools for improving water management already exist. But, as a recent report from the Rockefeller Foundation notes, the key to getting these tools to the people who need them the most will be making sure that the funding, donor, and policy-making community understands what they are and why they need more support. There are many examples of simple and inexpensive ways of improving... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
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