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Creating a Sustainable Food Future: A Menu of Solutions to Feed Nearly 10 Billion People by 2050

Tim Searchinger, Richard Waite, Craig Hanson, Janet Ranganathan, Patrice Dumas and Emily Matthews
By 2050, nearly 10 billion people will live on the planet. Can we produce enough food sustainably? The synthesis report of the World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future shows that it is possible – but there is no silver bullet. This report offers a five-course menu of solutions to ensure we can feed everyone without increasing emissions, fueling deforestation or exacerbating poverty. Intensive research and modeling examining the nexus of the food system, economic…
1 Dec 2018

Nutrition-sensitive value chains: A guide for project design - Volume 1

International Fund for Agricultural Development
This publication has been produced to fill a key knowledge gap in the emerging field of value chains for nutrition by providing guidance on how to design nutrition-sensitive value chain (NSVC) projects, with a particular focus on smallholder producers. This guide provides validated step-by-step guidance for NSVC project design, relevant not only for IFAD but for development actors in general, and for organizations working in agriculture and rural development in…
23 Oct 2018

Improving Nutrition through Rice Fortification: Partnerships, initiatives and success stories from 9 countries

World Food Programme
Untapped potential Food fortification – adding vitamins and minerals to commonly eaten foods - has proven to be an effective strategy in reducing micronutrient deficiencies. Countries in North America and Europe have been fortifying foods since the 1920s, which led to the virtual eradication of nutrition-related diseases like goiter, rickets, beriberi, and pellagra. But today 2 billion people across the world still suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as nutritious foods are still…
1 Oct 2018

Improving diets in an era of food market transformation: Challenges and opportunities for engagement between the public and private sectors

IFPRI-Compact2025
How can public and private sector links be more effective to improve diets? A new policy brief from the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition sets out six priorities for action: (1) encouraging investments in food sector small and medium-sized enterprises, (2) promoting consumer demand for healthy diets, (3) public incentives for appropriate action in the private sector, (4) managing risks, (5) building trust, (6) and providing reliable and supportive…

Measuring Rice Yield from Space: The Case of Thai Binh Province, Viet Nam

An innovative data fusion technology, which combines two freely available satellite data sources, is used to map paddy area and estimate yield in Thai Binh Province, Viet Nam. Traditional methods for estimating rice yield rely on field data, which are time-consuming and expensive to collect. Significant cloud coverage in Southeast Asia limits the availability of cloud-free satellite images to serve as an alternative to field data. This paper presents an innovative data fusion technique which…
30 Mar 2018Asian Development Bank

The role of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for Sustainable crop production intensification of horticulture crop-based systems

This discussion summary outlines the contributions made during the online discussion on the role of ICTs for Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop-based systems held from 6 March to 4 April 2017 on the e-Agriculture platform. The discussions brought together experts from different backgrounds, who shared their vision regarding three pre-designed questions. From your understanding and experiences, what is the role of ICTs in sustainable intensification of…
1 May 2017

Indonesia Food Security Monitoring Bulletin: Climate and Food Security

Summary Higher than normal rainfall levels boosted crop production in early 2017, but also led to more floods and landslides. The climate outlook for August and September suggests abovenormal rainfall levels for most of the country, but very low precipitation is expected across southern parts of Indonesia, especially East and West Nusa Tenggara, southern West Papua and eastern Java. Planting area for paddy might exceed a normal-year by around 1.2 million hectares in July and August. There is…
1 Aug 2017

At the root of exodus: Food security, conflict and international migration

WFP undertook this study to determine the role that food security and other factors play in compelling cross-border migration. Drawn from quantitative and qualitative research, the study gives voice to people who have left their countries of origin.

Trade, Food Security, and the 2030 Agenda

Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla , Jonathan Hepburn
The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets a ground-breaking new commitment for all countries: to end hunger and “all forms of malnutrition” by 2030. The new goals will require governments to address the “triple burden of malnutrition”: undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies, and overnutrition. This paper examines how policies affecting trade and markets are relevant to those new commitments on hunger and malnutrition, looks at past progress and projected…

Policy Brief: Achieving Water, Energy and Food Security in Indonesia

Helen Bellfield, David Sabogal, Jeni Pareira, Adi Gangga and Matt Leggett
Key Points Resource use trade-offs between different sectors could undermine water, energy, and food security targets. Competition for finite land and water resources could undermine ambitious production targets and lead to further deforestation with impacts on emissions targets and the resilience of critical ecosystem services. Opportunities exist to improve synergies between different sectors' targets through multilevel planning processes. The policy coherence analysis identifies several…
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