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Farmers harvest rice

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Farmers’ organizations can reduce poverty and promote sustainability
For more than a century, farmers’ organizations have assisted agricultural producers in accessing credit, negotiating for needed inputs, and ensuring a higher price for farm goods. In the face of climate change, these organizations may also be...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
  • Plants
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Ceres2030 project aims to help smallholder farmers cope with climate change
In academic publishing, one measurement of a work’s importance is how many other academics have cited it. This long-standing system has the benefit of simplicity and helping to form a common knowledge base. But especially for those working to...
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
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To make agriculture sustainable, governments must prioritize policy
The rich biodiversity of the Ecuadorian cloud forests has fascinated naturalists and tourists for generations, which is why the region has also served as a laboratory for an array of conservation programs and policies. Protecting ecosystems...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
  • Plants
Two cows standing in a barn

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Livestock are integral to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers
Most of us have heard the statistics about how livestock are bad for the climate and the environment: within agriculture, livestock production is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions; over-grazing can harm wildlife habitats and reduce...
  • Animal Science
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
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Vibrant, inclusive food systems crucial to ending hunger
In just one generation, the food system in developing regions has transformed. Urbanization and increased incomes have led to diversifying diets, including more animal proteins as well as processed and packaged foods – all of which have...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Food
  • Global Development
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Addressing world hunger by reducing postharvest food loss
When we think about how to feed an estimated 8.5 billion people by 2030, a natural first reaction is: we’ll have to grow more food. But in reality, about one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted — roughly 1.3...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Food
  • Global Development
A young man looks out over a bustling street

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Youth employment key to addressing world hunger
Across the developing world, the youth bulge means more mouths that need to be fed, but also more hands that need to be kept busy. According to the World Bank, in order to accommodate population growth and existing unemployment issues, countries...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
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Waterless world
For decades, everyone from the United Nations to the New York Times quoted the same agricultural statistic: “70 percent of all the world’s food is produced by small-scale farmers.” Working in international development in places like Cambodia...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
  • Water
a man and a woman stand in a farm field looking at a tractor in the distance

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Benjamin Z. Houlton: Investing in agriculture for a climate resilient future
If all goes as planned, the addition of rock dust — rich in potassium, iron and zinc — will help increase the crop’s overall yield, nutrient density and sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. “Each time these natural rock particles...
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Agriculture
  • Global Development
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Alireza Abbaspourrad: From gummies to water purification filters
Ensuring food products meet with consumer expectations isn’t easy. Take vitamin C–infused gummies: keeping the vitamin C stable is so tricky that gummy manufacturers regularly add up to 200 percent more vitamin C to the product than they list on...
  • Food Science
  • Food
  • Health + Nutrition