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Blog posts in the category - Agriculture

“We need to think of humanity as one of the key driving forces of global environmental change”. Human beings are changing ecosystems globally, and this is having a profound impact on our ability to feed ourselves. Researchers working on issues of global hunger must now take an increasingly dynamic approach to hunger because hunger is shifting. Hunger today is in transition, changing alongside human health and the global climate.

Tracing sustainability in global food chains

This article briefly discusses the different systems for tracing sustainability in global food chains and pays particular attention to the marketisation of sustainability through certificates.

Long-term, holistic work with communities through partnership on an equal platform is an effective way of promoting – and guaranteeing – communities’ nutritional and livelihood security in the long term. 

India is destined to be a global superpower. According to the World Bank, India is predicted to grow at a rate of 7.5% in 2017 and surpass the fastest growing economy, China, in the coming two years, while the global economy grows at sub 4 percent.

Until now, the economic boom has failed to reduce malnutrition. 

Addressing food and nutrition insecurity is an important challenge for global health, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).  We can see this at a fundamental level in the data that tell us that in sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia, Western Asia and Oceania, we will be unable to meet the Millennium Development Goal on halving hunger (UNDP Progress Report 2014).

Investigating the issues affecting the health of both pastoralists and their livestock requires a broad consideration of the local socio-political and ecological context, their understanding of zoonotic diseases and associated risks and the accuracy of their indigenous diagnostic knowledge and terminology. 

Every month LIDC and our partners 3ie (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation) organise a seminar under the theme of ‘What works in international development’.

The seminar series focuses on methods in impact evaluation and doesn’t always stir controversy, but one evening in January the seminar resulted in a very heated discussion.

Agriculture and nutrition: you are what you sow

The world today faces a complex challenge – improving nutrition for all. Contrary to how malnutrition is often portrayed in western media, it is not a separate problem for the poor (undernutrition) and for the rich (overnutrition).

Around the world, this double burden of food-related illness is very much a challenge for the poor, simply because nutritious foods tend to be more difficult obtain or more expensive.

The world is changing rapidly and humans are at the forefront of this change. Not only are people being affected by global alterations, we are contributing to the transition. 

Some geologists now believe that human activity has irrevocably altered our planet to the extent that we have entered a new geological age – the Anthropocene age.

For many years it has been understood that three different factors contribute to malnutrition in poor populations – a lack of nutritious foods, diseases, such as diarrhoeal disease in infants, and a lack of care.