February 23, 2017

Bangladesh Starts Contract Farming in Africa

(Photo via The Financial Express)

Bangladesh is turning to Africa to grow food to feed its population. Bangladeshi companies have acquired more than 80,000 hackers land for ‘contract farming’ in Uganda, Zambia, and Tanzania in recent months. Read More »

Why Europe Will Let Member States Opt out of GM Crops

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Why are half of European Union members opting out of GMO crops? Hint: it's not about food and environmental safety. Read More »

Land ‘Grabbing’ Grows as Agricultural Resources Dwindle

Over half of the global grabbed land is in Africa, especially in water-rich countries like the Congo. (Photo by Joseph King, Creative Commons License)

‘Land grabbing’ or the purchase or lease of agricultural land by foreign interests has emerged as a threat to food security in several countries, says a new report. Read More »

Global Consumption Trends Break New Records

A view of Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm in California.

Record increase in global consumption and acceleration of resource depletion, pollution, and climate change may come with under-appreciated social and environmental costs, says a new report by Worldwatch Institute. Read More »

West Africa’s Untapped Agricultural Growth Potential

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New report sees regional integration as high road to making the most of changing food patterns and dynamic populations. Read More »

Get Ready for Chinese Overseas Investment in Agriculture

Shenzen port's container terminal. (Photo Bert van Dijk, Creative Commons License)

The United States will remain the dominant supplier of China’s agricultural imports because it is such a large and efficient supplier. However, U.S. farmers and leaders in industries and governments should be aware of the potential opportunities and competition that may arise from Chinese investment. Read More »

Growing Food Trade, Shrinking Self-Sufficiency

A wheat field in Oklahoma. (Photo by Oklahoma Storm, CC license)

Growing demand for food and fuel has put pressure on the world’s agricultural lands to produce more. Now, a trend in “land grabbing” has emerged, as wealthy countries lease or buy farms and agribusiness in poorer countries to ensure their own future supplies. Read More »

India: An Uncertain Hobbesian Life

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India’s small farmers have been struggling for centuries now and they need social and governmental action to change their future. Read More »

Menu for a Hot Planet

Decreasing agricultural yields per acre due to climate change could increase pressure for the conversion of more acres of native grasslands to agriculture lands. (Photo by  Scott Bauer via USDA, Creative Commons License)

It's not just about oil: To support the world's burgeoning billions in a warming climate, the human race needs to drastically rethink its approach to agriculture. Read More »

Video Explores Ethiopia Land Grabs

Ethiopia map

Land Grabbing is not new. Companies from wealthy countries have always sought low-cost land for agricultural production. In Ethiopia, more than six million people survive because of UN food aid, while agricultural products cultivated on land leased to foreign investors are exported. Read More »