Diversification can increase biodiversity, mitigate risk, broaden the nutritional portfolio of what is grown, and allow farmers to engage with new market opportunities. Diversification is, therefore, one of the key strategies for building resilience for smallholder farmers. There have been some cautionary voices, however the dominant narrative is that diversification is good and should be widely promoted. For example, at the 2017...
Many of the world's poor are forced to weigh up the pros and cons of living in precarious geographies: Risk versus livelihood leaves many with little choice. As food and water security is increasingly endangered by climate change, Dr Abdur Rehman Cheema warns that both the rural and urban poor are sitting in harm's way.
“When the cows become thin the Masai become thin.” Bianca Anderson tells the story of Judith, a Masai woman in rural Tanzania, and the challenges she overcomes just to get a simple cup of tea to the table.
The world trade system disadvantages developing countries, yet attempts to remedy the situation over the past decade through the Doha Development Round trade talks have stalled. Sarah Chambers looks at what's gone wrong and how the international community can move forward with trade agreements.
Food. It used to be so simple. Now we’re burning corn for fuel, making meat in tubes, subsidizing cattle for more than many people’s incomes, refusing food not grown locally, and swearing off meat altogether. Allison Smith reflects on her relationship with food and what it says about the intersection of food, culture and sustainability.