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Replacing production of rice with other, less water-intensive crops is one of the factors that could feed more people using farmland that already exists. Photo: Amol Hatwar via Flickr

Swapping Where Crops are Grown Could Feed an Extra 825 Million People

It could also reduce water stress, according to a new study that includes 14 major food crops from around the world.

by |November 6, 2017
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Hatchets, Ratchets & Pivots: Book Talk by Ruth DeFries

As Professor Ruth DeFries aptly stated in her opening remarks at yesterday’s book launch for “The Big Ratchet,” if you look at satellite pictures of the earth, you see the imprint of the human species everywhere. Humans have come to dominate the planet. But how did this come to be? This question, among others, is what DeFries hopes to answer in her new book, “The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis.” How did humans acquire the capability to spread out over the entire earth and control other species?

by |September 24, 2014
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Discussing Climate, Cities and Food

Last week, the Earth Institute and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society hosted a discussion on cities, food and climate. What were people saying? Find out in this Storify recap of reactions from across Twitter!

by |March 6, 2013
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From Birmingham to Bamako: How Farmers Deal with Drought

A look at the tools and technologies farmers in Mali use to enhance their decision making in the face of droughts and other climate risks.

by |August 27, 2012
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Daniel Hillel, Originator of High-Efficiency Irrigation, to Receive World Food Prize

Daniel Hillel, an adjunct senior scientist at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, has been awarded the World Food Prize for his work in conceiving and promoting water-saving methods that have increased crop production on arid lands in 30 countries.

by |June 12, 2012
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Climates Services: Must Help Us Understand Risks

The point is setting priorities right, and for an agency like the World Food Programme, our focus is of course vulnerable people in the most vulnerable countries, countries where climate change is a multiplier of hunger risk. –- WFP’s Carlo Scaramella, in the fifth in a series of video interviews.

by |February 24, 2012
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Wasting Food = Wasting Water

The world is teetering on the edge of a food crisis due to the growing population, soaring food prices, and water scarcity, yet a shocking one third of the food produced around the world goes to waste.

by |July 1, 2011

New Program Tackles Climate Threats to Food Security

A new multimillion dollar research program by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research aims to alleviate climate-related threats to the food security, livelihoods and environment of people living in the developing world. One of the key intellectual forces behind this initiative has been the IRI‘s Jim Hansen. He’ll be leading efforts within the program… read more

by |March 30, 2010

Getting Back on Track: Ending Global Hunger and Undernutrition

One of the targets of the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is to reduce the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by half between 1990 and 2015, with hunger measured as the proportion of the population who are undernourished and the prevalence of children under five who are underweight.

by |February 15, 2010

Food Miles, Fair Miles

It’s not often that when we purchase food from a bodega or grocery store that we consider where it came from.  Is my apple from New York, Washington, or China?  Were my tomatoes grown in Florida, California, or Mexico?  Whose hands planted and picked them?  Why did this planter choose this variety? Wherever our food… read more

by |January 28, 2010