Agriculture Archives - State of the Planet

farmers learn about index insurance

After Ten Years of Index Insurance, What’s Next?

Insurance helps to increase the food system’s resiliency to climate shocks, and encourages farmers to make more productive and sustainable decisions.

by |October 24, 2018

Researchers Say an 1800s Global Famine Could Happen Again

The Global Famine was one of the worst humanitarian disasters in history, killing as many people as World War II. A new analysis suggests it could happen again, only worse because of climate change.

by |October 12, 2018

Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture: Applications Now Open!

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment’s annual training session will be held at Columbia University in New York City in June 2019. Applications are now open, and will be assessed on a rolling basis.

almond orchard in california

Almond Orchards in California: Healthy or Hazardous?

Why California almonds get such a bad rap.

by |September 5, 2018
rain forecast

Farmers and Climate Scientists Have More in Common Than You May Think

An eighth-generation farmer and student explains how science seeks to quantify and understand the changes that farmers understand intuitively.

by |August 30, 2018
CIESIN team members of the new project Geo-eferenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3), seated around a table.

The Intersection of Climate Science and Hope: A Personal Story

A man from Mali explains why he spent his summer working with Columbia’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network.

by |August 30, 2018

Here’s How Cameroon Can Achieve Land Contract Transparency

A new law promises to remove the shroud of secrecy that has hovered over contracts and concessions the government has signed with natural resource investors.

child eating corn on the cob

Corn, Obesity, and Navigating Healthy Eating Choices as a Parent

Our children learn to eat from us. Eat better, fill your plates with dark leafy greens and your kid is bound to follow.

by |August 22, 2018
Remains of former dwelling on top of the mountain.

Exploring Ecological Migration in Gansu Province, China

What the West sees as the Chinese government’s top-down decision making around ecological migration is actually a more complex process.

by |August 17, 2018
brown wheat in field

Does the El Niño Southern Oscillation Actually Matter for Food Security?

And why should we care what causes a drought?

by |July 27, 2018