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How to Feed Everyone—and Protect the Environment

More than 500 leaders in agricultural research and organizations from 67 countries came together for the 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security to discuss how we can achieve global food security while reconciling demands on the environment.

by |November 17, 2015

Scientists’ Conference to Address Global Food Security

Columbia University is teaming up with Cornell University to co-host the second International Global Food Security Conference to bring together 500-plus scientists to investigate the behavioral, biophysical, economic, institutional, political, social and technological drivers of current and future global food security.

by |April 14, 2015
Africa, agriculture

Will Africa Finally Achieve a Green Revolution?

Earth Institute agricultural scientist Pedro A. Sanchez argues in a new essay that new developments in both science and politics give him hope that sub-Saharan Africa will be able to feed itself by 2050, even with a projected population by then of about 2 billion people.

by |November 6, 2014

Map Your Food

Where does London get its fruit? Where are the “food swamps” in Los Angeles? Where do tomatoes from Spain wind up? Where are the composters in New York City? For lovers of geography, and of the sociology of food, “Food: an atlas” offers lots of informative and curious distraction.

by |December 10, 2013
Maize, Malawi

Postdoc Crosses Disciplines to Put Theory to Practice

The Earth Institute postdoc has provided me with a strong foundation to continue to initiate and develop these sorts of collaborations, has helped me learn how my own research can benefit from being challenged by and contextualized in another field, and has taught me how much fun it can be to share the same sort of challenge and insight.

by |October 7, 2013

Phosphorus: Essential to Life—Are We Running Out?

Phosphorus is essential to human health and vital for food production. But are we using up phosphorus faster than we can economically extract it?

by |April 1, 2013

Video: Is Drought In East Africa The New Normal?

A video interview with climate scientist Bradfield Lyon, who explains his latest research on what’s driving rainfall patterns in parts of East Africa.

by |May 3, 2012

Finding the Link Between Water Stress and Food Prices

Over the past decade, average global food prices have more than doubled, with 2008 and 2010 seeing excruciating price spikes that each had far-reaching economic, geopolitical and social consequences.

by |March 16, 2012

A Famine Foretold

Climate and food security expert Jim Hansen lays out the root causes of food insecurity in East Africa.

by |August 25, 2011

Food Security Under Climate Change

In 2008 the world faced one of its most severe food crises in recent history.  Around the world riots broke out in otherwise food-secure nations — places like Egypt, Russia, Mexico, and Brazil.  The world’s governments responded — a major U.N. conference was held in Geneva.  What they discussed there was the fundamental issue of… read more

by |October 6, 2009