food Archives - State of the Planet

How Climate Change Will Alter Our Food

As the world population continues to grow, global demand for food could increase dramatically by 2050. Yet the impacts of climate change threaten to decrease the quantity and quality of our food supplies.

by |July 25, 2018
Rice farmers in India

In India, Swapping Crops Could Save Water and Improve Nutrition

Replacing some rice with less thirsty crops could help to sustainably feed a rapidly growing population.

by |July 4, 2018
food in ethiopia

Food Web: Trade Networks May Be Key to Solving Hunger

Columbia’s Center for Climate Systems Research is building a network analysis program that can pinpoint trouble spots in the global food trade system.

by |June 28, 2018
crop insurance

Upping Our Game: Crop Insurance Project Proves Wildly Successful

A weather index insurance tool is graduating from research project to commercial product.

by |March 9, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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