Humans have converted natural land into crops for thousands of years, since the invention of agriculture. This has accelerated so rapidly that humanity has converted in 20 years a 10% of what took more than 8,000 years to convert. What does this mean for the planet?
Massive swarms of the voracious desert locust have been damaging crops and pastures and crippling communities in the Greater Horn of Africa, Arabian Peninsula and Southwest Asia since October 2019.
Rice yields aren’t growing fast enough to meet growing demands. Here are three places rice yields recently declined.
Food is essential to our livelihoods, but the proportion of people working in food production has declined over time. As countries develop, technology improvements and increasing yields typically lead to fewer people working in agriculture.
< Blog It’s a big month for climate action. Policymakers, business leaders and citizens are converging in San Francisco this week for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), which aims to boost international momentum for curbing climate change. The event will be followed by Climate Week in New York at the end of the month. It’s a good […]
< Blog By Sarah Parsons and Peter Kerins Fourth of July is synonymous with cookouts—more specifically, grilled meats. Americans typically consume about 150 million hot dogs over the holiday weekend—more than any other time of year—and purchase 700 million pounds of chicken and 190 million pounds of beef in the weeks preceding July 4th. Not all these foods are […]
To Fight Food Insecurity in Malawi, Just Add Trees By Katie Reytar In a country where 71 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty and nearly everyone depends on rain-fed agriculture, maize is Malawians’ lifeblood. Yet climate change threatens this critically important crop. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) predicts that maize yields will decrease […]