Local food production is essential to addressing global food challenges.
Barry Shelley is Oxfam America’s global agriculture and climate change advisor. A recent story by Dan Charles on mysteries related to the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) highlights some critical issues in current SRI debates. First, intensified labor demands can be an obstacle to initial SRI adoption in some locales. Second, since development work must […]
What would future farming look like if we better considered the role of women, risk, farmer-based knowledge, and less reliance on fossil fuel?
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With Farm Bill negotiations simmering on the back burner and an all-consuming Congressional focus on dealing with the fiscal cliff, the Alliance for Global Food Security, a group of Private Voluntary Organizations who have opposed common sense reforms to food aid programs, took the opportunity to launch a new study on the use of food […]
Women grow the majority of the world’s food—and are also the majority of the world’s hungry because of vast inequalities in resources and power.
Credit: Oxfam America Action Corps and Grazioso Pictures Inc. Last week, I managed an (almost) zero mile meal. My backyard chickens provided eggs for a crustless quiche, flavored by garden-grown cherry tomatoes and basil, with freshly dug roasted potatoes on the side. The food was all local—almost. You need olive oil, salt and pepper to […]
For the sorcerers who practice the dark arts of politics, the hot summer months are generally known for their focus on triviality, hyperbole and petty posturing. This “silly season” is marked mostly by frivolous debates over manufactured controversies as voters tune out and cook out in parks and backyards across the country. So it comes […]
This is the second in a series of blogs considering the options for and barriers to agricultural resiliency. Years ago I heard a banker say that if he had to choose between managing an agricultural loan portfolio made up of 20 mid-sized farms covering 10,000 acres or five large farms managing the same area, he would […]