Food for Thought

What we’re following 3/18/10

Mar 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Food for Thought

New York Times: Somalia Food Aid Bypasses Needy, U.N. Study Says A new United Nations Security report recently found that as much as half of the food aid sent to Somalia is diverted from needy people to a group of contractors, radical Islamist militants and U.N. staff members. The report recommends that Secretary General Ban […]



What We’re Following 02/15/10

Feb 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Food for Thought

Land conflict in Liberia–What’s a woman in Liberia to do when she’s kicked off her land by a returning male family member?  When a representative from the Catholic Peace and Justice Commission educates villages on new Liberian laws, which grant land rights to women, an almost 4-year old family dispute is resolved.  Shown through multimedia […]



What we’re following 01/11/10

Jan 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Food for Thought

The Herald (Harare): Zimbabwe: USAID Gives U.S.$14 Million to Farmers, Agri-Businesses The United States Agency for International Development has awarded approximately US$14 million to support more than 52, 000 farmers and agri-businesses in Zimbabwe.  The embassy of the United States of America Public Affairs Section said the grants would be aimed at restoring livelihoods to […]



What we’re following 12/18/09

Dec 18th, 2009 | By | Category: Food for Thought

New York Times: Monsanto to Allow Use of Seed After Patent Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company and one of the major proponents of genetically modified crops, said in a letter to farm groups this week that it would allow farmers to grow its Roundup Ready soybeans even after a patent protecting the technology expired […]



Africa Reporting Project correspondent publishes story on Ted Miguel in East Bay alt weekly

Dec 5th, 2009 | By | Category: Food for Thought

By ARP Staff
December 5, 2009

Africa Reporting Project correspondent Madeleine Bair published a story this week in the East Bay Express about economist Ted Miguel’s research on climate change and civil conflict in Africa. The study, produced by Miguel and a UC Berkeley doctoral student, is the first to link global warming to human warfare.



Summit too hard to swallow?

Nov 18th, 2009 | By | Category: Food for Thought

By SHALWAH EVANS
November 18, 2009

As a reporter my job is to take complicated issues and frame them so that they make sense to the average person—or so I thought. But by the end of this World Summit on Food Security, I too am confused about this behemoth of an issue.



World Food Security Summit: The quiet before the storm

Nov 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Food for Thought

By ALEXIA UNDERWOOD
November 16, 2009

The Food and Agriculture Organization building was humming with low-level, languid activity Sunday afternoon, as journalists and FAO officials prepared for Monday’s launch of the World Food Summit on Food Security.

Journalists speaking a myriad of languages checked e-mail, made phone calls, joked and lounged around the blue-carpeted media room, awaiting the event and the resulting news coverage blitz.



Will Google Trader help farmers in Africa?

Nov 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Food for Thought

By GERALD BUSINGE
November 13, 2009

Software and web-search giant Google last week launched the online Google Trader pilot in Uganda to connect sellers and buyers of goods and services, including in agriculture.

Google Trader online is part of the SMS-based services that the company launched in June in Uganda. The service is aimed at bringing together buyers and sellers of products or services in a “marketplace” using their mobile phones.