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All Food Articles
  • Seven lending organizations are teaming up to meet the large-scale needs of smallholder farms in the developing world.

  • In 2011, a rift opened within the fair trade movement. What are the tensions that drove otherwise like-minded activists to form rival camps.

  • In some places, users of the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can supplement their diet via community supported agriculture.

  • climate_change_agriculture Tanzania might benefit from unexpected trade opportunities resulting from climate change—but the country must enact policies to take…

  • The_Last_Hunger_Season_book_cover In The Last Hunger Season, Roger Thurow shares the experience of a year in Africa with four smallholder farmers.

    By Roger Thurow
  • Partners in Health and Abbott Laboratories are building a new plant in Corporant, Haiti to produce a therapeutic food called Nourimanba.

    By Suzie Boss | 1
  • At Panera Cares cafés, there’s a donation box where customers pay on the honor system.

    By Suzie Boss | 10
  • Sambazon’s commitment to social entrepreneurship creates a fair market for farmers in the Amazon

    By Ryan Black & Jeremy Black
  • Disseminating innovations takes a distinct, sophisticated skill set, one that often requires customizing the program to new circumstances,…

    By Susan H. Evans & Peter Clarke | 2
FAMINE: The Global
Food Crisis and What
We Can Do to Avoid It
Julian Cribb The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It by Julian Cribb

    Reviewed By Janine Yorio

Blog Posts

All Food Posts
  • New technology-enabled solutions are trying to match the scale of food recovery to the scale of industrial food distribution.

    By William D. Eggers & Christopher Benz | 8
  • Rufo_Quintavalle_Agro-Ecological_Investment_Management_SSIR_headshot A focus on innovation can be an impediment to genuine progress in the food system.

    By Rufo Quintavalle | 18
  • How one African country is changing how we feed the world.

    By Khalid Bomba & Dan Glickman | 1
  • Investors and philanthropists must work together to generate more ecologically responsible and locally grown food for more people.

    By Don Shaffer | 2
  • Poverty is growing in US suburbs, but for service providers, does it matter where the poor live?

    By Robert Searle, Nidhi Sahni, & Erin Sweeney | 2
  • One Acre Fund's Andrew Youn: "Agriculture is the fundamental humanitarian challenge of our time."

    By Roger Thurow | 1
  • Rufo_Quintavalle_Agro-Ecological_Investment_Management_SSIR_headshot The environment is the fifth pillar of international food security.

    By Rufo Quintavalle | 6
  • Cynthia_Belliveau Exploring the role of regional models—takeaways from the University of Vermont’s first-ever food systems summit.

    By Cynthia Belliveau | 2
  • Erinn_Andrews_headshot_nonprofit_strategy_ssir The importance of a nonprofit’s impact when choosing where to donate, and the top high-impact organizations working in international…

    By Erinn Andrews
  • Hybrid approaches present an opportunity to achieve both greater social impact as well as greater business benefits.

    By Ulrich Villis and Mehdi El Hajoui


All Food Podcasts
  • Pamela Ronald, of the University of California, Davis, talks about how her laboratory, in collaboration with other scientists, developed a variety of rice with sufficient submergence tolerance to survive severe flooding.

    Featuring Pamela Ronald
  • John Kehoe discusses how the chocolate maker TCHO has encouraged social entrepreneurship in developing countries through innovative supply chain practices.

    Featuring John Kehoe
  • Leslie_John_headshot Harvard business professor Leslie John reports on studies providing financial and social incentives to get people to lose weight.

    Featuring Leslie John
  • Ann_Bartuska_headshot In this audio lecture, Dr. Ann Bartuska of the U.S. Department of Agriculture shares her insight on the necessary steps to sustainably feed the nine billion people that will be living on our planet by 2050.

    Featuring Ann Bartuska | 1
  • COO of Bats'il Maya Alberto Irezabal on the social environment in Chiapas and his nonprofit COO of Bats'il Maya Alberto Irezabal talks about the social environment in Chiapas that led to the founding of the organization, and how the co-op works.

    Featuring Alberto Irezabal
  • U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Chairman of the House Committee on Education George Miller, address the NewSchools Summit 2010.

    Featuring Arne Duncan and George Miller