• Fighting schistosomiasis in a strong alliance

    Nearly 260 million people suffer from the worm disease schistosomiasis – children in Africa in particular are affected. Merck, a leading science and technology company, has been cooperating with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the fight against neglected tropical diseases for years. Now, with the establishment of the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA ), Merck has expanded this partnership. By bundling the expertise of its members, the GSA aims to effectively fight and eliminate schistosomiasis worldwide.  more[...]

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  • Smartening Up Tomorrow’s Agriculture

    Tobias Menne
    Bayer Group

    Food security ranks among the pressing challenges of a steadily increasing global population. Yet, there is not enough land left on Earth for further agricultural development. Creating an environment that promotes sustainable agriculture is critical to Bayer in providing enough food for ourselves and also our livestock well into the future. Bayer is contributing to counter these challenges, among other things, with the innovative approach of Digital Farming. This business model is part of Bayer’s contribution to support UN Sustainable Development Goal 2: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture” and emphasizes our commitment to the UN Global Compact.  more[...]

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  • Addressing Nutritional Challenges Through Micronutrient Fortification

    Susan Steinhagen, Nestlé
    Nestlé S.A.

    Nestlé’s ambition is to be recognized as the leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company, helping to enhance the quality of life of our consumers by bringing the best and most relevant products to people, wherever they are, whatever their needs, throughout their lives.  more[...]

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  • Piecitos Colorados – Educating to Develop Latin America


    Piecitos Colorados is a Prosegur development cooperation project that seeks to improve the comprehensive education and the quality of life of children living in disadvantaged areas of Latin America where the company is present. Opting for an approach that is not conducive to dependency, the program prioritizes the teachers, students, and their families being actively committed to transforming the school and to turning them into the driving forces of their communities.  more[...]

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  • Applied Sustainability for the Foodstuffs Industry

    Christine Haupt, BASF

    Around nine billion people will live on planet earth in the year 2050. This outlook poses enormous global challenges to us. Innovative strategies turn challenges into opportunities, especially in the chemicals industry: BASF’s products and solutions will contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition, and improving quality of life. Sustainability and innovation will be significant driving forces. Three selected case studies show how BASF collaborates in the field of nutrition and health with its customers to produce consumer goods more sustainably.  more[...]

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  • Fisheries and the Right to Food

    Dr. Olivier De Schutter, UN

    In the present report, the Special Rapporteur identifies the challenges facing global fisheries and examines how the individuals most vulnerable to negative impacts (the residents of developing coastal and island countries, (specially lowincome food-deficit countries) can be supported to ensure the progressive realization of the right to food, noting that pursuing a human rights approach is critical to achieving sustainable development in the fisheries sector.  more[...]  login_required

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    Dr. Olivier De Schutter, UN 
  • Africa Can Feed Itself, Earn Billions, and Avoid Food Crises by Unblocking Regional Food Trade

    World Bank

    A new World Bank report says that Africa’s farmers can potentially grow enough food to feed the continent and avert future food crises if countries remove cross-border restrictions on the food trade within the region. According to the Bank, the continent would also generate an extra US$20 billion in yearly earnings if African leaders can agree to dismantle trade barriers that blunt more regional dynamism. The report was released on the eve of an African Union (AU) ministerial summit in Addis Ababa on agriculture and trade.  more[...]

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  • The Times they are A-Changing

    Anders Dahlbeck, ActionAid

    In 2008, ActionAid started campaigning to remove biofuels targets that are having a detrimental effect on poor and marginalised communities around the world. We did so in response to calls from communities and partners we work with in the global south, for whom the impact of biofuels production was becoming untenable. Countless cases of land grabs by multinationals to produce industrial biofuels for export to rich countries were the main issue.  more[...]  login_required

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    Anders Dahlbeck, ActionAid 
  • A Chinese Farm in Africa

    Lila Buckley, International Institute for Environment and Development

    Chen promotes new agricultural techniques in China, but he dreams of farming in Senegal. Not because he is a cog in a neo-colonial machine driven by a Beijing masterplan to take over Africa, but because he wants to share his skills and do something meaningful.  more[...]  login_required

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    Lila Buckley, International Institute for Environment and Development 
  • Land Use Futures: Making the most of land in the 21st century

    Foresight, Government Office for Science

    This Project has taken a broad and overarching look at the future of UK land use over the next 50 years. It demonstrates that there is a strong case to develop a much more strategic approach: to guide incremental land use change, incentivise sustainable behaviours, and to unlock value from land.  more[...]  login_required

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  • Global Food and Farming Futures

    Editorial Team

    The Foresight project Global Food and Farming Futures explores the increasing pressures on the global food system between now and 2050. The Report highlights the decisions that policy makers need to take today, and in the years ahead, to ensure that a global population rising to nine billion or more can be fed sustainably and equitably.  more[...]  login_required

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  • Lunch at IKEA

    Prof. Dirk Matten, Hewlett-Packard

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    Prof. Dirk Matten, Hewlett-Packard 
  • FAO releases first status report on urban gardening in Africa

    Food and Agriculture Organization

    Africa's urban population is growing faster than that of any other region, but many of its cities are not keeping pace with the increasing demand for food that comes with that growth. A new FAO publication says policymakers need to act now to ensure that African cities will be "green" enough to meet their nutrition and income needs in a sustainable way.  more[...]  login_required

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  • FDS™: A Small-Scale Farming Revolution


    Hundreds of millions of smallholders are struggling to survive from subsistence farming in developing countries across South America, Asia, and Africa. Given the lack of water infrastructure throughout these and other areas, there is a critical need to make the most of the limited available water sources in such regions. In response, OECD countries, international donors, and NGOs have been promoting technologies such as drip irrigation, which optimizes resources, enhances global food security, and promotes sustainable productivity.  more[...]  login_required

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  • Meeting the Global Water Challenge

    Susan Steinhagen, Nestlé
    Nestlé S.A.

    As the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé depends on reliable access to clean water at every level in order to maintain our ability to meet consumers’ needs. Our long-term success depends on effective management of water resources that supply our everyday business operations and support the livelihoods of suppliers and consumers. We apply a lifecycle approach to assess the impacts of our own operations and those along the wider value chain from farmer to consumer, thereby creating shared value to both Nestlé and society.  more[...]  login_required

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