What we’ve been reading this week

This week’s summary on the news stories, reports and blogs that have grabbed our attention. We welcome your thoughts and comments on these articles.

Drought, expanding deserts and ‘food for jihad’ drive Mali’s conflict, Thomson Reuters Foundation

On thin ice: the farmers adapting to Peru’s melting glacier, The Guardian

Obama Nominates Gayle Smith to Lead U.S.A.I.D., The New York Times

Tragedy in Nepal highlights need to address fragile institutions, fragmented food systems and poor nutrition BEFORE disasters strike, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition

Africa ‘Could Tackle Insecurity With Smart Agriculture Policies’, The Wall Street Journal

New study points to link between weedkiller glyphosate and cancer, Financial Times

Turning Ethiopia’s desert green, BBC news

Don’t neglect farmers when it comes to finance, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Training young scientists to help farmers, The Daily Monitor

Pesticides alter bees’ brains, making them unable to live and reproduce adequately, Eurekalert.org

Golden Rice to receive 2015 humanitarian award from U.S. government, IRRI

Mali’s farmers count on national fund to expand climate insurance, Thomson Reuters Foundation

The story of Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals, Farming First

Could a ‘miracle tree’ help end malnutrition in Zambia?, BBC News

This is the backup plan if all our crops are wiped out, The Washington Post

Photosynthesis upgrade proposed to raise crop yields, SciDev.Net

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