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.

World Economic Forum

UN launches initiative for women’s economic empowerment at Davos, The Guardian

India To Take Centre Stage At The WEF 2016, Business World

FULL SPEECH: ‘We always find solutions to our challenges’‚ Zuma tells Team South Africa at WEF, Times Live

New Vision for Agriculture, World Economic Forum

Tesco CEO heads up global food waste campaign launched at Davos, The Guardian

Technology, Biotechnology and Innovation

Why the Future Is Bright for the World’s Poorest Farmers, GatesNotes

Our Favorite Banana May Be Doomed; Can New Varieties Replace It? The Salt

How Biotech Will Help Achieve Zero Hunger, Forbes

The New Reality of Animal-Free Food Innovation, The New Omnivore

Agriculture, Education, and the Next Green Revolution, Chicago Council

To Feed and Sustain the World, We Need Common Ground, Huffington Post

Climate change, resilience and the El Niño

Developing a climate resilient agricultural sector in Mali, ICRISAT

An Empty Table? Food-Climate-Conflict Connections in Paris, New Security Beat

El Niño pushes Zambian farmers to question maize habit, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Millions risk starvation as drought in Africa threatens humanitarian crisis, The Tablet

Food aid, baobab on menu as Zimbabwe struggles with drought, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Access and value chains

New seed varieties not reaching Africa’s small farmers, study says, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Africa: Low Food Prices but Poor Still Go Hungry, AllAfrica

Farmers advised on best practices to improve maize, bean production, Daily Monitor

Foods available to African farm households increase with market access and off-farm work, ILRI

It’s in the Bag: The Story of Purdue Improved Crop Storage Bag, Agrilinks

Women and Youth

How Can Agricultural Education and Training Better Reach Women? Agrilinks

World making barely any progress on preventing stillbirths, says Lancet, The Guardian

Youth Are the Future of Agriculture: A Conversation with Caroline Bailey and Cheryl Turner, Agrilinks

Empowerment matters: “Invisible Women” in Niger produce less food, Agrilinks

Other Stories…

Growing greener cities and African agricultural opportunities, Chronicle


The Importance of Public-Private Partnerships in Global Food Security, AgriPulse

All the reaction from the College’s Schrödinger Lecture, Imperial College

Thou Shalt Not Toss Food: Enlisting Religious Groups To Fight Waste, The Salt

Cameroon: Immense Benefits From Agroforestry in Rural Cameroon, AllAfrica





  1. Great reading list for the long weekend

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