What we’ve been reading this week

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

Feeding the cities

Growing Food for Growing Cities: Achieving Inclusive Growth, Chicago council

Future of food : shaping the global food system to deliver improved nutrition and health, World Bank

Why urban agriculture isn’t a panacea for Africa’s food crisis, The Conversation

Guest Commentary – How Access to Long-Established Technology Can Help Feed Growing Cities, Chicago Council

Growth opportunities and growing pains in a changing global food system, AgriPulse

Growing Food for Growing Cities: Engaging the Private Sector, Chicago Council

Climate change 

A new start for European foreign policy, E3G

Could global warming’s top culprit help crops? Eurekalert

The energy efficiency myth buster, E3G

Emerging technologies & GM

Advancing insects as animal feed, Global Food Security

Natural GMOs: the Sweet Potato, Biology Fortified

Can Data-Driven Agriculture Help Feed a Hungry World? Environment 360

Brief 51: Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2015, ISAAA

Till: Big Data from Small Farms, The Chicago Council

GMO food labels are meaningless, LA Times

Gene-editing surges as US rethinks regulations, Nature

Britain and Europe

DfID should make taxpayer pound go further on aid, says watchdog, The Guardian

Explainer: what is the EU Common Agricultural Policy? The Conversation

Behind the label: can we trust certification to give us fairer products? The Guardian

UK government told ‘stop the scandal of privatised aid’ as new report exposes millions going to free market consultants, Global Justice Now

Does Britain spend too much on foreign aid? The Guardian

Britain’s scientists must not be gagged, The Guardian

Finance, value chains, and agribusinesses

Inflection Point: Unlocking growth in the era of farmer finance, Institute for Smallholder Finance and RAF Learning Lab

Building Climate Smart Value Chain In Cocoa Sector | News Ghana, CGIAR

Matt Shakhovskoy: Three Big Opportunities for Unlocking Smallholders’ Access to Finance, Farming First

Ethiopian coffee farmers full of beans as barcodes promise better business, The Guardian

How Africa can close its continent-wide science funding gap, The Conversation

Busting myths and promoting youth savings, Devex


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