Agriculture

Not Just Their Problem: Roger Thurow Explains Why We Have All Been Missing Opportunities in African Agriculture

Roger Thurow has served as a senior fellow on the global food and agriculture team at the Chicago Council on...

The Role of Drought and Climate Change in Syrian Conflict

A recent study shows how climate change contributed to the 2007-2010 drought and how this affected conflict in Syria.

Antibiotic Breach: The Fall of Another Powerful Antibiotic Drug

This study presents the first observed case of transmittable antibiotic resistance to colistin, one of the most potent antibiotics available. Colistin belongs to a class of antibiotics of “last resort,” called polymyxin. The study highlights the need for increased regulation of antimicrobial use to avoid a global health crisis.

Are Improved Nutritional Outcomes and a Robust Agricultural Sector Mutually Exclusive? Case Study Findings from the Developing World

Recent East African and South Asian stakeholder research has helped shed light on the thorny relationship between food security and nutritional policymaking in the developing world. Though findings point to a need for action on several fronts, addressing data disconnects in each of the six case study countries remains vital.

Poverty Trap, or Ticket to Economic Growth? Forecasting the Impact of Climate Change on Migration and Global Inequality

A new study models the long-run effects of global warming on agricultural productivity and its impact on migration flows in low- and middle-income countries.

Putting a (New) Price Tag on Global Warming

A new model suggests that future costs of climate change have been underestimated.

In the Fight for Food Security, Sustainable Land Management Plays a ‘Growing’ Role

Though the authors found consistently positive (i.e. increased) yields for cover cropping, organic fertilization, mulching, and water harvesting, even more compelling is the meta-analysis that was conducted to investigate the potential for climate change mitigation.

The Complex Story of GMOs, Told from the DuPont Perspective

An interview with DuPont’s Doyle Karr (Director of Biotechnology Public Policy) and Jacque Matsen (Public Affairs Manager) delves into the corporate perspective on GMOs—the pros, the cons, the regulation, and the industry.

GMOs: Where the Science Stands on Nutrition and Agricultural Advancement

A survey of literature shows that, while GMOs are overwhelmingly beneficial to farmers, consumers, and the environment, policy precautions should be taken to prevent poor land management practices.

The Unintended Consequences of Subsidized Irrigation Conservation

Government-led, cost share programs enabling US farmers to adopt water-saving irrigation systems may actually be increasing water use. Changing the way water rights are defined might help.

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