Cotton Sustainability Is Key for Rural Development

Managing trade policy and climate risks are critical to supporting the more than 25 million farmers who grow cotton, experts gathered here emphasized. “Cotton represents so much more than just a commodity: It is a culture, a way of life, and a tradition that finds its roots at the heart …

Food Price Index Holds Steady

Global food prices were steady in September, as lower sugar prices were offset by increased quotations for vegetable oils and meat. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 170 points in September, virtually unchanged from August and 3.3 percent …

This Is Why Denmark, Sweden and Germany Are Considering a Meat Tax

Carnivores are in the firing line, with nations including Germany, Denmark and Sweden considering a tax on meat. Advocates of such a plan say the environmental impact, health ramifications and concerns about animal welfare underpin the need for such a levy. But how realistic is it? And would it really …

Forest-Friendly Chocolate

Sougue Kadjatou is a 45-year-old farmer who lives with her husband and two children in Agboville, a village in Côte d’Ivoire. Her cocoa plantation, where she works every day from morning until early afternoon, is a 40-minute walk from the village. “I’m glad they told me to plant banana and …

World Hunger Is Still Not Going Down and Obesity Is Still Growing

An estimated 820 million people did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year, which is the third year of increase in a row. This underscores the immense challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030, says a new …

Prominent Environment Experts Die in Ethiopian Airlines Crash

India’s external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, was among the first to confirm that a United Nations consultant working with her government’s Ministry of Environment and Forests died aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 on Sunday.  From the UK, it was British aquaculture expert Joanna Toole who was lost, according to the …

‘Extinction Crisis’ Threatening Global Food Supply, UN Report Warns

A drop in global biodiversity is putting our ability to produce food at risk, a new United Nations report warns. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, biodiversity in food and agriculture “is indispensable to food security and sustainable development.” However, in recent years biodiversity at the genetic, species …