Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dairy and Asian Nutrition

What hunger and nutrition looks like is changing in Asia. The article linked below takes a look at hunger and nutrition trends and issues in Asia. We encourage you to read the linked article and have conversations with others around the globe utilizing the discussion points provided.

Dairy Potential Ally in Asian Nutrition

Discussion Points

  • What has been the trend in regards to hunger in Asia in the last 25 years and why have we seen this?
  • How are diets and health changing in Asia and why?
  • What is the difference between hunger and malnutrition?
  • Why are small dairy farmers in Asia key to battling malnutrition?
  • What are additional ways that nutrition can be improved in Asia as well as your local community?
  • Often times people will state that "healthy food starts with a healthy soil." What does this statement mean to you?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Smallholder Farmers Have Huge Impact

More and more we hear about the great impact that smallholder farmers have within agriculture. While we often hear this there is not a lot of information on location, size, and other details relating to smallholder farmers. A recent study from the University of Minnesota is working to provide some of this data. Read through the linked article below and utilize the discussion points to guide conversations in your classrooms, coffee shops, and communities around the world. If you want to dive into the topic deeper the complete study is linked within the article providing further analysis and data.

Map of Farming Households Created

Discussion Points

  • There has not been a lot of information/data regarding smallholder farmers in the past. Why do you feel this is the case?
  • Why is it important to understand the number, location, and distribution of small farms?
  • Study the "Mean Agricultural Area" map provided. What jumps out to you?
  • Why are smallholder farmers key to feeding our world?
  • This map is a great first step in collecting data and information regarding smallholder farmers. What other information would you like to see collected and why?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Global Agriculture Watch

There is a lot happening in agriculture markets around the world. A link below provides a look around the globe concerning agriculture supply and demand and potential impacts on markets. While it focuses on impacts to the United States markets you can apply the information to all markets around the world. We encourage you to read the article linked below and utilize the discussion points provided to guide conversations in your classrooms and communities around the globe.

Global Game-Changers

Discussion Points

  • Brazil and Argentina agriculture look to have great impact on United States markets. What will these impacts be and why respectively for each country?
  • Outside of Brazil and Argentina of the countries and scenarios listed which do you feel will have the most positive impact on your home country and why?
  • Outside of Brazil and Argentina of the countries and scenarios listed which do you feel will have the most negative impact on your home country and why?
  • Which country's scenario do you find the most intriguing and why?

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

GMO's, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Economics

GMO's (genetically modified organisms) are always a hot topic issue around the world. Recently Purdue University conducted research on GMO's globally. They focused on two separate scenarios revolving around GMO crop production. This article takes a look at how changes in GMO crop production could change the way we live in different parts of the world. I encourage you to read the linked article and then utilize the discussion points below to guide conversations around the globe.

Model Predicts GMO Impacts

Discussion Points

  • What two scenarios were researched as part of this project?
  • What were the findings from each scenario? Be specific.
  • Where does your home country fit into the GMO perceptions and regulations picture?
  • Why would poorer countries be impacted greater than more developed countries with each scenario?
  • The article states that the U.S. would actually benefit economically from a global GMO ban even though the U.S. is a leader in GMO production. Why is this the case?
  • The article states several times the safety of GMO's and the science behind it. Take some time to research the science behind GMO's and share your findings.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Battling Sheep and Goat Plague

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are teaming up to battle Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) and eradicate the disease by 2030. PPR is a disease that is ravaging sheep and goat flocks in parts of the world. The linked article provides facts and the plan for this. Along with the article on the right side of the webpage there are additional links to provide better understanding. You are encouraged to read the linked article and watch the linked video below. From there utilize the discussion points to guide conversations in your classrooms and communities around the world!

FAO and OIE Global Campaign to Eradicate PPR

PPR Video

Discussion Points

  • What is PPR and why is it such a concern?
  • Animal diseases can have negative impacts on human health, but what other areas can they negatively affect? Explain.
  • How can farmers protect their flocks from PPR currently?
  • What parts of the world are being directly impacted by PPR and why are these areas such a concern?
  • How does the FAO and OIE plan to work together to eradicate PPR? Evaluate the plan. What do you like? What would you improve?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Haitian Agriculture Suffering from Hurricane Matthew

The article linked below discusses the effects of Hurricane Matthew on the country of Haiti. For a country already suffering from food insecurity this concern has been magnified with the recent storm. Read the linked article and spark conversation with others around the globe utilizing the discussion points below.

Food Security of Haitians Threatened

Discussion Points

  • How has Hurricane Matthew effected agriculture and food supplies in Haiti? Be specific.
  • What do you feel are the immediate and long term steps needed to reach food security in the country of Haiti?
  • It is evident the impact that Hurricane Matthew is having on Haiti. What other natural disasters have we seen around the world that have a negative impact on agriculture and to what extent?
  • What can be done to better protect farmers and countries from natural disasters in the future?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Borlaug Dialogue Closes: Take Action

Today was the third and final day of the World Food Prize and Borlaug Dialogue for us. It was a great three days of learning and we are excited to tackle the challenge of feeding approximately 10 million people by 2050. Once again we have highlights from sessions from day three below. Utilize the points below to keep the conversations going and from there take action to feed our growing world.

Here is a picture of the four Laureates for this year on the stage this morning explaining their project with sweet potatoes.

Breakfast Keynote Address: Liam Condon
  • Diversity is crucial in agriculture.
  • When offering solutions in agriculture they must fit with local culture.
  • "For he who has health, has hope and he who has hope, has everything." Thomas Carlyle
The Challenge of Change: Engaging Public Universities to Feed the World
  • We need to focus more on interdisciplinary work and collaboration.
  • We need to focus on problems rather than disciplines.
  •  This is a global agenda and will take global partnerships.
Women Leaders Driving Science and Innovation for Agricultural Transformation in Africa
  • People don't trust traditional knowledge.
  • Women scientists face the challenge of validating themselves.
  • We must bring mechanization to women in Africa.
A Conversation with the 2016 World Food Prize Laureates
  • We must keep our eye on the goal. Improve dietary quality.
  • If you are speaking different languages you'll be doing different things. (Scientific versus arts, etc.)
  • Having both parties in the same room isn't enough. They also must listen to each other.
Celebrating 30 Years of the Borlaug-Sasakawa/World Food Prize Legacy
  • We have to be ready for anything and everything.
  • Norm's Keys to Success
    • He was passionate
    • He never gave up
    • He kept it simple
  • We must be on the ground battling everyday to solve world hunger. Do it and do it on the ground/in the fields.
While this may have concluded the 30th World Food Prize and Borlaug Dialogue please do not let your conversations around the world stop. Keep the dialogue going and take action to tackle the challenges in front of us!