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Innovations that Nourish the Planet

The Worldwatch Institute has published its latest report: 'State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet'. The press release states that the report
The Worldwatch Institute has published its latest report: 'State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet'. The press release states that the report “spotlights successful agricultural innovations and unearths major successes in preventing food waste, building resilience to climate change, and strengthening farming in cities. The report provides a roadmap for increased agricultural investment and more-efficient ways to alleviate global hunger and poverty. Drawing from the world’s leading agricultural experts and from hundreds of innovations that are already working on the ground, the report outlines 15 proven, environmentally sustainable prescriptions. “State of the World 2011 draws from hundreds of case studies and first-person examples to offer solutions to reducing hunger and poverty. “The State of the World 2011 report is accompanied by other informational materials including briefing documents, summaries, an innovations database, videos, and podcasts, all of which are available at www.NourishingthePlanet.org. The project’s findings are being disseminated to a wide range of agricultural stakeholders, including government ministries, agricultural policymakers, farmer and community networks, and the increasingly influential non-governmental environmental and development communities.” The chapter headings are as follows:
  1. Charting a New Path to Eliminating Hunger
  2. Moving Ecoagriculture into the Mainstream
  3. The Nutritional and Economic Potential of Vegetables
  4. Getting More Crop per Drop
  5. Farmers Take the Lead in Research and Development
  6. Africa’s Soil Fertility Crisis and the Coming Famine
  7. Safeguarding Local Food Biodiversity
  8. Coping with Climate Change and Building Resilience
  9. Post-Harvest Losses: A Neglected Field
  10. Feeding the Cities
  11. Harnessing the Knowledge and Skills of Women Farmers
  12. Investing in Africa’s Land: Crisis and Opportunity
  13. The Missing Links: Going Beyond Production
  14. Improving Food Production from Livestock
  15. A Road Map for Nourishing the Planet
For more information (there’s some free supplementary info on indigenous African crops and on innovations in action) see the WWI website here.   If you’re in the UK, you can buy the book here.
 

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