Land degradation is at the nexus of a vicious spiral which links low land productivity and biodiversity loss with poverty, hunger, instability and insecurity. Land degradation, for instance, releases carbon, worsening global climate change; it reduces crop yield, creating food insecurity; and it erodes livelihoods, driving migration. Under these conditions, instability can take hold, order can break down, and non-state armed groups can become established, leading in turn to impacts such as increases in wildlife poaching, deforestation and violence.
Land degradation has long been recognized as a major problem which threatens ecological health, social stability and economic prosperity. For several decades, a series of solutions have been devised and attempted with varying degrees of success. However, efforts to combat land degradation have been hampered by a lack of resources and the sheer scale of the problem.
As economies and populations grow, land degradation and growing competition for land threatens to multiply this challenge.
Opening the IUCN/ICRAF event ‘Integrated approaches for multifunctional landscapes: connecting LDN, biodiversity and climate change’ at the recent UNCCD summit, Ms Barbut laid out in stark terms the challenge of meeting the world’s growing demand for food. The global community has committed itself to meeting environmental targets including achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN), safeguarding biodiversity and mitigating climate change, and developing countries in particular are struggling with the added burdens this requires.
The food and beverage industry is facing change, and brands have to adapt or risk losing out. Climate uncertainties, population growth, evolving consumer expectations, and other social and regulatory considerations make for a landscape where only the most prepared will thrive.
NEW YORK, September 18, 2017/3BL Media/ - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Mars Incorporated signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to work to increase incomes and economic opportunities for thousands of smallholder farmers in developing countries.
In 1977, during the heyday of the emerging “alternative energy” movement, I attended a solar greenhouse conference where I remember one of our little tribe’s pioneers opined about how much less exciting the solar “revolution” was going to be when it finally went mainstream. “I know what’s going to happen,” architect Steve Baer of Zomeworks pronounced – “solar collectors are going to be advertised in Sears newspaper inserts! I’m going to hate it but I’ll know we have arrived.”
Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, General Mills score highest; Majority fall short as agricultural damages mount from hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Climate change is making water one of the biggest risks to the $5 trillion food industry, whether from epic flooding or prolonged drought. A new report released today by the sustainability nonprofit organization, Ceres, calls on major food companies to reduce the impacts of a warming climate—on both the global water supply and on their bottom lines—by adopting far stronger practices to use limited fresh water resources more efficiently.
In the year since the UK’s referendum on EU membership, Barclays has prioritised helping UK customers and clients through this period of uncertainty, but also one of potential opportunity.
Every sector is having to cope with the uncertainty around Brexit and how it will affect their business. Farming has felt that uncertainty particularly acutely, with concerns about commodity prices and poor weather impacting output, adding further pressures to the industry.
PYXERA Global is Hosting Fall Virtual Event Series on the Youth Skills Gap, Post-Harvest Loss, and Treatable and Preventable NCDs
WASHINGTON, July 26, 2017 /3BL Media/ -The time is now to engage partners, begin collaborations, scale solutions, and make progress on solvable problems such as reducing post-harvest loss, bridging youth skills gap and increasing employability, and treating and preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs). PYXERA Global will host a #GEFlive fall virtual event series on those three solvable problems, starting in September.