Livestock are critical for global development yet often overlooked. The world’s cows, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry and other farm animals are the mainstay of livelihoods the world over. And the energy and nutrient-dense milk, meat, and eggs these animals produce provide hundreds of millions of families in the world’s poorer countries with essential food and nutrition.
Farmers rely on the weather and the environment in its entirety for their production and livelihoods. Changes in the frequency and severity of major weather events, such as droughts and floods, are posing significant challenges for farmers and threaten food security, especially in developing countries. In addition, agricultural activities, such as crop and livestock production, are significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Globally agricultural emissions currently account for 12-14% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These are projected to increase by 20-30% by 2020, as estimates indicate we will need to increase food production by as much as 60-70% by 2050.
Since 2001, World Milk Day has been observed by the United Nations on June 1st. It was initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN to mark the importance of dairy. World Milk Day focuses on raising public awareness about the importance of milk as part of a healthy and balanced diet and as an agricultural product – in other words, with the perspective of a consumer and also with the perspective of a producer.
For two very cold and icy days in April, a delegation of eight people representing the Prairie Oat Growers Association went to Ottawa to meet with several key Government agencies, members of Parliament, and industry to share the success story of Canadian Oats and discuss the current challenges being faced by the oats sector.
At the end of March 2018, two members of the Emerging Team spent 10 days in Burkina Faso and Mali filming the work of Target Malaria. Target Malaria is a global research consortium working to save millions of lives from malaria by developing new, cost-effective, and sustainable genetic technologies to modify mosquitoes and reduce malaria transmission.
Pulses can be a major player in the fight against one of the most urgent global food challenges: malnutrition. A recent clinical study in Malawi has found that complementary feeding with cowpeas reduces stunting in children and improves overall gut health.
On Thursday, March 1st, the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) held an information session in Nairobi, Kenya. The hope for this event was to engage with more farmers, SMEs, and agricultural entrepreneurs in East Africa, an area that represents incredible growth, potential, and challenges in the ongoing fight to end malnutrition and hunger worldwide by 2030.
The 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 62) is currently taking place in New York until 23rd March 2018. This year’s theme is “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.”
March is #nutritionmonth in Canada and it’s exciting to follow all the conversations around the limitless potential of food to fuel our bodies, heal what ails us, and bring people together. This month provides a wonderful wealth of information encouraging Canadians to ‘Unlock the Potential of Food’ through events, recipes, factsheets and much more – find out more here. As we celebrate #nutritionmonth here at home, it’s a good time to ponder the global state of nutrition. How far are we in the journey to achieving the global goal to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture” by 2030?