October 16, 2015

What We’re Reading: Imperfections, Desertification and Decentralization

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Stories we loved this week:

“Perfect” produce and the rise of food waste in Kenya

Last year, 44.5% of food grown for European retailers from Kenya was wasted due to the inability to meet cosmetic food specification. Tumultuous regulations and the lack of  transparency in western markets decrease farmer’s selling power and contribute to substantial food waste.

Food Tank

Opening statements at COP12 side event in Ankara, Turkey emphasize the links between landscapes and SDGs

UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut highlights the strong relationships between drought and land degradation and issues of food security, poverty and migration. She recommends the need to implement voluntary target goals success on land degradation to achieve the SDGs.

IISD African Regional Coverage

FAO and the Government of France warn that climate change could reverse food security gains

Farmers, fishermen and foresters bear the brunt of climate change. FAO and Prime Minister Stéphane Le Foll argue that concrete investments and policies that adapt agriculture to climate change are crucial to increased food security.

UN News Centre

Achieving the SDGs through decentralized cooperation

Long before the UN Summit defined the Sustainable Development Goals, communities all over the world were already implementing actions toward achieving the several social, environmental and economic outcomes the Goals call for. Countries can make these goals a reality by allowing local and regional governments to address their own specific development needs.


Future generations are at risk without proper measures to conserve soil

The travels of 20th century soil scientist W.C. Lowdermilk  suggest that soil degradation determined the future of many ancient societies. His findings show that those who carefully maintained their soils endured. Years later, his message still rings true. Cultivating sustainable futures relies heavily on soil preservation.

National Geographic: The Plate


The featured photo for this post was sourced from International Rice Research Institute’s Flickr Account.
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