Food and Agriculture News

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Investigates China's Water Challenge

Jul 24, 2013
Dr. Elizabeth Economy from Council on Foreign Relations testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs and talked about China's water challenge and its implications for the U.S. rebalance to Asia.

At the Desert’s Edge’ Gives a Glimpse of China’s Massive Desertification Challenge

Jul 03, 2013
At the Desert’s Edge, a new short documentary from the Asia Society and filmmaker Jonah Kessel, explains the challenges and efforts to combat desertification in Kulun Qi, a dry area in northeastern Inner Mongolia.

Wilson Center and Circle of Blue Release Multimedia Report on India's Water, Food, Energy Nexus

Jun 11, 2013
"Choke Point: India" finds that achieving food abundance is overwhelming India's mammoth and unwieldy bureaucracy, draining its freshwater reserves, and straining the energy sector and electrical grid.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Testified in Front of Congressional-Executive Commission on China

May 28, 2013
On May 21, 2013 CEF director Jennifer Turner testified in front of the Congressional Executive Commission on China’s hearing on “Food and Drug and Safety, Public Heath, and the Environment in China.”

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Joins Pacific Institute Heather Cooley Discussing Choke Point Issues in US and China

May 09, 2013
Jennifer Turner speaks at University of Denver Jackson About Water-Energy Confrontations in China.
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CES 12 Preview: Sustainable Coffee Growing in Yunnan

Feb 19, 2013
Yunnan is a microcosm of the intertwined challenges facing China; climate change, strained water resources, and rising energy and food demand to meet the demands of the world’s largest country are together forming a Choke Point that cannot be ignored. In a striking example of one such growing water-energy-food choke point, Yunnan's Nuozhadu Dam on the Mekong River is located in Pu'er, the epicenter of Yunnan's coffee growing boom. Yunnan's looming threats of drought, dams, development, and deforestation are making the need for sustainable water practices, like those in Starbucks' C.A.F.E. Practices, all the more urgent.

U.S. Ambassador: Egypt Needs Leadership on Economy

Feb 12, 2013
On February 10, U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson outlined realistic steps Egypt can take to move forward economically and politically. Elections and constitutions “are not enough,” she told members of Alexandria’s Rotary Club. She stressed the importance of a healthy and active civil society to the country’s democratic transition. Patterson said that Cairo also needs to ensure the protection and political participation of religious minorities and women.

The Global Farmland Rush

Feb 06, 2013
Over the last decade food-importing nations and private investors have been securing land abroad to use for agriculture – cumulatively amounting to approximately the size of Western Europe. Michael Kugelman highlights how this practice puts citizens of some poorer countries in danger of losing their patrimony, not to mention their sources of food.

CEF Partner Releases Comprehensive Report on China's Environment

Jan 30, 2013
The Asian Development Bank, a CEF Partner on Choke Point: Cities, recently released a comprehensive country environmental analysis report on the People's Republic of China. The report highlighted environmental achievements and substantial remaining challenges, while providing analysis on the drivers of environmental stress and recommendations for moving towards an environmentally sustainable future.

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