Food and Agriculture

Plan for Boosting Ghana’s Agricultural Productivity

Francis Abebrese is focused on the growth potential of Ghana’s agricultural sector. His research is identifying reasons behind low productivity as well as lessons learned, key issues, and policy recommendations for increasing public expenditure and boosting production. He describes the current situation and shares his vision for what’s possible in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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Boosting Agricultural Productivity and Food Security in Africa: A Case Study of Ghana

On September 7, 2017, The Wilson Center Africa Program hosted Mr. Francis Abebrese, an Economic and Research Analyst at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) and a Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar with the Africa Program and Dr. Tewodaj Mogues, Senior Research Fellow for the Development Strategy and Governance Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to discuss agricultural productivity and public financing for agriculture in Africa, focusing on Ghana as a case study.

Hot, Hungry Planet: The Fight to Stop a Global Food Crisis in the Face of Climate Change

Earth will have more than 9.6 billion people by 2050 according to U.N. predictions. With resources already scarce, how will we feed them all? Journalist Lisa Palmer has traveled the world for years documenting the cutting-edge innovations of people and organizations on the front lines of fighting the food gap. Here, she shares the story of the epic journey to solve the imperfect relationship between two of our planet’s greatest challenges: climate change and global hunger.

Significant Errors in the Food Sustainability Index

Conceptually flawed indicators downgrade Brazil in index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit and Barilla Group

Event Summary: Feeding the World in a Sustainable Way: Brazil’s Agricultural Challenges

Despite its recent political and economic setbacks, Brazil stands in a unique position: that of a rising powerhouse in sustainability and agriculture. Amid projections that a dramatic increase in both population and income levels across the developing world will lead to much greater food consumption in the future, Brazil possesses both the available land and sustainable practices to satisfy the demand. Rapid improvements in productivity in both Brazil’s agricultural and meat sectors have allowed the country to increase its output while maintaining or decreasing total land use.

Feeding the World in a Sustainable Way: Brazil's Agricultural Challenge

Brazil, a leading agriculture producer and exporter, is expected in the coming years to supply to up to 40 percent of the increased global demand for food as the Earth’s population grows from the current 7.5 billion to a projected 9.5 billion by 2050. How to do this sustainably is the main question in a vital and ongoing debate encompassing food security, land use, energy, production models, climate and preservation of its abundant  water and biodiversity.

Hot, Hungry Planet (Book Launch)

A steadily increasing global population, growing food demand, and changing climate necessitate new kinds of thinking in agriculture but also fields like public health and energy, concludes a new book, Hot, Hungry Planet, by former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar and current Senior Fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center Lisa Palmer.

Population, Security, and Development in the Sahel

The UN is calling the quadruple threat of famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen, “the world’s largest crisis since 1945.” But parts of the African Sahel could be heading for an even bigger catastrophe in the years ahead. The window of opportunity for a much-needed push in foreign assistance to address population, security, and development trends is closing fast, say some experts.

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