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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.

Africa Program Director Monde Muyangwa Moderates Congressional Event on Famine

On April 4, 2017, Wilson Center Africa Program Director Dr. Monde Muyangwa moderated an Africa Policy Forum hosted by Representative Karen Bass (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, and Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia, who are both co-Chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus Africa Taskforce.

Agriculture Sector Gives Brazil Hope in 2017

Amidst an economic crisis and a great deal of political uncertainty, there may be some good news in store for Brazil in 2017. The Brazilian agriculture sector is predicted to see a 14.2 percent increase in crop harvest this year after a difficult 2016, and a good year for agriculture would be good for the economy as a whole.

Water, Food Security, and Migration in Central America

In the first half of last year, 26,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended by U.S. law enforcement trying to cross the southern border. Most came from Central American states like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Such displacement is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of migration in the region. Many more are moving from rural to urban areas and into neighboring countries seeking opportunity and fleeing violence.

Insights on Ending Famines, Creating Food Security, and Fostering Thriving Livelihoods in a Changing World

The effects of climate change combined with breakdowns in governance are leading to food insecurity “on a scale that we’ve rarely seen,” said Alex de Sherbinin, associate director of Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network, at the Wilson Center on January 26.

Strengthening Sustainable Food Production in Brazil and the Southern Cone

According to a 2012 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report, Brazil is expected to provide up to 40 percent of the additional global demand for food as the planet’s population increases from the current 7.4 billion to projected 9.7 billion by 2050. Is Brazil, already the world’s second largest food exporter, prepared for the challenge?  In search of answers, a group of influential Brazilian food producers, policy makers, and experts from academia, government, and private sector research centers convened a forum and went to work.

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