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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.

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.