Global Food Security

Vol. 67, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2014

Andrew Wellington Cordier Essay

Agropolis: The Role of Urban Agriculture in Addressing Food Insecurity in Developing Countries


World Hunger and the Global Economy: Strong Linkages, Weak Action

Food Choices, Food Security, and Food Policy

Is the Scramble for Land in Africa Foreclosing a Smallholder Agricultural Expansion Strategy?

Strategic Choices Shaping Agricultural Performance and Food Security in Myanmar

Urbanization and Hunger: Food Policies and Programs, Responding to Urbanization, and Benefiting the Urban Poor in Three Cities

Transforming Research and Development Practice to Support Agroecological Intensification of Smallholder Farming

Biotechnology and Food Security


A “Doomsday” Seed Vault to Protect the World’s Diversity — An interview with Cary Fowler

Regions Northern Europe
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In a glacial mountain on Norway’s remote Svalbard archipelago, a vast underground vault stores more than 800,000 samples of food crops from all around the world. The collection ranges from red okra seeds from the Cherokee Indians of Tennessee to Japanese barley seeds used in miso soup. The Norwegian Government and the international organization, the Global Crop Diversity Trust, built this multinational seed vault in 2008 to protect national gene banks across the world from natural or man-made disasters. In an interview with the Journal, senior advisor to the Trust, Cary Fowler, spoke about the importance of agricultural diversity and the contributions of this unique seed vault.

Beyond Governments: Philanthropists at the Table — An interview with Howard G. Buffet

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In April 2013, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) hosted an event with philanthropic foundations from around the world to generate new ideas for advancing the global development agenda beyond the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The UN recognized the key role that philanthropy plays in funding and shaping the international development agenda. Howard G. Buffett, who heads a foundation targeting food security, shared with the Journal his experience as a philanthropist, the challenges he has faced, and the lessons learned.

Qatar’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency — An interview with Fahad Bin Mohammed Al-Attiya

Regions Middle East
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With no rivers, one of the world’s lowest levels of rainfall, and a harsh desert environment, Qatar’s agricultural resources are very limited. The country has a land area of 11,590 square kilometers, of which only 1.1 percent is arable. Qatar’s population, however, is on the rise: it increased 300 percent from 500,000 people in 1995 to 2 million people in 2014. In an interview with the Journal, Fahad Al-Attiya, chairman of the Qatar National Food Security Programme, discussed the challenges facing dryland regions, and the government’s ten-year plan to make the country self-sufficient in agriculture.

No Peace Without Food — An interview with Ertharin Cousin

Regions Africa , Central Africa , Middle East
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Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the World Food Programme (WFP), the food aid arm of the United Nations system, has been calling for access to besieged communities to provide relief and assistance to civilians. Ertharin Cousin is the executive director of WFP, the largest humanitarian organization in the world, and the person currently leading the UN efforts to assist hungry people in Central African Republic, South Sudan, and Syria, among other places. In an interview with the Journal, Cousin spoke about how the organization is responding to humanitarian emergencies, while trying to build resilience and promote long-term food security.

Stunting: A Country’s Lasting Burden — An interview with Jessica Fanzo

Regions Oceania , South-Eastern Asia
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Stunting, or low height for age, currently affects more than 165 million children worldwide. It is caused by long-term insufficient nutrient intake and frequent infections before age two with effects—delayed motor development, impaired cognitive function, and poor school performance—that are largely irreversible. Timor-Leste has the third highest stunting rate in the world—around 58 percent for children under five. Jessica Fanzo, director of nutrition policy at Columbia University’s Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, is working with the Timorese Ministry of Agriculture to integrate nutrition into the country’s food security efforts. She spoke with the Journal about what nutrition-sensitive agriculture entails, and the progress made in Timor-Leste.


The Global Land Rush

By Sumeyra Aydemir

Know Your Food Politics

By Andrew Burns

Genetic Technology in Food

By Naheed Natasha Mansur

Food Security: Beyond Calories

By Jessica Simon
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