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Great News From The UK?

From $2 to $3 trillion—that’s the yearly cost of (mostly hidden) damage done to our natural resources by increasingly capital-intensive agriculture, the UN Food and Agriculture reported last month. So what’s the great news? Just back from the U.K., I can report that an academic center there is making history by promoting the opposite: resource-enhancing farming. While here, in almost all states, funding for public two- and four-year colleges is stuck well below pre-recession levels, a few hours from London the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University is booming! Even jet lag can’t dampen my excitement. I was honored to be a keynoter celebrating the second anniversa

Seed Sovereignty and Climate Adaptation in Malawi

Originally published by Food Tank on 07/16/2016 You wouldn’t have known from the farmers gathered in Lobi, in the Dedza area of central Malawi, that drought had seriously depressed harvests. To be sure, they hadn’t suffered the worst of the country’s devastating heat and dry spell. Farmers to the south saw crops wither in their baked fields; some never even bothered to plant. An estimated 8 million people – fully half the country’s people – are now at risk of hunger, according to the World Food Program. The farmers in Lobi were surprisingly upbeat, enthusiastically calling out the crops they were growing to a project manager leading a community meeting. One reason they were happy is that the

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