IYFF – 2014: International Year of Family Farming

The United Nations recently launched 2014 to be the International Year of Family Farming. As our friends at FoodTank have posted:”This the first United Nations year that is the result of a campaign by civil society–the World Rural Forum (WRF) campaigned heavily for the year and it was backed by more than 360 civil and farmers’ organizations in five continents.” …

Gender Data: Getting It Right

Above: Deborah Rubin, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Agnes Quisumbing, Terri Raney at IFPRI I am guilty of having quoted the line – “African women farmers grow 80% of the food while owning only 1% of the land. It turns out that neither of those numbers is backed up by any evidence — and, in fact, the lack of accurate data is a …

World Food Prize

What did I learn at the recent World Food Prize/Borlaug Dialogue? This year was expected to be quite controversial – a real show-down over GMOs and biotechnology. Norman Borlaug was an outspoken supporter, yet World Food Prize head Amb. Kenneth Quinn frequently reminded us that – despite possibly offending his corporate funders – he has brought more anti-GMO thought-leaders to Iowa …

Obama commits to end extreme poverty in 20 years

Not since FDR’s Four Freedom’s speech in 1941 has a US president spoken out strongly for ending world hunger and poverty in a State of the Union Address, as did President Obama in his February 12, 2013 address. In one paragraph he expressed a broad, multi-pronged commitment: “We also know that progress in the most impoverished parts of our world …

2012 Top Ten Trends in Ending Hunger and Poverty

This year saw a continuation and expansion of many of the positive trends in the 2011 list: civil society consultation, gender mainstreaming, transparency, small farmer empowerment.  And it saw new initiatives to fill gaps in achieving the MDGs. Yet we also witnessed pushback: organized threats to women’s human rights and civil society that remind us we can never take progress …

2010 Election Poll

Alliance to End Hunger Hunger Message Project 2010 Mid-term Election Poll (Provided by the Alliance to End Hunger) Since 2002, the Alliance to End Hunger has regularly conducted national, non-partisan polls of voters’ attitudes on domestic and global hunger known as the Hunger Message Project. The result is an extraordinary body of evidence demonstrating that voters know hunger is a serious …

What constitutes an enabling environment for the poor to succeed in their own development?

Working paper for a National Strategy Forum, April 1994, Dhaka, Bangladesh Purpose The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework that will facilitate the participants in the upcoming strategic forum to identify new openings for action to provide an enabling environment for the poor. As will be shown below, the lack of a clear and shared understanding of …