Through Food Chain Reaction, we seek to show how the issue of food security is deeply intertwined with national security, economic stability, and climate change. As the world’s population continues to grow and the impacts of climate change place ever greater strains on food production, the impacts of food insecurity will be felt across multiple policy dimensions and geographic areas.
But don’t just take our word on it. We have gathered resources to show the breadth of food security’s impacts around the world – from its drivers to the economic and social implications.
The New Geopolitics of Food
In this Foreign Policy article, Lester Brown, President of the Earth Policy Institute, explains the growing geopolitical and economic risks associated with food scarcity.
A Scary Hidden Stressor
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman comments on Princeton scholar Anne-Marie Slaughter’s “The Arab Spring and Climate Change.” Friedman explains how Slaughter’s essay makes a strong case that the interplay between climate change, escalating food prices, and politics was a hidden stressor that fueled the Arab revolutions and will continue to have ramifications on the development of stable democracies through the region.
In the Fight for Food Security, Sustainable Land Management Plays a ‘Growing’ Role
The Chicago Policy Review published a recent article examining a literature review published in Agronomy for Sustainable Development. This study reveals how implementing sustainable land management techniques to adapt to climate change not only increases crop yields, but also increases soil’s carbon sequestration in specific landscapes, helping to mitigate climate change.
Gender Equality and Food Scarcity: Women’s Empowerment as a Tool Against Food Scarcity
This report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) examines the role women play in Asian and Pacific Island agricultural systems and proposes gender equality as essential part of achieving food security is these regions.
Super El Niño and climate change cause crop failures putting millions at risk of hunger
Oxfam International explains the impact of climate change on global weather patterns and how these prolonged and escalated weather patterns can lead to increased food crises in Central America and Southern Africa.
The Moral Imperatives of Food Security
Madeleine Albright, co-chair of the Aspen Food Security Strategy Group, frames the moral factors that she believes should drive governments, businesses, and nonprofits to work toward global food security. This article in the Aspen Journal of Ideas explains specific steps each sector can take to contribute towards this global common good
A Five-Step Plan to Feed the World
With agriculture as a top contributor to climate change, this National Geographic article provides five steps that will allow our world to continue increasing agricultural yields while also curbing agriculture’s contributions to climate change.
9 Billion Bowls
This article from Thomson Reuters provides an overview of the ways big data can be used to improve results at every link in the food supply chain.
Image: Woman in field courtesy FCR partner Cargill.