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What are Climate-Smart Villages?

This story highlights the Climate-Smart Village activities in South Asia

It is not unusual for farmers to give up on agriculture when repeatedly having to deal with erratic and extreme weather events. For Horil Singh, a farmer from Rajapakar in India, changes in the summer temperatures and delayed rainfall severely affected his crop planning.

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How to find inspiration in your work?

I often find myself in front of a white screen, looking once in a while at my keyboard, at my monitor, with a bunch of data by my side. I have a lot of ideas circling around in my mind, but I don`t seem, in those moments, to be able to put them done on “paper” (or in my case in a Word document). Continue reading “How to find inspiration in your work?”

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The rural-urban divide in #FoodSecurity

For decades now, researchers have noticed a new trend in migration. While 100 years ago, about 85% of all people were living in the countryside, today only 50% of people are living in rural areas. And, as the number of rural inhabitants decreases (with about 180000 people each day), so does the number of people going into agriculture. As I have stated in several previous blog posts, the number of young people going into agriculture is decreasing and we face an ageing population. As an example, in Europe only 6% of all farmers are under 35 years old, while more than 80% are over 55 years old. Continue reading “The rural-urban divide in #FoodSecurity”

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How #SocialMedia should be used in higher education for #FoodSecurity?

Ever since I attended the GCARD 2 and have been a part of the Social Reporting team deployed there by YPARD and the CGIAR, I have been wondering how can Social Media be best used to create the premises for global food security.

As a researcher on global food security policies and a social media geek, I realized that if you want to reach a big impact in either fields you have to first educate, then disseminate the knowledge you gained in order to increase its impact. Continue reading “How #SocialMedia should be used in higher education for #FoodSecurity?”