How private investment in food production can make the world less hungry

By Max Johnston

Food finances are tricky.

Funding food production in developing countries has been difficult for a number of reasons, according to Rebecca Toole, a policy expert in economics.

“Farmers may seem like risky borrowers,” Toole said. “They often don’t have a established credit history, they also might not have stores of capital they could use as collateral for loans.”

Heifer International, a global non-profit organization, uses something called impact investing. That’s where you have the private sector invest in food production, with a smaller relative return to their investment. Continue reading How private investment in food production can make the world less hungry

Fighting hidden hunger with biofortified plants

Hugo Campos

By Max Johnston

There is a form of hunger afflicting people worldwide that you can’t see.

That’s called ‘hidden hunger’––when people may be eating regularly, but still suffer from deficiencies or malnutrition.

Hugo Campos is the director of research at the International Potato Center in Lima, Peru. He says that a process called biofortification may help.

Continue reading Fighting hidden hunger with biofortified plants

How investing in infrastructure can make the world less hungry

By Ben Muir

Megan Konar, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois, studies the intersection of water, food and trade.

As part of our series, “10 ideas to make the world less hungry,” Konar tells reporter Ben Muir that investing in infrastructure is critical.

Listen to the full conversation here. And check back next week for a new episode of our series

Using social media to make the world less hungry

By Max Johnston

There’s an application for buying, selling, dating, driving. How about one for saving food?

Olio is a free app on iPhone and Android that helps people share food. Co-founder Saasha Celestial-One wants Olio to lead the ‘Food Sharing Revolution.’

“We just want to seamlessly connect people everywhere to be able to share things, and that sharing becomes the new normal,” Celestial-One said.

Learn how the app works its inspiration and how the creators are cutting down on household food waste in this Food Fix interview with Celestia-One.

And check back Monday for a new idea in our series on how to make the world less hungry.

Making the world less hungry through agronomy management

By Ben Muir

As part of our series, “10 ideas to make the world less hungry,” Ben Muir talks to Bruno Basso, an ecosystem scientist at Michigan State University, about using legumes as a substitute for fertilizers.

Michigan State gave Basso the ‘innovation of the year award’ in 2016 for his work on crop-plant innovation and crop-plant management. He is now working with the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization on innovative ways to quantify crop production at the end of each growing season.

Basso’s idea to make the world less hungry is rooted in agronomy management.

Listen to the interview here.

And come back next week for a new idea.