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Spot on: Action on equity to end malnutrition
June 25, 2020Expert opinion
Spot on: Action on equity to end malnutrition
Theme: Nutrition Security

Every year the Global Nutrition Report (GNR) succeeds in inspiring the international nutrition community. The 2020 edition is revolutionary as it focuses on the “underlying inequities, the unjust systems and processes” that result in the unequal distribution of opportunities in the world, between and within countries, rural and urban, poor and rich, men and women as the root cause of malnutrition. Read the blog written by Arine Valstar of NWGN. »

Asia-Pacific seed trade slowly emerges from COVID-19 lockdowns
June 12, 2020Expert opinion
Asia-Pacific seed trade slowly emerges from COVID-19 lockdowns
Theme: Food security and COVID-19

In this report, Pepijn Schreinemachers from the World Vegetable Center, and Kanokwan Chodchoey, Steven Layne and Weeranuch Mhadlhoo from the Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA) give the results of a second survey among seed enterprise members of the APSA. This second survey showed that seed companies continue to report the same difficulties, but that there are clear improvements in nearly all aspects.  »

Grounding the helicopters
June 9, 2020Expert opinion
Grounding the helicopters

Minasny et al. (2020) raise an issue concerning the ethics of scientific research and publication that has implications far beyond the issue of authorship. It is a topic to which Ken Giller is particularly sensitive given that he has devoted virtually his whole career to research on smallholder agriculture in the tropics. Read his blog, published in Geoderma, here. »

COVID-19 and the impact on food security: suggestions for the Dutch international effort
May 1, 2020Expert opinion
COVID-19 and the impact on food security: suggestions for the Dutch international effort
Theme: Food security and COVID-19

As a result of a parliamentary debate on April 16, 2020, the Dutch government has asked the Advisory Council on International Affairs to urgently draw recommendations on the role of the Netherlands in combating and mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 crisis in developing countries. Members of the AgriProFocus Food Security Policy Coalition, including HIVOS, »

Asia-Pacific seed trade reeling from COVID-19 lockdown
April 28, 2020Expert opinion
Asia-Pacific seed trade reeling from COVID-19 lockdown
Theme: Food security and COVID-19

In this report, Pepijn Schreinemachers from the World Vegetable Center, and Kanokwan Chodchoey, Steven Layne and Weeranuch Mhadlhoo from the Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA) give the results of a survey, which recorded the opinion of seed company managers on how the crisis has affected their business and identified emerging bottlenecks in the seed supply chain. »

Key challenges for post-COVID food systems
April 24, 2020Expert opinion
Key challenges for post-COVID food systems
Theme: Food security and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has a large and decisive impact on public health, and generates major consequences for social relationships, economic development and food systems. In this note, Ivo Demmers and Ruerd Ruben focus on four food system dimensions that are most critical for outlining the (likely) impact of COVID-19 induced changes on agri-food systems’ performance, and outline the main challenges that have to be addressed during the post-COVID-19 recovery period. »