By Dr. Wendy Powers, ASAS Policy Committee
Nov. 1, 2016 – A new USAID report on global hunger and food security shares a vision and call to action contextualized by the identification of several emerging trends. These trends include urbanization, migration, dietary changes and climate change. They offer both challenges and opportunities to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals of ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture. Read more
By Dr. Deb Hamernik, ASAS President
Sept. 8, 2016 – Dr. Tim Searchinger gave an invited presentation, “Livestock, land use, global change and food security” at the 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) in Belfast, Ireland on August 29 – September 2, 2016. More than 1,500 people attended the EAAP annual meeting.
Searchinger and colleagues recently evaluated several models for estimating greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, bioenergy (e.g., ethanol from corn or wheat), and changes in land use (Science 347:1420-1422). Read more
April 25, 2016 – Between 2006 and 2011 more than half of Syria suffered the worst drought in recorded history. As a result, over 1 million Syrians were declared food insecure1 and 3 million fell into extreme poverty2. In the northeastern part of the country, over 85% of the livestock were lost. We have since observed some impacts of this extreme climatic event through its contribution to the current migrant crises as people seek out new living areas. Some reports suggest that up to 150 million people will be displaced globally due to extreme climate disruptions by the later part of the century. Read more