If I had a $ for every key to feeding the world…

by Luigi Guarino on October 16, 2012

…I’d have about enough for a pizza in Rome.

Having presented a hostage to fortune with this recent tweet, I thought I’d better check how many things have actually been put forward as keys to feeding the world. Unsurprisingly on this particular World Food Day, the most common answer is indeed agricultural cooperatives, but ranging into the nether regions of a Google search throws up the following eclectic, but alas short, list:

Crop quality
Integrated Pest Management
Biotechnology
Diets and nutrition
Russia’s small-scale organic agriculture model (sic)
Modern agriculture
Peasants

Trying variants such as “key to agricultural development”, “agricultural production” and “agricultural sustainability” broadens the range to include some old favourites, such as perennial crops, little-known crops, ICTs, research/extension and policy; even biodiversity finally makes an appearance. But perhaps the most interesting result is that only a very few items appear on more than one of these lists: farmers’ organizations, biotechnology and girls/women.

Anyway, it’s World Food Day, and you can get involved!

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Jeremy Cherfas October 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm

It is also, dare I say it, a day after our sixth birthday.

Scouring the interwebs, so you don’t have to.

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Jeremy Cherfas October 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I can’t believe you overlooked Why Rural Urban Linkages are key to a food secure future.

No, wait …

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Cédric Jeanneret October 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Time to try a keyfoodchain.

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