April 17, 2015
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Worldwatch : Sustainable production faces hidden threats

In a new report titled State of the World 2015: Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability, the research organisation highlights eight factors that threaten sustainability but are not being widely discussed - all of which are linked to overconsumption of resources.


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February 2014

Race to the top : One year of looking Behind the Brands

The ten biggest food and beverage companies in the world are slowly waking up to their responsibilities to help tackle some immense challenges facing the global food system.
(...) We see evidence that companies are beginning to pursue more just and sustainable policies, which will better control the impact they have on farmers, workers, communities and the planet.


UNCTAD - Trade and Environment Review 2013

Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate

Developing and developed countries alike need a paradigm shift in agricultural development: from a "green revolution" to a "truly ecological intensification" approach. This implies a rapid and significant shift from conventional, monoculture-based and high external-input-dependent industrial production towards mosaics of sustainable, regenerative production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers. We need to see a move from a linear to a holistic approach in agricultural management, which recognizes that a farmer is not only a producer of agricultural goods, but also a manager of an agro-ecological system that provides quite a number of public goods and services (e.g. water, soil, landscape, energy, biodiversity, and recreation) UNCTAD’s Trade and Environment Review 2013 (TER13) contends.


June 2013
HLPE (Report)

Investing in smallholder agriculture for food security

The present report contributes to the lively debate on investments in agriculture by focusing on the crucial role of smallholder agriculture for food security and by tackling the complexity of smallholder production systems, as well as the constraints they face, in the broader perspective of the structural transformations of agriculture worldwide.


April 2013
Inra (Review article)

Give peas a chance? Urban agriculture in developing countries

Urban agriculture is receiving increasing attention throughout the developing world, but debate rages as to whether it is a blessing or a curse. Some see it as savior for the poor, providing food, and livelihoods, yet to others it is responsible for harboring and vectoring pathogenic diseases and is an archaic practice that has no place along the path toward development. Consequently, the activity receives a mixed reception, and despite much support in many instances, it certainly does not enjoy universal unimpeded progress. Here, we undertake a global tour of urban agriculture through- out the developing world in an attempt to elucidate the various benefits, costs, and hindrances associated with the practice.