Monthly Archives: October 2013

Anticipating Shocks, Evaluating Resilience in Developing Countries

By Rachel Zamzow DES MOINES, Iowa — When it comes to food security in developing countries, being poor doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t resilient. Poor households are driven to diversify livelihoods, purchasing livestock in addition to growing crops, which makes … Continue reading

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The Road to the Global Youth Initiative

The following Indiana high school students are ready to take on the Global Youth Initiative. Discover what it took for them to journey to Des Moines, Iowa.

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A Glass-eyed view of the World Food Prize

By Bill Allen DES MOINES, Iowa — It started when Bruce Rasa walked into the pressroom Thursday afternoon in the Marriott Hotel Downtown wearing Google Glass. It ended with Kate Hrdina and Rachel Zamzow, two University of Missouri students, pioneering … Continue reading

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Nigeria refocuses on agriculture

By Kate Hrdina DES MOINES, Iowa — About 60 percent of the world’s unused, unfarmed land is in Africa. For this reason, the continent often claims the spotlight in discussions about international agriculture. But many African countries aren’t current key … Continue reading

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Helping others through community, soil and classes

By Teresa Avila DES MOINES, Iowa – The third floor of the Borlaug Dialogue is quieter than the two below. It doesn’t have the flux of security needed for a panel involving world leaders, nor the bustling crowds of the … Continue reading

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Agriculture gets the rock star treatment

By Teresa Avila DES MOINES, Iowa — Polka, pomp and prizes surrounded the 2013 World Food Prize Laureate Award ceremony on Thursday night. Near the beginning of the ceremony, the two screens asked the audience: can we sustainably feed 9 … Continue reading

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A world dependent on (melting) ice

By Meghan Eldridge DES MOINES, Iowa — Ours is a world dependent on ice, a reality that will be largely affected by climate change in the coming years, President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson of Iceland said in his keynote address at … Continue reading

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