Over the last two years, Worldwatch's Nourishing the Planet team has travelled to 25 sub-Saharan African nations - the places where hunger is greatest - and uncovered a treasure trove of innovations from farmers groups, private voluntary organizations, universities, and even agribusiness companies. These innovations offer global benefits - from the continent's role in preventing disastrous climate change to the way urban farmers are feeding people in cities and why even determined locavores are sustained by the crop diversity preserved by farmers thousands of miles away. This book assesses the state of agricultural innovations from cropping methods to irrigation technology to agricultural policy with an emphasis on sustainability, diversity, and ecosystem health in the hope of guiding governments, foundations, and concerned citizens in their efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty. Published annually in 28 languages, State of the World is long established as the most authoritative and accessible annual guide to our progress towards a sustainable future. It is relied upon by national governments, UN agencies, development workers and law-makers for its up-to-the-minute analysis and information.
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Preface 1. Charting a New Path to Eliminating Hunger 2. Moving Ecoagriculture into the Mainstream 3. The Nutritional and Economic Potential of Vegetables 4. Getting More Crop per Drop From the Field: Rainwater Harvesting 5. Farmers Take the Lead in Research and Development6. Africa's Soil Fertility Crisis and the Coming Famine 7. Safeguarding Local Food Biodiversity 8. Coping with Climate Change and Building Resilience An Agnostic Approach to Climate Adaptation Investing in Trees to Mitigate Climate Change The Climate Crisis on Our Plates 9. Post-Harvest Losses: A Neglected Field 10. Feeding the Cities 11. Harnessing the Knowledge and Skills of Women Farmers 12. Investing in Africa's Land: Crisis and Opportunity 13. The Missing Links: Going Beyond Production 14. Improving Food Production from Livestock15. A Road Map for Nourishing the Planet