Nourishing the Planet

Senior Fellow

The Nourishing the Planet project assesses the state of agricultural innovations—from cropping methods to irrigation technology to agricultural policy—with an emphasis on sustainability, diversity, and ecosystem health, as well as productivity. The project aims to both inform global efforts to eradicate hunger and raise the profile of these efforts, while simultaneously considering the institutional infrastructure and investment each analyzed approach requires.

Recent Blog Posts
Innovation of the Week: PodPonics-Thinking Globally, Growing Locally
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Related Publications

Innovations in Sustainable Agriculture: Supporting Climate-Friendly Food Production

Report #188 | December 2012

Mitigating Climate Change Through Food and Land Use

Report #179 | June 2009

About Nourishing the Planet

Agricultural development has come to a crossroads. Nearly a half-century after the Green Revolution—the first systematic, large-scale attempt to reduce poverty and hunger throughout the world—a large share of the human family is still chronically hungry. At the same time, investments in agricultural development by governments, international lenders, and foundations are at historic lows.

Africa's Indigenous Crops

Innovations in Action: Nourishing People and the Planet

The timing couldn’t be worse, as a complexity of demographic, economic, and natural forces all conspire to make the challenge of reducing hunger that much more difficult. These include soaring petroleum and food prices as well as climate change and persistent unfair trade agreements. Still, the current crisis offers a window of opportunity for refocusing the world’s attention on food, agriculture, and rural areas and for reestablishing food security as a global priority. As more decision makers and funders shift resources back toward agricultural development in coming years, they have a gaping need for guidance.

In recent decades, a new generation of innovative approaches to hunger alleviation has emerged from farmers groups, private voluntary organizations, universities, and agribusiness companies. Many of these approaches offer useful models for larger-scale efforts. There is growing evidence that combinations of approaches (such as conventional practices paired with agroecological approaches or input-driven methods that also protect natural resources) are often more effective in terms of productivity, income generation, and resilience.




Nourishing the Planet Offering thoughtful analysis and creative insights, the NTP blog provides the latest information on the people, institutions, and ideas impacting the global food system. With fresh content posted every day, the blog features several popular recurring series, such as Innovation of the Week, NTP TV, and Indigenous Vegetable of the Week. READ NOURISHING THE PLANET.

State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet is a compelling look at the global food crisis, with particular emphasis on the innovations that can help solve a worldwide problem. It not only introduces us to the latest agro-ecological innovations, but also gives broader insights into issues including poverty, international politics, and even gender equity. PURCHASE STATE OF THE WORLD 2011.