State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet
An incisive account of the global food crisis—and how it can be solved.
Nourishing the Planet
“State of the World 2011 objectively states the hunger, water and environmental problems facing Africa and the rest of the world, and illuminates a multitude of encouraging answers that are already saving lives and livelihoods. It is an eloquent, painstakingly researched sound of warning and expression of hope.”
--Rick Docksai, The Futurist, May-June 2011
The 2011 edition of our flagship report is a compelling look at the global food crisis, with particular emphasis on global innovations that can help solve a worldwide problem. State of the World 2011 not only introduces us to the latest agro-ecological innovations and their global applicability but also gives broader insights into issues including poverty, international politics, and even gender equity.
Written in clear, concise language, with easy-to-read charts and tables, State of the World 2011, produced with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provides a practical vision of the innovations that will allow billions of people to feed themselves, while restoring rural economies, creating livelihoods, and sustaining the natural resource base on which agriculture depends.
- Press Release: State of the World 2011 Launch (available in several translations here)
- Press Release: "A Revolution of Greens" Needed to Curb Food Price Crisis
- Press Release: Agriculture - The Unlikely Earth Day Hero
- Press Release: Blue Revolution Key to Getting "More Crop per Drop" and Strengthening Food Security
- Press Release: Fishing for Sustainable Practices to Conserve Fisheries
- Press Release: Farming the Cities, Feeding an Urban Future
- Author Bios
- Media Clips
Preview State of the World 2011:
- Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: "Charting a New Path to Eliminating Hunger" by Brian Halweil and Danielle Nierenberg
- Chapter 2 policy brief: "Moving Ecoagriculture into the Mainstream" by Louise E. Buck and Sara J. Scherr
- Chapter 3 policy brief: "The Nutritional and Economic Potential of Vegetables" by Abdou Tenkouano
- Chapter 4 policy brief: "Getting More Crop per Drop" by Sandra Postel
- Supplement: Innovations in Action
- Supplement: Africa's Indigenous Crops
Learn More about Nourishing the Planet:
- Nourishing the Planet Project Summary (available in several translations here)
- Nourishing the Planet Blog
About the State of the World Series
Worldwatch's flagship publication, State of the World, has educated a broad audience of students, journalists, policymakers, and concerned citizens about trends in sustainable development for a quarter century. The book has been published in 36 languages, and over the years it has authoritatively assessed issues ranging from population, energy, and agriculture to materials use, health, and trade policy. Topics are covered from a global perspective, with an emphasis on innovation and problem-solving. State of the World is recognized as a classic of environmental literature, having attracted luminaries from Kofi Annan to Mikhail Gorbachev to write forewords for the book. News media, policymakers, and NGOs worldwide cite the book for its cutting-edge analysis, reliability, and careful documentation of its arguments, all marshaled to speed the global transition to a sustainable world.
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