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food tank logoConventional wisdom has it that the path to alleviating global hunger and poverty requires farming in the developing world to become more like agriculture in the U.S. But with American farmers now dealing with ever-more-frequent natural disasters and crippling drought, maybe it’s time they learned from their counterparts in the Global South, who have been facing similar ecological challenges for at least a decade now.

That’s what Danielle Nierenberg realized after spending three years traveling the developing world, meeting with farmers from Bolivia to Botswana to find out how they’re adapting to the changing climate’s effect on their livelihoods. Providing farmers around the world with a way to interact and share their ideas in a wiki-style format — an “innovation database,” Nierenberg calls it — will be a major component of Food Tank, the new food-focused think tank Nierenberg started with fellow activist Ellen Gustafson.

While Nierenberg has done…

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  1. Tammy says:

    Loved reading this! This comment “It’s not just about your CSA, it’s about a whole bigger system that needs to be changed.” really hit me. I have some thinking to do this weekend!

    • lorrainemt says:

      That comment made me think too. There’s so much about our current food system that needs changing. I’ve been mulling over some posts I’ve been trying to write addressing steps that we can take to make changes in our own habits. I’m curious about your weekend thoughts–I’d love it if you shared some of them.

  2. With this, we see that agriculture plays a very important role in countries all over the world; especially in small rural communities. There are many opportunities for farmers in these communities to make a living by maximizing crop yields by using techniques designed for different types of climate and crops.

    • lorrainemt says:

      Hi Lesley, I so agree with you–the future of farming lies with the small local farmers who work their sustainable land. I’m heartened to see so many young farmers going back to the techniques of permaculture.
      Thanks for coming by and commenting!

  3. Tammy says:

    Happy to share because one thing I know for sure is that it’s going to take an army of us to cause change. Please email me at agrigirl@rocketmail.com and I’ll share some of the things that I’ve been thinking about – it’s not terribly sophisticated but I’d love to see if anything resonates with you.

  4. lorrainemt says:

    You’re right about needing an army of us to change! I’m off to email you.

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