Global Agriculture Learning Center Blog

Global Agriculture Learning Center Blog

World Hunger Map

Posted by Brad Kinsinger on Apr 17, 2014 8:15:19 AM

World hunger issues are a constant.  We all hear the warnings that by 2050 we will have to feed over 9 billion mouths worldwide.  Today I encourage you to take a close look at world hunger with a tool provided by the World Food Programme.  Linked below you will find the World Hunger Map.  This is an interactive map that you can click on specific countries to get percent of the population undernourished and then explore factors that are contributing to this specific to each country.

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South African Land Rights

Posted by Brad Kinsinger on Apr 10, 2014 10:19:47 AM

Land right issues are nothing new to Africa.  Land rights have been at the center of discussions for years. Below I have linked an article that proposes how to deal with land rights in South Africa.  This specific proposal awards land purchased by South Africa's Rural Development and Land Reform Ministry to farm workers with quantity awarded based on their years of work.  You can be guaranteed there are two sides forming from this proposal and they are both outlined in this article.

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Climate Change and Food

Posted by Brad Kinsinger on Apr 3, 2014 11:28:39 AM

Global warming has always been and continues to be a highly debated topic! Is it legit? What does it mean for agriculture? 

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Hawkeye to Brazil

Posted by Brad Kinsinger on Mar 26, 2014 11:58:00 AM

March 12 through March 23 a group of 12 students along with Dave Grunklee and Rod Swinton traveled to the state of Goias in Brazil.  Most time was spent in the cities of Goiania, Brasilia, and the surrounding areas.  While in Brazil students experienced Brazilian agriculture, networked with Brazilian students, enjoyed the food of Brazil, and even found time to visit a hot springs water park.  Areas toured included: university campuses of UFG and UnB, Embrapa research, fertilizer plant, crop production farm, dairy farm, sugar cane production, Ministry of Agriculture, Pioneer plant, and much more!  Below are a few pictures from the trip.

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Topics: Brazil

The Borlaug Centennial

Posted by Brad Kinsinger on Mar 25, 2014 7:34:00 AM

Norman Borlaug would have celebrated his 100th birthday today!  He was a leader in agriculture and fighting world hunger.  Borlaug is credited with saving more lives than anyone else in history.  Today we share with you the story of Norman Borlaug and challenge you to think about what you can do to fight world hunger.  Have this discussion in your classes, communities, and with colleagues.  We encourage you to follow the second link below and share how you will help feed our growing world!

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China and GMO's

Posted by Brad Kinsinger on Mar 14, 2014 6:50:00 AM

GMO's (genetically-modified organisms) are always a hot topic here in the United States and there is no difference in China.  I have attached an article that discusses GMO's in China and the funding that is falling in regards to research of GMO's in China.  Over the past four years there has been an 80% decline in GMO research in China. China is the largest buyer of imported GMO soy and cotton.  Read the article linked below:

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Topics: China, GMO

World Food Prices are on the Rise

Posted by Brad Kinsinger on Mar 7, 2014 7:11:00 AM

World wide food prices are increasing.  Some of the biggest rises were in cooking oils, grains, sugar, and dairy products.  There is a variety of things that have caused food prices to increase.  Read the article at the link below:

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Infrastructure Challenges in Brazil

Posted by Brad Kinsinger on Feb 20, 2014 8:19:00 PM

We have heard for years the infrastructure issues that face Brazil in getting their crops to ports for export.  This year it is being magnified even more.  Brazil is looking at record production this year for several commodities, but infrastructure issues are keeping them from having a bigger impact on  markets globally.  See the link below for the full story.

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Haitian Potential

Posted by Brad Kinsinger on Feb 13, 2014 8:15:00 AM

Over the last week I had the privilege of traveling to Haiti and the community of Caiman.  We are looking at ways to help Haiti and the students at UCCC (Universite Chretienne De La Communaute De Caiman) develop agriculture practices to assist in feeding their country.  It was a great experience and the potential for growth is enormous!  Below is a picture of the agriculture students at UCCC.

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Ag Legislation Around the Globe

Posted by Brad Kinsinger on Jan 31, 2014 8:02:00 AM

Here in the United States the Farm Bill has been at the center of conversations for years it seems. This week with the passage in the House and it moving onto the Senate things seem to be moving in a direction to have the Farm Bill in place. I have included a press release that gives a quick overview of changes and how it will affect farmers, ranchers, and consumers.

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Topics: Brazil, Denmark, Farm Bill