Reports

Making U.S. Trade Policy Serve Global Food Security Goals

Published January 19, 2011

Introduction “To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders;...

Women at the Center of Climate-friendly Approaches to Agriculture and Water

Published December 1, 2010

Global warming has already affected the world’s climate, and changed the type, timing, duration and intensity of water precipitation, resulting in major and minor weather events. These events have been playing havoc with the agriculture-dependent livelihoods and food security of about 70 percent of the world...

The New Climate Debt: Carbon Trading Wrapped in a Green Bond Proposal

Published December 1, 2010

During the upcoming negotiations on climate change in Cancún, Mexico, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) members will be trying to sell their June proposal on “green sectoral bonds” as a “new carbon mechanism.”1 Like a conventional bond, the “green sectoral bond” is...

Grain Reserves: A Smart Climate Adaptation Policy

Published December 1, 2010

Consider these four developments: 1.) Climate change is having a profound effect on current and anticipated food production; 2.) Those effects are expected to be greatest in some of the world’s most impoverished regions, particularly in the countries that sit around the equator; 3.) The anticipated effects of...

Financing Agriculture Adaptation to Climate Change: A Modest Beginning

Published December 1, 2010

President Obama’s climate-related diplomatic capacity in Cancún will be severely limited by incoming and current members of the U.S. Congress who consider climate change science too uncertain to serve as a basis for economic policy change or simply a fraudulent conspiracy to undermine the U.S. economy. However, we...

A Farm Bill for a Cooler Planet

Published December 1, 2010

As a society, we face few issues as complicated and contentious as climate change. We are already feeling the effects of a warming planet, suffering through an increase in the frequency and intensity of floods, heat waves, droughts and other weather extremes. But despite calls from scientists, activists and citizens...

Agriculture in the Climate Talks: Looking Beyond Cancun

Published December 1, 2010

The context Food production—hence, agriculture—has been a stated concern of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from the outset. In 1992, parties committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at levels that would no longer threaten the planet; and to achieve this outcome “within a time...

Trade and Food Reserves: What role does the WTO play?

Published September 20, 2010

I. Introduction Grain reserves are an important part of a food security strategy. Reserves are an obvious and practical tool that has been in use for thousands of years. They are proven to be effective. They are not on their own sufficient to ensure food security, and, like any tool, they can be counter-productive if...

EBT at Farmers Markets: Initial Insights from National Research and Local Dialogue

Published August 8, 2010

I. Introduction In 2009, the City of Minneapolis embarked on the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative, a collaboration between city government and the community aimed at expanding the production, distribution and consumption of locally grown foods. Among the recommendations made through the Homegrown process is to expand...