Food and Nature stories

Ban Nong Hin Pathoumphone Champasak (forest vegetables).

Fish, frogs and forest vegetables

For many people, food isn't something they collect from the supermarket shelf, but straight from nature, be it forests, rivers or wetlands. But when this free food supply runs out, there are few alternatives left for them. Here, we look at rural populations in Lao PDR and examine how they rely directly on nature for their very survival. …  

22 Jul 2009 | News story

Agriculture area beside Mount Elgon National Park, Uganda - a Livelihoods & Landscapes site

Food for thought

By Jeff Sayer, IUCN’s Scientific Advisor
The world is facing a food crisis. Human populations are growing and consuming more staple crops. Yields of these staples grew rapidly with the green revolution in the 1970s-90s, but that growth is not being sustained.   …  

22 Jul 2009 | News story
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Pasture cultivated on land cleared of prosopis

Invading the larder

Invasive species can wreak havoc on nature in many different ways, but how do they affect food supply? Here, we look at the case of Ethiopia, which has been badly affected by the spread of the plant Prosopis juliflora, sometimes known as Mesquite. …  

21 Jul 2009 | News story

Man carrying wheat in Manang (3540m) Annapurna CA. Nepal

Food versus fuel

Biofuels are undoubtedly a hot topic when it comes to the recent rise in food prices. Here, Nadine McCormick, of IUCN's Energy Initiative, examines the good, the bad and the ugly sides of biofuel production and looks at the relationship between food security and biofuels. …  

20 Jul 2009 | News story

Marj Sanour - Palestine

Water for food in Palestine

Without water, there would be no food. Nowhere is this more clearly demonstrated than in Marj Sanour in Palestine, which has been forced to look elsewhere for food as water shortages mean crops cannot be easily cultivated locally. …  

20 Jul 2009 | News story

Women preparing food in Bali, Indonesia

Food crisis here to stay

The world is facing a serious food crisis, according to IUCN's Scientific Advisor Jeff Sayer. He speaks to Wild Talk about the need to find a balance in agriculture between producing enough crops to feed the world, but at the same time conserving the natural infrastructure on which we all depend. He explains how some eminent scientists believe that the world population will not reach its projected nine billion by 2050 - but adds most people refuse to contemplate this scenario. …  

14 Jul 2009 | Audio