Sowing Seeds of Food Security in Africa

A man and woman study the screen of a laptop.

Food security is one of the most pressing issues, if not the most pressing, faced by many African countries today. And events in recent years have increasingly strained food supplies for populations in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2019, Cyclones Idai and Kenneth ravaged southern Africa and coincided with droughts, extreme flooding, and landslides in […]

Enhancing Food Security Through Earth Science Data

Food security is defined as all people, at all times, having physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food for an active and healthy life. Food insecurity exists when any of these factors is impeded. Chronic food insecurity is usually the result of persistent poverty. Acute food insecurity, on the other hand, is […]

Our Place in the Food Security Chain

Food insecurity is a growing threat in many places around the world. This situation is exacerbated by two events that many geoscientists are tasked to study: natural hazards and our changing climate. In this issue of Eos, we look at how geoscientists are using their research to help create resilient communities around the […]

Cover Crops, Sensors, and Food Security

Marty McFly and Doc Brown stand at the end of an unfinished bridge, dangling out over a ravine. The two had planned to use the bridge as a runway for a time-traveling DeLorean, accelerating them back to the future. “Oh well, guess we’ll have to wait a year until it’s finished,” Marty says. […]

Here’s your checklist for maximum smartphone security

Make sure you’re the only person accessing the data on your phone. (Priscilla Du Preez/Unsplash/) Everyone wants the data on their phone to stay private, but there’s a reason Android and iOS come with a variety of security measures to prevent other people from accessing it. If you suspect someone is snooping on you, there […]

Protected areas vulnerable to growing emphasis on food security

The image of a female Asian elephant in a tea plantation on the fringes of KazirangaNational Park in India, bordering the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, exemplifiespotential impacts to endangered species conservation in cropland-impacted parks. The elephant in the image is mock charging at rescuers extracting her calf from a trench at the edge of thefield. […]

Land deals meant to improve food security may have hurt — ScienceDaily

Large-scale land acquisitions by foreign investors, intended to improve global food security, had little to no benefit, increasing crop production in some areas while simultaneously threatening local food security in others, according to researchers who studied their effects. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and led by the University […]

The most significant security innovations of 2020

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