Friday, August 06, 2010

A Blog That Makes You Think

A close friend from Bread for the World sent me a link the other day that directed me to a very intriguing blog, entitled Global Food for Thought.  I have seen many great blogs, but not one that really addressed a lot of issues related to food, hunger, agriculture and related issues in such a thorough and thoughtful manner.  

It turns out the author and editor of the blog is none other than Roger Thurow, coauthor of the book, ENOUGH: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. He is also Senior Fellow, Global Agriculture & Food Policy

Every week, the blog provides a list of news clips and links related to global food production through the Global Food for Thought news brief. Click here for an example.

Sometimes the blog will go into depth on an interesting topic (through a regular feature known as Outrage and Inspire).  One recent topic with an innovative concept in Bungoma, Kenya: agriculture insurance.  Here is an excerpt: 
In the Bungoma Chemist shop, where you can get almost everything you need to battle a cold, de-worm your cattle or fertilizer your crops, something revolutionary is now on sale.

“Kilimo Salama available here,” proclaims a red and white display on the counter, beside a cash register.  In Swahili, Kilimo Salama means Safe Farming.  It is an agriculture insurance policy, the first of its kind offered to small-holder farmers in these parts.
The blog also provides the latest news on topics that we should follow, such as Niger's Worsening Food Crisis or an increase in food subsidies in member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. 

If you're interested in food issues, then this is the blog (or at least one of the blogs) you should bookmark.

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