Food and Water

Food security for cities: Getting serious about urban farming


Cities face a unique set of problems — and food security has emerged as one of them. As cities grow, agricultural lands around them shrink. Millions of people don't get enough to eat and many cities have food deserts. A Michigan university and the city of Detroit are working together to do something about it.

Ripe for growth: Amid world food crisis, agtech to the rescue


A Singapore news site calls agriculture technology “the new farming tool to boost food security.” Venture arms of tech giants Qualcomm and Cisco recently invested in an Israeli digital ag startup. New Zealand farmers are cutting costs with IoT technology from Schneider Electric. Clearly agtech is booming; read why it matters.

Panasonic's Kid Witness News global summit nurtures a new generation of leaders


Panasonic's Kid Witness News educational program is now in 18 countries, supplying schools with video production equipment that enables students to report on the world through their eyes. Next week the company hosts its first KWN summit in Japan. It promises to be eye-opening; find out why.

Dubai launches Humanitarian Accelerators with an ambitious agenda


By leapfrogging conventional technology approaches and improving the financial efficiency of humanitarian organizations, the accelerators will innovate around solving key humanitarian challenges in the Arab world and beyond. "This cannot wait," Dubai's ruler says.

How tech powers community-based agriculture (and access to healthy local food)


From hydroponic greenhouses near supermarkets to tech-powered farms that come out of a box to a UK app that links producers to consumers, technology is advancing agriculture in new and novel ways. It's also enabling better access to healthy, locally grown foods.

No vacation for hunger: Apps and maps lead kids to summer lunch sites


When school adjourns for the summer, many children who rely on school lunches for a nutritious mid-day meal have to look elsewhere to fill the void. Read how a Minneapolis app, the USDA's digital map and other community-based efforts in libraries and hospitals are making it easier.

New tools take aim at food waste (and policymakers, there's one for you)


An Innovator Database and Policy Finder tool are new weapons in the fight to reduce food waste and improve food recovery recently unveiled by ReFED, a U.S.-based, cross-sector nonprofit. Learn how policymakers and other stakeholders can put these tools to work.