Emily Alpert

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For Malawi, the path out of poverty starts with farms

Emily Alpert, a senior policy manager at ONE, is reporting on agriculture programs live from Malawi. When I woke up this morning, it was gray, cloudy and smelled distinctly of rain. While this might seem like a gloomy day when staying in bed might be the preferred option, rain here in Malawi is a lifeline…...

A cause for alarm: Rising food prices

We’re very excited to introduce our newest blog series, “Price Shock: The Growing Food Crisis,” to the ONE Blog. Our agriculture policy team will be regularly posting analysis on the global food crisis for the next few weeks, so stay tuned. If you haven’t heard yet, food prices are spiking again and food i......

High food prices…and growing crisis

Food prices are high again. In December 2010, prices — according the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s measurement of a group of food commodities — soared higher than the peak of the 2008 food prices. While new figures have not been released, reports are saying that prices for staple foods in developing cou......

High food prices, but no crisis? Hmmm…

Over the last six months, we have been watching global food prices climb — raising concerns of another food crisis that would again push millions in to poverty. In late November 2010, food prices were just 10 percent lower than at the height of the global food crisis in mid-2008. Experts at the UN Food…...

Thirsty for food

This post is part of our contribution to Change.org’s Blog Action Day 2010, an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers with the goal of sparking discussion and collective action. This year, more than 3,000 bloggers are writing about water, a global issue that affects everyone. Okyereko Rice Cooperative Assoc......

Do we have another global food crisis on our hands?

Headlines have reported the food crisis in Niger as a “silent crisis” and a “double disaster,” where roughly 8 million people and 1 million undernourished children have been hit by devastating drought and flood in the course of less than a year. Rising costs of bread in Mozambique last week spurred riots on the street......

Agricultural outlook: Forecast uncertain

Every year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in cooperation with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) releases the Agricultural Outlook, a report that projects the state of food and agriculture for a ten-year period. This year’s report looks at biofuels, cereals, oilseeds, sugar, me......

Tanzania completes CAADP compact

The Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) is an African-led initiative to reduce poverty and improve food security. CAADP aims to help African countries reach a higher path of economic growth through agriculture-led development. This ambitious and comprehensive vision for Africa was kicked-off with t......

All about CAADP

This week, I had the opportunity to travel to Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the 6th CAADP Partnership Platform meeting. I understand that CAADP, the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program, can be quite a mouthful, but it deserves a lot of credit and support. First of all, it’s an African-led initiative......

The President’s Budget: Agriculture

President Obama just released his budget request for fiscal year 2011. Despite all the tough times that we are all facing, President Obama not only increased overall development assistance to the world’s poor, but he made unparalleled increases in development assistance to agriculture and food security. Investing in agricul......

Putting agriculture back on the map

Please welcome Emily Alpert to the ONE Blog! Emily is ONE’s new Senior Policy Manager for Agriculture, and will no doubt have many more great contributions in the coming days and weeks. -Chris If you haven’t yet read the second annual letter from Bill Gates, please do. I just read it and I was so…...