This Week’s Highlights at Nourishing the Planet


We’ve kept busy this week here in Banjul, The Gambia meeting with reporters, farmers and the Ministry of Agriculture.

photo credit: Bernard Pollack

Check out our article published in The Point newspaper. In this week’s innovation we learned how a village in South Africa is pulling water out of thin air – harvesting it from fog in a mountain pass! We interviewed David Kaimowitz, director of Sustainable Development at the Ford Foundation to learn about their new multi-million dollar initiative to address climate change by empowering indigenous peoples. We also spoke with Steve Osofsky, Director of Wildlife Health Policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society on how his field work and policy work combine to address the tensions between farmers and the wildlife around them.

Danielle Nierenberg
Danielle Nierenberg, an expert on livestock and sustainability, currently serves as Project Director of State of World 2011 for the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington, DC-based environmental think tank. Her knowledge of factory farming and its global spread and sustainable agriculture has been cited widely in the New York Times Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post, and
other publications.

Danielle worked for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She is currently traveling across Africa looking at innovations that are working to alleviate hunger and poverty and blogging everyday at Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet. She has a regular column with the Mail & Guardian, the Kansas City Star, and the Huffington Post and her writing was been featured in newspapers across Africa including the Cape Town Argus, the Zambia Daily Mail, Coast Week (Kenya), and other African publications. She holds an M.S. in agriculture, food, and environment from Tufts University and a B.A. in environmental policy from Monmouth College.
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