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Approximately 1 billion people live in chronic hunger and more than 1 billion live in extreme poverty. Many are small farmers in the developing world. Their success or failure determines whether they have enough to eat, are able to send their children to school, and can earn any money to save.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

Land rights – rural women’s powerful ammunition to fight poverty and hunger

For rural women -- too often invisible to development and monitoring efforts -- land rights offer a powerful tool to fight poverty and create opportunity.

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10 farmers on how to put the Sustainable Development Goals into action

It’s official. We now have a framework for solving some of the most pressing challenges we face as a global population. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will shape development programmes from now until 2030, and we believe one group of people stands at the cross-section of achieving several of these 17 goals.

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How Bt Maize Can Help Us End Food Insecurity in Africa

There is no single answer to ending food insecurity in Africa. But if the 230 million Africans who are now undernourished are to get the food they need, reducing the damage pests do to crops, safely and sustainably, must be a big part of the solution.

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Harnessing Food Systems to Improve Nutrition

Healthy food for a healthy world. That’s the theme of the Chicago Council’s 2015 Global Food Security Symposium. This year’s symposium comes at a crucial time, as world leaders prepare to finalize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—a framework to guide global health and development policies for the next generation.

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How Good Coffee Becomes Good Business for African Farmers

Around the world, more than 4 million smallholder coffee-farming families live below the poverty line. Without access to technical knowledge, professional processing and milling services, reliable markets or working capital, these farming families are forced to sell their coffee at low prices.

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