Millions of people around the world face uncertain supplies of food.
Food security, or the ability of people to access food, is usually discussed in the context of sustainable development. Yet it is also linked to health, environment and trade. Browse below DW content on the topic of food security.
Across the world, people are having to rethink the way they grow food in the face of the impacts of climate change and industrial agriculture. We hear from seed guardians in Ecuador trying to save vital seed varieties from disappearing, and from farmers in East Africa battling deadly invisible toxins in their crops. Plus: An organic farming group's ambitious plan to green the desert in Egypt.
As the planet heats up, a type of mycotoxin called "aflatoxin" is increasingly affecting maize and peanut crops in East Africa — vital crops that hundreds millions of people on the continent depend on for nutrition and calories. If eaten, they can be deadly and lead to disease. But they aren't easy to detect.
The Mekong River flows 5,000 kilometers from China to Vietnam. China's construction of large hydropower dams along the river to feed the country's growing energy needs is causing problems downriver — having devastating impacts on water availability and the fertile soil that feeds hundreds of millions of people in Southeast Asia.
It's about the most underrated superfood out there: the humble legume. Loaded with nutrition, legumes — or beans — are barely eaten in some parts of the world, although some experts see legumes as the best option for sustainably ensuring food security. Plant scientist Chris Ojiewo in Nairobi spoke to DW about the Tropical Legumes Project, an initiative seeking to put beans on tables across Africa.