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Social media is critical 10/17/2013 @ 3:00am John, while I was not able to attend the World Food Prize conference, I was able to follow on social media! It is great to see this communication tool being recognized for what it has become. At FAO and in other development organizations we are using social media, and see it being used in developing countries. The folk at FHI360 and USAID have put together a great Social Media Handbook for Agricultural Development Practitioners, which is available here

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How Will Social Media Help The Third World? 10/16/2013 @ 9:03am It seems to me that most current food insecurity has to do with poverty, corruption, unstable political regimes, inadequate infrastructure, ignorance and unavailability of resources. I'm not sure how social media is going to address those issues for the bulk of the victims. One place to start is that many of us make poor food choices which we invariably blame on outside influences. How are we to expect the less informed to do better? Should we Super Size that meal or cook up a nutritious stew for less money? Yep, I'll have a Big Mac. Sad.

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