President Michael D Higgins: Ending world hunger and ensuring the right to food for all must be placed firmly at the top of the global political agenda. Photograph: Maxwells

Transforming the world’s food systems in less than a decade is central to achieving the 2030 UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) and to ending per(...)

Idris Elba: ‘I definitely enjoy fulfilling my creative ego.’ Photograph: Damon Winter/New York Times

“I appreciate my quiet time, I really do,” Idris Elba says, “but I didn’t choose a career in quiet time.” At 48, he has a life that seems relentlessly(...)

Harvesting of rock water in Embu, Kenya, has improved access to the resource for locals. Photograph: Lar Boland

Smallholder farmers are the backbone of the global rural economy, but they are bearing the brunt of climate change. Worldwide, there are 500 million (...)

President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development, Gilbert Houngbo, addressing the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Kevin O’Sullivan

The world is off course in its efforts to achieve zero hunger by 2030 and failure to address the issue risks undermining other UN sustainable developm(...)

Kanayo Nwanze, president of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development, said it was only when Ebola crossed the African deserts into Europe and crossed the ocean into the United States that “the world began to tremble”. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

The cost of dealing with the Ebola outbreak was nearly three times what it would have cost to build a universal health service in the three affected c(...)