Africa could emerge as a global breadbasket provided an enabling agricultural environment is fostered, said Paul E. Schickler, president of DuPont Pioneer, one of the world's leading agricultural businesses.
Reducing global poverty and hunger and improving nutrition are core objectives of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. Harnessing agricultural science and technology is critical to meeting the challenge of increasing production of more nutritious food with fewer natural resources, while adapting to climate change. The Feed the Future Research Strategy supports targeted research on sustainable intensification of plant and animal production systems and on increasing the availability of and access to nutritious foods. Livestock – including goats, sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry and fish – are central to this effort and contribute to smallholder incomes and household nutrition.
Jonah Sachs: Alarming predictions will likely just grow our current system of food production, exacerbating its environmental problems. The message should be that our industrial food system is driving climate change
Bukar Usman (D.V.M., M.V.S.c)'s insight:
No matter how dire the facts, people still don’t seem to care enough about climate change to drive political action. If we want to make them care, we need to connect climate change to human impacts. Here’s a human impact: Climate change threatens food production. So we’ll get people to care by explaining that climate change may mean a future in which we won’t be able to produce enough food.
Global malnutrition could fall 84 percent by the year 2050 as incomes in developing countries grow - but only if agricultural productivity continues to improve and climate change does not severely damage agriculture, Purdue University researchers say.
Bukar Usman (D.V.M., M.V.S.c)'s insight:
"Up to 2050, there could be some pluses for agriculture," he said. "But in the longer run, adverse temperatures will likely become overwhelming, and rising carbon dioxide concentrations won't help after a certain point. Eventually, you drop off a cliff."
A United Nations report raised the threat of climate change to a whole new level on Monday, warning of sweeping consequences to life and livelihood. The report from the UN's intergovernmental panel on climate change concluded that climate change was already having effects in real time – melting sea ice and thawing permafrost in the Arctic, killing off coral reefs in the oceans, and leading to heat waves, heavy rains and mega-disasters. And the worst was yet to come. Climate change posed a threat to global food stocks, and to human security, the blockbuster report said. The warning signs about climate change and extreme weather events have been accumulating over time. But this report struck out on relatively new ground by drawing a clear line connecting climate change to food scarcity, and conflict. The report said climate change had already cut into the global food supply. Global crop yields were beginning to decline – especially for wheat – raising doubts as to whether production could keep up with population growth. “It has now become evident in some parts of the world that the green revolution has reached a plateau,” Pachauri said. The future looks even more grim. Under some scenarios, climate change could lead to dramatic drops in global wheat production as well as reductions in maize. "Climate change is acting as a brake. We need yields to grow to meet growing demand, but already climate change is slowing those yields," said Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton professor and an author of the report.
Via Kamoun Lab @ TSL, Food Security
Agriland Teagasc plays a key role in international food security Agriland Teagasc recently made a submission to the International Food Security Committee to the review of Ireland's Foreign Policy and External Relations.
"Aquaponics – A farming method that is somewhat unorthodox and relatively uncommon in today’s shifting conditions, but at the same time symbolises a great deal of significance and represents a very intriguing prospect." (more)
Via Susan Davis Cushing, Wes Thomas
The last decade of CAADP implementation, has redefined and reshaped the critical path to the attainment of Africa`s agricultural transformation objectives. Mrs. Tumusiime informed the Forum that the recent AU Joint Conference of Ministers of Agriculture, Rural Development, Fisheries and Aquaculture, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 1st to 2nd May 2014 adopted a Resolution endorsing seven Africa Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation Goals (3AGTGs) for 2025 for consideration by the AU Heads of State and Government, at their Malabo Summit.
“ A woman walks to get water near Gauhati, Assam, India in April. Rising temperatures coupled with scanty rainfall are badly affecting farmers in many parts of this north-eastern state.”
Via Vikram R Chari
As far as global feed company Cargill is concerned, there are three major areas in which the company can make a difference with regard to themes as sustainability and helping to feed the world, explained Todd B.
World Bank Group Increasing Public Investment in Africa's Agriculture World Bank Group WASHINGTON, October 13, 2013—How can Africa boost agricultural productivity and increase public investments in a sector that employs as much as 70% of the...