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Recent reports on Food Security

Recent reports on Food Security | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Food security is back on the political agenda. In recent years some important reports were published, of which a lot make references to the mulitdisciplinary task to secure good quality of food and nutrition for the growing world population. Here is a list of some of these reports.

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How much water is needed to produce food and how much do we waste?

How much water is needed to produce food and how much do we waste? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
As much as 50% of all food produced in the world ends up as waste every year according to figures from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. But how much water is needed to produce it?
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Ensuring small holders aren't squeezed out of agricultural investments

Ensuring small holders aren't squeezed out of agricultural investments | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Tipping the Balance, a new joint research report from Oxfam and the IIED has discovered that current popular policies can tip the balance away from small farmers. How can we ensure small holder farmers get a better deal?

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Farmers are the ones ploughing the money

Farmers are the ones ploughing the money | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Farmers in low- and middle-income countries are vital; we must support them to bring an end to hunger and malnutrition

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Building resilience to drought in Kenya

Building resilience to drought in Kenya | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Trading their animals instead of holding on to large flocks and using their land in different ways may help herders in northern Kenya survive when drought and hunger strike...

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Le Bhoutan veut être le premier pays 100% bio

Le Bhoutan veut être le premier pays 100% bio | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Le petit royaume himalayen, connu pour sa quête du «bonheur national brut», voudrait devenir le premier pays au monde à vivre d’une agriculture «100% biologique».

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If extreme weather becomes the norm, starvation awaits

If extreme weather becomes the norm, starvation awaits | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

With forecasts currently based only on averages, food production may splutter out even sooner than we feared...

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UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013

UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013 | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned.

 

• Global grain reserves hit critically low levels
• Extreme weather means climate 'is no longer reliable'
• Rising food prices threaten disaster and unrest

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GM food: we can no longer afford to ignore its advantages

GM food: we can no longer afford to ignore its advantages | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The use of genetically modified crops has a particularly rich potential, Beddington added. "Just look at the problems that the world faces: water shortages and salination of existing water supplies, for example. GM crops should be able to deal with that."..

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India's peasant farmers gather for protest march on Delhi

India's peasant farmers gather for protest march on Delhi | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Tens of thousands of peasant farmers from across India will set out on Wednesday on a 200-mile march on Delhi in one of the biggest such protests seen in the country for years.

 

Organisers of the demonstration aim to highlight problems for India's landless, for hundreds of millions of poor farmers and for so-called tribal communities who often live in resource-rich areas where lucrative mining operations are causing massive environmental damage.

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Yemen in Crisis as Global Food Prices Rise

Yemen in Crisis as Global Food Prices Rise | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Nearly half of Yemenis go to bed hungry as political instability compounds a surge in global food and fuel prices, giving Yemen the world’s third-highest rate of child malnutrition, the World Food Program said Sunday.

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Why don’t Africa’s politicians invest more in small farmers? The political economy of ag policy.

Why don’t Africa’s politicians invest more in small farmers? The political economy of ag policy. | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Interesting if rather impenetrable new(ish) paper from the Future Agricultures consortium on the political economy of Africanagricultural policy. It seeks to answer an important question – why hasn’t the spread of democracy produced more investment in the smallholder farmers that form the majority of the electorate in many countries? 

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Obama Announces $3B Food Initiative For Africa - Kaiser Global Health

Obama Announces $3B Food Initiative For Africa - Kaiser Global Health | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In a Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security on Friday, President Barack Obama "announced a plan to accelerate investments in developing world agriculture to meet rising food demands and improve nutrition, calling the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition a moral, economic and security imperative,"

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Agriculture: Global food crisis will worsen as heatwaves damage crops, research finds

Agriculture: Global food crisis will worsen as heatwaves damage crops, research finds | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Harvests will fall dramatically during severe heatwaves, predicted to become many times more likely in coming decades

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In Fields and Markets, Guatemalans Feels Squeeze of Biofuel Demand

In Fields and Markets, Guatemalans Feels Squeeze of Biofuel Demand | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Biofuel expansion has contributed to spikes in food prices and a shortage of farmland; both are felt keenly in Guatemala, with its corn-based diet and land owned by a handful of families.
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Poor rains push pastoralists towards city

Poor rains push pastoralists towards city | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

People are migrating towards Djibouti City but urban areas are experiencing high food prices and unemployment

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Africa can feed itself

Shortages would end if African governments traded with each other rather than importing from outside, says World Bank

 

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/29/africa-can-feed-itself

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Food security must come first

Food security must come first | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Growing crops for food and fuel together can work but farmers and policymakers must prioritise hungry people and think local

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Treating food like stocks and shares is a recipe for disaster

Treating food like stocks and shares is a recipe for disaster | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Allowing financiers to gamble with food commodities distorts the market and is a real threat to the world's poor

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Solidarités International : des sacs potagers contre la faim

Solidarités International : des sacs potagers contre la faim | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

L’association humanitaire SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL lutte contre la malnutrition dont sont victimes les habitants grâce à une solution simple, accessible et efficace : l’agriculture en sac. A l’occasion du 16 octobre, Journée Mondiale de l’Alimentation, l’ONG et son partenaire le Crédit Coopératif mettent cette technique à l’honneur.

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Food scarcity: the timebomb setting nation against nation

Food scarcity: the timebomb setting nation against nation | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

As the UN and Oxfam warn of the dangers ahead, expert analyst Lester Brown says time to solve the problem is running out...

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Indian government caves in to demands of marchers on land reform

Indian government caves in to demands of marchers on land reform | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Tens of thousands of poor Indian farmers marching on Delhi to press their right to land have called off their protest after the government bowed to some of their demands.

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Linking Child Malnutrition to Agriculture

Linking Child Malnutrition to Agriculture | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In the last years, and particularly in the context of rising food prices, a number of global initiatives have increased public awareness and created momentum for nutrition including the Scaling Up Nutrition movement and the recent UK led Global Hunger Event. They have also highlighted the need to expand beyond the traditional delivery channels for nutrition and explore how nutrition sensitive interventions can be implemented by other sectors, including agriculture. Agriculture affects health and nutrition in tangible ways...

 

Last week, the WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank issued a report on child malnutrition. The full version is at disposal here: http://www.who.int/nutgrowthdb/jme_unicef_who_wb.pdf

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Malawi shifts focus to nutrition and new crops to tackle food crisis

Malawi shifts focus to nutrition and new crops to tackle food crisis | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Government subsidies will focus on encouraging farmers to grow protein-rich crops to stabilise food supply

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World Hunger, the Problem Left Behind

World Hunger, the Problem Left Behind | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Economic gains in many sectors have yet to solve the problem of feeding the world. In Africa alone, government policies and fertilizer costs are inhibiting agricultural progress.

 

THE drought-induced run-up in corn prices is a reminder that we’re nowhere near solving the problem of feeding the world. The price surge, the third major international food price spike in the last five years, casts more doubt on the assumption that widespread economic development leads to corresponding gains in agriculture....

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