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US should change biofuel policy to avoid food crisis-UN

By Catherine HornbyROME, Aug 10 (Reuters) - The U.N.'s food agency stepped upthe pressure on the United States on Friday to change itsbiofuel policies because of the danger of a world food crisis,arguing...
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Why We Need ALL Farmers Feeding the World

Why We Need ALL Farmers Feeding the World | Food Security | Scoop.it
These early indications of a new momentum toward helping farmers feed the world are encouraging. But more will be needed.
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More than 200 million people no longer extremely malnourished

More than 200 million people no longer extremely malnourished | Food Security | Scoop.it
The FAO credits agricultural investments and successful government policies with cutting undernutrition by 10%
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West African nations facing serious food crisis

West African nations facing serious food crisis | Food Security | Scoop.it
With over 1,500 lives lost from the Ebola epidemic, people living in the three most effected nations are also facing a looming food crisis that will certainly affect the health and welfare of everyone as well as the economies of their countries.
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Climate Change Hunger: World Leaders Must Act

Climate Change Hunger: World Leaders Must Act | Food Security | Scoop.it
Discussions on curbing greenhouse gas emissions always seem to proceed excruciatingly slowly, as climate change is forever being brushed aside as a far off concern for a distant future. They fail time and again because politicians of all stripes pay more attention to the short-term horizon of the next election than the world future generations will live in. Future generations - after all - cannot vote.
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India's Severe Ozone Pollution Kills Enough Crops to Feed 94 Million People

India's Severe Ozone Pollution Kills Enough Crops to Feed 94 Million People | Food Security | Scoop.it
India's ozone pollution is a growing problem and now, scientists have announced that it's damaged millions of tons of the country's major crops. In fact, it's caused losses of more than a billion dollars and has destroyed enough food to feed tens of millions of people.
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China in the Next Decade: Rising Meat Demand and Growing Imports of Feed

China in the Next Decade: Rising Meat Demand and Growing Imports of Feed | Food Security | Scoop.it

Each year, USDA prepares ten-year projections of global agricultural supply, demand, and trade. In each projection, China—with its large population, rapid economic growth, and anticipated dietary change—is a key component. Since at least the 1980s, agricultural analysts have anticipated that China’s dietary transition to a more meat-rich diet would have important impacts on world agricultural markets.

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Seeds of Doubt - Vandana Shiva’s Crusade Against Genetically Modified Crops

Michael Specter on Vandana Shiva, an activist who accuses biotechnology companies such as Monsanto of imposing “food totalitarianism.” Others believe that G.M.O.s are the key to solving world hunger.
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Food security alarm for east, central Africa

Food security alarm for east, central Africa | Food Security | Scoop.it
Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in eastern and central Africa, with most of them being at “crisis” and “emergency” levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013.
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Bangladesh takes Chinese help to ensure food security

Bangladesh takes Chinese help to ensure food security | Food Security | Scoop.it
Bangladesh and China will collaborate on hybrid rice crop to ensure availability for growing population.
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FAO Food Price Index hits a six-month low in July

FAO Food Price Index hits a six-month low in July | Food Security | Scoop.it

The FAO Food Price Index decreased for a fourth consecutive month in July mainly due to a sharp decline in international prices for maize, wheat and certain oilseeds,  reflecting ample supplies for these commodities.

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DuPont: Partnering to help small holder farmers is good for business | Devex

DuPont: Partnering to help small holder farmers is good for business | Devex | Food Security | Scoop.it

Interest in food security goes beyond the purview of development professionals — increasingly agriculture companies are seeing a business case for getting involved.

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Britain's food self-sufficiency is in long-term decline, warn farmers

Britain's food self-sufficiency is in long-term decline, warn farmers | Food Security | Scoop.it
NFU says year's food supply 'would run out today without imports', with homegrown food making up only 60% of total
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5 ways to improve global food security

5 ways to improve global food security | Food Security | Scoop.it
Nearly 1 billion people around the world suffer from hunger. Considering that we already produce enough food to feed the whole planet, this should no longer be a problem. But there are a number of factors that get in the way, including inefficient use of water, fertilizers and crop rotations.
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Our planet is changing, and so must our food system

Our  planet is changing, and so must our food system | Food Security | Scoop.it
As population rises, appetites change and climate change takes hold, we need a new way to feed ourselves
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Global Food Trade Unlikely To Meet Demand of Agriculturally-Poor Countries, Study

Global Food Trade Unlikely To Meet Demand of Agriculturally-Poor Countries, Study | Food Security | Scoop.it
Global food supply may not meet the demands of the rising population in agriculturally-poor countries, according to a University of Virginia study.
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Farmers in China Wrestle With Drought

Farmers in China Wrestle With Drought | Food Security | Scoop.it

The corn has grown to only half its normal height on Yan Shuqin's ranch in the hills of Inner Mongolia this year, as a swath of northern China suffers its worst drought in 60 years.


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Plant diversity in China vital for global food security

Plant diversity in China vital for global food security | Food Security | Scoop.it
With climate change threatening global food supplies, new research claims the rich flora of China could be crucial to underpin food security in the future. A team from the University of Birmingham and partners in China have identified 871 wild plant
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Companies seek to boost agricultural productivity

Companies seek to boost agricultural productivity | Food Security | Scoop.it
A new generation of plant-friendly microscopic bacteria and fungi is increasing crop yields as much as 10 percent in test plots, according to Monsanto and Novozymes executives speaking last week at a BioAg Alliance Media Day.
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Experts Battle African Soil Health Crisis

Experts Battle African Soil Health Crisis | Food Security | Scoop.it
Africa is in the midst of a major agricultural crisis, with the quality of the continent's soil degrading at an alarming rate. However, new research has revealed that efforts to improve this situation are working, doubling to tripling crop yield in affected areas within the last five years.
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'North Korea to secure land in Zimbabwe'

'North Korea to secure land in Zimbabwe' | Food Security | Scoop.it
COLOGNE/HARARE - The secretive and ostracised, North Korean regime of Kim Jong-Un has reportedly moved to secure massive tracks of agricultural land from President Robert Mugabe, to grow that country’s staple food of rice and sometimes maize, The Telescope News reported.Mugabe's botched land refo.
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Pests Pose Increasing Risk to Food Security

Pests Pose Increasing Risk to Food Security | Food Security | Scoop.it

By 2050, according to new research in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography, those opportunistic viruses, bacteria, fungi, blights, mildews, rusts, beetles, nematodes, flies, mites, spiders and caterpillars that farmers call pests will have saturated the world.

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Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington: “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate”

Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington: “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate” | Food Security | Scoop.it
CCAFS researchers attended the recent U.S. – Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington sessions on “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate.” Speakers included U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Madam Zuma.
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US criticised over increased private sector investment in Africa

US criticised over increased private sector investment in Africa | Food Security | Scoop.it
New Alliance agriculture initiative risks prioritising profit over people and pushing poor farmers further into poverty
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Sowing the future: Food security in Latin America's growing cities

Sowing the future: Food security in Latin America's growing cities | Food Security | Scoop.it
Latin America has been at the forefront of adopting regulations and legal instruments that guarantee an individual’s right to food. However, the vast majority of these initiatives have not yet tran...
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After failure of talks on food security, India hopes to convince WTO by Sept

After failure of talks on food security, India hopes to convince WTO by Sept | Food Security | Scoop.it
After the recent failure of WTO talks, India today hoped that by September it will convince the multi-lateral trading body about the need for developing nations to give subsidies on foodstocks so that it is relieved of the "Damocles rpt Damocles sword".
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