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UN reports slight drop in food prices, stresses need for policies to prevent crisis

UN reports slight drop in food prices, stresses need for policies to prevent crisis | Food Security | Scoop.it
The United Nations today reported that global food prices decreased slightly in October, noting that international coordination has helped avert a sharp rise in prices despite difficult market conditions.
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Syria threatened by food insecurity

Syria threatened by food insecurity | Food Security | Scoop.it
The Syrian agricultural sector is deteriorating at an increasing rate. Destructive conditions over the past four years suggest that Syria may soon be hit by a wall of food insecurity. This disaster is even more tragic because Syria was once described as the “breadbasket of Rome” due to its production of grain, especially wheat. Until recently, Syria was working diligently to achieve self-sufficiency and food security. Before the outbreak of the country’s recent tragedy, Syria was considered an agricultural country, as the industry accounted for nearly 24% of its GNP.
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CLIMATE CHANGE AND FOOD SECURITY IN ASIA

CLIMATE CHANGE AND FOOD SECURITY IN ASIA | Food Security | Scoop.it
FEEDING the people of the planet puts a lot of stress on the environment. Farming takes more than 40% of land and half the world's available freshwater. We may need to raise productivity by 70% by...
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The Evolution of the Puget Sound Food Hub

The Evolution of the Puget Sound Food Hub | Food Security | Scoop.it
Connecting small farmers to broader markets is the business of the Puget Sound Food Hub. Read about how they are making an impact one farm at a time.
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Agroecology and the Disappearing Yield Gap

Agroecology and the Disappearing Yield Gap | Food Security | Scoop.it

The more scientists actually study agroecology, the better it looks. The largest meta-analysis to date comparing yields of organic and conventional agriculture concluded that the "yield gap" between the two is much smaller than previously claimed and for some crops, doesn't exist at all.

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Full text of the new article is available at http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/282/1799/20141396 

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Growing Super Crops: Conventional or GM? « Techtonics

Growing Super Crops: Conventional or GM? « Techtonics | Food Security | Scoop.it
A lot of folks probably don’t like their food messed with, meaning they’d rather not have carrots cross-bred into pea-carrots, for example, or potatoes genetically fortified with nutrients they weren’t born with. But in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, fortified crops can help populations struggling for survival. Fortified crops are created either through […]
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The amazing decline of global hunger, in one chart

Scanning the news, it's easy to think the world is falling apart. But, on Monday, we got a major piece of good news: hunger is on a major decline in the world. Since 1990, there's been a sustained and massive collapse in the number of people who have difficulty accessing food.

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Kansas State researchers fighting world hunger

Kansas State researchers fighting world hunger | Food Security | Scoop.it
Can a wasp feed the world? It can help: If its larvae are nurtured near millet fields where a devastating moth steals harvests from the field, they can grow to become predators that destroy the pests and save a crop. And that just might put more food in more mouths and earn money for struggling farmers in the world’s poorest countries, The Kansas City Star reported.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, November 19, 1:40 PM

To further the cause.

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A manifesto for solving the global food crisis

A manifesto for solving the global food crisis | Food Security | Scoop.it
To celebrate World Food Day, here are key ways of promoting more sustainable food systems from building grain reserves to taxing pollution
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International Food Prices Hit Four-Year Low

International Food Prices Hit Four-Year Low | Food Security | Scoop.it
International prices of food decreased by 6 percent between April and August 2014, reaching a four-year low, according to the latest edition of Food Price Watch
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Sustained investment in global agricultural research is key to feeding 9 bln people sustainably

Sustained investment in global agricultural research is key to feeding 9 bln people sustainably | Food Security | Scoop.it
Human civilisation is facing a complex and growing list of interrelated grand challenges in the 21st century.  The population of the world has grown at an alarming rate, with current population estimated at seven billion and projected to stabilise at around nine and one-half billion by 2050 and beyond.  The prevailing narrative is that we will need to increase food production by about 70% over current levels to feed a fast growing world population.   
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Here's Why We Haven't Quite Figured Out How to Feed Billions More People

Here's Why We Haven't Quite Figured Out How to Feed Billions More People | Food Security | Scoop.it
Solving the world's looming food crisis will require big investments in agricultural research, yet public support for that is lagging.
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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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Kenya: Experts warn that low grain prices could pose threat to national food security

Kenya: Experts warn that low grain prices could pose threat to national food security | Food Security | Scoop.it
Agricultural experts have cautioned that mishandling of maize purchasing by the Government could turn maize farming to an unviable venture and lead to food insecurity in years ahead.
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Securing future food supply for the developing world

Securing future food supply for the developing world | Food Security | Scoop.it
Scientists at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, awarded $10 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve crop yield of the cassava plant
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Hungry for land: small farmers feed the world with less than a quarter of all farmland

Hungry for land: small farmers feed the world with less than a quarter of all farmland | Food Security | Scoop.it

It is commonly heard today that small farmers produce most of the world's food. But how many of us realise that they are doing this with less than a quarter of the world's farmland, and that even this meagre share is shrinking fast? If small farmers continue to lose the very basis of their existence, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself.


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Urban farming helps feed the world

Urban farming helps feed the world | Food Security | Scoop.it

Urban agriculture is playing an increasingly important role in global food security, a study has suggested.

Researchers, using satellite data, found that agricultural activities within 20km of urban areas occupy an area equivalent to the 28-nation EU.

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FAO Cereal Supply and Demand Brief

FAO Cereal Supply and Demand Brief | Food Security | Scoop.it

The Cereal Supply and Demand Brief provides an up-to-date perspective of the world cereal market. The monthly brief is supplemented by a detailed assessment of cereal production as well as supply and demand conditions by country/region in the quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation. More in-depth analyses of world markets for cereals, as well as other major food commodities, are published biannually in Food Outlook.

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Hungry Planet: Can Big Data Help Feed 9 Billion Humans?

Hungry Planet: Can Big Data Help Feed 9 Billion Humans? | Food Security | Scoop.it
With a population set to hit 9 billion human beings by 2050, the world needs to grow more food —without cutting down forests and jungles, which are the clima...
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Food Security's curator insight, November 17, 11:45 PM

Let's not forget first the need to improve distribution and storage, as well as reduce waste and losses as they might lead to c 20 % greater return from current production levels. In many developing countries, food storage and transport systems are arcane and inefficient.

Eric Larson's curator insight, November 19, 1:39 PM

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Agriculture: The next frontier

Agriculture: The next frontier | Food Security | Scoop.it
Africa's newfound taste for an old grain has experienced problems [mdash] drought, low yields and costly imports. But new projects are driving the continent towards self-sufficiency.
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Can Africa feed itself in spite of climate change?

Can Africa feed itself in spite of climate change? | Food Security | Scoop.it
NEWS: Rising populations, climate impacts and security concerns make the job of Africa's farmers increasingly challenging
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10 ways of improving production and consumption of food

10 ways of improving production and consumption of food | Food Security | Scoop.it
At a recent roundtable hosted by the Guardian, experts from industry, research and academia discussed how to make the food system more sustainable. Here are 10 things we learned
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Feeding China: 8 solutions to China food security

Feeding China: 8 solutions to China food security | Food Security | Scoop.it
Here are eight steps, in no particular order, to address China's food challenges. (Why eight? The number is considered lucky in Chinese culture.)
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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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