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Food Prices Still Critical Concern: 5 Questions for Economist José Cuesta | Perspectives on development

Food Prices Still Critical Concern: 5 Questions for Economist José Cuesta | Perspectives on development | Food Security | Scoop.it
High food prices appear to be the new normal, as are wild fluctuations in prices. The world ducked a global food crisis after some key staples such as maize and soybean soared to record levels in July 2012, but food security concerns have not dissipated. The latest issue of the World Bank’s Food Price Watch shows that while the October Food Price Index dropped 5 percent below its July peak, internationally traded foods such as grains and oils are still well above price levels a year ago.
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IFPRI: To Bring Green Revolution to Africa, Countries Must Develop New Technologies

IFPRI: To Bring Green Revolution to Africa, Countries Must Develop New Technologies | Food Security | Scoop.it

African countries cannot blindly adopt food policy initiatives that spurred the Green Revolution in Asia as a way to promote agricultural development, according to new award-winning findings by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute.

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FAO: Farmers in Malawi need urgent help after heavy flooding

FAO: Farmers in Malawi need urgent help after heavy flooding | Food Security | Scoop.it
Farmers in southern Malawi urgently need seeds and livestock after intense flooding destroyed their fields and homes, washing away animals and crops and threatening local food security.
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Sustainable food production: Facts and figures

Sustainable food production: Facts and figures | Food Security | Scoop.it
Farming must feed more people more sustainably. Zareen Bharucha looks at scientific approaches past and present.
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China to raise local grain reserves to improve food security

China to raise local grain reserves to improve food security | Food Security | Scoop.it
Big cities should hold enough grains and edible oil reserves to cover half a month of consumption, a government notice said.
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Ebola worsens food crisis in West Africa

Ebola worsens food crisis in West Africa | Food Security | Scoop.it
The situation is likely to worsen in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone following lower harvest, predicts report.
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Farming Goes To Town

Farming Goes To Town | Food Security | Scoop.it
Urban farming could improve food security but also increases the competition between urban and rural water needs.
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India can help find solution to food security issue: WTO

India can help find solution to food security issue: WTO | Food Security | Scoop.it
WTO chief Roberto Azevado said India can play an important role to find a solution to food security.
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Central African Republic: UN agency warns of food insecurity amid ongoing instability

Central African Republic: UN agency warns of food insecurity amid ongoing instability | Food Security | Scoop.it
The unpredictable and hostile security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is having severe consequences for the country’s population still in dire need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) declared today.
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South Africa has highest level of food security in Africa

To have certainty about sufficient and nutritious food is of great value to any country, more so for a diverse society such as that of South Africa.
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China included potatoes as staple diet after rice, wheat and corn

Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) of China on 7 January 2015 announced to include potatoes as staple diet after rice, wheat and corn. The decision was based upon an attempt to ensure food security, ease the pressure on the environment and increase the income of farmers.

The addition of potatoes as another staple food was consistent with the government's policy of adjusting the agriculture structure to achieve sustainable development.

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Unravelling Zimbabwe's "food crisis"

Unravelling Zimbabwe's "food crisis" | Food Security | Scoop.it
Is there a food crisis in Zimbabwe? The UN says 2.2 million people will be in need of food assistance until the end of March, based on a 2013 government-led joint survey by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC). But the government is now questioning those findings.
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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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FAO: FAO food price index declines in January, cereal output poised for record

FAO: FAO food price index declines in January, cereal output poised for record | Food Security | Scoop.it
The FAO Food Price Index continued to decline in January, averaging 182.7 points for the month, or 1.9 percent below its December 2014 level.
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Africa Will Feed Itself Within The Next 15 Years

Africa Will Feed Itself Within The Next 15 Years | Food Security | Scoop.it

Africa will be able to feed itself in the next 15 years.
That’s one of the big “bets on the future” that Bill and Melinda Gates have made in their foundation’s latest annual letter. Helped by other breakthroughs in health, mobile banking and education, they argue that the lives of people in poor countries “will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history”.

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Davos 2015: Focus on international food security

Davos 2015: Focus on international food security | Food Security | Scoop.it
Focusing on global food security inequalities, Alec Hogg spoke to Shenggen Fan, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute.
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Food diversity vital for adapting to climate change

Food diversity vital for adapting to climate change | Food Security | Scoop.it
Maintaining genetic diversity within the world’s food supply is vital to ensuring that humankind can preserve crop yields and adapt to climate change, however, a warming world places diversity at risk, a paper from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned.
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Zambia’s agro sector records growth

Zambia’s agro sector records growth | Food Security | Scoop.it
ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka ZAMBIA’s agriculture sector has continued to register growth due to Governments’ effort to prioritise food security, Agco senior vice president and general manager for Europe, Africa and Middle East, Rob Smith has observed. The company that specialises in manufacturing and distributing agricultural equipment has also over the last few years invested a …
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Will we be hungry in a warming world? USDA wants to know

The agricultural livestock field will have to undergo systematic changes to cope with food security and sustainability problems in a climate-changed world, according to a new report commissioned by the National Academy of Sciences.
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Putting more food on Africa's table -- with a little help from science and other clever things

Putting more food on Africa's table -- with a little help from science and other clever things | Food Security | Scoop.it

AST year Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, invested $1 billion into rice production in Nigeria. This new investment is in support of the Nigerian Government’s plan to attain food sufficiency and become a net-exporter of rice by 2015. Rice is crucial to Nigeria food security - 84% of Nigerian households consume rice yet the country has a rice import bill currently exceeding $2 billion, which has the potential to deplete the country’s foreign currency reserves.


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Global Food Security and Supply

Global Food Security and Supply | Food Security | Scoop.it
With the global population projected to reach 9 billion by the year 2050, the need for nations to secure food supplies for their populations has never been more pressing. Finding better supply chain solutions is an essential part of achieving a secure and sustainable diet for a rapidly increasing population. We are now in a position, through methods including life cycle assessment (LCA), carbon footprinting and other tools, to accurately measure and assess our use – or misuse – of natural resources, including food. The impact of new technologies and management systems can therefore improve efficiencies and find new ways to reduce waste.Global Food Security and Supply provides robust, succinct information for people who want to understand how the global food system works. The book demonstrates the specific tools available for understanding how food supply works, addresses the challenges facing a secure and safe global food supply, and helps readers to appreciate how these challenges might be overcome.This book is a concise and accessible text that focuses on recent data and findings from a range of international collaborations and studies.  The author provides both a snapshot of global food supply and security today, and a projection of where these issues may lead us in the future. This book will therefore be of particular interest to food policy leaders, commercial managers in the food industry, and researchers and students seeking a better understanding of a rapidly evolving topic.

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Barbarians at the farm gate

Barbarians at the farm gate | Food Security | Scoop.it
IN THE next 40 years, humans will need to produce more food than they did in the previous 10,000 put together. But with sprawling cities gobbling up arable land, agricultural productivity gains decreasing, and demand for biofuels increasing, supply is not keeping up with demand. Clever farmers, scientists and entrepreneurs are bursting with ideas. But they need money to make this jump.
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Reshaping Agriculture Is Africa’s Window To A Diversified Economic Future

Reshaping Agriculture Is Africa’s Window To A Diversified Economic Future | Food Security | Scoop.it
VENTURES AFRICA – Falling crude oil prices has put several economies across Africa at risk. And has once again shown how critical the agricultural sector is to any economy, particularly that of Africa.
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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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