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Five regulatory barriers undermining intra-African food trade

Five regulatory barriers undermining intra-African food trade | Food Security | Scoop.it
Africa, with 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land, still has to import a large percentage of its food in order to feed its rapidly growing population. The rising cost of importing food can lead to deepening food insecurity.
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Unforeseen dangers in a global food system

Unforeseen dangers in a global food system | Food Security | Scoop.it
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's claim during a recent blizzard that food delivery bikes were not emergency vehicles caused a small disruption in the City's normally fast, abundant and inexpensive access to nearly any type of food from around the world. For major food companies that ensure this ...
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FAO food price index drops again in March driven by sugar's sharp slide

FAO food price index drops again in March driven by sugar's sharp slide | Food Security | Scoop.it

The FAO Food Price Index continued to decline in March, dropping 1.5 percent from February and 18.7 percent (40 points) below its level a year earlier.

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System of Rice Intensification earns food security prize

System of Rice Intensification earns food security prize | Food Security | Scoop.it
The System of Rice Intensification (SRI), an agro-ecological method of growing rice that enhances crop yields and is resilient to the adverse effects of climate change, has been awarded the international Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security. SRI is being recognized for its impact on the availability, affordability, accessibility and adequacy of food.
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African seed access index launched to encourage vibrant seed sector

African seed access index launched to encourage vibrant seed sector | Food Security | Scoop.it
A new analysis of African efforts to put more productive crop varieties into the hands of smallholder farmers finds progress but also significant challenges in a region still shaking off decades of complacent government seed monopolies.
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Kenya to become net food importer by 2050, experts warn

Kenya to become net food importer by 2050, experts warn | Food Security | Scoop.it
Kenya is among African countries likely to starting importing more than three quarters of food required to feed the population by 2050 due to effects of climate change.
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More than one trillion dollars worth of food wasted by Middle East each year

More than one trillion dollars worth of food wasted by Middle East each year | Food Security | Scoop.it
The Middle East is the region with the largest deficit between food production and the needs of the population, agricultural scientists have warned.
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Creating a fertile future for smallholder farmers in Africa

Creating a fertile future for smallholder farmers in Africa | Food Security | Scoop.it
More than half a billion Africans are smallholder farmers. In some countries they make up as much as 85% of the population. Even in Africa’s most urbanised countries that figure only drops to 55%.
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FAO food price index declines further in February

FAO food price index declines further in February | Food Security | Scoop.it

The FAO Food Price Index declined to a 55-month low in February, dropping 1.0 percent from January and 14 percent below its level a year earlier.

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Grow Markets, Fight Hunger: A Food Security Framework for US-Africa Trade Relations

Grow Markets, Fight Hunger: A Food Security Framework for US-Africa Trade Relations | Food Security | Scoop.it

A new framework for US-Africa trade relations focused on agriculture and food can advance African food security while positioning US businesses to benefit from Africa’s growing food market, which is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2030. This report presents evidence that an effort by the United States focused on bolstering regional trade and harmonizing food standards and regulations across countries would drive economic growth while improving the availability and affordability of nutritious foods throughout Africa. 

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FAO - News Article: Agriculture must change

FAO - News Article: Agriculture must change | Food Security | Scoop.it
The model of agricultural production that predominates today is not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.
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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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How to end hunger: lessons from the father of India’s green revolution

How to end hunger: lessons from the father of India’s green revolution | Food Security | Scoop.it
The research of MS Swaminathan led to India reaching agricultural self-sufficiency in the 1970s. He reflects on scientists’ role in feeding the world
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Good article by Professor MS Swaminathan in the Guardian - notable quote, "Chronic hunger does not move the media". It's true and lies at the root of a lot of problems! Wealthy, well-fed individuals need to care as deeply about the world's hungry as they do the latest celebrity....

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FAO boosts food security efforts in response to Syrian crisis

FAO boosts food security efforts in response to Syrian crisis | Food Security | Scoop.it
The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is scaling up its support to Jordan and other countries in the region affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria that has entered its fifth year.
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Peak food? Can food tech supercharge crop yields and address global food security?

Peak food? Can food tech supercharge crop yields and address global food security? | Food Security | Scoop.it
Globally, humanity has reached “peak food,” according to a recent study by Ecology and Society. Peak rice was back in 1988, causing some worry about the long-term food security of this global staple crop. Peak chicken was in 2006. Peak milk and wheat were in 2004.
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Bangladesh: Sustaining food security

Bangladesh: Sustaining food security | Food Security | Scoop.it
Can Bangladesh sustain the gains achieved in food security and make further progress towards sustainable food security by 2030? One could be optimistic that Bangladesh can do it. But the government has to provide an enabling environment through continuing investment in the R&D (research and development), disseminating improved technologies by using modern information and communication technology, and targeting marginal farmers and women for credit, input subsidies and marketing support.
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Kenya: Regional Integration Key to Kenya's Food Security

Kenya: Regional Integration Key to Kenya's Food Security | Food Security | Scoop.it
Dr Luca Alinovi is the Food and Agricultural Organisation representative in Kenya. He was interviewed by our writer Agatha Ngotho.
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Women farmers pillar of food security ' UN agencies

Women farmers pillar of food security ' UN agencies | Food Security | Scoop.it

Ahead of International Women"s Day, United Nations food relief agencies gathered to remind the world that women farmers play a central role in achieving food and nutrition security, urging countries to step up efforts to empower rural women who too often do "backbreaking work" to harvest food.

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Central America’s food security threatened by drought

Central America’s food security threatened by drought | Food Security | Scoop.it
Farmers in the Trifinio region – the border area shared by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – are all too familiar with drought, crop loss and the very real threat to food security.
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Balancing on a Planet: The future of food and agriculture | California Studies in Food and Culture

Balancing on a Planet: The future of food and agriculture | California Studies in Food and Culture | Food Security | Scoop.it
This book is an interdisciplinary primer on critical thinking and effective action for the future of our global agrifood system, based on an understanding of the system's biological and sociocultural roots. Key components of the book are a thorough analysis of the assumptions underlying different perspectives on problems related to food and agriculture around the world and a discussion of alternative solutions.

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IGC World grain production to reach new record

IGC World grain production to reach new record | Food Security | Scoop.it

The forecast for total world grains production in 2014-15 increased 4 million tonnes to a record 2.006 billion tonnes in the latest International Grains Council (IGC) report released on Feb. 26.


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The ‘perfect storm revisited’: food, energy and water security in the context of climate change - YouTube

"Streamed live on 26 Feb 2015

Some five years ago Sir John Beddington, Senior Adviser at the Oxford Martin School, raised the concept of 'The Perfect Storm' in which the issues of food, water and energy security needed to be addressed at the same time as mitigating and adapting to climate change. In this seminar he highlights changes that have occurred since then and the progress made and challenges that are currently faced."


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Here's the press release from the hosting institution, OxfoRD Martin School.

http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/news/2015_Beddington_seminar

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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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