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'Prepare for another farming revolution'

'Prepare for another farming revolution' | Food Security | Scoop.it
Farms in the 2050s will be completely unrecognisable compared with those of today, undergoing a revolution on a similar scale to that during the 30 to 40 years following the Second World War.
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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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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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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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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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