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Africa loses food valued at USD 4 b annually due to post-harvest losses

Africa loses food valued at USD 4 b annually due to post-harvest losses | Food Security | Scoop.it

Food valued at over USD 4 billion dollars is lost every year in Africa as a result of post-harvest inefficiencies across the agricultural value chain, an international workshop on post-harvest losses heard Wednesday.  

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Americans spend a smaller fraction of their budget on food than anyone else

When droughts or crop failures cause food prices to spike, many Americans hardly notice. The average American, after all, spends just 6.5 percent of his or her household budget on food consumed at home. (If you include eating out, that rises to around 11 percent.)

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We Are Literally Farming Ourselves Out of Food

We Are Literally Farming Ourselves Out of Food | Food Security | Scoop.it
Two items crossed my desk recently that were so fundamentally opposite in their visions of the future that it was enough to give a reader whiplash. The first was the 2012 book Abundance, the optimistic paen to entrepreneurs, inventors and Silicon Valley gazillionaires written by X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis and science journalist Steven Kotler. The authors claim that the exponential growth of technology will solve all the world's ills, and, "within a generation ... provide goods and services, once reserved for the wealthy few, to any and all who need them." Poo-burning toilets, refrigerator-sized water purifiers, portable nuclear power plants, algae biofuels and skyscraper greenhouses capable of feeding the world's 800 million hungry, among many other gadgets, they contend, are just around the corner and, within 25 years, will create a techno-utopian world.
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Planet Protein: Can Meat Production Keep Up with 2.4 billion more People?

Planet Protein: Can Meat Production Keep Up with 2.4 billion more People? | Food Security | Scoop.it
The United Nations predicted earlier this year that world population, today at 7.2 billion, will increase to 9.6 billion by 2050, with the largest growth projected in developing countries including India and within Africa.
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How Nigeria can change its food security narrative – NACCIMA

How Nigeria can change its food security narrative – NACCIMA | Food Security | Scoop.it
That Nigeria’s economy has been brought to its knees following the glut of oil in the global market, which led to an unprecedented slump in prices is no longer news.
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FAO: Investing in a future free from hunger

FAO: Investing in a future free from hunger | Food Security | Scoop.it

 Highlighting the historic opportunity to become the "Zero Hunger generation", FAO Director-General José Graziano Da Silva called for additional investments in social protection and rural development at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today.

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Why Zimbabweans Are Always Short of ‘Food'

Why Zimbabweans Are Always Short of ‘Food' | Food Security | Scoop.it

The phrase ‘gore rezhara’ or ‘umyaka wendlala’ – the year of famine – is familiar with most Zimbabweans of my age. Up until the late 1970s, our grandparents and parents tended to calibrate historical eras with ‘landmarks’ of years when hunger and famine were at their worst. Massive national food deficits especially in vulnerable regions like Matabeleland, the Midlands, Masvingo and some parts of Mashonaland West were a common phenomenon. Yet, it was very rare to hear of anyone dying of starvation. - See more at: http://www.zimeye.com/why-zimbabweans-are-always-short-of-food/#sthash.KuuWNGK6.dpuf

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UN: Drought-hit North Korea Cuts Food Distribution

UN: Drought-hit North Korea Cuts Food Distribution | Food Security | Scoop.it
Drought-hit North Korea has reduced food distribution, an official of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday.

Cristina Coslet, FAO’s Global Information and Earl...
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Collaboration crucial to food security in Southeast Asia

Collaboration crucial to food security in Southeast Asia | Food Security | Scoop.it
The need to provide food for the region is more pressing than ever as the population grows, the agricultural workforce contracts and natural resources shrink. Every player in the food value chain...
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Population growth and food security?

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OECD, UN see food prices falling over next decade

Global food prices will continue to decline over the next decade as more food is produced than the world needs, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization.
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Global Food Security Update, April-June 2015

Global Food Security Update, April-June 2015 | Food Security | Scoop.it
The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.
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Can GMO Foods End World Hunger?

Can GMO Foods End World Hunger? | Food Security | Scoop.it
According to the World Food Program, some 795 million people – one in nine people on earth – don’t have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That will only get worse with the next global food crisis, predicted to occur within four years by experts at the recent Third International Conference on Global Warming and Food Security.
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OECD – FAO expect stronger production, lower prices over coming decade

OECD – FAO expect stronger production, lower prices over coming decade | Food Security | Scoop.it

Strong crop yields, higher productivity and slower growth in global demand should contribute to a gradual decline in real prices for agricultural products over the coming decade, but nonetheless, prices will likely remain at levels above those in the early-2000s, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook report produced by the OECD and FAO.

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Call for More Action on Global Food Security to Beat Hunger

Call for More Action on Global Food Security to Beat Hunger | Food Security | Scoop.it
GLOBAL - A United Nations’ target set in 2000 to reduce global hunger by a half by 2015 had almost been achieved.
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World food supply at growing risk from severe weather

World food supply at growing risk from severe weather | Food Security | Scoop.it
In 2007, drought struck the bread baskets of Europe, Russia, Canada, and Australia. Global grain stocks were already scant, so wheat prices began to rise rapidly. When countries put up trade barriers to keep their own harvests from being exported, prices doubled, according to an index of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Just 3 years later, another spike in food prices contributed to the Arab Spring uprisings.
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Quest for climate-proof farms

Quest for climate-proof farms | Food Security | Scoop.it
Climate change is a major threat to food production, so researchers are working with farmers to make agriculture more resilient.
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Syria: Better rains improve wheat production, but food security situation remains bleak

Syria: Better rains improve wheat production, but food security situation remains bleak | Food Security | Scoop.it
Syria's food production  has increased this year mainly due to favourable rains, but it remains way below its pre-crisis levels as the ongoing conflict continues to push more people into hunger and poverty, according to a report published today by two UN agencies.
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The hunger numbers: are we counting right?

The hunger numbers: are we counting right? | Food Security | Scoop.it
Are we using the right methodology to count the number of hungry people in the world? Are we really going in the right direction to end hunger?
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Can Organic Food Feed the World?

Can Organic Food Feed the World? | Food Security | Scoop.it

Organic food has acquired the taste of success.
While still a tiny portion of food production overall, organic products have gotten more space on supermarket shelves in recent years. Stores and restaurants that specialize in organic food have grown in popularity. Farmers and others who grow and process organics have been reporting big increases in demand and sales.

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Organic food is truly better for you.

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Ethiopia's remarkable turnaround: 30 years after famine, village now hosts visitors to show off food security

Ethiopia's remarkable turnaround: 30 years after famine, village now hosts visitors to show off food security | Food Security | Scoop.it
Up to 1 million likely died. Hyenas scavenged for forgotten human remains. However, today farmers harvest not one but three crops a year.
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Food security in Ethiopia?

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China, Africa and Food Security

China, Africa and Food Security | Food Security | Scoop.it
David H. Shinn on the China-Africa food security relationship and the impact of climate change.
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FAO: World crop prospects positive in 2015; but food insecurity hotspots pose concern

FAO: World crop prospects positive in 2015; but food insecurity hotspots pose concern | Food Security | Scoop.it
Favorable worldwide conditions for cereal crops will lead to better-than-expected production this growing season at the global level, despite continuing apprehension over El Niño.  But concerns are growing over a sharp shortfall in maize grown in sub-Saharan Africa as well as poor production in other food insecure hotspot areas.
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El nino and food chanllenges?

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Global Food Prices Drop to a Five-Year Low

International food prices decreased by 14% between August 2014 and May 2015, dropping to a five-year low, according to the latest edition of Food Price Watch. 
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Founder of BRAC (Bangladesh) awarded World Food Prize

Founder of BRAC (Bangladesh) awarded World Food Prize | Food Security | Scoop.it
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of BRAC (formerly known as Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee), has been chosen as the 2015 World Food Prize Laureate. Sir Fazle was announced as the award winner at a July 1 ceremony at the U.S. State Department.
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New Publication: International Food Security Assessment, 2015-25

New Publication: International Food Security Assessment, 2015-25 | Food Security | Scoop.it
The number of food-insecure people in the 76 low- and middle-income countries included in this report is projected to fall 9 percent, from 521 million in 2014 to 475 million in 2015. Over the longer term, the food security situation is projected to deteriorate as the share of population that is food insecure moves from 13.4 percent in 2015 to 15.1 percent in 2025.
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Society will collapse by 2040 due to catastrophic food shortages, says study

Society will collapse by 2040 due to catastrophic food shortages, says study | Food Security | Scoop.it
A scientific model supported by the Foreign Office has suggested that society will collapse in less than three decades due to catastrophic food shortages if policies do not change.
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