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MS Swaminathan: Food revolution a target

The year 2013 marks the 70th anniversary of the Bengal Famine which resulted in the death of an estimated 1.5 to 3 million children, women and men during 1942-43. A constellation of factors led to this mega-tragedy, such as the Japanese occupation of Burma, the damage to the aman (kharif) rice crop both due to tidal waves and a disease epidemic caused by the fungus Helminthosporium oryzae, panic purchase and hoarding by the rich, failure of governance, particularly in relation to the equitable distribution of the available food grains, disruption of communication due to World War II, and the indifference of the then UK government to the plight of the starving people of undivided Bengal.

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Plant diversity in China vital for global food security

Plant diversity in China vital for global food security | Food Security | Scoop.it
With climate change threatening global food supplies, new research claims the rich flora of China could be crucial to underpin food security in the future. A team from the University of Birmingham and partners in China have identified 871 wild plant
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Companies seek to boost agricultural productivity

Companies seek to boost agricultural productivity | Food Security | Scoop.it
A new generation of plant-friendly microscopic bacteria and fungi is increasing crop yields as much as 10 percent in test plots, according to Monsanto and Novozymes executives speaking last week at a BioAg Alliance Media Day.
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Experts Battle African Soil Health Crisis

Experts Battle African Soil Health Crisis | Food Security | Scoop.it
Africa is in the midst of a major agricultural crisis, with the quality of the continent's soil degrading at an alarming rate. However, new research has revealed that efforts to improve this situation are working, doubling to tripling crop yield in affected areas within the last five years.
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'North Korea to secure land in Zimbabwe'

'North Korea to secure land in Zimbabwe' | Food Security | Scoop.it
COLOGNE/HARARE - The secretive and ostracised, North Korean regime of Kim Jong-Un has reportedly moved to secure massive tracks of agricultural land from President Robert Mugabe, to grow that country’s staple food of rice and sometimes maize, The Telescope News reported.Mugabe's botched land refo.
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Pests Pose Increasing Risk to Food Security

Pests Pose Increasing Risk to Food Security | Food Security | Scoop.it

By 2050, according to new research in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography, those opportunistic viruses, bacteria, fungi, blights, mildews, rusts, beetles, nematodes, flies, mites, spiders and caterpillars that farmers call pests will have saturated the world.

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Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington: “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate”

Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington: “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate” | Food Security | Scoop.it
CCAFS researchers attended the recent U.S. – Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington sessions on “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate.” Speakers included U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Madam Zuma.
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US criticised over increased private sector investment in Africa

US criticised over increased private sector investment in Africa | Food Security | Scoop.it
New Alliance agriculture initiative risks prioritising profit over people and pushing poor farmers further into poverty
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Sowing the future: Food security in Latin America's growing cities

Sowing the future: Food security in Latin America's growing cities | Food Security | Scoop.it
Latin America has been at the forefront of adopting regulations and legal instruments that guarantee an individual’s right to food. However, the vast majority of these initiatives have not yet tran...
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After failure of talks on food security, India hopes to convince WTO by Sept

After failure of talks on food security, India hopes to convince WTO by Sept | Food Security | Scoop.it
After the recent failure of WTO talks, India today hoped that by September it will convince the multi-lateral trading body about the need for developing nations to give subsidies on foodstocks so that it is relieved of the "Damocles rpt Damocles sword".
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Prospects for Modernization of Agriculture in Sudan with an Emphasis to Food Security

Prospects for Modernization of Agriculture in Sudan with an Emphasis to Food Security | Food Security | Scoop.it

Sudan is among very few countries with vast recourses potentials and sparse population that could become structurally food surplus country. The total area of Sudan is about 81 million hectares (250 million acres) of which 86 million acres could easily be cultivable, which is more than half the currently cultivated acreage-base of the United States.

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Food security in Australia

Food security in Australia | Food Security | Scoop.it
How much food does Australia produce, and what does this mean for food security in Australia? Watch this clip to find...
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Food production feeling the warming effect

Food production feeling the warming effect | Food Security | Scoop.it
Rising global temperatures, as well as pollution, are increasingly harming crop yields in areas of the world, scientists say – meaning more look set to go without food and water.
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Scientists' Cheat Sheet for Improving Global Food Production

Scientists' Cheat Sheet for Improving Global Food Production | Food Security | Scoop.it

Even as the world’s population increases and an expanding global middle class demands more meat-intensive diets, climate change is altering conditions for agriculture. Scientists and policymakers are concerned about future food security.

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India's Severe Ozone Pollution Kills Enough Crops to Feed 94 Million People

India's Severe Ozone Pollution Kills Enough Crops to Feed 94 Million People | Food Security | Scoop.it
India's ozone pollution is a growing problem and now, scientists have announced that it's damaged millions of tons of the country's major crops. In fact, it's caused losses of more than a billion dollars and has destroyed enough food to feed tens of millions of people.
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China in the Next Decade: Rising Meat Demand and Growing Imports of Feed

China in the Next Decade: Rising Meat Demand and Growing Imports of Feed | Food Security | Scoop.it

Each year, USDA prepares ten-year projections of global agricultural supply, demand, and trade. In each projection, China—with its large population, rapid economic growth, and anticipated dietary change—is a key component. Since at least the 1980s, agricultural analysts have anticipated that China’s dietary transition to a more meat-rich diet would have important impacts on world agricultural markets.

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Seeds of Doubt - Vandana Shiva’s Crusade Against Genetically Modified Crops

Michael Specter on Vandana Shiva, an activist who accuses biotechnology companies such as Monsanto of imposing “food totalitarianism.” Others believe that G.M.O.s are the key to solving world hunger.
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Food security alarm for east, central Africa

Food security alarm for east, central Africa | Food Security | Scoop.it
Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in eastern and central Africa, with most of them being at “crisis” and “emergency” levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013.
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Bangladesh takes Chinese help to ensure food security

Bangladesh takes Chinese help to ensure food security | Food Security | Scoop.it
Bangladesh and China will collaborate on hybrid rice crop to ensure availability for growing population.
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FAO Food Price Index hits a six-month low in July

FAO Food Price Index hits a six-month low in July | Food Security | Scoop.it

The FAO Food Price Index decreased for a fourth consecutive month in July mainly due to a sharp decline in international prices for maize, wheat and certain oilseeds,  reflecting ample supplies for these commodities.

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DuPont: Partnering to help small holder farmers is good for business | Devex

DuPont: Partnering to help small holder farmers is good for business | Devex | Food Security | Scoop.it

Interest in food security goes beyond the purview of development professionals — increasingly agriculture companies are seeing a business case for getting involved.

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Britain's food self-sufficiency is in long-term decline, warn farmers

Britain's food self-sufficiency is in long-term decline, warn farmers | Food Security | Scoop.it
NFU says year's food supply 'would run out today without imports', with homegrown food making up only 60% of total
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5 ways to improve global food security

5 ways to improve global food security | Food Security | Scoop.it
Nearly 1 billion people around the world suffer from hunger. Considering that we already produce enough food to feed the whole planet, this should no longer be a problem. But there are a number of factors that get in the way, including inefficient use of water, fertilizers and crop rotations.
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Nigeria: FG, Dangote Sign U.S.$1 Billion MoU On Rice Production

Nigeria: FG, Dangote Sign U.S.$1 Billion MoU On Rice Production | Food Security | Scoop.it
THE Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Dangote Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, of $1 billion investment on rice production.
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World Could be Headed for Crippling Famine by the 2050s

World Could be Headed for Crippling Famine by the 2050s | Food Security | Scoop.it

The world is headed for a potentially crippling famine by 2050 triggered by growing populations and unabated global warming. 

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Climate change increases risk of crop slowdown in next 20 years

Climate change increases risk of crop slowdown in next 20 years | Food Security | Scoop.it
The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global crop yields because of climate change, new research finds.
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