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Global Biotech/GM Crop Plantings Increase 100-fold from 1996

Global Biotech/GM Crop Plantings Increase 100-fold from 1996 | Food Security | Scoop.it

For the first time since the introduction of biotech/GM crops almost two decades ago, developing countries have grown more hectares of biotech crops than industrialized countries, contributing to food security and further alleviating poverty in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions.

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Global food prices rose in June

Global food prices rose in June | Food Security | Scoop.it
Global food commodity prices rose 4.2 percent in June, their steepest monthly increase of the past four years, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday, also noting improved production prospects for the year ahead.
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Food prices are up?
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Video: The Past, Present and Future of Agriculture

Video: The Past, Present and Future of Agriculture | Food Security | Scoop.it

Globalization and new technologies have given us more control and more power over our food than ever before. What's next?
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South Sudan: UN food relief agency warns of worsening food, nutrition status

South Sudan: UN food relief agency warns of worsening food, nutrition status | Food Security | Scoop.it
Despite some recent political progress in South Sudan, a deteriorating food and nutrition situation, economic decline and sporadic violence are continuing to significantly impact the humanitarian needs within the country, the United Nations food relief agency cautioned today.
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Yemeni civilians struggle through ‘invisible crisis’ during Ramadan

Yemeni civilians struggle through ‘invisible crisis’ during Ramadan | Food Security | Scoop.it
For most Muslims, the holy fasting month of Ramadan is a time of peace that brings families together, but not for Yemenrsquo;s population of 24
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El Niño set to have a devastating impact on southern Africa’s harvests and food security

El Niño set to have a devastating impact on southern Africa’s harvests and food security | Food Security | Scoop.it
Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years.
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Feeding the world's cities: a critical challenge for sustainable development

Feeding the world's cities: a critical challenge for sustainable development | Food Security | Scoop.it
Providing healthy diets for the world's growing urban population requires forging stronger links between rural producers and urban markets and building food systems that are more socially inclusive, environmentally sound and less wasteful, FAO Deputy Director-General for Natural Resources, Maria Helena Semedo, said today.
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Sustainable development?
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Global crop prospects benign, but hunger intensifies in areas suffering from conflict

Global crop prospects benign, but hunger intensifies in areas suffering from conflict | Food Security | Scoop.it
Thirty-four countries, including 27 in Africa, are currently in need of external assistance for food due to drought, flooding and civil conflicts, according to a new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report released today.
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Hunger increases from conflict.
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Science predicts more frequent extreme events will shock the global food system

Science predicts more frequent extreme events will shock the global food system | Food Security | Scoop.it
A panel of British and American researchers, speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC, will present updated research revealing how extreme events which ...
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Crop Failure and Fading Food Supplies: Climate Change's Lasting Impact

Crop Failure and Fading Food Supplies: Climate Change's Lasting Impact | Food Security | Scoop.it
Cereals form the lifeblood of diets around the globe, but harvests are falling as temperatures warm, putting millions of people at risk.
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Interesting questions?

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USDA Invests in Global Food Security

USDA Invests in Global Food Security | Food Security | Scoop.it
Today, 795 million people around the world do not have access to a sufficient supply of safe and nutritious food. The United Nations estimates that worldwide demand for food will increase 70 percent by 2050. To meet this need, production in developing countries will need to almost double.
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Africa could be the answer to delaying 'peak grain'

Africa could be the answer to delaying 'peak grain' | Food Security | Scoop.it
Agricultural yields could more than triple in a number of African countries, suggesting that tremendous improvements in food security are possible, according to new findings by the Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas.
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Feeding the Developing World: Six Major Challenges

Feeding the Developing World: Six Major Challenges | Food Security | Scoop.it
Today, one in nine of the world’s 7.3 billion people — more than 800 million men, women and children — don’t get enough to eat, despite the fact that more than enough food is produced daily to feed everyone on Earth (at least based on calories).
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How do you solve this problem?

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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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Climate change is sending Africa's agriculture crisis into a tailspin

Climate change is sending Africa's agriculture crisis into a tailspin | Food Security | Scoop.it
East Africa is already the hungriest place on Earth, and climate change threatens to compound its problems by raising temperatures and disrupting the seasonal rains.
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Africa: Food Crop Breeding Programmes Outpaced by Climate Change

Africa: Food Crop Breeding Programmes Outpaced by Climate Change | Food Security | Scoop.it
Analysis - The most extreme El Niño weather current in history has officially been declared over, but has left some 100 million people facing severe food and water shortages in its wake. But we cannot rest easy as another, less headline-grabbing phenomenon, is already underway.
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Ghana government asked to invest more in agricultural research

Greater investment in agricultural research and development is the sure catalyst to help Ghana to attain and sustain food security, Dr Stella A. Ennin, the Director of the Crop Research…
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Non-Native Diets Are on the Rise as Countries Increasingly Rely on Foreign Crops

Non-Native Diets Are on the Rise as Countries Increasingly Rely on Foreign Crops | Food Security | Scoop.it
A new study has found that the proportion of non-native food crops in diets and agricultural systems has been steadily increasing over the past 50 years.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, June 24, 8:49 AM
Foreign crops?
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Support for agriculture in Syria critical with massive food insecurity adding to suffering

Support for agriculture in Syria critical with massive food insecurity adding to suffering | Food Security | Scoop.it
As world leaders met in London today to raise funds in support of millions of people affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria, FAO stressed the urgent need to help farming families produce food to meet basic needs.
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Help for Syria. 
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Ethiopian farmers need urgent assistance to feed country caught in major drought

Ethiopian farmers need urgent assistance to feed country caught in major drought | Food Security | Scoop.it
Timely agricultural assistance for the upcoming rainy season is essential to help the drought-affected people of Ethiopia, as one of the strongest El Niño events on record continues to have devastating effects on the lives and livelihoods of farmers and herders.
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Ethiopians in major drought.
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Forgotten Crops May Hold Key to Nutritional Security

Forgotten Crops May Hold Key to Nutritional Security | Food Security | Scoop.it
Genome sequencing of Africa's traditional crops intends to speed breeding of hardier, more nutrition crops to prevent malnutrition and stunting in children. Many of these are considered "orphan" crops because they have been ignored by science and industry because of their lesser commercial value. 
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Interesting crops and question?

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Promise in unusual areas.
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Agricultural Research Needs to Be a Priority | National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Agricultural Research Needs to Be a Priority | National Institute of Food and Agriculture | Food Security | Scoop.it

Seeing President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal and the strong commitment it makes to agricultural research reminds me of Dr. Consuelo De Moraes.

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Weather Extremes Slash Cereal Yields

Weather Extremes Slash Cereal Yields | Food Security | Scoop.it
Climate change may have already begun to take its toll of agriculture. New research suggests that drought and extreme heat in the last 50 years have reduced cereal production by up to 10%. And, for once, developed nations may have sustained greater losses than developing nations.
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Now is the time for another Green Revolution

Now is the time for another Green Revolution | Food Security | Scoop.it
The Green Revolution of the 1960s prevented mass starvation in the developing world. Just as deep fear was taking hold among economists and demographers that food production wouldn’t keep up with global population growth, the effects of technological advances solved the problem. The microbiologist and geneticist Norman E. Borlaug developed a high-yield, disease-resistant wheat plant, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. Work at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines radically improved grain productivity. As a result of these and related advances, wheat and rice yields in Asia doubled from the 1960s to the 1990s, and grain prices fell even though the Asian population grew by 60 percent.
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Cool Jobs: Finding foods for the future

Cool Jobs: Finding foods for the future | Food Security | Scoop.it
Researchers combine creativity with science to develop new edibles from the land and sea
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Global Food Prices Drop a Further 5% on Falling Wheat and Maize Prices

Global Food Prices Drop a Further 5% on Falling Wheat and Maize Prices | Food Security | Scoop.it
International food commodity prices continued to decline in August as ample supplies, a slump in energy prices and concerns over China's economic slowdown all contributed to the sharpest fall of the FAO Food Price Index in almost seven years.
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