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Millions face starvation as world warms, say scientists

Millions face starvation as world warms, say scientists | Food Security | Scoop.it
World is unprepared for changes that will see parts of Africa turned into disaster areas, say food experts
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Food Security: enough on our plates?

Food Security: enough on our plates? | Food Security | Scoop.it

Food security is not just a problem for the poor. It will become, increasingly, a problem for everybody

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Jeremy Cherfas's curator insight, April 10, 2013 3:08 AM

I'm deeoply skeptical of the numbers in the first paragraph, which suggest that the average grocery bill for a family of four is just $5000. A quick search reveals most numbers are higher than that, and they are from a while ago.

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Can We Feed the World?

Can We Feed the World? | Food Security | Scoop.it
Despite recent agricultural advancements, chronic hunger remains pervasive, particularly in developing countries.
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New Green Revolution to end hunger

New Green Revolution to end hunger | Food Security | Scoop.it
Beyond agricultural innovation, China has rich experience and significant potential in bio-gas, vaccine R&D and manufacture, and medicine research.
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Britain's farming crisis: 'People don't realise how tough everything is'

Britain's farming crisis: 'People don't realise how tough everything is' | Food Security | Scoop.it
Crippling costs, bad weather and disease have hit the countryside hard – and left the future of British food in jeopardy. Jay Rayner meets the farmers fighting for survival
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Food price rises put restive Egypt on edge

Food price rises put restive Egypt on edge | Food Security | Scoop.it
CAIRO (Reuters) - With croissants, baguettes and bagels spilling off metal trolleys at the bakery where Mohammed Alif works in central Cairo, food is not scarce, but profits certainly are.The Egyptian...
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FAO Media Centre: World not coping well with change in diets, says FAO Director-General

FAO Media Centre: World not coping well with change in diets, says FAO Director-General | Food Security | Scoop.it

Urbanization, economic growth and other transformations are causing changes in lifestyles and diets in many parts of the world and countries are not coping as well as they could, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told professors and students at Wageningen University and Research Centre today.

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Could Malawi’s ‘hidden hunger’ be tackled with enriched crops?

Could Malawi’s ‘hidden hunger’ be tackled with enriched crops? | Food Security | Scoop.it
New research suggests that supplementing fertilisers with selenium could help to reduce rates of disease and premature death in Malawi
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Micronutrient fertilizers are usually those used the least, but can have tremendous efect on both crop and nutrition.

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Agricultural policies have a huge impact on nutrition

Agricultural policies have a huge impact on nutrition | Food Security | Scoop.it

Mumbai: India’s efforts to fight malnutrition may not bear fruit unless there is greater focus on policies to promote diets rich in nutrients and micronutrients, said Howarth Bouis , director of HarvestPlus, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington. HarvestPlus is an interdisciplinary programme that works with academic and research institutions, civil society organizations, governments and private sector in more than 40 countries to breed micronutrient-rich staple food crops through an ingenious process called biofortification, and to make such food crops widely available to malnourished populations.

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Food crisis will prompt GM foods rethink, says US aide

Food crisis will prompt GM foods rethink, says US aide | Food Security | Scoop.it
A food crisis may be necessary to make EU consumers understand the value of genetically modified food, a senior US government aide has warned.
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Behind China’s “Grain Miracle”: More Than Meets The Eye? – Analysis

Behind China’s “Grain Miracle”: More Than Meets The Eye? – Analysis | Food Security | Scoop.it

China reports remarkable increase in grain production every year. Besides concerns over the reliability of its statistics, China’s “miraculous” grain production growth may not be sustainable.

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Food Security and Minimizing Postharvest Loss

The scale of post-harvest food loss is tragic. Nearly one-third of global agricultural production never makes it to the consumer or arrives in poor condition. Beyond the threat to food security, post-harvest losses adversely affect farmers and consumers in the lowest income groups. And, post-harvest food losses are a waste of valuable farming inputs, such as water, energy, land, labor, and capital. Having lived in East Africa earlier in my life, I saw the magnitude of post-harvest food losses in that region, and the tragic repercussions for human hunger, loss of farmer income, and harm to economic growth.

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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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Millions face starvation by 2050 as world warms, say scientists

Millions face starvation by 2050 as world warms, say scientists | Food Security | Scoop.it
LONDON — Millions of people could become destitute in Africa and Asia as staple foods more than double in price by 2050 as a result of extreme temperatures, floods and droughts that will transform the way the world farms.
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Arab World facing billion dollar food gap

Arab World facing billion dollar food gap | Food Security | Scoop.it

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, has warned that the food crisis in the Arab world is getting bigger and it is expected to reach $89 billion in 2020.

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Food Prices Decline but Still High and Close to Historical Peaks

Food Prices Decline but Still High and Close to Historical Peaks | Food Security | Scoop.it
Global food prices continued to decline for six consecutive months, but still remain very high and close to their historical peaks
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New initiative to benefit farmers in 20 African countries

New initiative to benefit farmers in 20 African countries | Food Security | Scoop.it

Twenty African countries will benefit from the African Development Bank- funded initiative known as the Support for Agricultural Research for Development of Strategic Crops (SARD-SC), but the multiplier effect of the project is expected to affect other regional member countries in the continent.


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Grain production climbing toward record

China's grain output is likely to hit a record high this year and bring a 10th consecutive year of growth, as the nation steps up efforts to boost agricultural technology and infrastructure, a senior official said.
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Wheat farming in crisis in Western Australia

Wheat farming in crisis in Western Australia | Food Security | Scoop.it
Australia grows five percent of the world’s wheat crop but provides 12 to 15 percent of the wheat annually traded on the global market. Western [...]
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Warmer climate boosts northern crops but the bad soon outweighs the good

Warmer climate boosts northern crops but the bad soon outweighs the good | Food Security | Scoop.it
Climate change is creating warmer growing conditions in parts of the Earth's northern regions, a new study has found, but experts warn that drought and heat wil soon cancel out the agricultural benefits.
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Almost one-third of Nile Delta to sink by 2030, say experts

Almost one-third of Nile Delta to sink by 2030, say experts | Food Security | Scoop.it

Environmental experts have predicted that 30% of the Nile Delta will be submerged under water by 2030 because of the rise in land temperatures due to climate change. They added that this may threaten agriculture in Egypt.

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Food Security: The View From Rome

Food Security: The View From Rome | Food Security | Scoop.it
Food is often in short supply. The availability of and access to food is also, and has always been, highly political.
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The Arab Spring, Climate Change and Wheat Price Spike

The Arab Spring, Climate Change and Wheat Price Spike | Food Security | Scoop.it
The essays in this volume make a compelling case that the consequences of climate change helped ignite a volatile mix of underlying causes that erupted into the revolutions that have shaken the Arab world over the past two years.
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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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African Smallholder Farmers Need to Become Virus Detectors

African Smallholder Farmers Need to Become Virus Detectors | Food Security | Scoop.it
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Kampala — Unless African smallholder farmers, who comprise the majority of food growers on the continent, are given the tools and knowledge to cope with the increased occurrences of plant virus diseases, the livelihoods of millions will be at stake, according to Nteranya Sanginga, the director general of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture.

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