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Farm prices on upward trend in next decade: FAO, OECD | Reuters

Farm prices on upward trend in next decade: FAO, OECD | Reuters | Food Security | Scoop.it
ROME (Reuters) - World farm commodity prices will edge higher in the next decade, and oilseeds are set to outperform wheat and other cereals, both trends fuelled by demand in emerging economies, the OECD...
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Africa: Growing Africa's Land - analysis

A global land rush is afoot and Africa is top of investors' lists. Optimists predict agricultural transformation. Critics fear food insecurity, degradation and displacement.

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Rain in Brazil to impact global food prices

The bulls are back! From Goldman Sachs to hedge funds and index traders, bets on a second global food price shock are gathering steam as bad weather decimates crops in farming giants USA, Brazil,...
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As crops rot, millions go hungry in India

As crops rot, millions go hungry in India | Food Security | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Every day some 3,000 Indian children die from illnesses related to malnutrition, and yet countless heaps of rodent-infested wheat and rice are rotting in fields across the north of...
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Want cheap food? Don't let the climate change - New Scientist

Want cheap food? Don't let the climate change - New Scientist | Food Security | Scoop.it

A new report suggests that by 2050 many UK consumers will be unable to afford current staples like meat, – and the same pressures will apply globally.Farmers around the world will face two challenges, both of which will drive up food prices, according to the report – What's Cooking? Adaptation & mitigation in the UK food system. They will have to cut their own greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time cope with the consequences of the climate change that does occur such as more extreme weather events.


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China: Maize-breeding records could drive breeding programmes

China: Maize-breeding records could drive breeding programmes | Food Security | Scoop.it
A 25-year timeline of the genetics of maize breeding history provides valuable lessons for the future, say Chinese scientists.
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Hungry for change

If international trade and aid won't fix hunger and bad nutrition, what will?
THE ''silent tsunami'' of the global food crisis was at the height of its frenzy, emptying market stalls and cooking pots, spiking prices, stirring riots and shaking governments, when in May 2008, Professor Olivier De Schutter began work as the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on food.

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UN global food forecasts good but fears over Yemen, Syria

UN global food forecasts good but fears over Yemen, Syria | Food Security | Scoop.it

AFP - The UN's food agency said Wednesday that this year's forecasts for global food production are positive overall but warned that some areas will likely struggle due to armed conflict and displacement.

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Syria's shortage of grain imports may lead to bread crisis - The National

Even though food is not itself subject to sanctions, foreign banks, shipowners and grain traders are reluctant to sell grain to import-dependent Syria.
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Earth Facing Imminent Environmental 'Tipping Point

Humankind is facing an imminent threat of extinction, according to new research released on Wednesday by the science journal Nature. The report Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere reveals that our planet's biosphere is steadily approaching a 'tipping point', meaning all ecosystems are nearing sudden and irreversible change that will not be conducive to human life
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RIO+20 and Sustainable Agriculture: How to Feed the World Without Wrecking the Planet?

I interviewed Dr.Frank Rijsberman, the newly appointed CEO of the CGIAR Consortium, to find out how agriculture and the environment are now "best friends."...
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The Gambia and President Jammeh: a hunger crisis ignored?

The Gambia and President Jammeh: a hunger crisis ignored? | Food Security | Scoop.it
President Yahya Jammeh has spent cash on musicians and footballers yet the Gambia is facing a severe food crisis...
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U.S. drought could send food prices skyrocketing globally

U.S. drought could send food prices skyrocketing globally | Food Security | Scoop.it
The prolonged drought that descended on Texas last year has now spread across half of the United States, according to the latest figures from the U.S.

The percentage of the contiguous U.S. land area experiencing "exceptional" drought conditions in July has reached the highest level in the history of the monitoring system since it started in 2000.

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India: The Grim Reaper - Declining Profitability of Agriculture and the Agrarian Crisis in India | International Affairs Review

India: The Grim Reaper - Declining Profitability of Agriculture and the Agrarian Crisis in India | International Affairs Review | Food Security | Scoop.it

At a recent interview, the Chairman of Central Bank of India, a government-owned commercial bank, asserted that agriculture in India is a profitable business and that misuse of loans by farmers was the primary reason for non-performing bank assets. Furthermore, the media was blamed for the hype over farmer suicides in India, currently estimated at over 200,000 between 1997 and 2011.

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U.S. crop worry to fuel world food prices in July: U.N.

(Reuters) - Searing heat in the U.S. Midwest is expected to see global food prices snap three months of declines in July, the UN said on Thursday, as some international grain prices surged to highs last seen during the 2007-08 food crisis.

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Uganda sees biotechnology as key to food security/nutrition

From Linda Asante Agyei: A GNA Special Correspondent, Kampala, Uganda   Accra, July 09, GNA - Despite the widespread cultivation of both cash and food security crops, food security and nutritio...
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David Willetts: more focus needed on agricultural research, including GM

David Willetts: more focus needed on agricultural research, including GM | Food Security | Scoop.it
Britain must place a renewed focus on agricultural research including GM projects, or risk falling behind other countries like Brazil, the Science Minister has said.
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Fund aims to put new technology in poor farmers’ hands

Fund aims to put new technology in poor farmers’ hands | Food Security | Scoop.it
Five donor governments back a new scheme to harness private-sector innovation in an effort to boost food security...
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#Pakistan - Huge amount allocated for agri, food sectors

#Pakistan - Huge amount allocated for agri, food sectors | Food Security | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD: The federal government in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2012-13 has allocated Rs 495 million for ongoing and new projects of the of the Ministry of National Food Security R...
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World food price index expected to fall for May | Reuters

World food price index expected to fall for May | Reuters | Food Security | Scoop.it
MILAN (Reuters) - World food prices are expected to have fallen in May for a second month, easing inflation and food security concerns, as intensifying worries about a slowing global economy and euro zone...
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Record World Cereal Harvest Seen Replenishing Stocks by FAO

World cereal production will rise 3.2 percent to a record this year, exceeding consumption and resulting in growing stockpiles that will weigh on prices, the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization forecast.
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2012 World Food Prize Laureate Promotes Peace Through Science

2012 World Food Prize Laureate Promotes Peace Through Science | Food Security | Scoop.it

The winner of the 2012 World Food Prize is Dr. Daniel Hillel, an Israeli scientist who conceived of and developed the system of micro-irrigation which has helped transform deserts in Israel, the Middle East, and around the globe into productive agricultural land.

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Forget the financial crisis - its food you should be worried about

Forget the financial crisis - its food you should be worried about | Food Security | Scoop.it
With the world's population growing ever more rapidly, Rick Mills looks at why uranium and potash should be on everyone's investment radar screens.
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World food price index expected to fall for May

MILAN (Reuters) - World food prices are expected to have fallen in May for a second month, easing inflation and food security concerns, as intensifying worries about a slowing global economy and euro zone...
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