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S. Africa sets good example by fighting hunger: FAO

S. Africa sets good example by fighting hunger: FAO | Food Security | Scoop.it

South Africa has set a good example for Africa in terms of fighting hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.

South Africa is one of the two countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with under five percent of their populations undernourished, FAO said in a statement emailed to Xinhua on Thursday. The other country is Ghana.

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How big data is going to help feed nine billion people by 2050

How big data is going to help feed nine billion people by 2050 | Food Security | Scoop.it
To feed the world's rapidly-expanding population in the coming decades, agriculture must produce more. Big data holds one of the keys for farmers, but it's also a weapon that could be used against them.
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Our alarming food future, explained in 7 charts

Our alarming food future, explained in 7 charts | Food Security | Scoop.it
The takeaway from a blockbuster climate report: As the temperature goes up, crop yields will go down.
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To Deal With Climate Change, We Need Agricultural Innovation

To Deal With Climate Change, We Need Agricultural Innovation | Food Security | Scoop.it
By adopting smart new innovations and other helpful agricultural strategies, and by working to limit greenhouse gas emissions before they climb much higher, we can pave the way for a century where more people can enjoy safe, nutritious, affordable fo...
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Crisis in Ukraine forces up world wheat prices

Crisis in Ukraine forces up world wheat prices | Food Security | Scoop.it
Political instability in the Ukraine has reinforced the UK’s need to increase its own food security and production, National Farmers Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond has warned.
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HarvestPlus, Global Policymakers Seek to Increase Availability of Biofortified Food, Articles | THISDAY LIVE

HarvestPlus, Global Policymakers Seek to Increase Availability of Biofortified Food, Articles | THISDAY LIVE | Food Security | Scoop.it

Global policymakers, meeting in Kigali at the second Global Conference on Biofortification, committed to making biofortified nutritious foods more widely available in order to improve nutrition and health for millions of people around the world.

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Despite climate change, Africa can feed Africa

Despite climate change, Africa can feed Africa | Food Security | Scoop.it

Climate change comes with never-before-experienced impacts. For example, crop yields and growing seasons will decrease even as changing rain patterns will worsen people’s access to water. Yet Africa’s population is projected to reach 2 billion in less than 37 years, and in 86 years three out of every four people added to the planet will be African.

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Major boost for Zimbabwe’s sustainable agricultural development and food security efforts

Major boost for Zimbabwe’s sustainable agricultural development and food security efforts | Food Security | Scoop.it

20 December 2013, Harare/Rome -The United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and FAO have agreed on a four-year initiative to support Zimbabwe's efforts to address the root causes of poverty and food insecurity, and build resilience against climate change.

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Peru allocates US$180 million for agricultural innovation projects

Peru allocates US$180 million for agricultural innovation projects | Food Security | Scoop.it
The Ministry of Agriculture will launch modernization programs that help farmers in may regions across Peru.
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Madagascar battles locust swarms to save rice and maize crops

Madagascar battles locust swarms to save rice and maize crops | Food Security | Scoop.it
UN teams target larvae in a bid to destroy insects that can devour up to three times their body weight in a day
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Hopes Rise for Global Food Security As World's Largest Agricultural Research Partnership Marks Major Milestone - Doubles Funding to $1 Billion in Five Years

Hopes Rise for Global Food Security As World's Largest Agricultural Research Partnership Marks Major Milestone - Doubles Funding to $1 Billion in Five Years | Food Security | Scoop.it

CGIAR, the world's largest agriculture research partnership, today announced its funding has doubled from $500 million in 2008 to $1 billion in 2013. Officials say harvesting the fruits of this historic commitment could, among other benefits, lift 150 million people in Asia out of poverty by boosting rice production, provide 12 million African households with sustainable irrigation, save 1.7 million hectares of forest from destruction, and give 50 million poor people access to highly nutritious food crops.


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Farm Researcher CGIAR Budget Rises to $1 Billion in Hunger Fight

CGIAR, the world’s largest agricultural research partnership, said its funding rose to $1 billion this year, double the group’s budget five years ago amid increased government concern about food security.
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Gradual Climate Changes Could Cause Sudden Impacts

Gradual Climate Changes Could Cause Sudden Impacts | Food Security | Scoop.it
The specter of abrupt climate change has scientists calling for an early warning system in a new report.
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African leaders vow to 'conquer' poverty via agriculture

African leaders vow to 'conquer' poverty via agriculture | Food Security | Scoop.it

African leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to transforming the agricultural sector across the continent as a way to overcome poverty.

Speaking at the 2014 Grow Africa Investment Forum taking place in Abuja, Nigeria, the leaders agreed that increased private sector investment in agriculture is key to delivering economic opportunity and food security within their countries.

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Feeding ourselves in a changing climate: from food security to food sovereignty

Feeding ourselves in a changing climate: from food security to food sovereignty | Food Security | Scoop.it
Not too long ago, a friend and a fellow activist asked me what I think is the most critical issue facing the world. I answered that although our most immediate crisis is the effect climate change is
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Organic Won't Feed the Planet or Solve Climate Issues

Organic Won't Feed the Planet or Solve Climate Issues | Food Security | Scoop.it

"We are at the most critical moment in the history of our species, as manmade changes to the climate threaten humanity's security on earth." The Rodale Institute makes this claim in a report on April 17, 2014.   Rodale claims our greenhouse gas emissions come from manmade sources, and we are creating a "climate chaos" which is changing our planet. Rodale further claims that we must battle "...Carbon pumps everywhere - industrial, agricultural, the transportation sector - and from every direction on the globe."

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Food security increased by new scientific model in agricultural production

Food security increased by new scientific model in agricultural production | Food Security | Scoop.it
Farmers are used to optimizing crop production on their own lands. They do soil tests to choose the right amount of fertilizers to apply, and they sometimes plant row crops on some fields while keeping others in pasture. But is it possible to optimize
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Agriculture: Engage farmers in research

Agriculture: Engage farmers in research | Food Security | Scoop.it
A new wave of small-scale agricultural innovation will boost yields and protect the planet, contend Tom MacMillan and Tim G. Benton.
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Farmers seeking heat relief signal Brazil climate peril

Farmers seeking heat relief signal Brazil climate peril | Food Security | Scoop.it
BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil may see a mass migration of crops and farm workers from huge swaths of currently tillable lands to more temperate zones as global warming takes hold, according to leading climate experts in the country.
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Zimbabwe Imports Corn to Avert Food Shortage

Zimbabwe Imports Corn to Avert Food Shortage | Food Security | Scoop.it
An estimated 2.2 million Zimbabweans are facing food insecurity in the country that once was known as the breadbasket of southern Africa. Zimbabwe is now counting on imports of 150,000 tons o...
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FAO warns of potential food security crisis as security situation in the Central African Republic worsens

FAO warns of potential food security crisis as security situation in the Central African Republic worsens | Food Security | Scoop.it

Rome, 31 December - Despite security challenges in half of the prefectures, farmers in the Central African Republic are counting on the next agriculture season to restore their food production capacity to avoid risks of famine and malnutrition. Since last year when they had to flee the violence, farming communities had to abandon their fields along the main roads to replant deep in the bush. This disruption lead them to produce much less than previous years with a major impact on their food reserves that will last till February instead of July.

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Climate Change and Food Security: The Role of Biotechnology

Climate Change and Food Security: The Role of Biotechnology | Food Security | Scoop.it
Agricultural biotechnology can enhance food security across Sub-Saharan Africa, but only if it receives sufficient resources and support for its development.
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The Future Of Agriculture Requires Dialogue

The Future Of Agriculture Requires Dialogue | Food Security | Scoop.it
Although we have done a good job communicating with farmers, we haven't connected as well with consumers. I am confident they will at least be open to listening to us if they know we're listening to them.
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China: Feeding the Future

China: Feeding the Future | Food Security | Scoop.it

At the annual Central Economic Work Conference (CEWC), which was held in Beijing on December 10-13, China's leadership mapped out plans for the country's economic work in 2014, listing national food security as a top priority.

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Scientists screen ancient wheat varieties for sawfly resistance

Wheat stem sawfly continues to be a major problem for producers, particularly in central Montana, according to Luther Talbert, spring wheat breeder at Montana State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station.
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