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The First International Conference on Global Food Security – A Synthesis

Publication date: November 2014
Source:Global Food Security, Volume 3, Issues 3–4
Author(s): Martin K. van Ittersum , Ken E. Giller

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Ending poverty and hunger by 2030 : an agenda for the global food system (English) | The World Bank

Ending poverty and hunger by 2030 : an agenda for the global food system (English)
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The moving out of poverty study: an overview - Eldis

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Poverty reduction rates vary significantly between and within developing countries, indicating that local contexts influence the lives of the po...
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Sanatana Pages: Organic farming and the centrality of the cow

Sanatana Pages: Organic farming and the centrality of the cow | Nutrition et santé | Scoop.it

Subhash Palekar Raises Agriculture to Spiritual Levels

For over sixty years, Indian agriculture was in a slumber. Our lands were scandalized by an unknown thing called as synthetic fertlizer. This was done to help the farmer get a 'better' harvest.

As the farmer started using it, he immediately noticed that, his soil had become infertile and could no longer bear crops for the next season. He was advised to add more and more fertilizer to the soil to compensate for the nutrient loss. Soon he was faced with another threat. The plants that grew with fertilizer needed pesticides. Soon, he started using these pesticides, which are deadly poisons. He noticed that the pests had become resistant to these chemicals as time went by. He was puzzled.

Our farmer forgot the ancient lesson that the soil HAD LIFE. He forgot that there were natural laws that governed the soil which his ancestors had obeyed from time immemorial. By thus obeying the laws , they had taken bumper harvests and had kept the land well cared for and transferred the land intact for posterity.

Subhash Palekar

It was at this time that a great mind set out to work in this field. He himself was a graduate of Agricultural science from a 'modern university'. He set out to work in his field using the British devised ways of Fertlisers and Pesticides and became an utter failure. He also ruined his land.

Then he set out to research on how our ancestors did so well in Agriculture without any of these chemicals. He consulted the Vedas, and the ancient wisdom literature. The result is a revolutionary, path breaking method, which Sri Subhash calls as 'Zero Budget Natural Farming'. Sri Subhash tried his method in his own soil and replicated it in various other fields tasting success every time.

An inspired Sri Subhash set out to teach this method to his countrymen. He has so far conducted not less than 1000 workshops, all heavily attended, to spread this new way of life for farmers.

The fundamental concept in Sri Subhash's work is that
1. Soil does not need nutrients to be added.
2. The soil has micro organisms which GENERATE NUTRIENTS for the soil.
3. It is possible to revive a fertliser damaged soil back to the natural ways.
4. That the new method require no money to do Agriculture.

Fascinating, is it not ? Read on for some more.

Sri Subhash says the pivot of 'Zero Budget Natural Farming' is the desi cow. He says that the desi cow's Urine, Cow dung and Milk have all the qualities required to rejuvenate the soil. Just ONE desi cow, says Sri Subhash, is all that is required to maintain a 30 acre Farm. He laments that the Desi- Jersi hybrid cows are of no use in his scheme of things.

What a sad thing ? The desi (country) cow is now has such a dwindling population that we need to revive them on a war footing. I wondered why the hybrid Jersi cow is unfit. A publication of 'Govardan', a voluntary organisation for Cow protection, says that the high yield Jersi was produced by crossing a wild pig and an Australian cow breed !

Sri Subhash has some formulas to revive the soil. One is 'Jeevamrutam'. This is not a replacement for Fertlizer , he says. Jeevamrutam is only a catalyst for the soil to generate its nutrients. He says that the 'organic manure','earthworm manure' are fads and are another recipe for disaster.

Sri Subhash condemns the university taught concept of burning the leftover plants after harvest. He says that these are to be left over in the soil itself by turning them over into the soil. This process of 'Mulching' helps the soil prepare its own manure.

And what about pests ? Subhash maintains that a naturally grown plant fights pests. But the plants in transit in chemical ravaged field can be protected by simply prepared 'natural pesticides' which arwe usually buttermilk, pepper and such simple combinations.

The Government Sponsored Chemical Mafia

A govermental survey states that the fertliser subsidy alone was abot Rs 13,000.00 crores in the year 2000. Add to this the pesticide subsidy and the farmer's burden. A report says that the pesticide business in India is the fourth largest in the world! Imagine what would have happened if the money is spent on raising desi cows, strengthening ponds and lakes, and protecting the village fiorests !

There are some criminal agricultural scientists who sit and lord over every governmental commission on Agriculture. These are the very people who are in hand in glove with the synthetic mafia and have been the cause of so much decline in production. Sri Subhash has alleged that our country imports foodgrains of about 5 million tonnes every year. This fact is not known to many Indians. The governments cheats here also.

Recently, a central minister went on record stating that poor Indians are eating more and this is causing problems. It is no wonder with such people at the helm, our Agriculture remains without policy.


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Osk Reddy's curator insight, August 24, 2014 1:00 AM

We wish to bring to your notice that the "Green Universe Environmental Services Society (GUESS)" head-quartered at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India was established in 1998. Since then we have been promoting various eco friendly concepts, pro-environmental initiatives and sustainable development projects. With our vast field-level practical experiences we have observed and noticed that the farmers of our country are facing severe crop loss issues due to wild boar & wild animal attacks, frequent natural calamities, global warming effects, non availability of labour, cost escalation and climate change issues. It is known fact that many of the wild animals have shifted their habitations from the forests to farm fields due to man-made mistakes such as severe deforestation and high level destruction in the forest areas. 

 

Due to the above situations the farmers who make 70% of the Indian community are leaving agriculture and migrating to the urban habitations in search of livelihoods resulting in many of the villages are becoming deserts and the population pressure is at high level in urban areas which is causing various social & economic issues. It is fact that the most of the countries are shifting towards naturals in all walks of life and the demand for natural products is ever increasing and it is time to throw light on promotion of different eco-friendly sustainable farming measures & concepts to the struggling farmer community.

 

Keeping in view the alarming situation faced by the farming community due to wild boar & animal attacks which is great concern to the society today we have come up with an eco-friendly, cost-effective sustainable solution of "Henna Bio Fence." It is non-grazing & pest-free because it is astringent & pungent in nature which can be an effective NPM measure, sustains for longer period hence it is perennial, drought tolerant because it can pass through severe climatic situations, creates additional man days through raising & post harvest measures and also generates income because the demand for natural dyes is ever increasing. Hence "Henna Bio Fence" can be an eco-friendly cost-effective sustainable solution in place of highly expensive solar, chain linked mesh & barbed wire fences and can act as income & employment generating measure.

 

Natural dyes are pro-environment and obtained from renewable resources with no health hazards are traditionally used since ages to impart color. There is renewed interest in the application of natural dyes throughout the world today, as eco-friendly norms become stringent and the awareness about protection and preservation of environment grows day by day. The entire world is facing the side effects of synthetic products and there has been increasing interest in natural dyes, as the public become aware of health issues, ecological and environmental problems related to the use of synthetic dyes. Henna as natural dye is being used in Textiles, Handlooms, Leather, Beauty & Health Care, Cosmetics and Tattoo Industries etc. 

 

Considering the above facts, concerns and in light of the multi beneficial advantages, as responsible NGO we have initiated this "Henna Bio Fence" project to help the struggling farmers. We request for financial collaboration to impart trainings, to create awareness, to transform the concept and to provide input cost to encourage an eco-friendly, sustainable and cost effective "Henna Bio Fence" to the farmers to protect the crops from wild boar & animal attacks and to improve their income levels. In addition to the crop protection measure there is lot of scope for employment generation through value addition and marketing. 

 

Henna Bio Fence is also useful as NPM, NTFP, SMC & NRM measures. The Decoction of henna leaves because of its strong chemical composition can be used as Bio Pesticide for all the crops which reduces the pest management expenditure for a longer period. It also controls the cross pollination (Isolation) issues between different crops. Henna Bio Fence in one meter width all along the periphery of the crop fields in multiple (6-9) rows with close spacing will become as thick & strong fence which completely arrests the wild boar and animal attacks. Reducing crop loss itself is great benefit to the farmers and as well to the nation and also there are many social & economic advantages in addition to the crop protection measure. 

 

Keeping in view the above facts, we request the International Organizations who are very much concern about environment & global warming effects for financial contributions from Carbon Trade Funds, Environment Protection Funds, Ecological Balancing Funds, Global Warming Budgets, CSR & CER initiatives to provide them an eco-friendly, sustainable and cost effective "Henna Bio Fence" for their farm fields to protect the crops from animal attacks and to improve the income levels of the farming community. Hence, we request your kind attention towards a noble cause of "Vruksho Rakshathi Rakshithaha" by providing them the input cost from different possible funds & measures to help the struggling farmers who are feeding our Nation. The detailed project report will be submitted after hearing from you. We await quick response in this regard to make this pro-environmental project successful. We are hereby providing the YouTube link of promo film on Henna Bio Fence for information.

 

Henna Bio Fence Video Link:

 

GUESS - Henna Bio Fence - English  : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvzdK4qQbQo

 

GUESS - Henna Bio Fence - Telugu  : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQTs9khJmQg

 

Thanking You

 

 

Best Regards

 

 

OSK REDDY

Ph. No. 919494947894 / 919848028410

Mail:oskreddy@gmail.com / oskreddy@yahoo.com

Web Site: www.guessfoundation.org

 

 

Eric Larson's curator insight, March 27, 2015 1:18 PM

Interesting questions!!!

Brandon Chesney's curator insight, May 27, 2015 8:25 AM

This farmer in India had been using synthetic fertilizer to grow his crops. Because he used this he noticed that the soil became Infertile and he couldn't grow new crops for the next season. Since he could not grow anymore crops he started using more and more fertilizers which in turn led to having to use Pesticides. He had forgot the whole kind of law set in place about how the soil has life and was better than any other fertilizers or pesticides.

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Urban agriculture and food security: A critique based on an assessment of urban land constraints

Publication date: March 2015
Source:Global Food Security, Volume 4
Author(s): Madhav G. Badami , Navin Ramankutty
Urban agriculture (UA) is promoted because of its contribution to food security and poverty alleviation.

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Women Empowerment – One More Vote Bank Politics -

Women Empowerment – One More Vote Bank Politics - | Nutrition et santé | Scoop.it
In election season, every political party paid lip service to women’s issues, acknowledging their growing role in today’s politics. But nobody wants to talk about the real issues concerning women of this country.

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India: Pathways to Sustaining Rapid Development in a New Climate | The New Climate Economy

India: Pathways to Sustaining Rapid Development in a New Climate | The New Climate Economy | Nutrition et santé | Scoop.it
The New Climate Economy Report shows how countries at all levels of income can achieve economic growth while combating climate change

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India eases stance on GM crop trials | Nature

India eases stance on GM crop trials | Nature | Nutrition et santé | Scoop.it
States begin to permit field tests of transgenic plants.

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Food Antioxidants and Cancer | NutritionFacts.org

Food Antioxidants and Cancer | NutritionFacts.org | Nutrition et santé | Scoop.it
Antioxidant intake from foods (not supplements) is associated with lower cancer risk. (Research looking at antioxidant intake from food vs. supplements.
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What about J.Watson's last paper on this matter ?

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Gartner Says Advanced Analytics Is a Top Business Priority

Gartner Says Advanced Analytics Is a Top Business Priority | Nutrition et santé | Scoop.it

Gartner, Inc. said that advanced analytics is the fastest-growing segment of the business intelligence (BI) and analytics software market and surpassed $1 billion in 2013.


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Jim Thompson's curator insight, June 16, 2015 11:48 AM

Analytics and decisioning engines will help markets surf a wave of exploding data!

Christophe Acher's curator insight, June 18, 2015 4:00 AM

TIBCO SPOTFIRE est depuis longtemps précurseur sur le segment de l'advanced analytics à la portée de tous, notamment avec l'intégration native de R et de fonctions statistiques avancées (segmentation, prévision, corrélations, ...).

 

A l'heure où de nombreuses entreprises se posent la question du remplacement de SAS, essentiellement pour des questions de coûts et de complexité, et SPOTFIRE s'impose comme solution de substitution partielle ou complète dans bien des cas.

 

N'hésitez pas à me contacter pour en savoir plus. christophe.acher@tibco.com

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Sounds simple ..just add data and insight

 

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Getting It Right: A New Global Model to Tackle Poverty and Climate Change | World Resources Institute

Getting It Right: A New Global Model to Tackle Poverty and Climate Change | World Resources Institute | Nutrition et santé | Scoop.it
The international community has a rare opportunity in 2015 to confront two linked global challenges: extreme poverty and climate change. Success will depend on whether or not we can develop a new model for global cooperation.

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The Truth About How To Increase Your Yields and Shield Your Crops from Drought!

The Truth About How To Increase Your Yields and Shield Your Crops from Drought! | Nutrition et santé | Scoop.it
Recently the United Nations warned that the world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water by 2030 unless countries dramatically cut consumption. Since 70 percent of the world’s fresh water goes to agriculture, this means changing the way people […]

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Farmers back government's decision to ban Roundup spray | The Royal Gazette: Bermuda

Farmers back government's decision to ban Roundup spray | The Royal Gazette: Bermuda | Nutrition et santé | Scoop.it

Members of the farming community have supported Government’s decision to ban the importation of the weed spray Roundup amid fears that it can cause cancer in humans. 

 

Both Tom Wadson and Carlos Amaral agreed that banning the spray, which contains the active ingredient glyphosate, would not have a significant effect on Bermudian agriculture as alternatives can easily be used.


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One by one, the poison is being eliminated...

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New Clues to Why Poor Nutrition in the Womb Leads to Obesity Later in Life



Newswise — Boston (March 31, 2015) – Babies receiving poor nutrition in the womb tend to be smaller at birth, which has been linked to the development of obesity and other health problems later in life. Researchers continue to discover other consequences related to undernutrition during pregnancy. A new study examines how poor fetal nutrition affects protein expression in the fat tissue of adult rats, revealing key differences between males and females.

The research helps explain why girls who experienced poor prenatal nutrition in utero are at higher risk than boys for developing obesity as adults. The findings could help researchers develop new drugs to help with weight control in people predisposed to obesity.

Every year, 17 million children are born undernourished due to a mother’s lack of nutrition. Obesity is a rapidly growing problem in developing countries, where an estimated 900 million adults are overweight or obese. “In developing countries, insufficient and inadequate food access is a very real problem,” said Eliane Beraldi Ribeiro, Ph.D., associate professor at Federal University of São Paulo and research team lead. “A better understanding of the molecular mechanisms at work in the metabolic reprograming that results from prenatal undernutrition could lead to interventions and treatments that help lessen the health effects.”

In the study, the researchers gave pregnant rats half the amount of food they would normally eat. When the pups were adults, the researchers used a mass spectrometry technique called MALDI-TOF/TOF to determine how proteins present in their fat tissue differed from tissue of rats that received normal prenatal nutrition. MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry provides highly sensitive analysis of global protein levels.

The female adult rats that experienced poor prenatal nutrition developed obesity and showed lower levels of 18 proteins and higher levels of four proteins, compared to normal rats. The males with poor prenatal nutrition did not develop obesity but still had lower levels of 12 proteins and higher levels of 17 proteins. When the researchers looked at the metabolic pathways in which these proteins were involved, they found that the protein changes seen in the females were tied to impaired glucose metabolism while cellular energy production was mainly affected in males.

Because the affected proteins differed between male and female rats, the results suggest that poor prenatal nutrition has different long-term effects in males and females.

“We did not select a protein or group of proteins to study in advance — we studied the whole pool of possible proteins that might be expressed in the fat tissue, which is in the range of hundreds,” said Ribeiro, who will present the research at the American Physiological Society (APS) Annual Meeting during Experimental Biology 2015. “Our approach allows the identification of proteins that no one else thought were involved. Now it is necessary to perform more studies to understand how the metabolic differences we observed relate to susceptibilities for developing obesity.”

Now that the researchers have pinpointed which proteins are affected by prenatal undernutrition, they can conduct further experiments to explore how each one might contribute to the development of obesity. The researchers hope this next phase of the research can reveal drug targets to help increase glucose metabolism in fat cells and reduce a person’s likelihood of becoming obese.

Eliane Beraldi Ribeiro will present the findings during the Experimental Biology 2015 meeting on Tuesday, March 31, from 9:30-9:45 a.m. at the “Diet, Nutrition, and Adipose Tissue: You are What You Eat” session in Room 206A, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The study was funded by grants from the Brazilian National Research Council, Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo and Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel.


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Feeding 9 billion by 2050 – Putting fish back on the menu | Food Security - Springer

Fish provides more than 4.5 billion people with at least 15 % of their average per capita intake of animal protein. Fish’s unique nutritional properties make it also essential to the health of billions of consumers in both developed and developing countries. Fish is one of the most efficient converters of feed into high quality food and its carbon footprint is lower compared to other animal production systems. Through fish-related activities (fisheries and aquaculture but also processing and trading), fish contribute substantially to the income and therefore to the indirect food security of more than 10 % of the world population, essentially in developing and emergent countries. Yet, limited attention has been given so far to fish as a key element in food security and nutrition strategies at national level and in wider development discussions and interventions. As a result, the tremendous potential for improving food security and nutrition embodied in the strengthening of the fishery and aquaculture sectors is missed. The purpose of this paper is to make a case for a closer integration of fish into the overall debate and future policy about food security and nutrition. For this, we review the evidence from the contemporary and emerging debates and controversies around fisheries and aquaculture and we discuss them in the light of the issues debated in the wider agriculture/farming literature. The overarching question that underlies this paper is: how and to what extent will fish be able to contribute to feeding 9 billion people in 2050 and beyond?

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Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook: SEED Methodology, Case Studies, and Critical Issues

Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook: SEED Methodology, Case Studies, and Critical Issues | Nutrition et santé | Scoop.it
public interest design has emerged as a distinct profession. It provides clear professional standards of practice following SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) methodology, the first step-by-step process supporting public interest designers. The book features an Issues Index composed of ninety critical social, economic, and environmental issues, illustrated with thirty case study projects representing eighteen countries and four continents, all cross-referenced, to show you how every human issue is a design issue.

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La FAO presse de mettre fin à la malnutrition

La FAO presse de mettre fin à la malnutrition | Nutrition et santé | Scoop.it

Les coûts sociaux et économiques de la malnutrition mondiale sont inacceptables 

4 juin 2013, Rome - Dénonçant les coûts sociaux et économiques considérables qu'occasionne la malnutrition, le Directeur général de la FAO, M. José Graziano da Silva, a appelé aujourd'hui à redoubler d'efforts pour éradiquer la malnutrition et la faim dans le monde.


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Human Health and the GMO Industry: Puppets in High Places ...

Human Health and the GMO Industry: Puppets in High Places ... | Nutrition et santé | Scoop.it
“There is no substantiated case of any adverse impact on human health, animal health or environmental health, so that's pretty robust evidence, and I would be confident in saying that there is no more risk in eating GMO food ...
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