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Malawi's bountiful harvests and healthier children - EurekAlert (press release)

Malawi's bountiful harvests and healthier children - EurekAlert (press release) | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Malawi's bountiful harvests and healthier children EurekAlert (press release) "There have been notable gains in dietary diversity and increased child health in hundreds of farm communities of Northern Malawi – a truly sustainable project." Malawi...

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Relevant for the malnutrition reduction impact, which the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat wants to achieve

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"Gains in dietary diversity and increased child health" ... but is there a causal link?

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Has the nutritional value of wheat changed?

Has the nutritional value of wheat changed? | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Iron and calcium were found to have gradually decreased in wheat over the decades. However, Chibbar noted, iron is added to fortified flour.

“We haven’t gotten to the ‘why’ on the mineral decrease;
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No, it hasn't. But iron and calcium gradually decreased over the decades. “We haven’t gotten to the ‘why’ on the mineral decrease, says researcher.
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About :: WheatIS

The main objective is to provide a single-access web base system to access to the available data resources and bioinformatics tools
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WheatIS provides a single-access web base system to access the available data resources and bioinformatics tools. CIMMYT is a founding member of the Wheat Initiative, which supports and hosts WheatIS.
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Nigeria Spends $4bn On Wheat Importation | BizWatchNigeria.Ng

Nigeria Spends $4bn On Wheat Importation | BizWatchNigeria.Ng | Wheat World | Scoop.it
requirement of wheat was 4.2 millions per year while presently , Nigeria produces about 600,000 metric tons
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Confusion in Nigeria? Officials cite demand is at 4.2M metric tons, increase farmer support to expand production in 2017, but Nigeria currently produces 600k metric tons, down from 2014.
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Wheat varieties get sharp downgrade in yellow rust rating - Farmers Weekly

Wheat varieties get sharp downgrade in yellow rust rating - Farmers Weekly | Wheat World | Scoop.it
The yellow rust resistance rating of some major wheat varieties, such as Reflection and Diego, are being cut sharply after new races of the disease have be
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Pests and diseases remain challenge in developed and developing world - see yellow rust ...
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Espacenet - results view

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over 500 wheat-related patents in this database! Check out Espacenet INPADOC
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European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)

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EPPO No.6 2016: Since initial detection of Ug99 in 1998, ten variants of Ug99 race group detected in 12 countries: Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania, Eritrea, Rwanda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Yemen, and Iran. During 2014 growing season, presence was suspected in Egypt. Laboratory analysis confirmed (Patpour et al., 2016)!
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World food prices post biggest rise for four years in June: FAO

World food prices post biggest rise for four years in June: FAO | Wheat World | Scoop.it
The upgrade is mainly based on improved prospects for wheat production, now forecast to hit 732 million tonnes due to better weather in the European Union, Russia and the United States.

Wheat utilisation is also set to rise, the FAO said, as demand grows for its use in animal feed in the EU, Indonesia and the United States, but also for food consumption and industrial usage.

This higher consumption means global stocks by the end of the season in 2017 will be 1.5 percent below the opening level.
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FAO: 2016-17 Higher wheat production, 732M tons, but greater demand too, for animal feed, food consumption, industrial use. So global stocks down by 1.5% by the end of season. Higher prices for consumers in importing developing countries?
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Egypt public prosecutor says $70 mln worth of local wheat falsely claimed

Egypt public prosecutor says $70 mln worth of local wheat falsely claimed | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Egypt has been embroiled in a controversy over its local wheat supplies
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Imagine if those $70M were put to wheat research in N Africa, with its high per capita demand and high imports ...
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Public access to wheat genome to revolutionise farming

Public access to wheat genome to revolutionise farming | Wheat World | Scoop.it
The wheat genome is five times more complex than the human genome
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wheat genome is five times more complex than the human genome. scientists globally can soon make use of sequencing data
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Is modern wheat bad for health?

Is modern wheat bad for health? | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Prolonged and intensive breeding of wheat has produced varieties that would be unrecognizable to our ancestors.
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Modern wheat bad for health? Not likely. So many poor people depend on wheat for calories and protein. So making wheat more nutritious and part of a diverse diet is worth it!
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Bolivia’s National Research Program on Wheat: A success story of collaborative research

Bolivia’s National Research Program on Wheat: A success story of collaborative research | Wheat World | Scoop.it
“Don’t waste your time in local breeding programs if someone else can improve the seed for you. We are a small country and cannot afford to reinvent the wheel”. This was the pragmatic advice of a Bhutanese agro-scientist visiting Bolivia a few years ago. His statement might be true, especially in resource-limited countries. However, I strongly believe that implementing agricultural innovations requires bridging the global with the local in a two-way partnership, with strong capabilities in the field. Here's a good example.
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CIMMYT-Bolivia collaboration leads to multilateral benefits (fight wheat blast)
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SciDev.Net and UNESCO partner-up on profiling success stories of Africa’s science

SciDev.Net and UNESCO partner-up on profiling success stories of Africa’s science | Wheat World | Scoop.it
A new book profiles a range of success examples where Africa’s research has been harnessed for the benefit of its population: creating jobs, opportunities and better livelihoods.



Africa’s Minds: Build a Better Future is a collection of 11 African science, technology and innovation (ST&I) success stories from across the continent and in a range of sectors.



The book will be launched at UNESCO Africa Week in Paris today, in both English and French, and will be made available through the SciDev.Net website, both as a pdf and as individual online stories. It was produced by SciDev.Net in association with UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), with funding support from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).



The stories are written by African reporters based in Africa, and contain interviews with project leaders as well as local people affected by those projects. The topics range from education, health and agriculture to capacity building and innovation.



Nick Perkins, director of SciDev.Net, said: “It is important to show that Africa is building its capacity to produce scientific evidence and technological innovation for two reasons. First, because science and technology are behind all of the great successes in global development and we know that poverty and vulnerability still affect a large number of people in the continent. Secondly, and at least as importantly, African countries know they must move away from commodity-based economies to excel in the twenty-first century and this booklet is full of promising stories of such transformation.”



UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova said: “Scientific knowledge and new forms of innovation have the power to transform how we live and improve our daily lives. This booklet aims to share how creative men and women in Africa are working to design sustainable and inclusive solutions to issues such as food security, disease control and environmental sustainability.”



Ahmad Mohamed Ali, president of the IDB, said: “This brochure, prepared in collaboration with UNESCO, showcases success stories that highlight the African-led scientific and technological solutions to the continent’s various problems. All the stories provide empirical evidence on how ST&I can ensure success and sustainability in Africa’s development process while sensitivity toward social and cultural diversity is kept in view.”



For more information, for media, please contact: news@scidev.net






 


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Not about wheat ... several stories about African ag research-for-development: SEKEM/Egypt, biofortified sweetpotato/Mozambique
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The sinister, secret history of a food that everybody loves

The ancient history of the potato could change the story of civilization
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Highly readable article about the differences between roots/tubers- and grains-based civilizations. Out of wheat grew complex societies and empires ...
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Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines

Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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Wheat research community leads on data interoperability
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USW: Wheat Letter

USW: Wheat Letter | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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Milling quality doing down in many production areas: A trend? More to come with climate change? Growing challenge to achieve nutritional food security?
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Bayer, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences collaborate to improve wheat yields

Bayer, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences collaborate to improve wheat yields | Wheat World | Scoop.it
better understand the genetic factors determining grain yield in wheat. The collaboration will provide an opportunity for CAAS members to gain more insights into research at Bayer via short-term placements and regular visits to the scientists working at the Bayer Innovation Center in Ghent, Belgium.
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Another public-private partnership on wheat research: Bayer and CAAS, genetic factors determining grain yield, CAAS scientists come to Bayer Ghent Innovation Centre - is this about hybrid wheat?
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Feeding a Billion People The Role of the Food Processing Industry - Paper - A.T. Kearney | France - A.T. Kearney

Feeding a Billion People The Role of the Food Processing Industry - Paper - A.T. Kearney | France - A.T. Kearney | Wheat World | Scoop.it
As India
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India, agriculture, processing 2013 report: "For example ... the processing of 15 to 18 million tons of wheat to flour could ensure a daily availability of 40 to 50 milligrams of iron per capita – almost double the recommended dietary allowance." About 60% of the iron in wheat is currently lost during processing.
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Nutrition & Diabetes - Association of pasta consumption with body mass index and waist-to-hip ratio: results from Moli-sani and INHES studies

Nutrition & Diabetes - Association of pasta consumption with body mass index and waist-to-hip ratio: results from Moli-sani and INHES studies | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Nutrition & Diabetes is a peer-reviewed, open access online journal publishing clinical, metabolic, genetic and epidemiological studies that describe methodologies, mechanisms, and associations in relation to diabetes and nutrition-related diseases
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Eat pasta! (as part of a balanced, e.g. Mediterranean diet), your weight will be just fine! More evidence for healthy wheat products as part of a nutritious diet.
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Herbicides do not ensure for higher wheat yield, but eliminate rare plant species

Herbicides do not ensure for higher wheat yield, but eliminate rare plant species | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Weed control is generally considered to be essential for crop production and herbicides have become the main method used for weed control in developed countries.
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French scientists find no relationship between yields and herbicide use. Results suggest that reducing herbicide use by up to 50% could maintain crop production. Good news for wheat sustainable intensification?
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Australian farmers left high and dry after report rejects drought insurance

AUSTRALIA-AGRICULTURE/INSURANCE:Australian farmers left high dry after report rejects drought insurance
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AU farmers, drought insurance and Gov support (or not): A good example of the politics around the 'enabling environment' of wheat farming
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Syria’s wheat shortage deepens

Syria’s wheat shortage deepens | Wheat World | Scoop.it
After five years of war and chaos, the country has lost its self-sufficiency in wheat production, research shows.
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Syrian wheat harvest down to 450k tons from 5M before war
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Narok wheat farmers’ strategy and good weather boost crop yield

Narok wheat farmers’ strategy and good weather boost crop yield | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Last year, Kenya’s wheat imports hit Sh35.6 billion, representing a 5.3 per cent jump from Sh33.8 billion in 2014 and Sh30 billion a year earlier, according to data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.
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2015, Kenya’s wheat imports jumped up by 5.3 per cent compared to 2014, an ongoing trend. Millers import to meet growing demand, despite a 10% import duty, because world prices are low. What are the real challenges to get more Kenyan wheat into the local value chains and produce more and better, to meet growing demand? 
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Nicolas URRUTY, finaliste MT180 2016 pour l'Université confédérale Léonard de Vinci

Nicolas Urruty représentera le regroupement Université confédérale Léonard de Vinci lors de la finale nationale 2016 du concours Ma thèse en 180 seconde
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Explain your PhD on wheat research in 180 seconds (in french)! I really enjoyed the comparison between plant stress and humans visiting a shrink.
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Unlocking the genetic diversity of Creole wheats

Unlocking the genetic diversity of Creole wheats | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Climate change and slow yield gains pose a major threat to global wheat production.
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genetic diversity research making use of landraces
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Advanced Wheat Improvement Course » CIMMYT. International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Advanced Wheat Improvement Course » CIMMYT. International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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Check out CIMMYT training for wheat scientists!
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