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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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The bakery in the middle of a desert

The bakery in the middle of a desert | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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Two sisters in Spain controlling the whole value chain to bakery-point-of-sale using a special kind of wheat (Aragon 03)!

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Emerging Markets / Country Risk

Emerging Markets / Country Risk | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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See item No.8: Thorough Deutsche Bank Research report on huge potential of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. It's surprising to read about poverty and smallholder farmers in a DB report aimed at investors!

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CSIRO PUBLISHING - Crop & Pasture Science

CSIRO PUBLISHING - Crop & Pasture Science | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Crop & Pasture Science (continuing Australian Journal of Agricultural Research) is an international journal publishing significant outcomes of research into product quality and sustainability of crop and pasture systems
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"Predicting the future of plant breeding: complementing empirical evaluation with genetic prediction": The paper gives some flavour of what is possible once data flow and integration of phenotyping really accelerates.

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Agrimoney.com | Drought-hit Turkey forecasts wheat output drop

Agrimoney.com | Drought-hit Turkey forecasts wheat output drop | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Turkey forecasts an 11% fall in wheat production this year, thanks to drought in its main grains belt. Still, it is less downbeat than the USDA
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Turkey's production prospects have been set back by drought in many regions, but particularly the central area responsible for most of the country's production, where many farmers ploughed in their crop rather than go to the expense of harvesting it. Turkey estimates a 10.4% decline, USDA a 16.7% reduction compared to last year.

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‘African Farmer’ online game launched

‘African Farmer’ online game launched | Wheat World | Scoop.it
The Future Agricultures Consortium is an Africa-based alliance of research organisations seeking to provide timely, high-quality and independent information and advice to improve agricultural policy and practice in Africa.

Through a network of over 90 researchers across the region and around the world, we are showing how agricultural policy in Africa can help to reduce poverty and strengthen agricultural growth.
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The open source game African Farmer simulates the complex decisions and uncertainties small-scale Sub-Saharan famers deal with routinely.

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WATCH: Someone Finally Explained Gluten

WATCH: Someone Finally Explained Gluten | Wheat World | Scoop.it
This "gluten-free" trend is getting a little out of control. Everyone seems to be jumping onto the bandwagon, but many have forgotten to do some research first.

Like, say, maybe learn what gluten actually is?

Fortunately, ASAP Scienc...
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An easy-to-understand, lively video briefing on 'gluten', that takes the hot air out of the "wheat-is-bad-for-you" advocacy - from film-makers Gregory Brown and Mitchell Moffat, behind ASAPscience, a very popular science channel on YouTube, featured by Huffington Post

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People first: green goals should not override ending hunger

People first: green goals should not override ending hunger | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Reforestation and biofuels put food production at risk, sustainabilty should not be pursued at the expense of improving global nutritionWith the deadline for achieving the millennium development goals less than two years away, international...
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by Shenggen Fan of IFPRI

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Drip irrigation enjoys impressive uptake on economical use of water

Drip irrigation enjoys impressive uptake on economical use of water | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Latest Kenyan farmer & farming news featuring Agriscience news, Agronomic, and Market trends.
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¨Impressive uptake¨ of drip irrigation in Africa: ¨Despite the price, demand for the kit especially during the dry spells has been on an upward trajectory. Mwangi alludes to this noting that when KARI used to sell the kits to the farmers, they used to have about 10 clients per day. The kits are readily available in various leading farm input shops in the country.¨ (Kenya) - good news, but perhaps a little exaggerated ….

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Rising carbon curbs crop nutrition

Rising carbon curbs crop nutrition | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Rising levels of CO2 around the world will significantly impact the nutrient content of crops according to a new study. (Rising carbon curbs crop nutrition. Production of maize, wheat and rice will go down over the course of this century.
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¨Now an international team has put together a global analysis based on experiments in Japan, Australia and the US. They've grown 41 different varieties of grains and legumes in open fields, with levels of carbon dioxide expected in the middle of this century. "It is possibly the most significant health threat that has been documented for climate change," said lead author Dr Samuel Myers from the Harvard School of Public Health.¨ - What would the wheat-is-unhealthy lobby say to that, I wonder?

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What allows a popular variety of wheat to resist a destructive pest?

What allows a popular variety of wheat to resist a destructive pest? | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Texas A&M AgriLife Research has mapped the genes within a popular wheat variety that allow it to resist the wheat curl mite, which is a vector for several viruses, including wheat streak mosaic virus.
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Four overlooked factors behind Africa’s economic success

Four overlooked factors behind Africa’s economic success | Wheat World | Scoop.it
The African economic success story is by now a well-reported fact. More than half of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies are in Africa, and the continent’s economy is projected to grow more than 5% this year.
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From Mark Suzman is president of Global Policy and Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; The four overlooked factors include agricultural productivity increase and donor support.

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Wheat Glut Eases Risks From Ukraine Fight to U.S. Drought - Bloomberg

Wheat Glut Eases Risks From Ukraine Fight to U.S. Drought - Bloomberg | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Wheat Glut Eases Risks From Ukraine Fight to U.S.
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¨While drought erodes yields in the U.S. and escalating violence threatens supplies from Ukraine and Russia, global stockpiles on May 31 will be 5.8 percent larger than a year earlier, the first gain since 2010, a Bloomberg survey of 15 analysts showed. Farmers in the U.S., the top exporter, account for less of the world wheat trade … Canada, the No. 2 shipper, will see inventories double to a two-decade high after output surged 38 percent in 2013, and bigger crops are forecast this year from Australia toEurope to Argentina. Morgan Stanley said this week that ample supplies may mean price gains will stall, while Goldman in April forecast a drop of 24 percent by mid-October.¨ - All a little short-term thinking, when you look at this from where wheat demand is growing fastest: In Africa, where the import bill is going up year on year.

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Whole Grain Wheat Proven to Help Prevent Colon Cancer | Ready Nutrition

Whole Grain Wheat Proven to Help Prevent Colon Cancer | Ready Nutrition | Wheat World | Scoop.it
New evidence from the Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Copenhagen has confirmed that whole grain foods made from wheat and rye significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer.
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¨New evidence from the Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Copenhagen has confirmed that whole grain foods made from wheat and rye significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer.¨ Wheat is good for many, bad for a few (e.g. those suffering from celiac disease) ...

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The bakery in the middle of a desert

The bakery in the middle of a desert | Wheat World | Scoop.it

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Charming story about 2 sisters in Spain organizing the whole value chain to bakery-point-of-sale with a special kind of wheat!

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Crop Breeding: Renewing the Global Commitment | World Resources Institute

Crop Breeding: Renewing the Global Commitment | World Resources Institute | Wheat World | Scoop.it
The world needs to close a 69 percent gap between the crops produced in 2006 and the crops the world is on a course to need by 2050. Assuming the present course of diets, population growth, and rates of food loss and waste, crop yields will need to grow one third more in the coming 44 years than they did in the previous 44 years to avoid net expansion of harvested cropland. Achieving this yield growth will be a major challenge. Crop yield growth rates have been high since the 1960s, and farmers in many places are already using more than enough water and fertilizer inputs.
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Comprehensive and clear case for the importance of crop breeding for food security, with 5 main recommendations!

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USDA ERS - Deconstructing Wheat Price Spikes: A Model of Supply and Demand, Financial Speculation, and Commodity Price Comovement

USDA ERS - Deconstructing Wheat Price Spikes: A Model of Supply and Demand, Financial Speculation, and Commodity Price Comovement | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Deconstructing Wheat Price Spikes: A Model of Supply and Demand, Financial Speculation, and Commodity Price Movement http://t.co/irbBOVVeBG
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Findings summary:  ¨Even at its maximum price impact between 2006 and 2011, financial speculation increased wheat prices by only 5-8 percent. These findings suggest that wheat futures markets have performed efficiently in the sense that wheat futures prices have reflected fundamental factors. Consequently, restrictions on commodity index trading are not likely to prevent future price spikes.¨ Other studies come to different conclusions, overall, the picture is very mixed: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2013-02-e.htm#a16 - see 3.3.

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▶ Wheat: A Founder of the CGIAR - Where Does It Fit in the New CGIAR? by Wayne Powell (France) - YouTube

Presentation by Dr. Wayne Powell, CGIAR Chief Science Officer (France), delivered at the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security in Ciudad Obregon (Mexico)...
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Powell challenges the CGIAR Research Program on Wheat to take on intellectual leadership for 21st century breeding, by, among others, being the partner of choice for wheat research in the developing world, actively managing diversity in breeding and establishing world class phenotyping hubs (see last slide)

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A New emerging rural world | NEPAD

A New emerging rural world | NEPAD | Wheat World | Scoop.it
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A CIRAD-NEPAD coproduction, from which much to learn: 25% of world´s population in Africa by 2050, both urbanised and rural. Will plant-based food production per capita keep up? Whilst already today, 1/2 of the food consumed by rural people is purchased! It is not only urban consumers who demand imported rice and wheat (2/3 of feral consumption by value, 2008).

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Bumper wheat yield fails to make farmers happy - The Daily Star

Bumper wheat yield fails to make farmers happy - The Daily Star | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Bumper wheat yield fails to make farmers happy
The Daily Star
“I have cultivated wheat on two bighas of land.
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The realities of government price support programs to wheat farmers (in this case, Bangladesh): "The farmers cannot sell the crop directly to the government godowns as influential people control the procurement drive." ...

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Book Review: New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture by Peter Hazell and Atiqur Rahman

Book Review: New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture by Peter Hazell and Atiqur Rahman | Wheat World | Scoop.it
This book aims to examine the growing divergence between subsistence and business oriented small farms, and discusses how this divergence has been impacted by population growth, trends in farm size...
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… For readers looking to understand recent transitions in smallholder farming, the book reflects on how drivers such as population growth, market integration, livelihood diversification, and national and global policies are affecting smallholder farmers. ...

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Smallholder Impact Literature

Smallholder Impact Literature | Wheat World | Scoop.it
@GlobalDevInc has fantastic #impact metrics and research on smallholder farmers on their Wiki page http://t.co/ekkBJRIDlc
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Great resource!! The ¨literature is organized into 15 assumptions implied in the Universal Theory of Change. These assumptions are then further broken into component parts, with specific studies, literature, and cases noted for each part. While we've worked to evaluate the amount of literature that exists pertaining to each of the 15 base assumptions, actual takeaways and findings are only noted at a deeper level.¨ 

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A New Reason Why Wheat and GMOs Can Destroy Your Health

A New Reason Why Wheat and GMOs Can Destroy Your Health | Wheat World | Scoop.it
A new study indicates that wheat contributes to the growth of pathogenic bacteria in our gut, adding to growing concern that GMO foods are doing the same. (RT @Food_Fertility: Wheat is not something that you want to eat while #TTC - or ever.
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¨Consumption of wheat is a relatively recent dietary practice, stretching back only 10,000 years – a nanosecond in biological time.¨


How many people read and believe this? Many dietary changes have taken place in most societies on our planet during that time, including how wheat is prepared and eaten! And why the focus on wheat, as opposed to maize and rice, which also feed the world? Because of celiac disease?

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Corporatising agriculture - Bretton Woods Project

Corporatising agriculture - Bretton Woods Project | Wheat World | Scoop.it
World Bank’s Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture rankings are unlikely to benefit the world’s smallholder farmers, but could instead facilitate corporate land grabs.
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A critique of the World Bank Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture (BBA) project, with funding from the Gates Foundation, the UK, US, Dutch and Danish governments. ….  The new indicators’ aim is to “provide governments and policymakers with information to improve their agriculture policies, so that a stronger, more modern and more productive commercial agriculture and agribusiness sector can emerge.”[iii] However, the Bank fails to demonstrate how farmers will benefit from the benchmarking of the agricultural sector in their own country. …¨ 

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Smallholder farmers in Uganda profit by linking to markets - ReliefWeb

Entrepreneurs convey market info. to fellow farmers “I linked a six-member farmer group to buyers from a neighboring district.” May 2014—Across the eastern Acholi sub-region of Uganda, small business entrepreneurs are ...
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Smallholder value chain development: ¨To improve market opportunities, the program set up a farming contract scheme in which farmers were guaranteed markets to sell their sesame and white sorghum crops. Mercy Corps partnered with two agribusiness companies in fiscal year 2013 that enabled more than 7,500 farmers to produce a total crop value of over $3.5 million, or approximately $240 per farmer. … “I linked a six-member farmer group to buyers from a neighboring district,” said Okello. As a result, the farmer group sold 3 tons of millet at once. A transaction like this used to be not only uncommon but unbelievable to many farmers. With the profits earned, each farmer bought a cow for themselves.¨ 

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Drought-Tolerance of Wheat Improved by Rhizosph...

Drought-Tolerance of Wheat Improved by Rhizosph... | Wheat World | Scoop.it
Water is the key resource limiting world agricultural production.
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¨We suggest a feasible alternative strategy by application of rhizospheric bacteria coevolved with plant roots in harsh environments over millions of years, and harboring adaptive traits improving plant fitness under biotic and abiotic stresses.¨ Interesting approach?

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