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UN Agencies appeal for swift, coordinated action on food prices

UN Agencies appeal for swift, coordinated action on food prices | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Urgent action is needed to ensure rising world food prices don't turn into a catastrophe, the United Nations said Tuesday, but it cautioned that panic buying and export restrictions aren't the solution.Summer droughts have scorched crops across the globe, causing sharp increases in the price of corn, wheat and soybeans, and raising fears of a repeat of the 2007-08 world food crisis. Such problems could be prevented by swift, coordinated international action, the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Program and International Fund for Agricultural Development said.

 

The agencies said sustainable food production must be promoted in poor, food-importing countries to make more food available in local markets and to provide jobs and income. The fact that one-third of food produced is wasted or lost to spoilage and damage also needs to be addressed, they added.

 

The U.N. agencies said in a joint statement that adverse weather has driven all three international food-price spikes in the past five years, while increased financial speculation and diversion of stock for nonfood purposes also have contributed to increased prices and volatility. Food-price inflation climbed toward the top of the international agenda after hitting successive record highs in early 2011.

 

The FAO, WFP and IFAD said two interconnected problems must be tackled: the immediate issue of high food prices, which can weigh on import-dependent countries and the poorest people; and the long-term issue of how food is produced, traded and consumed in an age of increasing population, demand and climate change.

 

The three agencies said the world is vulnerable to food-price shocks because global grain production is barely sufficient to meet growing demands for food, feed and fuel, even in a good year. They said that risk stems from only a handful of nations being large producers of staple food commodities, and when they are affected, so is everyone else.

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Banks in the digital era...Do you need an innovation hub?

Banks in the digital era...Do you need an innovation hub? | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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About innovation hubs and banking today. How to structure existing financial ecosystems: banks-fintechs-think tanks?
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Valencia albergará un centro mundial de alimentación sostenible de la FAO

Valencia albergará un centro mundial de alimentación sostenible de la FAO | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Valencia cerró ayer su año como Capital Mundial de la Alimentación con un último anuncio: la ciudad acogerá un centro mundial de alimentación sostenible en colaboración con la FAO
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Valencia albergará un centro mundial de alimentación sostenible de la FAO http://www.elmundo.es/comunidad-valenciana/2017/12/14/5a31940e22601d3e748b45f6.html … Se presenta públicamente un reto importante para consolidar un centro de investigación, reflexión y acción coordinada en pos de una producción más sostenible y una alimentación más consciente. Seguiremos atentos al desarrollo!
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Why climate talks need to focus on agriculture

Why climate talks need to focus on agriculture | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Other sectors often dominate discussions, but climate-smart farming offers potent solutions, says Frank Rijsberman.
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Intercropping with nitrogen-fixing plants to avoid unnecessary use of mineral fertilisers that emit greenhouse gases, appropriate agroforestry management, utilizing cover crops or promoting no-till agriculture have been validated by the CGIAR as efficient climate-smart agriculture tools.

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A system that could turn atmospheric CO2 into fuel

A system that could turn atmospheric CO2 into fuel | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Scientists in Canada are developing an industrial carbon dioxide recycling plant that could one day suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and convert it into a zero-carbon e-diesel fuel. Developed by tech start-up Carbon Engineering and partly funded by...
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In Iceland they have tried a similar approach and it worked well... only it needed the help of a vulcano!

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Is gluten-free good for the planet?

Is gluten-free good for the planet? | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
‘Free-from’ produce is muscling in on bread and pasta, but the environmental and social consequences of increased demand for grains like quinoa are being overlooked
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The rise in popularity of gluten-free grains may have helped producers improve their daily lives, but there have been environmental consequences... "the rise of quinoa production in Bolivia means farmers rarely give the soil time to recover and that producers plant the crop continuously on slopes and valley areas".

Is Conservation Agriculture one of the possible ways to address this growing concern?

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World Cities Day

World Cities Day | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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Today is World #CitiesDay Our future will be mostly urban, are we sufficiently prepared for that? Gentrification, efficient and low-impact transport systems or waste management are just some shared challenges... Have a look at some of the events taken place today globally and think how you can contribute to more sustainable cities. A couple of references worth exploring are the work of ICLEI (http://www.iclei.org/) and the Global Compact Cities Programme (http://htl.li/DA1X4).

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CIMMYT’s Bram Govaerts Receives 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application | EGFAR

CIMMYT’s Bram Govaerts Receives 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application | EGFAR | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

The 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation was presented to Dr. Bram Govaerts during the awards ceremony of the World Food Prize (W...

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The award given by the World Food Prize Foundation recognizes “researchers under 40 who emulate the scientific innovation and dedication to food security demonstrated by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug.” Govaerts, a native of Belgium working in Mexico, was honored with the award for his work developing “leading-edge, sustainable programs that are transforming subsistence agriculture and unsustainable farming systems in Mexico and other regions of the world into productive and sustainable production operations,” according to the WFP. Govaerts, 35, serves as the Associate Director of the Global Conservation Agricultural Program as well as the leader of theSustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture (MasAgro) program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).


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Packaging-free supermarket opening in Berlin

Packaging-free supermarket opening in Berlin | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Berlin is about to get an innovative supermarket that does not include any wasteful packaging. Original Unverpackt (Original Unpacked) is the brainchild of Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski, who grew tired of purchasing food that came in an absurd amount of disposable packaging. They aren’t veterans of the food industry; they’re just two gals who dropped out of their college studies to make a difference.
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Entrepreneurship can save us...

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Why do competitors open their stores next to one another?

 

"Why are all the gas stations, cafes and restaurants in one crowded spot? As two competitive cousins vie for ice-cream-selling domination on one small beach, discover how game theory and the Nash Equilibrium inform these retail hotspots."


Via Seth Dixon
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A good market lesson brilliantly explained!

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CT Blake's curator insight, August 29, 2014 8:03 PM

For use in understanding the placement of businesses in Human Geography.

Luke Walker's curator insight, October 3, 2014 3:34 AM

A great video lesson that gets at the heart of location theory and competition.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, June 1, 2015 10:11 AM

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Differences between organic and non-organic food

Differences between organic and non-organic food | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Research is first to find wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and cereals
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Is it the case for cerals as well?

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FAO initiative brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time

FAO initiative brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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FAO´s new database, claimed to be the most-reliable global view of planetary land cover assembled to-date.

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Tesla expands Supercharger network in Europe

Tesla expands Supercharger network in Europe | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Tesla says you can now take a Model S from Amsterdam to the Alps using new and free Supercharger stations.
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Tesla is proposing a no-expenditure model after you purchase your car. Its network of free charge stations is already set in the US and about to expand in Europe. Brave strategy!

more info at: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/01/20/ready-or-not-tesla-is-expanding-across-the-globe/

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Is solar-powered desalination ready to take off?

Is solar-powered desalination ready to take off? | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
From Isle of Man to Saudi Arabia, renewable desalination is gaining interest around the world as solution to water scarcity and food crisis
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Renewable desalinization has direct and tremendous impact implications for sustainable agriculture and from a climate-change perspective.

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15 Seed Saving Initiatives Protecting Biodiversity for Future Generations – Food Tank

15 Seed Saving Initiatives Protecting Biodiversity for Future Generations – Food Tank | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Food Tank and SEHN are highlighting 15 important seed-saving projects across the globe that are helping preserve global agricultural biodiversity.
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Seed saving is essential to not only preserve, but also further utilize the rich biodiversity that we have. From Svalbard to the world and beyond
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Blockchain: Changing Interaction in the F&A Supply Chain from Paddock to Plate

Blockchain: Changing Interaction in the F&A Supply Chain from Paddock to Plate | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
#Blockchain is Changing Interaction in the F&A Supply Chain from Paddock to Plate

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Starving for Answers

Starving for Answers | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Why Hunger and Thirst Don't Have to Doom the World.
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Olivier De Schutter makes some interesting remarks here on food production vs. fighting starvation. How do they interlink?  "Interconnected systems of overproduction won’t feed the world. In fact, it is both what ails humankind and what starves it..." 

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Smart African Innovations

Smart African Innovations | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Despite what some may think, solutions to many of the world’s health challenges do not always require advanced technology. Small interventions, like hand washing or cleverly re-imagined basic tools, can be transformative.
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United Nations: more consultants, fewer rights

United Nations: more consultants, fewer rights | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
GENEVA The United Nations both here in Geneva and worldwide is relying increasingly on consultants with short-term contracts to do its work, seriously hampering the organization’s overall professionalism. Consultants, many who have come to Switzerland with their families from other countries,
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Dura lex, sed lex.

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Agriculture: The next frontier

Agriculture: The next frontier | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Africa's newfound taste for an old grain has experienced problems [mdash] drought, low yields and costly imports. But new projects are driving the continent towards self-sufficiency.

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New wheat breeds can help avert food security disaster

New wheat breeds can help avert food security disaster | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Efforts to develop wheat varieties tolerant to drought, heat, extremely wet and cold conditions must be sped up as weather becomes more errratic, 2014 World Food Prize winner argues
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Wheat breeders involved in the monumental global challenge of ensuring food security for 9.5 billion people by 2050 face enormous hurdles. We need to double the amount of food produced to meet demand as population grows steadily.


Wheat, a major staple crop, currently provides 20 percent of the overall daily protein and calories consumed throughout the world. Production must grow 70 percent over the next 35 years, according to the international Wheat Initiative.

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2013 Report - Sustainable Intensification

2013 Report - Sustainable Intensification | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

In short, Sustainable Intensification can be relevant as a new paradigm for African smallholder farmers as long as suitable, sufficient resources and practices are supported and delivered at scale. Often success can be achieved on a small scale – a plot or a farm – but often with only one or two of the economic, social and environmental objectives attained. The challenge lies in meeting all the objectives and in scaling up success to a regional or national production system.
African smallholders face many barriers to sustainably intensifying their incomes, their production and their nutrition, not least their physical access to the inputs of intensification, which may be limited for a variety of reasons. Land tenure must also be assured if smallholder farmers are to invest in Sustainable Intensification. Aside from security of rights to land, by women as well as men, intensification also requires a demand for the increased output, greater and more accessible financial investment (whether on a large scale or in the form of microcredit), available labour, better knowledge and skills and access to both input
and output markets. 
Although the concept of Sustainable Intensification is relatively simple, experience suggests it is difficult to achieve, especially in its entirety – namely, using a more sophisticated set of inputs of all kinds while increasing outputs. One such difficulty is the responsible and efficient use of inputs. For farms in the developed world this may mean a decrease in their application, but for many farmers in SSA, who use virtually none of these inputs, a prudent and precise increase in their use can intensify production without forfeiting resilience and sustainability.
The challenges are complex as are the technologies and processes required to find appropriate solutions. The paradigm of Sustainable Intensification shows the way forward. What is needed is research into appropriate innovations (technological and socio-economic), targeted financial investments and publicprivate partnerships, active participation in the process by smallholder famers and, above all, political leadership.


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Cornell Conservation Agriculture Group (soilhealth.org)'s curator insight, August 4, 2014 1:22 PM

Sustainable Intensification is the new name on the block and this paper does a good job of describing its meaning and use in Africa.

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How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down

How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
These cities aren't telling contractors what they want to buy. They're laying out problems they want to fix.
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Exciting trend. As it is often the case... BCN is rocking in innovation.

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The CGIAR: the most important international organisation you’ve never heard of?

The CGIAR: the most important international organisation you’ve never heard of? | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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A quick overview about the CGIAR work.

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San Francisco Just Became the First Major U.S. City to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles - RYOT News

San Francisco Just Became the First Major U.S. City to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles - RYOT News | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
San Francisco just became the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of single-use water bottles.
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SF, at the avant-garde once again... Good move.

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EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter

EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Talks to free up more trade and investment between the European Union and the United States got under way early in 2013. A good agreement in 2014 would be...
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if successfully concluded, TTIP would be the most significant bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) to date, covering approximately 50% of global output, almost 30% of world merchandise trade (including intra-EU trade, but excluding services trade) and 20% of global foreign direct investment (FDI).

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