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As climate change reshapes agriculture, international trade will be increasingly important to feeding the world (FAO release)

As climate change reshapes agriculture, international trade will be increasingly important to feeding the world (FAO release) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

FAO, 17 September 2018.

Open, predictable and fair global food markets can help strengthen climate change response efforts and contribute to fighting hunger, says the new FAO report released on 17 September 2018.

International trade rules established under the auspices of the WTO and newer mechanisms created under the Paris Agreement aimed at responding to climate change can be mutually supportive, argues The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets, 2018. To achieve this, national agricultural and trade policies may need to be readjusted to help transform the global marketplace into a pillar of food security and a tool for climate change adaptation, FAO's report says.

This is because climate change will affect global agriculture unevenly, improving production conditions in some places while negatively affecting others - creating sets of "winners" and "losers" along the way.

Food production in countries in low latitudes -- many already suffering from poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition -- will be hardest hit, the report notes. Regions with temperate climates, on the other hand, could see positive impacts as warmer weather lifts agricultural output.

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FAO, EBRD workshop tackles food security in Egypt

FAO, EBRD workshop tackles food security in Egypt | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

FAO news, 18/07/2018 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) held two workshops on 17-18 July 2018 in Cairo (Egypt) on grain market data availability and quality in Egypt and supply chain efficiency and national food security, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade, the Egyptian Grain Suppliers Association and other private sector representatives. 

Governmental and private sector representatives attended the workshop including the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality, the General Organization for Export and Import Control, the Central Department of Quarantine, the General Administration of Food Control in the grain sector of the Ministry of Health and the National Food Safety Authority

The discussions during the two workshops focused (1) on reviewing the methodologies used to collect, prepare and validate Egyptian official estimates on areas planted and harvested, yields, consumption, trade and stocks of grains and oilseeds and (2) on identifying obstacles facing grain and oilseed imports to enable a more efficient supply chain that will ensure the availability of strategic commodities and reduce the cost of grain imports in the future.

According to the FAO and the EBRD, the private sector can help improve the sustainability of grain imports in the country by contributing their know-how and financial backing.

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