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(Mediterranean Agricultural Information Network) Fostering cooperation and experience sharing among the national information systems on agricultural (cereals) markets in the Mediterranean. The network of 13 countries is coordinated by CIHEAM, and more specifically by its Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (MAI) of Montpellier.
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MALTA: Agricultural land 'being killed off' to highest bidder

MALTA: Agricultural land 'being killed off' to highest bidder | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Farmers are calling on the government to enforce a capping on prices of agricultural land, as budding growers are finding it impossible to acquire their own fields to till.
With one tumolo of land going for at least €40,000, and an average of 12 tumoli needed to start a full-time agribusiness, young farmers are expected to fork out half a million euros in land, over and above their investment in cultivation machinery and tools.

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Calling for soil analysis services in the EU

Calling for soil analysis services in the EU | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

European Commission, 5 June 2018.

To measure soil properties and biodiversity across Europe, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is currently conducting a large soil survey, with soil samples collected from 26 000 locations.

To support this ongoing work, the JRC has launched a call for tenders for soil analysis services. The submission deadline is the 2nd of July 2018.

The soil sampling is done within the framework of a European-wide survey entitled LUCAS (Land Use/Land Cover Area Frame Survey). LUCAS SOIL is the first ever pan-European assessment of soil biodiversity and one of the largest continental assessments of soil life at global scale. It represents a unique opportunity to develop baseline maps of soil biodiversity at European scale.

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FAO - News Article: Healthy soils are essential to achieve Zero Hunger, peace and prosperity

FAO - News Article: Healthy soils are essential to achieve Zero Hunger, peace and prosperity | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

by FAO, 13/08/2018

Improving the health of the world's soils is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including Zero Hunger and combating climate change and its impacts, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, today told participants of the World Congress of Soil Science.

In a video message to the event, which is being attended by more than 2,000 scientists from around the world, Graziano da Silva noted that approximately one third of the Earth's soil is degraded.

"Soil degradation affects food production, causing hunger and malnutrition, amplifying food-price volatility, forcing land abandonment and involuntary migration-leading millions into poverty," he said.

The FAO The Status of the World's Soil Resources report has identified 10 major threats to soil functions including soil erosion, soil nutrient imbalance, soil carbon and biodiversity losses, soil acidification, contamination, soil salinization, and soil compaction.

Graziano da Silva stressed the importance of sustainable soil management as an "essential part of the Zero Hunger equation" in a world where more than 815 million people are suffering from hunger and malnutrition.

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