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GREECE: Wild Edible Vegetables, a Hidden Gem of Greek Cuisine

GREECE: Wild Edible Vegetables, a Hidden Gem of Greek Cuisine | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Wild edi­ble veg­eta­bles have been a tra­di­tional salad dish of Greek cui­sine for mil­len­nia, with writ­ten reports of their con­sump­tion dat­ing back more than 2,500 years.
The veg­eta­bles grow nat­u­rally, with no human inter­ven­tion what­so­ever, and are again the cen­ter of atten­tion after sci­en­tific research demon­strated their impor­tance to the health of the Greek peo­ple, espe­cially the Cretans.

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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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TURKEY: From waste to fashion: The future of leather is (olive) green

TURKEY: From waste to fashion: The future of leather is (olive) green | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

More and more cutting-edge, functional, sustainable and surprisingly silky fabrics are emerging in the world of fashion, but with them comes more waste. What if we were to transform our plant and food waste into something wearable instead

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FRANCE: Interview : « Il faut remettre la question de l’eau au cœur de notre action »

FRANCE: Interview : « Il faut remettre la question de l’eau au cœur de notre action » | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Dans un entretien à La France Agricole, le ministre de l’Agriculture Julien Denormandie s’est exprimé sur le Varenne agricole de l’eau et de l’adaptation au changement climatique, le marché du carbone et les nouvelles techniques de sélection végétale (NBT).

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LEBANON: ‘No food in the fridge’: A gruelling Ramadan

LEBANON: ‘No food in the fridge’: A gruelling Ramadan | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
Aid groups are struggling to feed thousands of vulnerable families in Lebanon amid highest food inflation in the world.

For the past decade, Sawa For Development and Aid has been delivering evening iftar meals for about 4,000 families breaking the daily fast during Ramadan in Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa Valley.

But this year the NGO’s busy kitchen has had to work non-stop, cooking for at least 7,000 Syrian refugee and Lebanese families.

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L'ALGERIE est en attente d’une autre politique agricole» - Omar Bessaoud CIHEAM Montpellier

L'ALGERIE est en attente d’une autre politique agricole» - Omar Bessaoud CIHEAM Montpellier | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

-Dans un rapport sur l’avenir de l’agriculture en Afrique, Oxford Business Group met l’accent sur l’obligation de revoir les modèles agricoles en fonction du changement climatique en cours. Quelle politique agricole adopter afin de permettre à l’Algérie de résister aux chocs climatiques ?

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Egypt: Food Processing Ingredients (USDA GAIN report April 2021)

Egypt: Food Processing Ingredients (USDA GAIN report April 2021) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Egypt’s food and beverage manufacturing and processing sector suffered about $2.2 million (about a 10 percent decrease in sales) due to diminished tourism as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Egypt imported about $5.8 billion worth of food and beverage ingredients and additives in 2020. This is about an 18 percent decrease from the 2019 import value of $7.2 billion. The United States was Egypt’s seventh largest supplier with $225.4 million in sales accounting for about five percent of total market share. This is about a 74 percent increase from 2019 exports value of about $129.3 million. Egypt prioritizes food and beverage ingredients and additives imports, as well as food and beverage production inputs requiring further processing; these benefit from low to no tariff duties compared to finished products. U.S. food and beverage ingredients and additives exports to Egypt face competition from European and South American suppliers.

CIHEAM News's insight:

https://apps.fas.usda.gov/newgainapi/api/Report/DownloadReportByFileName?fileName=Food%20Processing%20Ingredients_Cairo_Egypt_03-30-2021

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Turkey: Grain and Feed Annual (USDA Attaché report, April 21)

Turkey: Grain and Feed Annual (USDA Attaché report, April 21) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Rainfall was scarce for most of the winter in the main grain growing regions in Turkey. In MY 2021/22, total wheat planting area is projected down to 7.05 million hectares, with total production at 17.6 million metric tons (MMT). Barley area and production for MY 2021/22 are projected at about 3.8 million hectares and 7.7 MMT. The corn production estimate is 6.2 MMT due to decreased planting area. Turkey struggles with food inflation, which is exacerbated by a weak Turkish Lira and high international commodity prices. Turkey reduced almost all grain tariffs until the new harvest. Some product exports and imports continue to be affected by COVID-19 related issues. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry approved new genetically engineered (GE) soybean and corn events for feed use in January and February 2021.

CIHEAM News's insight:

https://apps.fas.usda.gov/newgainapi/api/Report/DownloadReportByFileName?fileName=Grain%20and%20Feed%20Annual_Ankara_Turkey_04-01-2021

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CIHEAM: Pathways for the future of food systems in the Mediterranean

CIHEAM: Pathways for the future of food systems in the Mediterranean | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
The UN Secretary-General has called for a Food Systems Summit to unleash the power of food and deliver progress on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During preparatory summit dialogues, diverse stakeholders are invited to identify ways and actions to make food systems more sustainable. The CIHEAM; the FAO; the UfMs; the UN One Planet Network Sustainable Food Systems Programme and the PRIMA Foundation, are co-organising two Food Systems Summit Dialogues ( 27 April and 3 June 2021) aiming at advancing a common understanding of the complex environment of Sustainable Food Systems in the Mediterranean region (SFS MED).
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TURKEY: Sinkholes fill Turkey's breadbasket in drought

TURKEY: Sinkholes fill Turkey's breadbasket in drought | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Sinkholes wide enough to swallow a bus dot the drought-stricken breadbasket of the Turkish plains, worrying farmers as they spread and creep closer to residential homes.
"The drought situation is getting worse," said farmer Tahsin Gundogdu, whose harvest includes potatoes he sells to the US food giant PepsiCo.
The 57-year-old has seen the huge holes yawn open in the past 10 to 15 years as the overuse of groundwater for irrigation takes its toll.

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Limited impacts of cold spells on annual crops (MARS bulletin April 2021) / EU Science Hub

Limited impacts of cold spells on annual crops (MARS bulletin April 2021) / EU Science Hub | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

In the Maghreb region, a favourable growing season – sustained by abundant precipitation – is coming to an end in Morocco (e.g. Marrakech-Safi), where crops are reaching maturity. In Algeria, dry conditions and warm temperatures led to below-average biomass accumulation. An extended negative anomaly (shown in red on the map) is displayed in central Turkey,where a strong delay in crop development is observed due to a very late sowing campaign caused by a very dry winter (e.g.Konya).

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https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/sites/jrcsh/files/jrc-mars-bulletin-vol29-no4.pdf

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IKAR: IKAR consultancy lowers Russia 2021 wheat crop forecast

IKAR: IKAR consultancy lowers Russia 2021 wheat crop forecast | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Russian agriculture consultancy IKAR has downgraded its forecast for Russia’s 2021 wheat crop to 79.5 million tonnes from 81 million tonnes, it said on Thursday.

Russia competes with the European Union for the rank of the world’s largest wheat exporter.

The forecast was lowered as farmers will need to resow wheat on a large area of Russia’s central region after the winter, IKAR said in a note.

More than 700,000 hectares, about 18% of the region’s total area, will be up for potential replanting, though IKAR said it expected the actual resowed area to be smaller.

There are other places where plantings in fields are “not in an optimal shape,” it added.

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Oriental : Visite et lancement de plusieurs projets de développement agricole et rural | Département de l'agriculture - Ministère de l'Agriculture, de la Pêche Maritime, du Développement Rural et d...

Oriental : Visite et lancement de plusieurs projets de développement agricole et rural | Département de l'agriculture - Ministère de l'Agriculture, de la Pêche Maritime, du Développement Rural et d... | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
  • Mise en service de la station de pompage de la rive gauche de Oued Moulouya devant assurer l’irrigation de 31.000 ha et aménagement hydro-agricole du périmètre de Tafrata sur une superficie de 1373 ha
  • 175 km de pistes rurales dans la province de Berkane devant être réalisées à fin 2021
  • Lancement d’un Centre régional des jeunes entrepreneurs agricoles et projet de création d’une bourse de l’emploi agricole dans le cadre de Génération Green

M. Aziz Akhannouch, Ministre de l'Agriculture, de la Pêche Maritime, du Développement Rural et des Eaux et Forêts, a effectué le 31 mars 2021, une visite de terrain aux Provinces de Nador, Taourirt et Berkane au niveau de la Région de l’Oriental. Il était accompagné d’une importante délégation de responsables centraux et régionaux du ministère.

La visite a porté sur le suivi de projets de développement agricole et rural, le bilan des réalisations et le lancement de chantiers dans le cadre de la stratégie «Génération Green 2020-2030».

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FRANCE : Dramatique pour les fruits et la vigne, le gel d'avril est une conséquence directe du réchauffement climatique

FRANCE : Dramatique pour les fruits et la vigne, le gel d'avril est une conséquence directe du réchauffement climatique | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
Ce qui a été anormal en 2021, ce n'est donc pas le gel du mois d'avril mais la chaleur et le rayonnement solaire du mois de mars, autrement dit le réchauffement climatique et ce "faux printemps". Conséquence : alors qu'actuellement, la moitié des fruits et légumes que nous consommons est importée et que la crise née du confinement nous avait fait espérer le retour à un certain régionalisme dans nos approvisionnements alimentaires, cet épisode tragique risque de contrecarrer fortement ce mouvement.
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Towards a new trade agenda for the right to food | UNCTAD

Towards a new trade agenda for the right to food | UNCTAD | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Key points: Access to food is a fundamental human right. Trade plays a key role in food security but an excessive exposure to global markets also increases risks.
Trade policy needs to be advanced from a right-to-food perspective. This calls for the effective implementation and reform of existing World Trade Organization provisions.

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https://unctad.org/webflyer/towards-new-trade-agenda-right-food 
 

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MALTA: Tensions lead to rules for pitkala to be overhauled

MALTA: Tensions lead to rules for pitkala to be overhauled | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The rules governing pitkala middlemen who auction farmers’ produce are set to be overhauled after tensions boiled over last month. 
The government plans on contracting these middlemen, previously self-employed, to provide the auctioning service for farmers twice a week.  
In April, Times of Malta reported how all of Malta’s registered pitkala had their licences suspended after they refused to put a guarantee in place to stop farmers from being left in the lurch. 

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Facing Dwindling Water, MIDDLE EAST Looks to New Technologies

Facing Dwindling Water, MIDDLE EAST Looks to New Technologies | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
Rapid population growth, urbanization, economic development and climate change are putting new pressure on the Middle East’s water supply. In light of these trends, countries in the region are looking to new technologies and partnerships that might help them adapt to a new era of severe water scarcity.
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MONDE: Blé, maïs et soja continuent leur fulgurante ascension

MONDE: Blé, maïs et soja continuent leur fulgurante ascension | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Les réserves mondiales de blé, soja et maïs vont-elles bientôt diminuer ? C'est en tous cas ce que semblent craindre les marchés, qui tirent les prix de ces matières premières vers le haut. 

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PORTUGAL & SPAIN: Drier future forces Iberian governments to collaborate 

PORTUGAL & SPAIN: Drier future forces Iberian governments to collaborate  | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The future is dry in the Iberian Peninsula, warned the environmental organization ANP / WWF on 22 March, with a report in which it defends more collaboration between Portugal and Spain to manage rivers and water availability

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Spain: How COVID-19 is Changing Consumer Behavior (USDA GAIN report)

Spain: How COVID-19 is Changing Consumer Behavior (USDA GAIN report) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

One year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Spanish consumers continue to adjust many aspects of their lives including the way they shop for food. The long-awaited rise of Ecommerce, more thoughtful spending, lower shopping frequency, and increased preference for nearby stores are some of the obvious and immediate effects. In addition, consumer demographics will continue to impact consumer behavior in the longer term. The food industry and retailers continue to adapt to meet consumer changing needs and preferences.

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https://apps.fas.usda.gov/newgainapi/api/Report/DownloadReportByFileName?fileName=How%20COVID-19%20is%20Changing%20Consumer%20Behavior_Madrid_Spain_04-16-2021

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Bulgur market: World Markets and Trade (USDA FAS April report)

Bulgur market: World Markets and Trade (USDA FAS April report) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Bulgur wheat is a whole wheat grain that is parboiled, dried, and cracked. It is minimally processed and cooks quickly. While bulgur can be made from any wheat class, high-quality durum wheat is preferred. Bulgur originates from the Anatolian region and remains a staple ingredient in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. Turkey has historically been the largest producer and supplier of bulgur wheat. Turkey’s exports of bulgur reached 308,000 tons in the 2019/20 trade year, accounting for nearly all of global exports. The United States also exports small amounts of bulgur wheat annually, some of which is food aid, with 16,000 tons exported last year.The majority of bulgur exports are sent to countries in the Middle East, with the largest buyers being Iraq and Syria. Notably, EU imports of bulgur wheat have increased significantly in recent years, rising to the second-largest destination so far in the first 7 months of the trade year. Immigration patterns indicate a larger Middle Eastern population in EU member states, pushing its consumption of bulgur wheat higher.

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https://apps.fas.usda.gov/psdonline/circulars/grain.pdf

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LEBANON battles swarms of locusts 

LEBANON battles swarms of locusts  | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Army helicopters are spraying agricultural land in northeast Lebanon to help farmers battle swarms of locusts that flew to the country in what a UN agency said was a "very rare" event caused by a change in the wind direction, Reuters reports.
The agriculture ministry, which is on full alert, said yesterday large numbers of the locusts had been destroyed.
There have been no big farming losses so far but there are concerns that more swarms could be blown to the south of Lebanon, caretaker Agriculture Minister Abbas Mortada told Reuters.

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From Space to Farm: How Earth observation technologies are revolutionizing global agri-food systems

From Space to Farm: How Earth observation technologies are revolutionizing global agri-food systems | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Nowadays, various forms of technology play a fundamental role in our daily routines. From the use of GPS to navigate to different places, to sharing pictures using just our smartphones, to automatic vacuum cleaners, there are endless examples. Even when it comes to the food we eat there have been so many technological advances and an immeasurable amount of research developed, particularly in the past few decades.

But one common technological thread that we can find within all of these different aspects of our lives is Earth Observation Technologies (EOT) and remote sensing. Numerous Earth observing (EO) satellites have been launched into space by NASA and other international space agencies within the last decade, serving to collect (or “remotely sense”) data about our home planet, which helps experts around the world to better understand our ecosystems and environment. We’ll take a look at agricultural production, international food markets, and global food security as an example of the importance of this remotely sensed Earth observation data...

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Limited impacts of cold spells on annual crops (MARS bulletin April 2021) / EU Science Hub

Limited impacts of cold spells on annual crops (MARS bulletin April 2021) / EU Science Hub | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Many parts of Europe experienced colder-than-usual temperatures during the period of review, with distinct cold spells around mid-March and in the first half of April. Minimum temperatures on the coldest days were among the lowest in our records in a large belt extending from Scotland to southern Italy and Greece. Temperatures during this period strongly contrasted with a warm weather anomaly at the end of March.Marked rain deficits were experienced in Mediterranean regions and in several parts of western and central Europe.

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https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/sites/jrcsh/files/jrc-mars-bulletin-vol29-no4.pdf

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French wheat, barley crop ratings ease, maize sowing picks up

French wheat, barley crop ratings ease, maize sowing picks up | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The condition of French wheat and barley crops deteriorated marginally for a second week but was still good, data from farm office FranceAgriMer showed on Friday, suggesting a moderate impact so far from recent cold, dry spells.

An estimated 85% of French soft wheat was in good or excellent condition in the week to April 19, down from 86% the prior week and 87% two weeks earlier, according to FranceAgriMer's cereal crop progress report.

The good/excellent score for winter barley fell to 81% from 83% after also shedding two points the week before, while the spring barley rating lost one point to 87% after a sharper four-point decline the week before.

The wheat and barley ratings remained well above levels seen last year when crops were hurt by torrential rain during sowing.

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MAROC: Génération Green : quel accompagnement par le Groupe Crédit Agricole ?

MAROC: Génération Green : quel accompagnement par le Groupe Crédit Agricole ? | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Au terme d’une démarche participative où le Groupe Crédit Agricole du Maroc, en présence de la Confédération Marocaine de l’Agriculture et du Développement Rural (COMADER) et des représentants du Ministère de l'Agriculture, de la Pêche Maritime, du Développement Rural et des Eaux et Forêts, a rencontré les représentants de chaque fédération interprogessionnelle, la banque de l'agriculture organise un grand symposium réunissant les parties prenantes du secteur agricole et du monde rural.

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GREECE: Wild Edible Vegetables, a Hidden Gem of Greek Cuisine

GREECE: Wild Edible Vegetables, a Hidden Gem of Greek Cuisine | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Wild edi­ble veg­eta­bles have been a tra­di­tional salad dish of Greek cui­sine for mil­len­nia, with writ­ten reports of their con­sump­tion dat­ing back more than 2,500 years.
The veg­eta­bles grow nat­u­rally, with no human inter­ven­tion what­so­ever, and are again the cen­ter of atten­tion after sci­en­tific research demon­strated their impor­tance to the health of the Greek peo­ple, espe­cially the Cretans.

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