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Innovation and Urgency: Toward a New Green Revolution

The Bridge published a report on Innovation and Urgency: the New Green Revolution and is available in PDF format. It covers the implications of PHL abatement and future food security. This report specifically focuses on information technology, the impact of mechanization on agriculture, and modeling frameworks. http://www.nae.edu/Publications/Bridge/52548/52557.aspx?layoutChange=LowGraphics

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International Conference on Agricultural, Biosystems, Biotechnology and Biological Engineering

International Conference on Agricultural, Biosystems, Biotechnology and Biological Engineering ICABBBE will be held on October 26-28, 2011. The 7th International Conference on Agricultural, Biosystems, Biotechnology and Biological Engineering aims to bring together academic scientists, leading engineers, industry researchers and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences and research results and discuss the practical challenges […]

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Food Security 2011: Transforming the Food Production System

Registration is now open for the Chatham House conference “Food Security 2011: Transforming the Food Production System” The conference will run from December 14-15, 2011. It will address questions including:  How can political and economic barriers to change be overcome? What transformative business models and partnerships between the public and private sectors work? What needs […]

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Play Safe or Swing for the Fence?

Cattle prices are influenced by high prices of grains. PHL affects grain prices, which in turn affect other markets quite strongly. http://www.cattlenetwork.com/drovers/features/Play-safe-or-swing-for-the-fence-127458273.html?ref=273

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ASEAN Food Security Conference, the CURE and ACIAR Training-Workshop

The IRRI Weekly Bulletin highlighted the ASEAN Food Security Conference, the CURE and ACIAR training-workshop on technology evaluation, the role of the Pinoy Rice Knowledge Bank’s for Philippine farmers and extension workers, and the IRRI-ADB project regarding “Addressing the Pre- and Postharvest Challenges in the Rice Supply Chain (in Phillipines).” http://irri.org/news-events/irri-bulletin/2011.29

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Packaging: Key to More Food and Economic Development

This magazine article illustrates the need to focus on packaging and postharvest technologies as joint efforts in the fight against food losses. http://www.makingitmagazine.net/?p=3685  

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Why Food Price Volatility Doesn’t Matter

Food Price Volatility Directly affects farmers as investments in seed, technology, etc. are made before post-harvest price is known. Recent food hikes have pushed 44+ million into poverty (over half of developing countries’ income is spent on food). http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/67981/christopher-b-barrett-and-marc-f-bellemare/why-food-price-volatility-doesnt-matter

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Invasive Species Compendium

US AID with other contributors have developed a free, online compendium on invasive species, citing such species as responsible for large production and postharvest losses. Site includes a searchable database and library, videos for training, datasheets, and more to be added as the site develops. http://www.cabi.org/isc/

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Conference Covers Past, Present, and Future of International Food Aid and Development Assistance

USDA and USAID collaborated with others at International Food Aid and Development Conference. 600 people from over 25 countries. Had sessions and discussions about reducing postharvest loss.  http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/06/30/conference-covers-past-present-and-future-of-international-food-aid-and-development-assistance/

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