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Food Security a ‘Historic Opportunity’ or Mere ‘Vote Security’?

“Opposition party, BJP, labeled the bill more as “Vote security” than food security, but stopped short of opposing it.” http://www.business-standard.com/article/politics/food-security-a-historic-opportunity-or-mere-vote-security-113082600926_1.html

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Using ICT to Enhance Marketing for Small Agricultural Producers

This USAID briefing paper serves to identify appropriate and effective information communication technologies (ICT) for agricultural value chain interventions. Relevant topics discussed include marketing, traceability, production management and data analytics, value addition, technical literacy, gender dynamics, and others. http://agrilinks.org/sites/default/files/resource/files/Using_ICT_to_Enhance_Marketing_for_Small_Agricultural_Producers.pdf

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ICT Could Become Key Influencer Across Agri Value Chain: Nasscom

The National Association of Software Services Companies in India says increased use of ICT is key to the country’s agricultural productivity and food security success. Expansion of technologies that can support initiatives in precision farming, extension, marketing, and supply chain management is expected to increase. http://www.domain-b.com/economy/agriculture/20130813_mobile_internet.html  

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Tanzania: Commodity Exchange Market to Help Farmers

The government seeks to establish a commodity exchange market to bring buyers and sellers together in a central location, citing many benefits for smallholder farmers, including the reduction of postharvest losses. Officials hope to have the framework for the exchange market ready in one year. http://allafrica.com/stories/201307020143.html?page=2

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Succour for Crop Loss in 15 Days

Officials assess loss damage on mandi sites to determine how much compensation will be distributed to farmers whose open-lying paddy crop was destroyed by the weather. Many mandis lack basic shed coverage. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-06-19/bhubaneswar/40068525_1_crop-loss-mandis-kalahandi

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Kenya: Grain Purchase Plan for Machakos

A county government will buy maize from farmers to reduce risks of exploitation from middlemen, as well as to control presence of aflatoxin that is frequently found in home-stored grain. http://allafrica.com/stories/201306110145.html

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Aid Groups Warn of Potential Food Crisis in Northern Mali

Northern Mali faces a severe food security crisis due to ethnic violence. The situation is close to reaching emergency status, and international actors are calling for increased food distribution and release of emergency funds. http://www.voanews.com/content/aid-groups-warn-of-potential-food-crisis-in-northern-mali/1649486.html?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonuq7Ke%2B%2FhmjTEU5z16O0sWa60g4kz2EFye%2BLIHETpodcMSsBlMK%2BNFAAgAZVnyRQFHuWDeZg%3D  

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Parliement Approves 19.1 Million Loan to Ensure Food Security

Ghana approved a US $19.1 million loan to alleviate poverty by increasing agricultural productivity and ensuring food security in farming communities. The Integrated Rural Development Project (IRDP) will focus on enhancing farming practices as well as marketing and distribution chains.  http://vibeghana.com/2012/12/19/parliement-approves-19-1-million-loan-to-ensure-food-security/?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRouu6nOZKXonjHpfsX86%2BwrXqO1lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4FSsprI%2FqLAzICFpZo2FFcH%2FaQZA%3D%3D

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Korean-Funded Corn Processing Center to be Inaugurated Dec. 12

A new, Korean-funded postharvest processing center was inagurated in Northern Mindanao, Philippines on December 12. The center will bring the market closer to the farmers and include a community center, integrated post-harvest facilities, a warehouse, and a demonstration farm. http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=Korean-funded-corn-processing-center-to-be-inaugurated-Dec.-12&id=62595

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India’s Farm Minister for FDI Agriculture

IndoAsiancommodities.com organized a discussion in which they advocated for adopting modern technology, particularly biotechnology, to address the problems of coming years with grains, oilseeds, corn, and other crops. Genetically modified technology and seeds were suggested as a viable solution to achieve sustainable development. Additionally, implementing grading standards in the market to help consumers understand the […]

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