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Afghanistan Inaugurates First Strategic Grain Reserve

The World Food Programme and Afghan officials inaugurated the first Strategic Grain Reserve in the country. This important measure will protect food supplies against commonly faced natural disasters and help stabilize local wheat prices in times of shortage. Officials state that this is a first step in an initiative to develop and improve food system […]

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To Feed the World in 2050, We Need to Discuss Agriculture at UN Climate Change Talks

Farming First, a multi-stakeholder coalition of organizations promoting sustainable agriculture, advocates the discussion of agriculture at upcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland this November. Farming First has published a guide designed as an aid for those taking part in climate change discussions. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anette-engelund-friis/to-feed-the-world-in-2050_b_3901000.html

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How to Prevent Hunger in Upcoming Decades? Try Precision Agriculture

IBM Chief Scientist says precision agriculture can help change the future of farming to feed a population of 9.2 billion in 2050. An IBM technology, Deep Thunder, can forecast future weather conditions and help farmers decide the best time to plant, irrigate, and harvest. Precise and predictive information can prevent losses in ways such as […]

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Huge Wheat Stocks at Risk in Punjab, Haryana

The storage capacity for procured grains in Punjab and Haryana is insufficient for this year’s large harvests, forcing 11 million tonnes of food grain to be kept in temporary storage. Heavy monsoons are expected to arrive early in these states, and many are worried the open air or plastic-covered storage will not be sufficient. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/11-million-tonnes-of-wheat-at-risk-in-punjab-haryana/article4914943.ece

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Odisha: People Say Foodgrains are Being Washed Away by Rains

This video depicts farmer reactions to storage problems in India that cause grain to rot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFfTcO_YX0k

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Improper Storage Facilities Causing Huge Losses

Storage facilities in Pakistan are far below sector requirements, causing billions of dollars in losses each year. Cases of inclement weather aggravate the problem, as demonstrated in 2011 when flooding caused the loss of grain worth $3.27 billion dollars. http://www.brecorder.com/business-a-economy/189/1207326/

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Wheat Worth Rs 45 Crore Rotten at FCI’s Godowns in First Monsoon Month

Farmers are angry over the lack of storage for the just-beginning monsoon season as the Food Security bill remains pending, and bumper stocks pile up in government godowns. http://www.fnbnews.com/article/detnews.asp?articleid=33897&sectionid=1

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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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Inclement Weather Threat to Food Grains Stored in Open

Pre-monsoon rains in Punjab and Haryana, major grain-producing states of India, put more pressure on the need for proper storage. 991,000 tonnes and 336,000 tonnes of grain in Punjab and Haryana respectively are in CAP storage, an open air method with insufficient provisions for inclement weather. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-06-16/india/40006153_1_food-grains-tonnes-cap-storage

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Cutting Food Loss and Food Waste Will Benefit People and the Environment, Says a New Study on World Environment Day

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) released a working paper titled ‘Reducing Food Loss and Waste’ on June 5th, World Environment Day. The report describes how reducing food loss and food waste contributes to global environmental sustainability goals, as well as recommends 5 strategies for reducing loss. The first […]

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