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Partnership for Resilience to Food Crises in the Sahel

Monique Calon, Senior Policy Advisor for Food Security and Private Sector Development at the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discusses in a video interview food security issues in the Sahel and the Netherlands’ approaches to ameliorating them. http://www.donorplatform.org/climate-change/interviews/732-monique-calon-on-new-partnership-for-resilience-in-the-sahel.html

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Cold Weather and Cockatoos Threaten Crops

Temporary grain storage “igloos” in New South Wales, Australia, are being threatened by not only cold weather but also cockatoos. Opportunistic birds can contribute to sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars of loss, particularly at times when grain must be put into the temporary storage bags. http://www.abc.net.au/site-archive/rural/content/2012/s3503174.htm

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Poor Storage Worsens Declining Crop Production

Bhutan farmers have noted that they are losing substantial amounts of harvest crops due to rodents and insects – between 20 and 40% PHL of their harvests. Pests have caused issues due to lack of adequate storage facilities, as many farmers store their crops in jute sacks. Additionally, wild animal feeding habits, unpredictable weather, and […]

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Updated Texas Agricultural Drought Losses Total $7.62 Billion

The recent Texas drought was the most expensive in history, with losses valued at $7.62 billion. Corn losses nearly doubled at $736 million, wheat lost $314 million, and sorghum nearly lost six times as much as usual at $385 million. Since August 2011, the USDA decreased the amount of Texas wheat acres for harvest by […]

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U.S. Cash Grains-Bids Steady, Slow Farmer Sales

Both the United States and Canada have experienced unsatisfying harvests due to weather and transportation issues, and have, as a result, one of the smallest and lowest-grade crops on record. In the US, warmer weather limited access to on-farm storage bins and slowed down crop delivery. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/22/markets-grain-cash-idAFL2E8DM4UD20120222

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Corn Production Dips Due to Typhoons

Typhoons in the Philippines have led to between 200,000 to 250,000 metric tonnes of loss for corn, leading to a call for the private sector to invest in post-harvest facilities. http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=Corn-production-dips-due-to-typhoons&id=44293

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Farmers Still Struggling With Low Harvests Post-Hurricane Irene

The effects of Hurricane Irene continue to add to the postharvest loss of crops in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded by creating the Agriculture and Community Recovery Fund, which consists of $15 million. Current losses are estimated to be at about $45 million. http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkintheroad/2011/11/farmers_still_s.php

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RaSSFiP Completes Distribution of Certified Seeds

The Philippine government has guaranteed its citizens that it will not need to rely on rice imports through 2012, despite the recent hurricane. The government is relying on rice from provinces with good harvests and aims to be completely rice self-sufficient by 2013, due to the integration of proper storage facilities and technologies. http://rafpep.da.gov.ph/index.php/component/content/article/42-stories/91-sample-story-1

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G-20: Fact Sheet on Common Global Challenges

The G-20 has outlined PHL as one of its main priorities for development, recognizing the importance of such projects and programs as the Agricultural Market Information System, Agriculture Minister’s Action Plan, USAID initiatives, the Agricultural Pull Mechanism Initiative (AGPM), and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program. http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/latest-national/28534-g-20-fact-sheet-on-common-global-challenges.html

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Canada – Banner Year for Excess Moisture Insurance Claims

Agricultural insurance claims have hit an all-time high in Canada due to excessive moisture claims. The Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation is estimating 7,000 postharvest claims and has noticed a distinct increase in participation in AgriInsurance. http://www.agroinsurance.com/en/news/?pid=17536&print=1

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