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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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Floods, Fungi Fan Food-Price Jitters Over Argentine Wheat

Heavy rains in Argentina have damaged wheat crops, reducing the harvest from 11.5 to possibly just 9.5 million tonnes this year. Quality was also affected as added moisture and delayed harvest time spurred the growth of fungi which is causing the crop to rot in the fields. The situation is a point of concern for […]

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Crop Loss Due to Govt Failure: Nama & Tummala

Cyclone Nilam caused over $310 million worth of losses in Andhra Pradesh, India, of which 94% was paddy and cotton. The state government is now working to secure relief funds and to make adjustments to crop loan and insurance schemes, although some believe the government was not adequately prepared to mitigate damages before they happened. […]

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Agricultural Minister Plays Down Fears of Food Crisis

The Nigerian flood led to estimated crop losses of 467,000 hectares, approximately 1.2% of total cultivated crop area. The Minister of Agriculture has confidence the country will remain food secure given the government’s distribution efforts. http://www.channelstv.com/home/2012/11/26/agricultural-minister-plays-down-fears-of-food-crisis/

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Weather and Climate

Natural disasters, extreme weather, and climate change can cause significant levels of crop loss. Storms like Hurricane Sany and the Tamil Cyclone have flooded fields and ruined crops while hardhitting droughts continue to cripple major grain suppliers in the United States. A major challenge facing stakeholders of the global food system is to reduce postharvest […]

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Flood Destroys Over 460,000 Hectares of Cultivated Land

Current estimates for crop losses after the Nigerian flood are at 1.2 million metric tonnes. The government’s relief plan includes compensation to farmers and releasing 40,000 metric tonnes of food from its strategic reserve to affected families. http://www.channelstv.com/home/2012/11/09/flood-destroys-over-460000-hectares-of-cultivated-land/

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Flood Forces Govt to Move Against Food Shortage in 2013

Aftermaths of severe flooding in Nigeria call on policymakers to think strategically about their plan for national food security. Flood damages continue to put strain on the supply of quality crops and land, which has both immediate and future implications. Factors other than production, including infrastructure, storage, and processing, must be considered as avoiding losses […]

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Nigerian in Flood Emergency as Farms, Roads Submerged

Aftermaths of severe flooding in Nigeria call on policymakers to think strategically about their plan for national food security. Flood damages continue to put strain on the supply of quality crops and land, which has both immediate and future implications. Factors other than production, including infrastructure, storage, and processing, must be considered as avoiding losses […]

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Floods: New Rice Seeds on the Way

Thai scientists have developed rice seeds that are resistant to flooding and other threats in response to the heavy amount of flooding seen throughout the Southeast Asian region this year. These new seeds come as a result of a research partnership with Hunan Agricultural University in China. http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/learning-from-news/271525/floods-new-rice-seeds

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UNISDR: Disaster Resilience Key to Green Economy

The United Nations Environment Programme met recently in Beijing, China, and said that $1.3 trillion should be spent in 10 areas to increase efficiency and create buffers against disasters. Agriculture is a priority, and in the report published by the programme, $108 billion will be set aside to green the sector, particularly for reducing PHL. http://www.preventionweb.net/english/professional/news/v.php?id=23583 […]

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