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Africa Can Meet Food Security Challenge, Summit Hears

Leaders discussed Africa’s potential to be a major contributor toward feeding the growing population at the recent AGCO African Summit in Berlin. Experts said if backward farming methods are updated, including how farmers grow, store, and transport their harvest, Africa could one day be a global exporter similar to how India and China transitioned into the […]

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India Wastes 21 Million Tonnes of Wheat Every Year: Report

The International Mechanical Engineers Association released a report titled “Global Food: Waste Not Want Not” stating that 30-50% of all food globally is wasted or lost. The report describes various instances where loss occurs, ranging from storage issues in India to supermarket waste in the UK. The report received substantial media coverage, demonstrating rising public […]

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African Development Bank Funds $63m Initiative to Improve Agricultural Productivity on Contitnent

Additionally, the African Development Bank will fund a US$63 million project aimed at supporting research efforts for strategic African crops such as maize, rice, wheat, and cassava. The project will run until 2016 and will be jointly implemented by three Africa-based CGIAR centers: IITA, Africa Rice Center, and the International Center for Agricultural Research in […]

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A $100 Billion Opportunity: Investing in Climate Adaptation

The Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) recently developed an index that assesses country readiness for various types of investments from public and private sectors. CEO Jose Daboub expects the index to help investors make decisions towards both business and social responsbility goals. Read more about why the index will be useful and to whom in a […]

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Agriculture Department Urged to Invest More in R&D Projects

A Filipino senator urged the country’s Department of Agriculture to increase investments in agricultural research and development to improve efficiency of the ag sector. He cited postharvest loss as a major issue and a significant reason to invest in modernization of facilities, logistics, and infrastructure. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/292030/agriculture-department-urged-to-invest-more-in-rd-projects

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Vietnam Rice Farmers Urged to Build Storage Facilities

In Vietnam, rice farmers continue to face issues with storage, stable prices, and processing, making for an inefficient production chain responsible for 13% of rice postharvest losses. The government has admitted that its policy of buying up surplus rice to avoid price instability is not benefitting smallholder farmers but rather the trading middle man. Officials are […]

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“Water and Food Security” the Theme of 2012 World Water Week

World Water Week focused on increasing global agricultural productivity and especially the relationship between saving water and reducing PHL. Read more in an article from the Global Harvest Initiative and slides from a presentation by Dr. Julian Parfitt. http://www.globalharvestinitiative.org/index.php/2012/08/water-and-food-security-the-theme-of-2012-world-water-week/ http://www.worldwaterweek.org/documents/WWW_PDF/2012/Wed/Addressing-post-harvest-losses/Julian-Parfitt.pdf

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Zambia National Farmer’s Union Called for More Investment

The Zambia National Farmer’s Union has stated that Zambia’s infrastructure, particularly roads, rail network, and storage facilities are factors in the country’s food insecurity. The Union has called upon the government for more investment in this area, and that PHL could be cut by addressing production sites and transportation stages. http://theglobenewspaper.blogspot.com/2012/02/agriculture-indaba-launched.html

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Improving Food Security in Timor-Leste to End ‘Hungry Season’

Timor-Leste is receiving US$5.6 million in grant money from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for poor maize growing household development. More than 30% of stored maize is lost to rodents and weevils, and the project aims to provide better storage technologies, facilities, and practices. Approximately 23,000 households will be impacted. http://www.ifad.org/media/press/2012/37.htm

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Nigeria’s Rising Population May Spoil Agricultural Transformation

Nigeria will be heavily affected by climate change, as agriculture will naturally decrease by 30% in 2030. Additionally, the rising age of farmers (from an average of between 55 and 60 to between 75 and 80) and 50% rate of youth migration to urban environments will cause additional issues. The government plans to increase food […]

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