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2012 APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security

The 2012 APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security made a declaration on APEC Food Security, addressing PHLs through investment, adopting technologies, engaging farmers, creating better management practices, and improving infrastructure and logistical support. http://www.apec.org/~/link.aspx?_id=677DAF23C1FE4A11BE254069DAC8072A&_z=z

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Venture Fund Folds Roundtable for SMEs in Northern Region

In Ghana, the government’s Venture Capital Trust Fund is funding projects on the production of soy, sorghum, and yellow corn, as well as building facilities to add value to crops and reduce PHL. The VCTF typically works with entrepreneurs of small- and medium-sized enterprises by aiding in the creation of business plans and providing funding […]

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Agriculture Should be a Close Companion

The Vietnamese agricultural sector’s high growth of 5.5% as compared with other Southeast Asian countries has led to stable growth and the ability to combat poverty. However, the Mekong River Delta, which accounts for 32% of the country’s farming land, is highly underutilized and unproductive due to outdated postharvest technology. Additionally, facilities such as warehouses […]

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Slow Kazakh Grain Exports Fuel Storage Fears

Rail wagons have proved to be a severely limiting factor for Kazakhstani farmers. The country is facing a dilemma as it has been unable to export its grain and has cut the amount of exports from 15 million tonnes to 11-12 million tonnes. Kazakhstan had a record harvest last year of 27 million tonnes but […]

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Intelleflex CEO to Present at U.S. State Departments Global Impact Economy Forum

The CEO of Intelleflex will present as part of a panel at the U.S. State Department’s Global Impact Economy Forum on reducing inefficiencies in the food value chain on April 26 in Washington, D.C. The panel will discuss “how a combination of technical assistance, grants, investment and technology backed by innovative business models is required […]

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Africa: Private Equity Deal to Spur Growth in Agribusiness

Zeder Investments Limited is committing US $46.7 million to acquire and expand Chayton Africa, an agricultural business. Chayton Africa will be transformed from its status as a private equity vehicle into an agricultural operating company. The company currently produces 10% of Zambian soya and 5% of its wheat, with production increase estimates for the next […]

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The New Economics of Food

“The New Economics of Food” outlines the importance of markets, trade, and private investment to food security and PHL reduction, highlighting the roles of the ADM Institute, Bill Gates Foundation, and the Global Harvest Initiative. http://savethefloor.com/savethefloor/the-new-economics-of-food/

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As Food Crisis Looms in Niger, Lives Hang in the Balance

Concern International focuses on the development of agricultural training and assistance in the Sahel as a means to break the cycle of malnutrition, poverty, and resource degradation. Instead of mere emergency assistance, Concern International is calling for investment in technology and training, as well as drought-resistant seeds, fertilizer, and the introduction of irrigation systems. http://www.care2.com/causes/as-food-crisis-looms-in-niger-lives-hang-in-the-balance.html?page=1

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Post Harvest Losses of Foodgrains Decline

In the results of two published surveys, India has announced that its PHL of foodgrains has declined. The data comparison on storage losses from a 2004 Millennium Survey with a 2010 ICAR study shows that wheat PHL has been reduced from 8% to 6%, rice has gone from 11% to 5.2%, and maize from 7.5% […]

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Nabard to Incentivise Banks to Boost Investment in Warehousing

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) is encouraging other commercial banks to join its initiative in increasing warehousing capacity in order to help reduce PHL. Farmers will benefit from warehouse storage of their crops and achieve better price realization, while banks will benefit from interest charged. Nabard will assist the commercial banks who fund […]

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