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Kenya: 2.5 Million Bags of Maize Rotting in NCPB Silos

The National Cereals and Produce Board under the Strategic Grain Reserves is paralyzed by a debt dispute and is unable to perform any operations, including fumigating maize in storage. Officials hope the issue can be resolved in the courts before the maize is lost to rotting. http://allafrica.com/stories/201307031041.html

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Why the Food Security Bill is Good Politics, Bad Economics

The Indian government passed the long pending National Food Security Bill as an ordinance. The controversial bill has incited much debate over the feasibility and impact of guaranteeing food grains to nearly 800 million Indians living in poverty. One question is whether the grain procurement and storage system can support the bill’s execution. http://www.ndtv.com/article/cheat-sheet/why-the-food-security-bill-is-good-politics-bad-economics-387468

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Obsolete Policies ‘Fanning Africa’s Hunger’

A FAO official says many African nations still lack agricultural policies founded in research, causing them to lag behind in food security matters. Experts call for a systematic mechanism for monitoring policy across the continent, and emphasize the need to focus more on smallholder farmers and their access to inputs, infrastructure, and markets. http://www.africareview.com/progress/Good-policies-key-to-Africa-food-security/-/1502374/1864828/-/oes15r/-/index.html?relative=true

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Stakeholders Meet for FCI’s 2m MT Storage Modernization Project

The Food Corporation of India has begun its ‘mission mode’ of modernizing the country’s food grain storage by building 42 new state-of-the-art silos, each with a capacity of 2 million tonnes. A majority of the silos will be built, owned, and operated privately, with bidding to be launched in the next two months. http://www.indiaeducationdiary.in/showEE.asp?newsid=23202

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“Enormous Opportunity” for Ending Hunger in Africa

The FAO Director General recently met with senior delegates from African nations to prepare for a High-level meeting in June between international leaders. Discussions occurred around the growing opportunities for ending hunger in Africa, which are due to advancements in political will, partnerships, and collaboration. Promoting rural infrastructure development was listed as a food security program priority […]

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Feeding 9 Billion: What Research Do we Prioritize to Find Solutions?

Cross-sector representatives met in April for the first Food Security Futures Conference. Participants discussed how to accomplish the wide array of food security goals on the international agenda, and agreed that public and private research is essential. The conference produced a list of priorities, one being to develop better metrics for evaluating food systems. http://www.ifpri.org/blog/feeding-9-billion-what-research-do-we-prioritize-find-solutions

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Govt Urged to Establish a Postharvest Losses Policy, Framework

Tanzania policy markets action nodes (T-PAN) has proposed that the government develop a policy framework aimed at reducing postharvest losses based off results of a study carried out in in four districts in 2011. The study suggests farmers lose up to 40% of their crop to varying causes, and it looked at maize, paddy, and sorghum. The […]

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Food Losses and Waste in the Context of Sustainable Food Systems – E-Consultation to Set the Track of the Study

Twenty-one actors from universities, NGOs, regulatory agencies, and knowledge institutes have committed to creating a more resource-efficient Europe by addressing food loss and food waste under a 4-year project, FUSIONS (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention Strategies). FAO is a project partner, and is contributing greatly to the food loss discussion by developing […]

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National Action against Hunger Crucial in Post-2015 World

At a high-level meeting on the post-2015 MDG strategy, FAO Director-General Graziano de Silva stated that national leadership from governments is crucial in assuring that food systems are “more efficient and equitable”. http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2013/04/05/national-action-against-hunger-crucial-in-post-2015-world-fao/

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Food Security: The View From Rome

A recently published article summarizes key efforts to address food security by the Rome-based UN agencies, highlighting FAO’s assistance to countries such as Mozambique in preventing postharvest losses of cereal grains. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/katy-wilson/food-security_b_2836586.html

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