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25 March 2015
Agriculture Must Adopt Better Water Management to Ensure Sustainable Food Supplies
GLOBAL - As people around the world celebrated World Water Day 2015 last weekend, the United Nations released a new report predicting major water shortages of 40 per cent across the globe in...
Locally Grown Lupin Could Replace Imported Soya in Animal Feeds
WALES, UK - Scientists at Aberystwyth University have shown that home-grown lupins provide as good a source of protein as imported soya for animal and fish feeds in the UK....
24 March 2015
Maharashtra Allocates $1.16 Billion for Water Resources
INDIA - Maharashtra state has allocated $1.16 billion to water resources department during 2015-16, state water resources minister, Girish Mahajan said recently....
Calls for a Sustainable Food System in Europe
EU - The WWF is calling on the European Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans to develop a clear plan for a healthy and climate friendly European food system by 2030, in collaboration...
23 March 2015
Scientists Promote Climate-Smart Agriculture to Tackle Climate Change
FRANCE - Scientists and farmers must liaise, so that the necessary agricultural transitions can be implemented to face the challenges of climate change in in the coming years....
20 March 2015
IFPRI: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico Home to Half World’s Hungry
GLOBAL - Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico may be rising economic powerhouses, but these five fast-growing, middle income countries are still home to nearly half of the world’s hungry,...
FAO Boosts Food Security in Response to Syria Crisis
MIDDLE EAST - The FAO is scaling up its support to Jordan and other countries in the region affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria that has entered its fifth year....
97 Per Cent of All US Farms are Family-Owned
US - The US Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry....
19 March 2015
Agriculture Bears Major Brunt of Disaster Impacts
GLOBAL - Nearly a quarter of damages wrought by natural disasters on the developing world are borne by the agricultural sector according to initial results from a new FAO study released at the...
18 March 2015
Agricultural Insecticides Pose Global Risk to Surface Water
GLOBAL - Streams within approximately 40 per cent of the global land surface are at risk from the application of insecticides. ...
16 March 2015
Are Neonicotinoids Reducing Crop Yields?
GLOBAL - Beetles that are helpful to farmers can be poisoned if they feed on slugs that have eaten crops treated with neonicotinoids, a new study reports. ...
13 March 2015
Record Low Snowpack in Western US
US – Warm temperatures in February contributed to further snowpack decline in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, according to data from the third 2015 forecast by the United States Department...
Farmers Profit from Wet Fields, Migrating Birds
US – Farmers who have a hard-to-farm wet spot on their land may be able to turn it into a well-drained, profitable field by providing a temporary wet habitat for migrating birds. ...
Is Drought Looming in US Wheat Regions?
US - With little change to US and world closing wheat stocks in this week's USDA release and so little change to old crop supply and demand, attention in wheat markets has turned to dry conditions...
12 March 2015
Strengthening the Link Between Small-Scale Farmers and Schools
AFRICA - An innovative partnership spanning five African countries is providing important lessons on how governments can procure food for public institutions, such as schools, directly from small-scale...
11 March 2015
Food Price Index Dips to Lowest Level Since July 2010
GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index averaged 179. 4 points in February 2015, down 1.8 points (1.0 per cent) from its January value and 29 points (14.0 per cent) below its level in February 2014....
10 March 2015
New Model Measures Danish Agricultural Efficiency
DENMARK - Scientists from the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University have drawn up a robust model that can put actual figures on the efficiency of the country's agricultural production...
09 March 2015
How Can Drones Make Farming Profits?
ANALYSIS - Technology that is more akin to the movie world and science fiction is starting to take a hold in the world of agriculture and farming....
05 March 2015
Dry Soils Exacerbated 2006 Heatwave in Northern France
FRANCE - New areas of land suitable for agriculture will open up under climate change’s effects, new research predicts, particularly in far northern regions of the world. However, the overall...
03 March 2015
Cutting Food Waste Could Save Global Economy $300 Billion
GLOBAL - Reducing consumer food waste could save between $120 billion and $300 billion a year by 2030....
Economic Models Give Insights Into Global Sustainability Challenges
US - Combining global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in...
02 March 2015
Agriculture Key to Caribbean Food Security and Coping with Climate Change
BAHAMAS - Agriculture, particularly family farming, is crucial for Caribbean countries to achieve food security as they face climate change and other challenges, and can also spur their economic...
Strategy Laid out to Make British Farming More Competitive
UK - A four point strategy has been laid out by the British government to make British farming more competitive, more productive and more resilient....
25 February 2015
Drought-Stricken Cape Verde Receive Animal Feed, Crop Seeds
CAPE VERDE - The FAO will provide food crop seeds, animal feed and drip irrigation equipment to help thousands of people in Cape Verde whose food security and livelihoods are at risk following...
24 February 2015
Agricultural Production 'Not Suitable' for Food Challenges of the 21st Century
GLOBAL - While the numbers of the chronically hungry have been reduced by 100 million over the past decade, 805 million still go without enough to eat on a regular basis....
23 February 2015
Understanding the Impact of El Niño on the World's Agriculture
GLOBAL - During El Niño episodes the normal patterns of tropical precipitation and atmospheric circulation become disrupted triggering extreme climate events around the globe: droughts, floods...
Bee Diversity Higher in Urban Areas Compared to Farmland
ANALYSIS - When you think 'bee' you often picture lush farmland and open fields. However new research suggests that bees and other pollinating bugs actually thrive as well in towns and cities...
Rivers Can be a Source of Antibiotic Resistance
UK - Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment, according to new research from scientists at the University of Warwick's School of Life Sciences and...
19 February 2015
How Do We Determine the Winners and Losers in Global Land Use?
GLOBAL - The United States added around 7.6 million acres of forests between 1990 and 2010 - but at what cost?...
17 February 2015
Opportunities and Barriers to Feeding the World’s Growing Population
US - "Feeding the World 2015” is an excellent vehicle for promoting critical dialogue about the implications of the tremendous increase in food demand and changing food patterns, a topic that...
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