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21 April 2015
Rise in Price of Chinese Farm Produce
CHINA - The price of farm produce in China has risen over the last week according to a survey of 36 large and medium sized cities carried out by the Ministry of Commerce....
16 April 2015
What Are Priorities for Future Sustainable Food Production?
ANALYSIS - Making research in agriculture and the agri-food sector a priority, promoting innovation and improving the exchange of knowledge are going to be essential in developing food production...
15 April 2015
Canada’s Food Production Growing but Wasting More
ANALYSIS - Canada wastes 6 billion kilogrammes of food each year – nearly a third of its total production....
Harper Government Invests in Commercial Beekeeping to Bolster Agriculture Industry
CANADA - Pollination by honeybees is vital to the existence of many British Columbia crops and paid pollination services are increasing in demand....
10 April 2015
Phillipines Explores Cambodia Collaboration on Rice
PHILLIPINES - The Phillipines is hoping to work with Cambodia to exchange knowledge and experience in the rice sector, helping to improve food security....
09 April 2015
New GM Rice Shows Improved Disease Immunity
US - Rice disease immunity can be improved by transferred genes from other species, according to new research from the University of California-Davis....
New Way to Detect Peanut Contamination
EUROPE - Researchers from Spain and France have used a new type of technology to more accurately detect traces of peanut in foods, in a study published in the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy....
08 April 2015
Climate Change Causing Losses for US Soybean Farmers
US - Changes in weather patterns have been eating into the profits made by soybean farmers, causing $11 billion worth of losses over the past 20 years, according to researchers from the University...
FAO Food Price Index Drops Further in March 2015
GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index averaged 173.8 points in March 2015, down 2.6 points (1.5 per cent) from its revised February value and nearly 40 points (18.7 per cent) below its level in March...
07 April 2015
World Health Day: Can 'FoodKeeper' Application Reduce Waste?
ANALYSIS - How often do you have to throw away food because it's gone past its best? ...
02 April 2015
US Corn Planting Way Behind, But Should We Be Worried?
US - US corn plantings are well behind average progress for this point in the season, with very few states having begun planting, should we be concerned?...
Time-out on Trade Talks and Global Negotiations Stall
GLOBAL - Talks at the World Trade Organization over food safety and animal and plant health as part of the on-going trade negotiations have come to an impasse....
01 April 2015
Fish Fertiliser Viable for Organic Vegetable Production
US - A study at Auburn University, Alabama, showed that hydrolysed fish fertiliser can be economically viable for organic vegetable production, despite providing lower yields than inorganic nitrogen....
31 March 2015
Improved Seed Varieties to Aid African Farmers
KENYA - Cornell University in the US has announced a new initiative to ensure that next-generation seed varieties with higher yields can reach farmers in Africa....
Syria Needs Millions of Dollars for Food Security
SYRIA - The ongoing crisis in Syria has severely disrupted agricultural production and trade, leading to an urgent need for aid, said the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)....
27 March 2015
Farmers Need Urgent Help in the Central African Republic
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Farmers in the Central African Republic urgently need seeds and tools for the upcoming planting season to prevent further deterioration of food security in the conflict-stricken...
24 March 2015
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
EU Agriculture Council Discuss Harmonisation of Organic Farming
EU - The Agriculture and Fisheries Council recently held a public debate on a proposal for organic farming....
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....
Chinese Food Prices Continue to Fall
CHINA - The prices of major farm produce in China continued to fall in the first week of March, according to a survey of prices in 36 large and medium-sized cities by the Ministry of Commerce....
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
How Do We Build for the Future if We're Making a Loss on Crops?
UK - Arable farmers and members of the industry from Somerset discussed grain marketing tactics and benchmarking at a recent HGCA Monitor Farm meeting....
17 March 2015
Sharp EU Rapeseed Decline Expected as Result of Neonicotinoid Seed Ban
EU - New figures released by Copa-Cogeca reveal EU rapeseed production is expected to fall by as much as seven per cent this year, compared to 2014, mainly as a result of the neonicotinoid seed...
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. ...
Prices of Chinese Farm Produce Drop
CHINA - The prices of major farm produce in China dropped last week according to a survey of 36 large and medium-sized cities by the Ministry of Commerce....
12 March 2015
Few Changes to USDA Crop Estimates
US - USDA made very few changes to its crop estimates in yesterday’s March World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE)  but the changes it did make were a bit unexpected, writes...
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....
09 March 2015
Russian Grain Production Relies on Spring Weather in 2015
RUSSIA - Russian winter grain production could fall as much as 40 per cent this year according to the Agriculture Ministry via the Interfax news agency....
UK Government Aspires to £100 Billion Bioeconomy
UK - In a cross-departmental policy paper released last week, the Government has highlighted the economic and environmental potential of the emerging bioeconomy, estimated by last year’s House...
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