A worldwide food crisis that sent wheat, corn and rice prices to records and sparked riots earlier this year may be over after farmers boosted planting, a top official in India's food ministry said. Workers load rice for export at a port in Ho Chi Minh City. … [Read more...] about Global food crisis may ease as pace of planting picks up: India
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Indonesia ordered hefty rice imports on Wednesday to boost stocks by a third in the latest sign that governments concerned about rising food prices and dwindling supplies are rushing into the market and could drive inflation even higher. A trader seals packs of rice at the central rice market in Jakarta February 9, 2011. … [Read more...] about Indonesia to boost rice stocks, highlights global food fears
(VEN) - Within the framework of the second Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (AFC II) Dr. Alexander Mueller, the representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said increasing global food production by 70 percent by 2050 to ensure sufficient food and foodstuffs for about nine billion people, given the exploitation of natural resources such as land, water and forests and the impact on the environment would be difficult. For this reason, nations need to apply smart and comprehensive policies to develop agriculture as part of their overall development strategies. … [Read more...] about AFC II: Practice and itinerary
NEW DELHI -- For Bhaskar Kumar it is a struggle to name green leafy vegetables found in India for his homework as his staple diet is rice and salt with vegetables served only on festive occasions.But the eight-year-old from Pilakhana village in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh decides not to ask his mother Shakuni Bai, aware she skipped dinner four times that week.For Bai is among 194 million Indians going hungry daily, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - despite India wasting food worth about $14 billion a year, according to government figures.India, one of the world’s largest food producers, is trying to tackle waste during production, processing, retailing and consumption by funding internal initiatives and by partnerships on best practice and technology with overseas investors.But many of those struggling to get enough to eat are concerned that progress is too slow in India which ranked 100 among 119 countries in the … [Read more...] about As millions go hungry, India eyes ways to stop wasting $14 billion of food a year
After René Castro-Salazar attended the first U.N.-led climate talks in Berlin in 1985 as Costa Rica's environment and energy minister, he tried to talk about agriculture and climate change - but few wanted to join the conversation. "There was always opposition - and we couldn't understand why," said Castro, now assistant director-general at the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). To him, the need to tackle the topic was clear. Agriculture, forestry and other land uses together account for nearly a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions heating up the planet, according to the FAO. Cutting these is essential if the world is to keep global temperature rise to a manageable level, said Castro. Farms and forests can also store large amounts of carbon, and simple actions by all countries could result in immediate environmental benefits, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. In the early years, the climate negotiations focused on reducing emissions from the energy … [Read more...] about Can agriculture and the climate fix their ‘unhappy marriage’ in 2018?