Tag: Food Security

Breakthroughs in agriculture for action on climate change

Achieving sustainable development with climate-smart agriculture The facts are startling. More than 2 billion people (CDC, 2015) worldwide suffer from micronutrient deficiency – 795 million (FAO, 2015) of whom are undernourished. The challenge to nutritiously and securely feed the growing population is further exacerbated by climate change which […]

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Talks seek agriculture-environment harmony in plant exchange

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – Agriculture and environment representatives from nine Asian countries convened this week at the headquarters of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to discuss mutually supportive implementation of international agreements on plant exchange. National focal points came from Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, […]

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Poisoned, Marginalised, Bankrupt and Dead

Written by: COLIN TODHUNTER It is becoming increasingly apparent that food and agriculture across the world is in crisis. Food is becoming denutrified, unhealthy and poisoned with chemicals and diets are becoming less diverse. There is a loss of plant and insect diversity, which threatens food security, soils are […]

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Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP)

Program Description The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) is currently accepting applications from sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to the US Government’s global hunger initiative — Feed the Future.  All topics related to agriculture (as defined by Title XII) and the Feed […]

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Loss of fertile soils a food security risk

Going underground The number of organisms living in a handful of soil outnumber all humans on the planet. They ensure that the humus layer stores nutrients and water. After oceans, soils represent the planet’s largest carbon bank. Soils store more carbon than all the world’s forests combined.   […]

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