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Is India on Track to Beat the Perfect Storm?

NEW DELHI, Aug 12 2019 (IPS) - “The Perfect Storm” was a dire prediction that by 2030 food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources together with climate change would threaten to unleash public unrest, cross-border conflicts and mass migration from worst-affected regions.


Opportunities to provide inputs to the work of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Reference: SCBD/OES/DC/AC/88272 (2019-067)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Cartagena Protocol National Focal Points, ABS National Focal Points, indigenous peoples and local communities, relevant organizations

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Where are the bees? Tracking down which flowers they pollinate

Researchers at UEA and the Earlham Institute (EI) have developed a new method to rapidly identify the sources of bee pollen to understand which flowers are important for bees.

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Help African farmers cope with climate change threats, UN food agency urges

In a statement released on Tuesday, at the conclusion of the high-level Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue, in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, the FAO stated that building resilience is one of the agency’s priorities in Africa, and is key to meeting the challenge of feeding over two billion b ...

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Fertilizer feast and famine: Solving the global nitrogen problem

Research has identifies five strategies to tackle the two-sided challenge of a lack of fertilizer in some emerging market economies and inefficient use of fertilizer in developed countries.

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Submission of information – national survey on soil biodiversity assessment

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/AS/SBG/CC/88240 (2019-065)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

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Making room for wild foods in forest conservation

The first-ever FAO report on the importance of biodiversity for food and agriculture warns that the abundance of our food supply is diminishing — with worrisome consequences for global food security.

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Last call for a food systems revolution

Half of the world’s population is directly engaged in agriculture and nearly 40 per cent of land is devoted to agriculture and livestock.

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New research outlines 5-course ‘Menu of Solutions’ to achieve sustainable food future

Washington, D.C. 17 July 2019 — With the world’s population expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050, a major new report shows the global food system must undergo urgent change to ensure there is adequate food for everyone without destroying the planet.

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El Niño linked to widespread crop failures

El Niño and other climate patterns cause simultaneous regional crop failures: study

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Farmers Benefit from Having Nature Nearby, Research Shows

WASHINGTON - Farmers reap surprising benefits from having areas that are biodiverse with many plant and animal species nearby, according to new research.

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Study: Global farming trends threaten food security

Citrus fruits, coffee and avocados: The food on our tables has become more diverse in recent decades.

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A new way to grow crops in marginal soils could help feed the world

The global population is expected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050—but how will we feed all these people? Roughly one-third of the world's arable land suffers from lack of accessible iron, rendering it inhospitable to staple crops like maize and soybeans.

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Global agriculture: Impending threats to biodiversity

A new study compares the effects of expansion vs. intensification of cropland use on global agricultural markets and biodiversity, and finds that the expansion strategy poses a particularly serious threat to biodiversity in the tropics.

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Bees 'risk dying from hunger', say French beekeepers

Alarmed French beekeepers and farming groups warned Tuesday of a “catastrophic” honey harvest this year due to adverse weather.

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Natural biodiversity protects rural farmers' incomes from tropical weather shocks

A big data study covering more than 7,500 households across 23 tropical countries shows that natural biodiversity could be effective insurance for rural farmers against drought and other weather-related shocks.

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China moves to protect its crop biodiversity

A wider range of crop varieties would decrease fertiliser and water use, reduce soil pollution and help insects.

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Poor nations could be future ‘guardians’ of agrobiodiversity

Developing countries are better than richer nations at promising to protect important agricultural species in the future, but do less well in safeguarding existing biodiversity.

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Celebrating the greatest of all pollinators—bees

When animals and insects pick up the pollen of flowers and spread it, they allow plants, including many food crops, to reproduce.

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A wake-up call on proprietary seeds

How India can shift its agriculture from a high-yield ideal to a high-value one

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Parboiling husked rice reduces arsenic content - study

[NEW DELHI] Arsenic contamination in rice poses a serious health risk in many parts of the world. But an international study has shown that husking rice before parboiling reduces arsenic content, potentially lowering the risk of cancer.

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16 foods that are good for you - and the planet

Agriculture is already one of the biggest contributors to global warming. The greenhouse gases released in the form of methane from cattle and rice farms, nitrous oxide from fertilized fields, and carbon dioxide from deforestation to make space for crops and livestock, add up to more emissions t ...

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Pour nourrir l'Europe en 2050, des prairies et moins d'élevage intensif

En adoptant une agriculture agroécologique basée sur la suppression des intrants chimiques, la baisse de l'élevage intensif, et une augmentation des prairies et de l'élevage extensif, l'Europe parviendrait à nourrir «durablement» ses 530 millions d'habitants en 2050, conclut une étude publiée ce ...

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A manifesto for survival

The third Western Ghat Manifesto seeks to trigger a debate on ecological concerns of the biodiversity hotspot which sustains southern peninsula.

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How To Feed 530 Million Europeans With Sustainable Food By 2050

On the bright side, the European food system provides 4.2 million jobs in Europe, feeds more than 500 million Europeans, and its greenhouse gases emissions have decreased 20% since 1990. But the social and environmental impacts of the European food system is alarming.

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How much nature is lost due to higher yields?

Around 80 percent of land area in Europe is used for settlement, agriculture and forestry.In order to increase yields even further than current levels, exploitation is being intensified.

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New pathways for sustainable agriculture

Hedges, flowering strips and other semi-natural habitats provide food and nesting places for insects and birds in agricultural landscapes. This also has advantages for agriculture: bees, flies, beetles and other animal groups pollinate crops and control pest insects in adjacent fields.

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Agroecology mitigate climate change in agriculture

Our intensive agriculture plays a key role in the changing of climate by releasing different gases and volatile compounds in air and in soil. This climate change has serious threats on human being as well as plants.

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Rémy Martin's vineyards being kept sustainable for years to come

Once you have a glass of your favourite spirit or cocktail in your hand, you rarely think about how it was produced.But climate change is a reality, as is the environmental sustainability of the crops and vineyards that we rely on for our food and drink.

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Empowering family farmers is key to achieving Zero Hunger in Southeast Asia

Innovation, access to rural credit – particularly for women – and improvements to rural social protection programmes are important tools to help family farmers in Southeast Asia improve their livelihoods and become more food secure, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FA ...

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China and India are making a greener Earth

Human efforts are producing a greener Earth. But the news is not all good, because some of the greening comes from fertiliser pollution.

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Nigeria: 'Those Claiming Organic Agric Can't Feed Nigeria Are Ignorant'

Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa is the Vice-President of the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (AOAPN). He spoke with Head of Agro-Economy Desk, FEMI IBIROGBA on what organic agriculture implies, how it can feed the growing population and dangers inherent in genetically modified ...

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New publication examines consequences of groundwater depletion to agriculture

A new Council of Agricultural Science and Technology, or CAST, paper examines the causes and consequences of groundwater depletion throughout the U.S. with a focus on how this will affect agriculture—the largest sector of groundwater use.

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Biodiversity key to sustainable food production

The Food and Agriculture Organization recently released a report on the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture. Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture refers to plants, animals and micro-organisms that sustain the ecosystem structures and processes to provide food and non-food ...

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What do gardens bring to urban ecosystems?

"A healthy community requires healthy soil." This idea spurred a consortium of researchers, farmers, and community garden practitioners to dive into the challenges -- and opportunities -- of urban agriculture. Their efforts, now in a second year, may highlight how urban soil can be a resource fo ...

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How reduced biodiversity leads to the slow loss of foods we love

Last week, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization released a landmark report, stating, “There is a real risk of the plant and animal species that provide our food, fuel and fibre (as well as the many animals, insects and micro-organisms that make up crucial parts of the food chain ...

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Study examines indigenous agriculture, how it could help state food problems

Basic logic demands agricultural production increase as Earth’s population grows. But the ever-expanding impacts of climate change, exacerbated by that population growth, will inevitably drive agricultural productivity downward.

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A Set Menu for Europe? Building a Food Policy that Brings Everybody to the Same Table

The European Union urgently needs a common food policy to build sustainable food systems, says a recent report from the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). This shared policy would provide a common direction for food and farming systems in the Union, which suf ...

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Growing need for food is reason for more biodiversity

Deep within southern Ethiopia’s agroforestry landscapes, where farmers grow grain and keep cattle, sheep, goats and donkeys, researchers counted more than 4,100 birds as part of an assessment on agricultural productivity and biodiversity.

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Sustainable trade as a means to protect biodiversity

“There’s a rang-tan in my bedroom and I don’t know what to do,” the small girl says. The rang tang replies, “there’s a human in my forest and I don’t know what to do.” Does this ring a bell? It originates from an advertisement of a British supermarket chain, subsequently banned from television i ...

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Italy’s olive oil crisis: extreme weather and disease caused last harvest to drop by 57%

Italy’s olive oil production could be drying up and supplies exhausted within a month, after the industry experienced a concerning 57 per cent drop in production last year.

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Disappearing rice fields threaten more global warming

All over China, a huge change has been taking place without any of us noticing. Rice paddies have been (and are being) converted at an astonishing rate into aquaculture ponds to produce more protein for the worlds growing populations. This change risks creating an unexpected impact on global war ...

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Droughts, extreme weather and empowered consumers mean tough choices for farmers

The National Farmers Federation wants to lift the value of Australian agricultural production to $100 billion by 2030.While that might be possible – on the current trajectory it is forecast to reach $84 billion by 2030 – we should be mindful of the substantial, and sometimes painful, reforms tha ...

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Regenerative agriculture can make farmers stewards of the land again

For years, "sustainable" has been the buzzword in conversations about agriculture. If farmers and ranchers could slow or stop further damage to land and water, the thinking went, that was good enough. I thought that way too, until I started writing my new book, "One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl’s ...

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Biodiversity: Africa’s key to food security and sustainable livelihoods

Unfolding events all over the world are pointing in one direction; that is the imminence of climate change which may prove irreversible. The timing, magnitude of impacts and places where impacts would be felt might vary, but climate change has proven to be inescapable. Choices before nations and ...

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Biodiversity crisis: Technological advances in agriculture are not a sufficient response

Rapid population and economic growth are destroying biological diversity—especially in the tropics. This was reported by a research team led by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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Egypt- FAO warns of biodiversity loss, praises biodiversity-friendly practices

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned in a recent report that the biodiversity of food and agriculture in the Arab region is under serious danger. This is the first-ever report to analyse the state of plants, animals, and microorganisms that support food and agricultural production ...

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Saving the world's most endangered food

The Ark of Taste aims to rescue traditional foods at risk of extinction. Its catalog already numbers more than 5,000 products from around the world, and is open for more nominations.

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The future of food: scientists, chefs, dietitians on the push for a radical new diet

Scientists have recently advocated a shift to the planetary health diet (or flexitarianism) to halt the widespread environmental damage done by the food production industry. But what would these new diets look like in practice and how much of a change do they entail?

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Beneath the surface: South Africa’s food system is in trouble

The deep flaws in the way in which we produce our food were brought into sharp focus during a drive from the Lowveld to the Highveld. South Africa’s food system is in trouble but I’d be the first to admit that it’s not a message that’s immediately easy to credit. On the surface, we appear to hav ...

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