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#131190
2021-10-26

Ecological food for thought for Africa from China's mother river

In the last few days, the world has been treated to scenes of Chinese President Xi Jinping inspecting the Yellow River estuary in Dongying city, east China's Shandong Province.

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#131098
2021-10-22

Scientists Call for Policies to Buffer Agricultural Runoff

Agricultural land uses, including both crop and livestock production, are known to have myriad detrimental effects on streams and rivers. According to the EPA, agricultural runoff is a major source of surface water pollution—the excess nutrient runoff from fertilizer and livestock manure causes ...

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#131099
2021-10-22

Saline soil: a matter of agricultural and environmental concern

On his tour to Yellow River estuary starting from Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping checked on the local government's efforts in managing the saline-alkali soil caused by sea water erosion along the coast.

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#131100
2021-10-22

Middle East’s growing role in global food security

The global food system is facing a number of stresses and shocks due to the complex interplay of social, economic, political and environmental factors.

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#130978
2021-10-20

How to build sustainable, healthier, more equitable food systems

World Economic Forum Founder and Chairman Klaus Schwab made the following speech at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on World Food Day on 16 October. He outlined four ways to transform food systems in a way that is healthier, more sustainable, more equitable and fairer for all.

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#130969
2021-10-19

Intense farming better than eco-friendly agriculture to leave more space for wildlife

A new study looking at more than 2500 animal and plant species suggests that farming should be as high-yielding and as concentrated in small areas as possible, leaving more space for natural habitats but still covering our food needs.

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#130971
2021-10-19

To Save the Corn Belt, Plant Trees

America’s corn belt—a broad swath of land stretching from Nebraska to Ohio—ranks as the globe’s most agriculturally productive region during the summer months. Its farms churn out the bulk of domestically grown corn and soybeans, most of which goes to feed the livestock that satisfies our meat h ...

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World Food Day

16 October 2021, Rome, Italy

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#130705
2021-10-12

Threatened by climate change, a California winemaker switches to carbon farming

The history of Napa Valley wine courses through Robin Lail's veins. Her great-granduncle, Gustave Niebaum, founded Inglenook Vineyards in 1879 and helped establish Napa Valley's reputation for quality wine. Her father, John Daniel Jr., expanded that reputation during Napa's second heyday, after ...

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#130578
2021-09-30

Africa: Transform Food Systems to Avert $400 Billion Annually in Loss and Waste

That half-eaten apple tossed in the trash bin after lunch is contributing to the staggering mountain of food wasted globally, at a time when more than 800 million people still go to bed hungry, UN agencies said on Wednesday, marking the International Day to increase awareness of this issue.

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#130579
2021-09-30

Biodiversity for Food Security: A BOLD Approach

“Biodiversity for Opportunities, Livelihoods and Development,” or BOLD, a project funded by the Norwegian Government and managed by the Crop Trust, will launch this month to support the development of climate resilient crop varieties and ensure they reach farmers’ fields.

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#130591
2021-09-30

American Bumblebee Could Be Added to the Endangered Species List

The American bumblebee is quickly moving towards the endangered species list as their population has declined by 89% in the last 20 years. The vital pollinators have also already vanished from eight states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will continue analyzing populations and create their “ ...

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#130568
2021-09-23

On course for healthier, more sustainable soil

If we want to transition to a greener, healthier and more climate resilient Europe, it is important to ensure our soils are in good condition. However, the quality of soils is worsening because of unsustainable management practices, depletion of resources, climate change and pollution

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#130517
2021-09-22

How green is your food? Eco-labels can change the way we eat, study shows

It’s lunchtime at a workplace cafeteria in Birmingham, and employees returning to work after months away during the coronavirus pandemic are noticing something has changed. Next to the sandwiches and hot and cold dishes is a small globe symbol, coloured green, orange or red with a letter in the ...

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#130473
2021-09-20

Food Experts’ Expectations for Global Food Systems Transformation

Dubbed ‘the People’s Summit, the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) hopes to put the world back on a path to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, through food systems overhauling. From the tempered to the extremely optimistic, experts in various food system sectors share th ...

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#130441
2021-09-15

FAO ready to follow up on UN Food System Summit and transform Agri-Food Systems Together

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has entered a new era with a new structure and new dynamics. The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are approaching; we have to change our agri-food systems urgently and holistically.

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#130399
2021-09-14

90% of global farm subsidies damage people and planet, says UN

Almost 90% of the $540bn in global subsidies given to farmers every year are “harmful”, a startling UN report has found. This agricultural support damages people’s health, fuels the climate crisis, destroys nature and drives inequality by excluding smallholder farmers, many of whom are women, ac ...

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#130405
2021-09-14

The “Bees and Farmers” Tour Meets Pope Francis

On September 8, representatives of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Save Bees and Farmers” met with Pope Francis in Rome, thus concluding their week-long “Bees and Farmers” tour in 8 different Italian cities, to promote the initiative to save pollinators, biodiversity and those who culti ...

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#130416
2021-09-14

FAO ready to follow up on UN Food Systems Summit and transform Agri-Food Systems

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has entered a new era with a new structure and new dynamics. The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are approaching; we have to change our agri-food systems urgently and holistically.

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#130291
2021-09-03

Agrobiodiversity Index scores show agrobiodiversity is underutilized in national food systems

The diversity of plants, animals and microorganisms that directly or indirectly support food and agriculture is critical to achieving healthy diets and agroecosystems. Here we present the Agrobiodiversity Index (based on 22 indicators), which provides a monitoring framework and informs food syst ...

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#130178
2021-09-01

Somali Government, with the support of FAO, Launches Regional and National Food Systems Summit Dialogues

FAO Somalia and The Federal Government of Somalia have launched the first of a series of virtual regional and national Food System Summit dialogues in preparation for the United Nations Food Systems Summit, to be convened by the Secretary-General in September 2021.

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#130185
2021-09-01

Tunisia plants seeds of hope against climate change

Tunisian farmers are turning to the past to ensure a future by planting indigenous seeds as the North African country suffers at a time of drought, disease and climate change.

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#130153
2021-08-31

Food systems: seven priorities to end hunger and protect the planet

The world’s food system is in disarray. One in ten people is undernourished. One in four is overweight. More than one-third of the world’s population cannot afford a healthy diet. Food supplies are disrupted by heatwaves, floods, droughts and wars. The number of people going hungry in 2020 was 1 ...

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#130116
2021-08-24

What is agroecology – and how can it help us fight climate change?

Conflict, the climate crisis and now COVID-19 are forcing people to go hungry. One in three people (nearly 2.37 billion) didn’t have enough food in 2020 – 320 million more than in 2019, according to the World Bank’s analysis of World Food Programme data.

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#130001
2021-08-18

Sustainable agriculture is the future of farming – here’s why

It’s time to burst the bubble of the rural-urban divide: When it comes to competing against forces of gentrification and big agribusiness in the name of food equity, small farmers and urban farms have a lot in common. Here’s how two agricultural entrepreneurs are working toward common ground in ...

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#130019
2021-08-18

Pineapple agroforestry can be alternative to jhum cultivation for North East

Pineapple-based agroforestry, traditionally practised by the ethnic "Hmar" tribe in southern Assam, can be a sustainable alternative to jhum cultivation for North East India. This traditional practice can provide twin solutions for climate change and biodiversity loss, according to a new study.

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#130020
2021-08-18

Food systems on the edge

The COVID-19 pandemic has ruthlessly exposed the global food system's deficiencies, and a massive escalating hunger crisis now looms. A quarter of humanity lacks secure access to food, with one in 10 people affected by severe food insecurity, and up to 811 million people hungry. Another quarter ...

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#129962
2021-08-16

Feeding the future: facts and figures

Even before COVID-19 unleashed itself on the globe, the world had swerved off course to meet its target of zero hunger by 2030. Hunger is increasing, while nutritious food remains out of reach for many of the world’s poorest.

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#129992
2021-08-16

Africa Has Highest Fertile Land for Agriculture - Dantata

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dantata Foods and Allied Product Company, Alhaji Tajuddeen Aminu Dantata, said Africa has the most under-exploited potential for agricultural production globally. He also said smallholder farmers play a key role in the global agricultural value chain, espe ...

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#129928
2021-08-13

Aquaponics: The future of agriculture?

Like a shimmering purple spaceship, the glowing greenhouse stands in the middle of an old dairy factory in an Eindhoven industrial park in the Netherlands. It can't fly — but if the founders of the startup Phood Farm have their way, their business will soon take off. They hope the future of agri ...

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#129860
2021-08-10

A global database of diversified farming effects on biodiversity and yield

With the Convention on Biological Diversity conference (COP15), United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), and United Nations Food Systems Summit, 2021 is a pivotal year for transitioning towards sustainable food systems. Diversified farming systems are key to more sustainable food produc ...

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#129785
2021-07-29

Bees As Seeds

For centuries human beings have found in bees the representation of positive values. Symbol of industriousness, ingenuity and generosity, in recent years, bees have become increasingly alarming sentinels of a balance that human beings themselves are threatening.

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#129786
2021-07-29

OPINION: Why our broken food system is overshooting the Earth's planetary boundaries

The global food system is the main driver of the ecological and climate crises pushing natural systems beyond the boundaries of a safe operating space for humanity

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#129789
2021-07-29

Food systems transformation a ‘silver lining’ in COVID crisis: UN deputy chief

More than 500 delegates from 108 countries attended in-person, while thousands more joined virtually. Participants included government officials, smallholder farmers, producers, indigenous people, women and youth.

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#129790
2021-07-29

Pre-summit on Food Systems finish in Rome

The preparatory meeting for the summit on Food Systems ended in Rome with a call to transform these systems and strengthen their role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. On its third and final day, the meeting promoted by Italy and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization ...

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#129698
2021-07-27

Africa: Small Farms Are the Future of Food Systems

Small-scale farmers can play a crucial role in creating sustainable food systems. But more investment is needed, writes Sabrina Elba, UN Goodwill Ambassador for the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

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#129701
2021-07-27

Plant Man Miguel Braganza on how Konkan Fruit Fest preserves food biodiversity

The Konkan Fruit Fest (KFF) is an initiative of Miguel Braganza and his team from Botanical Society of Goa, to preserve endangered food biodiversity by providing fruit growers a forum to market lesser-known fruits.

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#6154

2021 UN FOOD SYSTEMS PRE-SUMMIT

26 - 28 July 2021, Virtual, Rome, Italy

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#129645
2021-07-23

Preservation and enhancement of the agricultural and food heritage in North Africa

North Africa abounds in traditional agricultural systems that are remarkable both for the high levels of cultivated biodiversity they represent and for the reservoir of traditional agricultural and culinary knowledge that they have been transmitting for centuries.

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#129656
2021-07-23

IFAD: Food systems that ignore needs of poor are doomed to fail

Attempts to create more equitable and sustainable food systems are doomed to fail if they ignore the challenges and needs of rural people in the world’s poorest countries, says the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

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#129617
2021-07-22

New ‘Reawakened Foods’ Campaign To Promote Global Biodiversity Through Storytelling

According to North America-based NGO, The Lexicon, 30,000+ edible plants are available to include in our diets, however, more than 50% of the world’s plant-based nutrition is based on only three crops. This threat to our global biodiversity in the fields impacts our food systems and causes infer ...

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#129594
2021-07-21

What is the National Food Strategy and how could it change the way England eats?

Reforming England’s food system could save the country £126 billion, according to a recent government-commissioned report. The National Food Strategy, led by British businessman Henry Dimbleby, proposes a raft of measures to shake up how food is produced and the kinds of diets most people eat.

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#6113

167th session of the FAO Council

19 July 2021, Rome, Italy

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#129559
2021-07-13

In the world capital of vanilla production, nearly three out of four farmers say they don't have enough to eat

Madagascar, famous for its lemurs, is home to almost 26 million people. Despite the cultural and natural riches, Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world. Over 70% of Malagasy people are farmers, and food security is a constant challenge.

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#129534
2021-07-12

Are we hungry for change for genuinely transforming food systems?

While the governments chant the mantra of "leaving no one behind", it is ironic that they are abetting corporate grabbing of land and resources, which is pushing farmers out of agriculture. Corporations are exercising more and more control over food and agriculture and influencing public policies.

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