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Treated like dirt: urban soil is often overlooked as a resource

When you think about soil, you probably think of rolling fields of countryside. But what about urban soil? With city dwellers expected to account for 68% of the world’s population by 2050, this oft forgotten resource is increasingly important.

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Ireland’s strategy to be a world leader in sustainable food by 2030

Ireland’s plan to be a world leader in sustainable food systems by 2030 has been thrown open to public consultation. Submissions or observations on the draft Agri-Food Strategy to 2030 and associated Environmental Report and Natura Impact Statement are invited, until June 15, 2021.

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Plant breeding: 10,000 years of biodiversity threats?

For years, NGOs and politicians opposing modern breeding methods such as gene transfer or genome editing have claimed that these “manipulations” would pose serious health risks, from allergies to cancer or autism. However, after more than two decades of consuming transgenic crops, there is not a ...

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Africa: Giving a Voice to Soil Organisms - Our Silent Allies in the Fight Against Hunger

The Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) kicked off yesterday with a call to preserve this vast community of living soil organisms and the vital ecosystem services they provide.

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Nestlé scientists uncover low carbon and drought-resistant coffee varieties

In a new breakthrough, Nestlé plant scientists have developed a generation of low carbon coffee varieties, through classical non-GMO breeding that harnesses the plant’s natural biodiversity.

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The US food system creates hunger and debt – but there is another way

Michael Fakhri, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, says the US food system is built on injustices but there is hope where people are prioritizing the right to food

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Can Grazing Antelope Regenerate South Africa’s Coastal Vegetation?

On July 29, 2020, five eland antelope ambled through the gates of a vineyard on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. They didn’t come for the wine, but rather to graze.

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Food tribes must find common ground to solve hunger and climate change

Divisions over what makes a healthy, sustainable diet are so entrenched it is easy to assume that ‘food tribes’ – from the plant-based movement to the committed carnivores – have nothing in common.

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What’s the buzz? Why the cottagecore garden trend is great for bees and biodiversity

The interiors trend will also be seen outside this summer – bringing colour, life and beauty to our green spaces

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Eco.business Joins forces with Co-operative Bank to Finance Sustainable Agriculture

The eco.business fund has provided its first investment in Kenya in the amount of Ksh 1 billion to Co-operative Bank of Kenya, one of the leading commercial banks in the country. The subordinated loan will be on-lent to sustainable agribusinesses, contributing to the fund’s mission of conserving ...

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Small farms outdo big ones on biodiversity — and crop yields

Large-scale farms account for most of the global food supply, but smallholdings protect species and are just as profitable.Small farms tend to be more productive and biodiverse than large ones, and are roughly as profitable and resource-efficient.

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Green Deal poses ‘opportunities and threats’ to Spanish farming, stakeholders warn

The European Green Deal offers opportunities and challenges to Spanish farmers, stakeholders have warned, highlighting that Spain needs more support in the transition towards a more sustainable model of agriculture. EURACTIV’s partner EFE Agro reports.

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Investors urge Europe to prioritise climate in agriculture reform

A $2-trillion group of investors calls for reducing direct support for commodities with high emissions, such as red meat, and redesigning incentives to put a value on sustainable farming

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Are Potassium Chloride Reserves the World’s Next Stranded Assets?

Take a glance down at the earth. The soil is one of the world’s biggest reserves of biodiversity.Did you know one handful of topsoil contains more microorganisms than all the people who have ever lived in the history of our planet?

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Protecting China’s Agricultural Heritage, One Seed at a Time

For millennia, the mainstay of China’s agricultural economy has been the small farmer. Growers across China developed crop, vegetable, and fruit varieties according to the local climate and characteristics, with successful variants gradually spreading across farming networks, in a process of mut ...

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Large scale research project to empower African farmers and agribusinesses to adapt to climate change

Africa is at the forefront of climate change impacts. These changes can wreak havoc on production and sourcing of agricultural commodities, such as grains, cotton and vegetables. Soil health management and better seeds for instance can help, but where to begin?

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Growing food and protecting nature can work together. Here's how

Growing food in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way – while also producing enough of it – is among the most important challenges facing the U.S. and the world today.

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World Bank Helps Bangladesh Improve Irrigation-based Agricultural Productivity

The World Bank today approved $120 million to help Bangladesh improve food security by enhancing climate resilience and productivity of irrigated agriculture and fisheries.

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Sugar: a killer crop?

The delicious, sweet powder currently poses two major threats to our health and happiness. First, eating too much sugar contributes to the development of some of the world's biggest killers, including heart disease and diabetes.

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Indigenous Varieties of Rice Being Promoted Through Various Programmes: Central Government.

According to the government, 574 such varieties of rice have been propagated and tested at more than 10,000 farmers’ fields, involving state agricultural universities, KVKs and NGOs through a project entitled “Mainstreaming Agricultural biodiversity conservation and utilization of the agricultur ...

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Regenerative Agriculture Gains Traction in Southeast Asia

In Thailand, very few farms incorporate organic or regenerative agriculture practices, so the use of chemicals remains the norm. To remedy that situation, Harmless Harvest, a maker of coconut-based products, decided to join forces with partners to launch the Regenerative Coconuts Agriculture Pro ...

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OPINION: Greener agriculture is a win for farmers, food companies and the environment

Conventional farming is one of the world’s greatest drivers of climate change and biodiversity loss, and we’re running out of time to reverse its adverse effects. But there is good news too: the largest study ever done on sustainable farming supports the idea that regenerative agriculture could ...

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On the frontier of science for food and agriculture

Nuclear weapon tests offer valuable insight into how to measure soil erosion and enable the restoration of healthy soils we need to grow our food.

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Beyond Farm to Fork: the ‘agricultural’ side of EU’s biodiversity strategy

The European Union’s bid to tackle biodiversity loss goes hand in hand with the new ambition of making the food system more sustainable, involving several farming aspects.

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Is soil health restricted to agricultural activities?

Soil is considered a viable living ecosystem in itself as it performs numerous functionalities that not only serve as a foundation of agricultural activities but also act as a key focal point for the growth and developmental activities of a nation.

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Chickpea genetics reduce need for chemicals

In recent years, hummus has become a pop culture food phenomenon, drawing praises from dieticians for the health benefits and chefs for the flavor.

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Food + Culture = Future

Humankind’s collective agricultural heritage has fed the world for thousands of years, but is now increasingly threatened by accelerating global trends, causing severe damage to the planet’s resource base. Answers to this critical situation can be found in this same agricultural heritage, a sour ...

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This is how much different commodities contribute to deforestation

New analysis shows that just seven agricultural commodities — cattle, oil palm, soy, cocoa, rubber, coffee and plantation wood fiber — accounted for 26% of global tree cover loss from 2001 to 2015. These agricultural commodities replaced 71.9 million hectares of forest during that period, an are ...

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What is Organic Farming? Principles, Benefits and Pitfall

Organic farming is the buzzword in the world of agriculture. People usually believe this is a new way of farming; but it is not. Organic farming has been practiced since ancient times. In fact, earlier, there were no synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. People were more connected to nature and ...

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Is floating agriculture a nature-based solution?

Farmers of the south-central districts of Bangladesh, namely Barishal, Gopalganj, Madaripur, and Pirojpur, have been practicing floating agriculture for decades, if not centuries. But over the last two decades, this indigenous, wetland-based agrosystem has turned into something of a "climate cel ...

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This root vegetable could help alleviate hunger and end soil erosion. Here’s how

What thrives in poor soil, can tolerate rising temperatures and is brimming with calories? The cassava – sometimes referred to as ‘the Rambo root’. This plant could potentially help alleviate world hunger, provide economically viable agriculture and even put an end to soil erosion, according to ...

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Plant-based diets will be essential to the planet’s future, report says

Switching en masse to a plant-based diet is essential to protect wildlife habitats and prevent the loss of numerous species currently facing extinction, according to a new report.

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Climate change has exacerbated India’s agrarian crisis – and the new farm laws may make things worse

India is witnessing a historic mass mobilisation of farmers against three new farm laws. The central government maintains that these laws are the cure for a longstanding agrarian crisis.

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Kenya's locust hunters on tireless quest to halt ancient pest

As dawn breaks in central Kenya, a helicopter lifts off in a race to find roosting locusts before the sun warms their bodies and sends them on a ravenous flight through farmland.

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5 cool measurement tools attempting to quantify regenerative agriculture

Many practices are associated with regenerative agriculture — anything from no-till practices to pesticide-free farming. What’s more, the concept means different things for different crops in different regions. What is considered regenerative in one location might not qualify for the same label ...

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UN highlights importance of pulses for diets and food security

Pulses – also called legumes – are the edible seeds of plants from the pea family, cultivated for consumption. They are a key ingredient in dishes and cuisines globally: hummus in the Mediterranean; baked beans in English diets, or dal in south Asian cuisine.

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Why plant diversity is so important for bee diversity

A honey bee foraging on lavender. Photo taken by Prof Francis Ratnieks. As abundant and widespread bees, it is common to see both bumble bees and honey bees foraging on the same flower species during the summer, whether in Britain or many other countries.

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New biodiversity initiative launched

A new locally-led farm and community biodiversity initiative has been launched by the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Pippa Hackett.

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Evidence mounts that ecofriendly wine tastes better

Consumers have shown that they are willing to pay extra for organic produce grown without pesticides, even if it doesn't taste better.That has not been the case for organic wine. Organic-labeled wines generally sell at prices similar to those of non-organic wines. And that's despite growing evid ...

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Why does Himachal Pradesh have a brand new nutrition garden?

On Sunday, the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur, inaugurated a nutrition garden at the Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University at Palampur. The garden is spread over an area of 3,250 square meters and saplings of apple, peach, plum, apricot, pomegranate a ...

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Plant-based diets crucial to saving global wildlife, says report

The global food system is the biggest driver of destruction of the natural world, and a shift to predominantly plant-based diets is crucial in halting the damage, according to a report.

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Food system impacts on biodiversity loss: Three levers for food system transformation in support of nature

Biodiversity loss is accelerating around the world. The global rate of species extinction today is orders of magnitude higher than the average rate over the past 10 million years.

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How to set ambitious goals for sustainable agriculture

Food production in the Netherlands is an economic success but has led to many environmental issues, including nitrogen pollution. Recently, the policy to allow economic growth while reducing nitrogen losses was disapproved by the highest court in the Netherlands, casting the country into a nitro ...


United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021

Reference: SCBD/OES/EM/AS/CC/VA/89396 (2021-007)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Cartagena Protocol Focal Points, ABS Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, indigenous peoples and local communities and relevant organizations

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Plotting the future: the ‘seed guardians’ bringing variety to UK gardens

tt’s a fine, crisp day and the first frost of the season, a significant occasion for any gardener and one that has not gone unnoticed by the seed guardians of the Stroud Community Seed Bank.

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Innovation to counter food supply-chain disruptions and spur recovery

At Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin, FAO Director-General appeals for a creative and integrated approach to agri-food systems to drive recovery from COVID-19 and achieve a sustainable world

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