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Indigenous Terra Madre: The Role of Youth, Women, and Ancient Methods

On the third day of Indigenous Terra Madre Asia & Pan-Pacific in Ainu Mosir, the spotlight turned to the role of youth, women and ancient technologies in indigenous food systems.

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Redefining productivity and efficiency of UK farming systems

While the current approach to UK agricultural economics focuses on a growth in outputs and optimising inputs, the report states that a change in assessing the economics of food production is key.

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My beef with scapegoating meat in climate change conversation

The meat industry is a popular target to blame when we analyze the biggest contributors to global warming, but the belief that adopting a purely meatless diet to combat climate change may not be enough.

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The nitrogen dilemma: can we reduce fertilisers and still feed the world?

When nitrogen-based fertiliser runs into water systems it can result in toxic algae blooms, leading to oxygen depletion and vast oceanic ‘dead zones’. Evidence suggests their use also contributes to air pollution, increased rates of cancer and reduced biodiversity, as well as emitting nitrous ox ...

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A model of modern sustainable agriculture – with a nudge from Thomas Jefferson

A late, hot and dry growing season keeps Nat Ratchen busy in a one-acre vegetable garden in the shadow of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

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How the Global Food Supply Transition Is Like the Energy Transition

Consumers are buying more organic food, and that is adding yet another element of complexity within the food industry. Food companies are responding to the growing demand for simpler, safer ingredients in their branded products. However, they are bumping up against conventional agricultural prac ...

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News analysis: Advancing food security through GMOs

For any country to advance its economic growth, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), analysts say, it must be at the forefront of its key sectors such as environment, health, industry and agriculture.

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Finance for a farming revolution

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean up water supplies, prevent the loss of biodiversity, mitigate fire and flood risk and meet the nutritional requirements of a growing population the world must improve its regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices – new tools and support from th ...

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Sowing the Seeds of the Climate Crisis in Odisha

“Everybody is doing it. So we are too,” said Rupa Pirikaka, somewhat uncertainly.It’ is genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton seeds, now easily bought at the local market, or even in one’s own village. ‘Everybody’ is countless other farmers like her in the village of and across the rest of south-w ...

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Triggering morel fruiting

Morels are economically, culturally, and ecologically important fungi, widely prized as a culinary delicacy, but also because they influence geochemical cycling in forest ecosystems.

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The key to food security in Africa lies in the treasure trove of global crop biodiversity

Global plant diversity could be a lifeline for food security in sub-Saharan Africa, finds a new study. The analysis reveals that replacing some at-risk African food crops with more resilient crops from other parts of the world, as well as tapping the huge genetic diversity of crop wild relatives ...

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Shifting the needle on cocoa production practices worldwide

Did you know that, typically, less than 7 per cent of the price of your chocolate bar goes to cocoa producers? Or that large amounts of global cocoa production are associated with illegal deforestation and biodiversity losses?

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Insects might soon be trained to protect crops

One of the biggest contemporary challenges for humanity is to safeguard food security for current and future generations. A growing demand and a steady increase of the world population—nearly 10 billion people are expected to inhabit Earth by 2050—requires that food production per area of cultiv ...

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Scientists find ways to improve cassava, a 'crop of inequality' featured at Goalkeepers

Today, as world leaders gather for the UN General Assembly, hundreds of emerging leaders focused on fighting global inequality came together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's third annual Goalkeepers event in New York City. Among them, University of Illinois scientist Amanda De Souza high ...

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The next agricultural revolution is here

As a growing population and climate change threaten food security, researchers around the world are working to overcome the challenges that threaten the dietary needs of humans and livestock. A pair of scientists is now making the case that the knowledge and tools exist to facilitate the next ag ...

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We Need Biodiversity-Based Agriculture to Solve the Climate Crisis

The Earth is living, and also creates life. Over 4 billion years the Earth has evolved a rich biodiversity — an abundance of different living organisms and ecosystems — that can meet all our needs and sustain life.

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The post-2020 CAP can play a crucial role in restoring nature

This autumn, European policymakers negotiating the post-2020 common agricultural policy must ensure that the final policy framework can reward farmers and landowners for nature restoration and the public goods that this provides. We know that global biodiversity loss is accelerating an unprecede ...

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FROM THE FIELD: Balancing act for Philippines farmers

An effort to reverse land degradation in the Philippines and boost sustainable agriculture as well as the livelihoods of farmers, is being supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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Should We Eat Less Rice?

“Your Bowl of Rice Is Hurting the Climate Too” reads a Bloomberg headline from June.

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Feeding the future

Nearly one billion of the world's population go hungry, while two billion eat too much, using up the planet's precious resources.

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Enriched environment in aquaculture enhances the survival of fish from bacterial disease

In enriched rearing method structures are added to rearing tanks to increase habitat complexity and resemblance to natural conditions

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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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