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Global hunger for soybeans 'destroying Brazil's Cerrado savanna'

The Cerrado savanna is an area in Brazil the same size as Western Europe. It's one of the most biodiverse places in world - 40% of animal and plant species there can be found nowhere else on the planet.


GlobalGrain 2004

29 September - 1 October 2004, Geneva, Switzerland

Side Event
COP 11

Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS): a legacy for the future!

The Food and Agriculture Organization recognizes the enormous contributions and important role of family farmers, indigenous peoples and local communities in managing, conserving and sustaining our biodiversity. Ten years after its initiation by FAO in 2002, during the World Summit on Sustainabl ...

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Government allocates €9 million for new Wexford centre to research agricultural sustainability

NASRIC will provide practical integrated solutions for farmers and other stakeholders to improve soil health, restore and protect biodiversity, improve water quality, reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and ammonia and enhance soil carbon sequestration.

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Government urged to prioritize regenerative agriculture to help achieve SDGs

Programmes Officer at the Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture (KITA), Kwame Ansah Baffour has called on the government to consider prioritizing regenerative agriculture to aid in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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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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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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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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Growing the apples of the future

Sophie Watts bites into an apple at a Nova Scotia orchard, then turns the fruit around to show off something unusual — its bright pink flesh. It is a Pink Pearl; "really crunchy," with "a great texture," and has been likened to "Jolly Ranchers and Lifesavers, a bit of a sweet candy taste," says ...

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Half of Your Grocery List Contains Byproducts of an Environmental Scourge

A few weeks ago, the Sri Lankan president announced that his government would ban all imports of palm oil, with immediate effect, and ordered the country’s plantation companies to begin uprooting their oil-palm monocultures and replacing them with more environmentally friendly crops.

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Healthier climate: Fava beans could replace soy

Tofu, soy milk and veggie mince. More and more Danes are opting to supplement or completely replace their consumption of animal-based proteins with plant-based proteins. Climate considerations are part of their reasoning.

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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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Helping farmers in Kenya keep produce cool to cut food waste

Small-volume farmers of avocado, mango and french beans in Kenya are helping to test the model from SokoFresh, which manages mobile cold storage units that run on 100% solar energy.

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History of chocolate rewritten by cacao traces found on ancient pottery unearthed in Ecuador

Traces of cacao have been found in pottery unearthed from an ancient ceremonial site in Ecuador, suggesting our love of chocolate started at least 5,300 years ago.

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How COVID-19 affects farmers and the food supply chain

Empty shelves lining supermarkets, farmers dumping milk and abandoning fields of crops, restaurants laying off staff—the American food landscape has changed dramatically in just a month, thanks to stay-at-home advisories and social distancing in the age of COVID-19.

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How Crowdsourcing Seeds Can Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

In Ethiopia and other developing nations, scientists are working with small-scale farmers on trials to see which seed varieties perform best in changing conditions. These initiatives are enabling farmers to make smarter crop choices in the face of rising temperatures, drought, and more extreme w ...

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How Plastic Pollution Is Deteriorating Soil Quality For Agriculture

Agricultural soils may receive greater quantities of microplastics than oceans, indicates a recent research by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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How Thai rice farmers are shunning 'big agribusiness' and fighting climate change

Battling drought, debt and ailments blamed on pesticides, rice farmers in northern Thailand have turned to eco-friendly growing methods despite powerful agribusiness interests in a country that is one of the top exporters of the grain in the world. Walking through a sea of green waist-high stalk ...

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How The Agriculture Industry Can Work To Reverse Climate Change

The indoor farming industry has seen a huge influx of investment over the past year, and accordingly has become a popular solution for growers.

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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 agroforestry could solve climate crisis

Agriculture and climate change are deeply intertwined. Agriculture is responsible for almost 30 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is the root cause of 80 per cent of tropical deforestation.

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How an ancient harvest practice pushed EU’s new farm reform to the edge

Brussels is trying to push its agricultural sector into a greener, modern era, but a technique farmers have been using for thousands of years has proved one of its biggest hurdles.

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How arable farmers can help prevent ‘mass extinction’ of pollinators

Arable farming needs to change in order to halt declines in biodiversity and prevent one of the worst mass extinction events in history, a leading US entomologist has warned.

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How do we feed our growing population?

Near-record on-farm prices for meat and milk, free-trade agreements that will reduce tariffs ... the news for farmers appears to be getting better and better.

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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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How insect hotels and honey highways are helping bee populations in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the world’s second-largest agricultural exporter after the US, 75% of food crops and more than 85% of wild plants are reliant on them. But across the globe they’re declining – and more than half of the Netherlands’ 360 bee species have come under threat as areas of wildflower ...

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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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How open data play a role in agriculture

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of zero hunger and increase food security by 2030, governments and multilateral agencies are looking to open data to boost agriculture and farming

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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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How regenerative agroforestry could solve the climate crisis

Our world is changing. The EU has just declared a climate emergency and stated that Europe must reach zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 - in the same year, our planet’s population is expected to hit 10 billion people. Global food production needs to prepare for an uncertain future and rising ...

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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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How the circular economy can help transform food to fight climate crisis and build biodiversity

With the climate and biodiversity COPs in progress, one part of the economy increasingly finds itself in the spotlight: food. Our current food system is the primary driver of biodiversity loss and accounts for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, spurring businesses and policymakers alike ...

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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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How to eat to save the world

There is not a country in the world that is not grappling with the serious health and environmental consequences of its citizens’ diets. There has to be a better way to feed everyone well and sustainably.

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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 ...

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How we can keep our food system from the brink of apocalypse

The global food system has a lot to answer for. It is a major driver of climate change, thanks to everything from deforestation to cows burping. Food production also transforms biodiverse landscapes into fields inhabited by a single crop or animal. It depletes valuable freshwater resources, and ...

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How your favourite tipple could help remove carbon and boost biodiversity

What are you drinking? An easy enough question. But I’m clinking through my booze cupboard – three types of whisky, two half-drunk bottles of gin, a cheap bottle of brandy used for a cake – and I’m still not entirely sure.

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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).


IV Encuentro Nacional de Agricultural Orgánica

17 - 19 May 2000, Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba

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Identifying common ground for sustainable agriculture in Europe

Agriculture is critical to achieving many Sustainable Development Goals. New research from Lund University shows that researchers, policymakers, and farmers in Europe currently have different, often conflicting, priorities for sustainable agriculture. The researchers propose a way forward built ...

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If agriculture advances north under climate change, the emissions cost will be huge

Under future climate change, the northern reaches of the planet will become more suitable for farming, which could help us to feed a growing global population in decades to come. But, researchers warn, as agriculture inches into these new lands, it also threatens to release vast amounts of carbo ...

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Importance of soil biodiversity remains ‘largely underestimated’

The importance of below-ground biodiversity, as well as its complex interaction with the above-ground world, is often overlooked, according to a recent UN report. Soil is not only vital to agriculture but essential for clean water and maintaining biodiversity.

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In semi-arid Africa, farmers are transforming the 'underground forest' into life-giving trees

Around the world, nearly 5 billion acres of land — an area larger than Russia — are degraded. Degradation can take many forms: clearing of forests; soil erosion; or the decline of nutrients in the soil, all of which result in less productive land. The loss of soil fertility is dragging down agri ...

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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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Increased investment in agriculture vital in Africa’s war on hunger, inequality

There are a number of significant changes that are happening in Africa, the most important being that it is a continent with some of the fastest growing economies. Five of the world’s fastest growing economies are in Africa. This has resulted in increased wealth in a segment of the population, w ...

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India’s dietary guidelines have a relatively lower carbon footprint: study

Growing conversations on climate change in the context of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have sparked more meaningful conversations on dietary diversity, ethical consumption and planetary health in recent years with many celebrities also embracing the ‘green living’ chatter.

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