Danger zone for world food prices?

5 January, 2011 by (comments)

World food prices could be rising towards the dangerously high levels experienced during the food price crisis of 2008, The Guardian newspaper reports today. In December 2010, the UN food price inflation index saw the biggest jump since records began in 1990, driven by soaring prices for sugar, grain and oilseed.

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

Wasp biocontrol project one of “seven stories that changed Bangkok in 2010”

5 January, 2011 by (comments)

News broadcaster CNN lists the release of parasitic wasp Anagyrus Lopezi to tackle Thailand’s devastating cassava mealybug outbreak as one of its Seven stories that changed Bangkok in 2010. Click to read more about the ambitious work of the Thai Department of Agriculture, the Thai Tapioca Development Institute, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and CIAT in swiftly diagnosingRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Regions

Haiti – cholera fears affect rice harvest

5 January, 2011 by (comments)

Rice crops in northwestern Haiti could be in jeopardy due to farmers’ fears over cholera contamination, according to a preliminary assessment from FAO. The UN agency reports that many farmers are avoiding the harvest, fearing that the water in the rivers and canals that irrigate their paddy fields might be infected. There are also reports of consumers being unwillingRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

FAO rounds up stray livestock in Sri Lanka

5 January, 2011 by (comments)

Huge numbers of stray livestock are causing havoc for displaced farmers returning to the north of Sri Lanka, following the end of the 26-year civil war. Many animals were abandoned as farmers fled the violence and IRIN reports that up to 40,000 stray cattle are now on the move, causing significant damage to crops. The United Nations Food andRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Regions