FAO-OECD: Outlook grim for food prices over next decade

17 June, 2011 by (comments)

Global food prices have risen by 40% in the last year. This upward trend is here to stay, estimates the FAO and OECD in their new report Agricultural Outlook 2011-2020. According to the report, agricultural production is expected to rise by 1.7% annually, compared to the 2.6% growth rate of the past decade. Cereal prices could average as much as 20%Read More …

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Scientists home in on insect genome to debug sick plants

17 June, 2011 by (comments)

Pesticides that target only disease-vectors and not beneficial pollinating insects could be the outcome of a new genome-sequencing initiative, the BBC reports. The 5000 Insect and Other Arthropod Genome initiative, initiated by scientists from several important public and private research institutes from the US and the UK, aims to sequence the genomes of 5000 insects and other arthropods primarilyRead More …

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Millions in Horn of Africa face food, water crisis

15 June, 2011 by (comments)

Prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa is becoming critical and threatens the livelihoods of eight million people, according to new analysis from the FAO. In Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia severe water shortages have lead to the death of hundreds of thousands of livestock, crop failures, unaffordable food prices, and increased rates of malnutrition. The rising costs ofRead More …

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World media has the hots for climate change report

3 June, 2011 by (comments)

The just-released “hotspots” report from CCAFS, highlighting the mounting threat of climate change to smallholder farmers across the tropics, has generated worldwide media interest today. The report comes at a crucial time – in the run up to the UN’s Bonn climate change conference, starting next week – where it is absolutely essential that the impact of climate change onRead More …

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Climate “hotspots” put hundreds of millions at risk

2 June, 2011 by (comments)

A five-year global climate change research program led by CIAT has just published a major report into the expected global warming “hotspots” – and the news is not good for farmers in the the tropics. The report, released today by the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program (CCAFS), predicts that those in South Asia, including almost allRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

World Food Prices: What the news served up in May

2 June, 2011 by (comments)

The last month was a busy one for those of you following world food prices. Here’s a quick overview in case you missed anything: Oxfam predicted that world food prices will increase by between 120% and 180% by 2030, in their Growing a better future report, released this week. This will mainly be the result of crop yields notRead More …

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