Severe drought in Uganda brings warning of famine

10 March, 2011 by (comments)

Thousands of Ugandans face a humanitarian crisis as hot, dry weather seriously threatens water and food supplies in 30 per cent of the country’s territory, IRIN reports. Residents are being forced to walk long distances in search of water and crop yields are being hurt by the nine-month-long drought, caused by La Niña. Meteorologists say that expected rainfall inRead More …

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Eco-efficient agriculture could solve “crisis of poverty” – UN

9 March, 2011 by (comments)

Eco-efficient farming could help confront the food and “poverty” crisis by boosting yields and reducing food prices, according to the United Nations (UN),  BusinessGreen reports. The new UN report announced yesterday on UNifeed, Agro-ecology and the Right to Food, argues that a switch to sustainable, or “agro-ecological” agriculture will help maintain the supply of natural resources for our growing population.Read More …

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FAO encourages sustainable agriculture to ease pressure on food prices

31 January, 2011 by (comments)

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has released a guide advising countries on ways to manage the impact of high food prices. It also urges a long-term approach to price management, including the “sustainable intensification” of agricultural production to increase productivity and a country’s resilience to international food price hikes. This includes the promotion of community seedRead More …

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