A third of food produced goes in the bin each year

16 May, 2011 by (comments)

Globally we waste or lose approximately 1.3 billion tons of food each year – more than HALF of the world’s annual cereals crop – according to a new FAO-commissioned report. While in the developed world most of the food lost is through “wastage” – that is, good food is thrown away – in the developing world, food losses occurRead More …

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Hope for a hunger-free Africa

10 May, 2011 by (comments)

By CIAT Africa There is hope for a hunger-free Africa – this was the optimistic message from Dr. Namanga Ngongi, of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), during his keynote address at the opening of the CIAT annual program review in Nairobi, yesterday. According to Dr Ngoni, with Africa’s main development challenge is producing enough foodRead More …

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Africa one step closer to GM

1 April, 2011 by (comments)

More African nations could be moving closer to formally introducing genetically modified (GM) crops, as the increasing demand on food production and natural resources forces them to consider all the possible solutions to hunger and poverty.   Most countries, reports Reuters Africa, have been wary about the adoption of GM crops out of fear of the unknown effect onRead More …

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Chinese high-yield millet to tackle hunger in Africa

14 March, 2011 by (comments)

A new hybrid variety of Chinese-bred millet has been doubling yields in Africa, following FAO-led pilot plantations in some countries, China’s state news agency, Xinhua reports. As a staple crop in many African countries, it is hoped this high-yield, drought-resistant millet, called ZHM, will help boost production. Thirty years in the making, ZHM has been well-received by several farmer communitiesRead More …

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World Bank to invest billions more in agriculture

16 February, 2011 by (comments)

The World Bank has pledged to invest billions more in agriculture in response to new statistics that show the recent food price hikes are driving millions of people into extreme poverty. The World Bank will increase spending from US$4.1 billion to US$6-8 billion per year, supporting country-led agriculture and food security plans, investments in smallholder farmers, and the advocacyRead More …

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Ushering in the age of biofortification

14 February, 2011 by (comments)

Policymakers should incorporate nutrition and farming, if the world is going to rise to the challenges of hunger, malnutrition, and a growing population. That’s the message from the Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health conference in New Delhi, India, organized by CIAT’s CGIAR sister-center the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Experts at the conference have called for moreRead More …

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New audio slideshow – Carlos Pérez del Castillo on CGIAR reform

7 May, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s Annual Program Review is well underway, and following yesterday’s keynote addresses, we caught up with Carlos Pérez del Castillo, Chairman of the CGIAR Consortium Board, who is now in charge of the CGIAR reform process. These reforms are to ensure the CGIAR is as effective as possible in finding sustainable scientific solutions to hunger. This 2-minute audio slideshowRead More …

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