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Wanted: innovative ideas on how to feed nine billion people

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Gerda Verburg
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I grew up on a farm and I am one of 10 siblings, so I know how challenging it can be to embrace differences and work together. But I am also from the Netherlands '€“ a country that would be underwater if we had not all worked together to come up with a solution '€“ so I know it can be done.

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Five charts that explain who gets hit hardest by food price rises

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http://www.theguardian.com - Tom Levitt
 Flood affected women and children gather for food outside a relief camp in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photograph: Pavel Rahman/AP
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Benin, Mozambique and Nepal are among countries most exposed to climate change, water scarcity and food price volatility.   ... Read more about Five charts that explain who gets hit hardest by food price rises

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Kale or steak? Change in diet key to U.N. plan to end hunger by 2030

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Reuters.com - BY CHRIS ARSENAULT
Kale grows on the Chino family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California March 7, 2013. REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE
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ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In trendy, hipster London or New York, it's all about juicing, vegan diets and snacking on kale crisps. Thousands of miles away, in Nairobi or Bogota, the middle classes are more likely to reach for roasted goat or a juicy steak.
 
Later this month, world leaders are set to endorse a U.N.

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Reduce food waste dramatically with simple acts, says UN

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Requesting smaller portions at restaurants, freezing leftovers and donating to food banks can help make a difference, says the UN-led Think, Eat, Save: Reduce Your Foodprint campaign. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA
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Small but simple actions by consumers and food retailers could dramatically cut the 1.3bn tonnes of food lost or wasted across the world each year, according to an unprecedented global campaign launched on Tuesday. ... Read more about Reduce food waste dramatically with simple acts, says UN

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Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Mark Tran, The Guardian
A soybean farmer in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The country's 'family farmers' are encouraged to feed urban populations. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
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UN special rapporteur on the right to food champions agroecology as sustainable alternative to existing framework

The existing food system has failed and needs urgent reform, according to a UN expert who argues there should be a greater emphasis on local food production and an overhaul of trade policies that have led to overproduction in rich countries while obliging poor countries – which are often dependent on agriculture – to import food. ... Read more about Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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BY LOUIS CHARBONNEAU
Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), speaks during a news conference after launching a report on ''Water Governance in the Arab Region'' in Manama November 28, 2013 file photo. CREDIT: REUTERS/HAMAD I MOHAMMED
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(Reuters) - The U.N. Development Program warned in a report on Wednesday that income disparities in countries around the world have been worsening, posing new risks for global economic and political stability. ... Read more about U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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New global standard will measure and help cut food waste

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Megan Rowling
Leftovers pictured in the 'Auf da Muehle' restaurant in the western Austrian village of Soell, June 2, 2013. Waste food from the restaurant is collected and sent weekly to a biogas plant, where it is used to help produce electricity.
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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Work is to start on a new global standard for measuring food loss and waste, which experts hope will help reduce the significant amount of food that does not get eaten because it is spoiled or thrown away.

The World Resources Institute (WRI) said on Monday it would bring together representatives from academia, the private sector, government and civil society groups to develop an international “Food Loss and Waste Protocol”. The first version is due to be ready by mid- to late-2015.
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Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies

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JUSTIN GILLIS
A United Nations panel of scientists says that globally, rising temperatures will make it harder for crops to thrive.
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Climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when the demand for food is expected to soar, scientists have found. ... Read more about Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies

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