Food Costs

Africa’s Farmers Seek Private Money

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Busani Bafana, Sep 08, 2013
Sweetpotato breeder Jose Ricardo in Maputo Mozambique. Africa currently imports almost 40 billion dollars worth of food, and experts say that the continent needs to become more self-reliant.
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Africa currently imports almost 40 billion dollars worth of food a year, but it should implement measures to attract private sector investment in agriculture in order to reduce its food import bill and increase its self-reliance, experts in the sector tell IPS.
“In the next 10 years, African countries should not rely on food aid, but should produce their own food and buy from within Africa when they run out of food,” agriculture researcher and director of the Barefoot Education for Africa Trust, Professor Mandivamba Rukuni, told IPS. ... Read more about Africa’s Farmers Seek Private Money

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MDG designer fears UN goals will ‘degenerate into wish list’

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Arthur Neslen Sep 18 2013
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 An architect of the UN’s Millennium development Goals (MDGs) says he fears that a lack of strong leadership at the UN could lead to its poverty eradication goals being replaced by an over-politicised and unachievable “wish list” after 2015.

Jan Vandemoortele told EurActiv that UN member states were becoming “uneasy” about discussions on a framework to replace the MDGs in 15 months time, which are due to begin in New York on 22 September... Read more about MDG designer fears UN goals will ‘degenerate into wish list’

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Wasted food is world's third-biggest carbon emitter after China and US: UN

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Around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year (Credit: ABC)
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The food the world wastes accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country except for China and the United States, according to a United Nations report.

The food the world wastes accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country except for China and the United States, according to a United Nations report.

It says every year about a third of all food for human consumption, around 1.3 billion tonnes, is wasted, along with all the energy, water and chemicals needed to produce it and dispose of it. ... Read more about Wasted food is world's third-biggest carbon emitter after China and US: UN

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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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In a world hungry for biofuels, food security must come first

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Olivier De Schutter
A worker shows Jatropha seeds in Manica province
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Growing crops for food and fuel together can work but farmers and policymakers must prioritise hungry people and think local

 

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How to Make Global Fisheries Worth Five Times More

How to Make Global Fisheries Worth Five Times More
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ScienceDaily (July 13, 2012) — Rebuilding global fisheries would make them five times more valuable while improving ecology, according to a new University of British Columbia study, published July 13 in the online journal PLoS ONE. ... Read more about How to Make Global Fisheries Worth Five Times More

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Future Generations: An Organization Working to Alleviate Poverty

Global Undernourishment (2006)

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Global Undernourishment (2006)

This map shows the percentage of the population that is undernourished (the World Health Organization's standard of measuring hunger) by country. Sub-Saharan Africa, all of Asia, and Latin America are hunger hotspots, with a minimum of 5% of the population undernourished. ... Read more about Global Undernourishment (2006)

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Factors Driving the Poverty Cycle

Factors Driving the Poverty Cycle

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