Agriculture

Obesity soars to 'alarming' levels in developing countries

Water, bugs, labor challenge county's agriculture industry

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Katherine Connor, The Daily Transcript
Agriculture Industry problems san diego
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Water, bugs, labor challenge county's agriculture industry Katherine Connor, The Daily Transcript September 2, 2013 San Diego’s military, biotech and health care industries often hog the spotlight, but the county’s agricultural  scene is increasingly large and poised to face threats in the near future.

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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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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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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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Aquaculture Tries to Fill World's Insatiable Appetite for Seafood

Aquaculture Tries to Fill World's Insatiable Appetite for Seafood
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Total global fish production, including both wild capture fish and aquaculture, reached an all-time high of 154 million tons in 2011. Wild capture was 90.4 million tons that year, up 2 percent from 2010. This followed a 1.6-percent decline from 2009 to 2010. The 2011 global capture figure nearly matched the 2007 total of 90.3 million tons, which broke a four-year pattern of declining global wild capture. Since the late 1980s, however, wild capture production has essentially stagnated.

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Future Generations: An Organization Working to Alleviate Poverty

World Food Price Increases Over Time

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Food Policy Research Institute

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World Food Price Increases Over Time

This is a combination of two images. The top chart shows the increase in the prices of rice, wheat, and maize from 2005 to 2011. These three crops are the major food staples in most developing countries. The graph underneath depicts the World Food Price Index, which measures the increase in world food prices over time. Since 2007, world food prices have increased dramatically, contributing to the cycle of poverty in the developing world. ... Read more about World Food Price Increases Over Time

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