Agriculture

Agriculture needs massive investment to avoid hunger, scientists warn

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Fiona Harvey
Agricultural farmland in Ukraine being prepared for planting wheat. Photograph:
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Group of leading scientists urge investment in sustainable agriculture to solve hunger crisis and reduce global warming

Billions more investment is needed in agriculture and food distribution systems around the world in the next few years, if widespread hunger is to be avoided, according to a group of leading scientists. ... Read more about Agriculture needs massive investment to avoid hunger, scientists warn

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Countries must plan for climate refugees - report

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Deborah Zabarenko
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WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The world's governments and relief agencies need to plan now to resettle millions of people expected to be displaced by climate change, an international panel of experts said on Thursday.

Resettlement related to large infrastructure development projects has been occurring for decades, with some estimates of up to 10 million people a year, said the report's lead author, Alex de Sherbinin. ... Read more about Countries must plan for climate refugees - report

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The world can feed itself without ruining the planet, study says

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Darci Palmquist
The world can feed itself without ruining the planet, study says
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Author Jon Foley says feeding a growing world presents a huge challenge. But employing many strategies simultaneously can meet the problem.

Recent global population growth estimates (10 billion by 2100, anyone?) plus slowing annual increases in agricultural yields have a lot of analysts worried that many of those new people will suffer from chronic hunger – and that much of the land that hasn’t been converted to agriculture will be plowed under to grow crops. ... Read more about The world can feed itself without ruining the planet, study says

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We must make up ground in the fight against desertification

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A global partnership is needed to tackle the desertification that degrades more than 12m hectares of arable land every year, affecting some of the poorest and most food-insecure people ... Read more about We must make up ground in the fight against desertification

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Deep Thinking About the Future of Food

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JUSTIN GILLIS
Deep Thinking About the Future of Food
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Trying to tap into the best thinking about the future of global agriculture, as I have tried to do in my work as a reporter, can be an exercise in frustration. Many groups and many bright people go at the problem, but not many of them go at it in a holistic way. ... Read more about Deep Thinking About the Future of Food

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River basins could double food production - study

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Deborah Zabarenko
River basins could double food production - study
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* More food possible without water crisis, experts say

* Africa has greatest potential for improvement

By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent

WASHINGTON, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Major river basins in Africa, Asia and Latin America could sustainably double food production in some of the poorest parts of the globe in the next few decades, water experts reported on Monday.

But myriad competing claims on the water -- from industry, cities and power producers among others -- may stand in the way of a big increase in food production. ... Read more about River basins could double food production - study

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The New Green Revolution: How Twenty-First-Century Science Can Feed the World

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Olivier De Schutter, Gaëtan Vanloqueren
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A farmer gathers wheat in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.
 
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Water systems at risk from growing demand for food - expert

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alertnet // Laurie Goering
Water systems at risk from growing demand for food - expert
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LONDON (AlertNet) – Efforts to feed an extra 2 billion people by mid-century could lead to widespread destruction of forests, wetlands and other natural systems that protect and regulate the world’s water, researchers warn.

But finding ways to boost agricultural production while protecting nature could produce big benefits, including reduced poverty and hunger in some of the world’s most fragile countries and hikes in food production that are sustainable beyond 2050. ... Read more about Water systems at risk from growing demand for food - expert

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Fifth Of World's Plants Endangered - Global Study

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  • First global study shows 22 percent of plants threatened
  • Agriculture and other human activity pose biggest dangers
By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - One in five of the world's 380,000 plant species is threatened with extinction and human activity is doing most of the damage, according to a global study published on Wednesday. Scientists from Britain's Botanic Gardens at Kew, London's Natural History Museum and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), found that more than 22 percent of species were endan

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