Food Production

Resilient Cities 07: Planning Resilient Agriculture and Food Systems

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Scale up policies that work to eliminate hunger by 2025 - food expert

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Sam Mintz
A baker removes freshly baked bread from an oven at Ceci bakery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 26, 2013.
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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hunger could be eliminated by 2025 if enough resources are committed and countries scale up policies proven to work, an international food policy organisation suggests in a new report. ... Read more about Scale up policies that work to eliminate hunger by 2025 - food expert

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Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector, 1990-2010

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http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/ghg/global-ghg-emissions.html

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"This figure shows worldwide greenhouse gas emissions by sector from 1990 to 2010. For consistency, emissions are expressed in million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. These totals include emissions and sinks due to land-use change and forestry. ... Read more about Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector, 1990-2010

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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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A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

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Lynne Labanne
Devil ray having its gill rakers removed at a fishing port in Sri Lanka. The gill rakers of devil rays and closely related mantas are valuable for use in Chinese medicine. Photo: Sonja Fordham
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A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG). ... Read more about A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

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Obesity soars to 'alarming' levels in developing countries

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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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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