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  • Building Sustainable and Resilient Agri-Food Systems Tops Agenda at AGRF Summit
    by Farming First (Farming First) on September 13, 2021

    Actions to create resilient and sustainable food systems in Africa to increase food security and incomes, underpinned discussions at this year’s Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRF) Summit. Held in Kenya, a record number of scientists, farmers, government officials and heads of development organizations attended the summit to engage in sessions around the future of Africa’s agri-food systems. Coming just weeks before the UN Food Systems Summit on 23rd September, prominent speakers highlighted the critical importance of Africa in The post Building Sustainable and Resilient Agri-Food Systems Tops Agenda at AGRF Summit appeared first on Farming First.

  • AfricaRice Scientist Wins 2021 Borlaug Field Award for Work in Water Management for Resilient Rice Production
    by Farming First (Farming First) on September 9, 2021

    2021 Recipient of the Borlaug Field Award announced! Dr. Elliott Dossou-Yovo, a scientist and agriculture specialist who has spearheaded innovative water management systems for resilient rice production, has today been announced as the 2021 Recipient of the Norman E. Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. Dr. Dossou-Yovo’s ground-breaking research and close collaboration with smallholder farmers has empowered thousands of rice farmers throughout West Africa to use climate-smart cultivation techniques to earn greater incomes, achieve food and nutrition security, and The post AfricaRice Scientist Wins 2021 Borlaug Field Award for Work in Water Management for Resilient Rice Production appeared first on Farming First.

  • Seed Giants Must Collaborate or Be Dwarfed By Threat of Climate Change
    by Farming First (Farming First) on September 7, 2021

    Matthew Reynolds, Jeffrey L. Rosichan and Leon Broers write that failure to collaborate will ultimately result in unsustainable food systems, which not only renders seed companies obsolete but threatens a prerequisite of civilization: food security. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vast inequalities when it comes to food security. But there is an even larger and more concerning crisis waiting for us: global food shortages caused by climate change. Nobody knows when or how hard it will hit, but we inch The post Seed Giants Must Collaborate or Be Dwarfed By Threat of Climate Change appeared first on Farming First.

  • A Financial Dilemma Threatening our Plates and Stomachs
    by Farming First (Farming First) on August 13, 2021

    Tenin Fatimata Dicko, Financial Sector Specialist at the World Bank, explores how increasing access to financial services can support smallholders and bolster development. Agriculture remains the backbone of the economy in developing countries. It has an average contribution to GDP between 25–50 per cent, and it is a source of employment for more than 70 per cent of the population. On top of that, the sector is up to 3.2 times more effective in reducing the number of poor people The post A Financial Dilemma Threatening our Plates and Stomachs appeared first on Farming First.

  • 2021 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World
    by Farming First (Farming First) on August 2, 2021

    World hunger and malnutrition levels increased last year, according to the recently published 2021 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report.  The report, entitled “Transforming food systems for food security, improved nutrition and affordable healthy diets for all’, offers the first global assessment of food insecurity since the Covid-19 pandemic and warns that hunger was spreading around the world before the pandemic. Other causes of food insecurity include conflict, climate variability, economic downturns and the unaffordability of The post 2021 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World appeared first on Farming First.

  • More Health-Giving, Life-Saving Vitamins and Minerals Through Modern Agricultural Techniques Applied To Food Staples
    by Farming First (Farming First) on July 26, 2021

    Howarth Bouis, HarvestPlus Founding Director and World Food Prize Laureate The recent approval in the Philippines of Golden Rice, a variety enriched with pro-vitamin A, adds another long-awaited tool for treating vitamin A deficiency (VAD) in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Carefully controlled scientific studies in the 1980’s showed that death rates among 1-5 year olds, could be lowered by an astonishing average of 24% through administration of high dose vitamin A capsules once every six months. Since the The post More Health-Giving, Life-Saving Vitamins and Minerals Through Modern Agricultural Techniques Applied To Food Staples appeared first on Farming First.

  • UN Food Systems Summit Publishes its Independent Dialogues Synthesis Report
    by Farming First (Farming First) on July 13, 2021

    The UN Food Systems Summit Secretariat has published a synthesis report based on insights from more than 100 Independent Dialogues featuring 10,000 participants globally.  Included in the review were the takeaways from the Farming First Independent Summit Dialogue which was hosted this past spring focusing on discussing the needs of farmers in future food systems.  Released ahead of its Pre-Summit taking place from 26–28 July, the synthesis report found 10 common criteria for successful food systems transformation: Transform food systems The post UN Food Systems Summit Publishes its Independent Dialogues Synthesis Report appeared first on Farming First.

  • Equitable Food Systems Need Equitable Science
    by Farming First (Farming First) on May 24, 2021

    Dorine Odongo, Communications Manager at African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), outlines the importance of ensuring the representation of women in science to strengthen research and innovation in our food systems. Science has been at the forefront of public consciousness for the past 12 months, as a result of the global Covid-19 crisis and the race to develop an effective vaccine. Although we cannot immunise against the food insecurity and malnutrition that the pandemic has exacerbated around the The post Equitable Food Systems Need Equitable Science appeared first on Farming First.

  • Efficiency Must Go Hand-in-Hand with Equity to Build Resilient Food Systems
    by Farming First (Farming First) on April 6, 2021

    Mathieu Denis and Lizzie Sayer, Science Director and Senior Communications Officer at the International Science Council, outline the importance of ensuring inclusive resilience in our food systems as the world sets out to build back better. Around seven million children in West Africa currently benefit from school feeding programmes, and for many of them, this food makes up an important part of their diet. When schools across the region closed for lockdown, family food supplies in the most vulnerable households The post Efficiency Must Go Hand-in-Hand with Equity to Build Resilient Food Systems appeared first on Farming First.

  • Harnessing an Expanded Cold Chain to Safeguard Food Security and Strengthen Livelihoods
    by Farming First (Farming First) on March 30, 2021

    Didier Coulomb, Director General of the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), investigates the potential of an extended cold chain in the Global South to help strengthen food security, health and livelihoods, while protecting the planet. Refrigeration extends the shelf life of food products, and thus prevents losses throughout the supply chain – from the producer to the consumer via its use in transport, storage and marketing. It is a key element of global food security which also has an impact The post Harnessing an Expanded Cold Chain to Safeguard Food Security and Strengthen Livelihoods appeared first on Farming First.

  • Air pollution: Even worse than we thought - WHO
    by BBC News - Science & Environment on September 22, 2021

    The WHO is slashing recommended maximum limits of key pollutants as evidence of danger mounts.

  • Rams up £184 as record trade continues at Builth
    by Michael Priestley (Farmers Weekly) on September 22, 2021

    Farmers Weekly A remarkable year for prime lamb prices swelled averages to a record-breaking £694 at the NSA Main Sale of rams and females at Builth Wells on Monday (20 September). Like Kelso, ram entries and numbers sold were back on the year, with 2,849 rams changing hands (down 16% on 2019). Kelso’s numbers were 31% back The post Rams up £184 as record trade continues at Builth appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • US to lift ban on British lamb imports, PM announces
    by Philip Case (Farmers Weekly) on September 22, 2021

    Farmers Weekly The US has agreed to lift a decades-old ban on imports of British lamb, Boris Johnson has announced. A ban on the import of UK beef and lamb to the US had been in place since around 2000, following outbreaks of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as “mad cow disease”. The US lifted its The post US to lift ban on British lamb imports, PM announces appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Gas price crisis: Food firms face huge price rise for carbon dioxide
    by BBC News - Science & Environment on September 22, 2021

    The US supplier of CO2, which will receive millions in UK taxpayer support to reopen, will hike prices.

  • Oilseed rape prices hit £500/t ex-farm
    by Lauren Harris (Farmers Weekly) on September 22, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Oilseed rape old-crop prices have hit £500/t ex-farm in some regions, after a reduction in crop estimates in Canada. Prices collected by Farmers Weekly midweek averaged £497/t for September – up £4/t on the week and ranging from £494/t to £505.50/t. Meanwhile, on Wednesday (22 September) United Oilseeds reported a daily increase of £2/t across The post Oilseed rape prices hit £500/t ex-farm appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • New one-year sugar beet contract agreed for 2022
    by Emma Gillbard (Farmers Weekly) on September 22, 2021

    Farmers Weekly The NFU and British Sugar announced a one-year beet contract from 2022, as well as the continuation of virus yellows assurance schemes and futures-linked contracts. The one-year contract for 2022 will pay a fixed price of £27/adjusted tonne. Current multi-year contracted growers will have the option to upgrade to a fixed price of £25/adjusted tonne The post New one-year sugar beet contract agreed for 2022 appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Dairy groups complain about Times cow’s milk article
    by Ed Henderson (Farmers Weekly) on September 22, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Dairy groups have written to The Times newspaper to clarify comments about cow’s milk in an article comparing the best plant-based alternatives. The AHDB, Dairy UK and NFU Dairy said they were “concerned and disappointed” about the article, in which a number of plant-based alternatives – including almond, soya, oat and potato – were compared The post Dairy groups complain about Times cow’s milk article appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Webinar: Ask the… Land Promoter
    by Alison Konieczny (Farmers Weekly) on September 22, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Selling your land can be a hugely stressful and unfamiliar process but with some knowledge of the system and help from a land agent, you can achieve a lucrative profit for your property. These three webinars from Rosconn Strategic Land provide a host of practical advice on how to get your land ready to be The post Webinar: Ask the… Land Promoter appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Why is there a CO2 shortage and how will it hit food supplies?
    by BBC News - Science & Environment on September 22, 2021

    The government is to pay to reopen a plant that makes commercial carbon dioxide, to stop widespread disruption to food and drink production.

  • Welsh farm support scheme to target climate change from 2025
    by Phillip Clarke (Farmers Weekly) on September 22, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Wales’ new scheme for farm support payments will begin in January 2025 and will be geared almost entirely towards addressing climate change and biodiversity loss, rural affairs minister Lesley Griffiths has confirmed. Under the new Sustainable Farming Scheme (SFS), farmers will receive payments in return for farming in a way that promotes carbon storage, soil The post Welsh farm support scheme to target climate change from 2025 appeared first on Farmers Weekly

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