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  • 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.

  • Digital Climate Advisory Services Are Key to a Sustainable Food Future
    by Farming First (Farming First) on March 23, 2021

    John Corbett and David Bergvinson, CEO and Chief Science Officer of aWhere Inc, explore the potential of digital climate advisory services to help smallholder farmers ensure nutrition and food security in the face of increasing climate change. Agriculture is a weather-driven industry: For Africa, more than 95 per cent of the production is rainfed. Small-scale producers (SSPs) dominate the farming landscape in Africa, Asia, and Central America – and they face an increasingly challenging production environment. One of the most The post Digital Climate Advisory Services Are Key to a Sustainable Food Future appeared first on Farming First.

  • Can Urban Agriculture Help Cities Access More Diverse Diets?
    by Farming First (Farming First) on March 16, 2021

    James Wong, ethnobotanist and presenter of BBC’s ‘Follow the Food’ series, examines how urban farming could offer sustainable ways for city populations to access high-value, nutritious yet perishable foods like fruits, vegetables and protein. In the future, there will be more of us than ever, but we won’t all be living in the countryside next to where our food is grown – most of us will be in cities. By 2050, it is estimated that more than 60 per cent The post Can Urban Agriculture Help Cities Access More Diverse Diets? appeared first on Farming First.

  • Four Keys to Feeding ­– and Nourishing – the Planet
    by Farming First (Farming First) on March 11, 2021

    Steve Godfrey, Director of Policy and External Relations at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), outlines why putting farmers at the centre of rebuilding our food systems is crucial to sustainably feeding a growing global population.   In September, the UN Secretary General will convene a global Food Systems Summit to look into changes needed to make our food economy more sustainable and able to feed a growing population. A grand title, it also adds weight to a growing clamour The post Four Keys to Feeding ­– and Nourishing – the Planet appeared first on Farming First.

  • World Food Prize Laureates Send Open Letter to President Biden
    by Farming First (Farming First) on February 23, 2021

    24 World Food Prize Laureates came together to send President Biden an open letter asking for continued U.S. leadership in ending world hunger. Read the full letter below.   World Food Prize Laureates Open Letter: U.S. Leadership Needed to Help End World Hunger   Dear Mr. President, As World Food Prize Laureates from across the globe, we have dedicated decades to driving change in food systems, continuing the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Norman Borlaug. Some of us The post World Food Prize Laureates Send Open Letter to President Biden appeared first on Farming First.

  • Nominations Now Open for the 2022 World Food Prize
    by Farming First (Farming First) on February 11, 2021

    Nominations are now open for the 2022 World Food Prize – the prestigious $250,000 award that recognises outstanding contributions towards ending world hunger. The Prize, which has been called the “Nobel Prize of food and agriculture”, is awarded annually to an individual whose achievements have helped increase the quantity, quality, availability of, or access to food – especially in relation to the Global South. This year, the deadline for nominating candidates is May 1, with the World Food Prize Foundation The post Nominations Now Open for the 2022 World Food Prize appeared first on Farming First.

  • Empowering Women in Uganda’s Coffee Sector
    by Farming First (Farming First) on February 4, 2021

    Benjamin Okia, Gender Specialist at Farm Africa, examines how more inclusive farming practices are helping female Ugandan coffee growers to increase their autonomy. “Traditionally, the coffee was for a man and women were not benefitting anything from it.”  23-year-old Hildah Turyamusiima is a mother and coffee farmer from Kanungu, a major coffee growing region in western Uganda. The high altitude, tropical climate and fertile soil provide ideal conditions for coffee production. Yet despite its profit-making potential, Hildah – like many The post Empowering Women in Uganda’s Coffee Sector appeared first on Farming First.

  • Biofortified Staple Crops: Empowering Smallholder Farmers to be Food System Change Agents  
    by Farming First (Farming First) on January 26, 2021

    Andrew Natsios, former Administrator of USAID and current Advisory Committee Chair of HarvestPlus, examines the many ways in which biofortified crops are empowering smallholder farmers to improve nutritional outcomes and how their use can be scaled up in the future. The Nutrition for Growth Year of Action got off to an auspicious start at a virtual launch event last month, where prominent stakeholders announced investment commitments of more than $3 billion toward the upcoming Nutrition for Growth Summit‘s goal of The post Biofortified Staple Crops: Empowering Smallholder Farmers to be Food System Change Agents   appeared first on Farming First.

  • Key Takeaways from the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity
    by Farming First (Farming First) on January 22, 2021

    Solutions for boosting land restoration, more sustainable agriculture and livelihoods topped the bill at the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity. Held in Paris on January 11, the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity brought together heads of state and government along with banks and non-profit organisations to discuss actions to preserve and restore biodiversity. The virtual event was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, alongside the UN Secretary General António Guterres, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Ursula von The post Key Takeaways from the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity appeared first on Farming First.

  • How the new poultry standards proposals will affect farmers
    by Emma Northam (Farmers Weekly) on April 17, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Earlier this year, two consultations on farm assurance standards for the UK poultry sector came to a close. Red Tractor and Defra propose changes that will help keep standards up to date while also meeting the expectations of consumers. Red Tractor says its recommendations are primarily about streamlining, legislative compliance and responding to change. See The post How the new poultry standards proposals will affect farmers appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Gloucester cattle at risk of dying out, warns charity
    by Ed Henderson (Farmers Weekly) on April 17, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Urgent action must be taken to prevent Gloucester cattle, the oldest breed of British dairy cow, from becoming extinct, according to the Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST), which notes that herd numbers have halved, from 54 in 2006 to 27 last year. The RBST’s annual watchlist, which monitors native breeds in the UK, shows there The post Gloucester cattle at risk of dying out, warns charity appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Simple electric robot offers entry-level autonomy
    by Edd Mowbray (Farmers Weekly) on April 17, 2021

    Farmers Weekly A Chinese-built robot could help small-scale farmers carry out a host of field and yard tasks, including mowing, pellet spreading and spraying. The fully electric R150-ATJ platform has a four-wheel drive system and a turning diameter of just 0.7m, thanks to its skid-steer- style movement. The 48v lithium batteries offer a 30min runtime, and the The post Simple electric robot offers entry-level autonomy appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Farmer Focus: Pea planting driven by factory freezing capacity
    by Emma Gillbard (Farmers Weekly) on April 17, 2021

    Farmers Weekly With a much-needed drier month, March saw a flurry of activity out in the fields. Spring beans were sown and have now emerged. Spring oats, spring barley and the first sowings of vining peas were also completed into excellent seed-beds. In a bid to conserve moisture, we have also pressed-ploughed land for our later-scheduled vining The post Farmer Focus: Pea planting driven by factory freezing capacity appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Post-Brexit EU meat exports down 52% year-on-year
    by Lauren Harris (Farmers Weekly) on April 17, 2021

    Farmers Weekly The difficult logistics around trading with the EU post-Brexit has continued to affect the UK’s export volumes, alongside the short-term implications of coronavirus lockdowns. The latest UK trade data released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), covering February 2021, showed improvement on the historic lows recorded in January 2021. However, trade remained relatively depressed The post Post-Brexit EU meat exports down 52% year-on-year appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Opinion: Farming will suffer hugely when BPS is taken away
    by Phillip Clarke (Farmers Weekly) on April 17, 2021

    Farmers Weekly The latest farm business income survey of Scotland challenges the preferred view of agriculture by the UK government in Westminster that farmers in post-Brexit Britain can look forward to a prosperous future with farm subsidy payments removed. The Scottish figures show that in 2019-20 – if taxpayer support payments were removed from farm accounts – The post Opinion: Farming will suffer hugely when BPS is taken away appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Nasa chooses SpaceX to build Moon lander
    on April 16, 2021

    SpaceX will build a lander that the US space agency will use to return humans to the Moon this decade.

  • Difficult season sees profits fall at Frontier Agriculture
    by Suzie Horne (Farmers Weekly) on April 16, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Frontier Agriculture recorded a slight drop in both turnover and pre-tax profit in the year to 30 June 2020. The company’s 15th full year of trading produced a pre-tax profit of £25.7m on a turnover of £1.613m. This compares with a £31.5m pre-tax profit in 2019 on a turnover of £1.653m. Group operating profit in The post Difficult season sees profits fall at Frontier Agriculture appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • 50% cut in NI livestock ‘not enough’ to lower emissions
    by Phillip Clarke (Farmers Weekly) on April 16, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Northern Ireland’s farmers have expressed their grave concern at plans to substantially scale back livestock production as part of the drive to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The suggestions come from two sources – a recently-tabled Climate Change Bill at Stormont, and new advice from the independent Climate Change Committee (CCC) in London. See also: The post 50% cut in NI livestock ‘not enough’ to lower emissions appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 53: Farm fatalities, farm incomes and water quality
    by Alison Konieczny (Farmers Weekly) on April 16, 2021

    Farmers Weekly More than 50 people have lost their lives in farm-related accidents over the past year. It’s a shocking statistic – equivalent to one person a week going to work on a UK farm and never returning home. We look at the reasons behind agriculture’s appalling safety record – and how to improve it. With farm The post Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 53: Farm fatalities, farm incomes and water quality appeared first on Farmers Weekly

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