Crop burning, a practice that is largely blamed for deteriorating air quality over the Delhi, could have been prevented to a large extend had the centre and state governments agreed up on a formula on sharing funds to incentive farmers. A report on Indian Express said that while the cost...
Hunger and malnutrition are rising in parts of Asia and Pacific, leaving roughly half-a-billion people undernourished, despite improvements in food security. The 2017 Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition by FAO shows that number of undernourished increased from 483.6 million in 2015 to 491.3 million in 2016 in the...
By Washington Castilhos A Brazilian scientist who developed a method that reduces greenhouse gas emissions from sugarcane cultivation has been awarded a prize that each year recognises a researcher whose work has excelled in the area of fertiliser use. Heitor Cantarella received the International Fertilizer Association’s (IFA) Norman Borlaug Award on...
While the current license period of the controversial herbicide glyphosate in the Europe is to end in December, the European Union has failed to evolve a consensus over renewing its license. During the voting, 14 countries voted for renewal and nine against. Five countries abstained. Glyphosate, the main ingredient of Roundup...
As a result of increased international demand and higher freight rates, the cost of importing food is set to rise by 6% in 2017 from the level in previous year to USD 1.413 trillion, says the FAO. While the world currently has good level of food stock, foresee strong harvest forecasts,...
How does Netherlands, a tiny country 17 million and just the size of Haryana state in India, is one of most agriculturally productive countries in the world?: This is the question that a team from the World Bank accompanied by officials from the Government of India wanted to find...
By Inga Vesper A home-made filter system using layers of soil and gravel cleans domestic waste water well enough to make it suitable for irrigation, a research team in Morocco has found. The filter prototype, tested in Al Haouz, a rural district about 40 kilometres from Marrakech, removed a large amount...
By Anita Makri Gilbert Houngbo took over the presidency of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in April this year, following posts with other UN agencies and a four-year term as prime minister of Togo. At the UK parliament last week (October 31), the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture hosted...
WHO has warned that farmers must be prevented from using powerful antibiotics on animals reared for food, as this is causing rising resistance to antibiotics. “A lack of effective antibiotics is as serious a security threat as a sudden and deadly disease outbreak,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of...
A new initiative called Forgotten Foods Network has been launched by Prince Charles of the UK to revive long-lost and unfashionable foods in order to address the challenges of increasing population and cultivation in extreme temperatures. The initiative was launched at the headquarters of Crops of the Future, the Malaysian...

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