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African farmers could soon grow virus-resistant cassava

October 19th, 2012

Cassava that resists two of the most severe viruses may soon reach Africa. Developed by researchers in Switzerland, a recently published story reveals that the new variety is successful at resisting the brown streak and mosaic viruses in addition to being drought resistant.  The researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of …

Governments tackle food price swings, disagree onstocks

October 16th, 2012

On World Food Day, agriculture ministers from over 30 countries gathered in Rome to discuss action to combat rising food prices and food insecurity. France’s proposal for global strategic grain stores was not supported by most ministers; however, ministers did agree that more transparency regarding commodity futures and international data …