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Soil erosion may threaten global food security

May 12th, 2015 / SciDevNet

Soils are being lost faster than they are being naturally produced in many parts of the world. In addition, there is increased pressure on farmland from non-food uses, such as crops being grown for biofuels, and there may be future shortages of rock phosphate, which is used to make fertiliser. …

Kenyan government urged to lift its ban that on GMO imports

May 9th, 2015 / Coast Week, Kenya

Scientists meeting in Nairobi have urged the government to lift the ban that was imposed on the importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in 2012. The Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) said that the ban has slowed down the momentum that Kenya has built in agricultural research. …

Forests, trees and landscapes for food security and nutrition

May 9th, 2015 / International Union of Forest Research Organisations, Austria

About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger with the majority of the hungry living in Africa and Asia. The world’s forests have great potential to improve their nutrition and ensure their livelihoods. In fact, forests and forestry are essential to achieve food security as the limits of …

What does the world eat?

May 8th, 2015 / FAO

FAO provides updated data on what we eat and what food’s available – from 245 countries and regions. Read …

Is 2015 The Year Soil Becomes Climate Change’s Hottest Topic?

May 5th, 2015 / Climate Progress, UK

Soils — and the microbes that live within them — store three times as much carbon as is in the atmosphere, and four and a half times as much as in all plants and animals. “If the soil carbon reserve is not managed properly,” said Rattan Lal, director of the …

Farmers turn wild sunflowers into low cost fertilizer

May 5th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

A group of farmers in Gatanga have found a way to produce local fertilizer that is delivering a much cheaper and more effective alternative to synthetic fertliser and a new business opportunity at grassroots level. The liquid fertiliser is made from a plant that grows wild in rural areas of …

What do we really know about glyphosate?

May 5th, 2015 / National Geographic, US

Seeds have been genetically engineered to tolerate glyphhosate so farmers can apply it to entire fields without destroying crops. As a result, its use has skyrocketed but some experts say research is needed exploring what happens to it in the environment and how much people are exposed. Read …

The future of food: growing more with the same land

May 4th, 2015 / The Conversation, UK

There are three main reasons why the productivity of existing farmland will need to dramatically increase in the next 40 years.
The world’s population is unlikely to stabilise this century and is on course to reach up to 12 billion by 2100. That’s double the existing population and a lot of …

How I Got Converted to G.M.O. Food

May 4th, 2015 / New York Times, USA

Mark Lynas writes “A lifelong environmentalist, I opposed genetically modified foods in the past. Fifteen years ago, I even participated in vandalizing field trials in Britain. Then I changed my mind. After writing two books on the science of climate change, I decided I could no longer continue taking a …

African food demand to rise 60 per cent by 2030

May 4th, 2015 / African Farming

Demand for food in sub-Saharan Africa will rise by 60 per cent by 2030, according to the World Bank. A report by the group, entitled ‘Ending Poverty and Hunger by 2030: An Agenda for the Global Food System’ called for pre-emptive action from governments across the continent to increase agricultural …