Food and Agriculture : Newsfile

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  • Former developing country leaders win world food award

    10 October 2011

    This year's World Food Award is to be made this week to two former heads of state, John Agyekum Kufuor, the former president of Ghana, and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former president of Brazil, for their outstanding achievements in reducing hunger in their countries.

    Gulf fishermen struggle as stocks decline.

    20 September 2011

    In just 30 years fish stocks in the waters of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have dropped by 80 per cent, and now local fishermen face an uncertain  future. Nadia Elderman sends this exclusive report from Sharjah.

  • GM corn being developed for fuel instead of food

    24 August 2011

    US farmers are growing the first corn plants genetically modified for the specific purpose of putting more ethanol in gas tanks rather than producing more food.

  • Rising temperatures melting away global food security

    11 July 2011

    The future impact of rising world temperatures on food supplies is now becoming clearer, says Lester Brown. Heat waves have already taken a heavy toll on Russian grain harvests while the projected rise in sea levels could inundate the low-lying rice bowls of southeast Asia before the century is out.

  • Growing goat herds signal spreading deserts

    23 June 2011

    The world's ever-growing herds of cattle, sheep, and goats are converting vast stretches of grassland to desert - and goats are one indicator of that change, says a new report from the Earth Policy Institute.

  • Biofuels boom in Africa

    7 June 2011

    Controversial fuel crops are linked to rising food prices and hunger, as well as increased greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Devastating cost of the soya boom

    1 June 2011

     The devastating impact of the growing global demand for soya on sensitive environments around the world - such as the little known Brazilian Cerrado - is spelt out in a new report released this week.

  • Fish stocks under growing pressure

    4 May 2011

    Global fish production has reached an all-time high, according to a new scientific report, with aquaculture, or fish farming now contributing nearly half of all fish produced - a fifty-fold increase since the 1950s. 

  • Plenty more fish in the sea? Not for much longer

    21 April 2011

    More than 40 species of marine fish currently found in the Mediterranean could disappear in the next few years.

  • Agriculture: the emerging solution

    18 April 2011

    Investment in small-scale agriculture, along with more careful use of water,  has been emerging, in recent times,  as one of the central keys to a sustainable future. Now the influential Worldwatch Institute has endorsed this view with a major report timed to coincide with Earth Day on April 22.