Food and Agriculture : Newsfile

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  • Pressure on farmland increasing at an unprecedented rate, UN warns

    25 October 2010

    Each year, up to 30 million hectares of farmland are lost due to environmental degradation, conversion to industrial use or urbanization.

  • Eating less meat could save 45,000 UK lives every year says report

    18 October 2010

    Switching to diets that contain no more than three meat meals each week could prevent around 45,000 early UK deaths and save the National Health Service £1.2 billion each year - as well as helping to tackle climate change and curb deforestation, according to a new report.

  • FILM PREVIEW: What price 'development'?

    16 February 2010

    Next month London will see the screening of Good Fortune, a film about the way in which international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. In one case it has left Kenyans battling to save their homes from a large-scale development project in Nairobi's huge Kibera shantytown. In the other an American investor is planning to alleviate hunger by building a multi-million dollar rice farm which will flood the land of local farmers. This commentary on the film is by Daniel Nelson

  • Ethanol used up a quarter of US grain crop in 2009

    24 January 2010

    More than a quarter of the total US grain crop was turned into ethanol to fuel cars last year - helping to push up world grain prices and take the numbers going hungry in the world to over 1 billion for the first time.

  • New website explores food security challenge

    14 December 2009

    A new website - - has been launched to explore the issues around the looming challenge of feeding a global population predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050, and the world-class UK research already underway to help avert a potential crisis.

  • Food summit calls for boost to agriculture

    18 November 2009

    The three-day World Summit on Food Security ended in Rome today after committing the international community to investing more in agriculture and eradicating hunger at the earliest date - but with targets omitted from the Declaration.

  • TOWARDS COPENHAGEN 3: Food security is the fundamental climate issue

    12 November 2009

    For the 193 national delegations gathering in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference in December, the reasons for concern about climate change vary widely. For delegations from low-lying island countries, the principal concern is rising sea level. For countries in southern Europe, climate change means less rainfall and more drought. For countries of East Asia and the Caribbean, more powerful storms and storm surges are a growing worry. This climate change conference is about all these things, and many more, but in a very fundamental sense, it is a conference about food security.

  • New factbook charts Africa's human development trends

    29 October 2009

    If current population and consumption trends continue, Africa's Ecological Footprint will exceed its biocapacity within the next twenty years, while a number of countries, including Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania, are set to reach that threshold in less than five years, according to a report issued today by Global Footprint Network and key partners.

  • Drought and deluge: climate change and food production

    29 October 2009

    Agricultural production in South and Southeast Asia will be severely affected by increasing temperatures and erratic water supplies brought on by global climate change, according to a report released last week by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. Agriculture in the region is being threatened by unpredictable rainfall, which includes more intense periods of rain and drought.

  • £2 billion needed to help feed the world

    21 October 2009

    The Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, is calling for a £2 billion "Grand Challenge" research programme on global food security. A report published today (21 October 2009) says that the UK should lead international research efforts if we are to achieve the massive increase in food crop production (at least 50 per cent) that will be required by 2050 to meet global food demands without damaging the environment.