Food and Agriculture : Newsfile

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  • UN promises to tackle world food crisis

    1 May 2008

    The United Nations is aiming to have a comprehensive plan to tackle the global food crisis in place by the beginning of June, "around which the institutions and leaders around the world can coalesce," says Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes.

  • Change in farming can feed world

    19 April 2008

    A new report warns that the world's food resources are being wasted, and that biofuels are exacerbating shortage of food crops. John Vidal of The Guardian reports:

  • Crop switch worsens global food price crisis

    7 April 2008

    The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, has joined in the chorus of concern now being voiced over the use of biofuels, especialy those which lead to direct competiton for food supplies. This report is by John Vidal Environment Editor of The Guardian, and a Planet 21 Trustee.

  • Population outgrowing fish catch in Philippines

    29 February 2008

    The Philippines, with one of the highest population growth rates in the whole of Asia, is likely to face a dramatic fall in the supply of locally produced fish in the next few years.

  • Ethanol will drive up world food prices in 2008

    29 January 2008

    We are witnessing the beginning of one of the great tragedies of history, says Lester Brown. The United States, in a misguided effort to reduce its oil insecurity by converting grain into fuel for cars, is generating global food insecurity on a scale never seen before, he warns.

  • Science adviser urges GM rethink

    27 November 2007

    The UK government's chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, has called for a rethink on GM crops in a farewell speech to a group of senior scientists at the Foundation for Science and Technology before leaving his post.

  • New rice method could save water - and lives

    7 November 2007

    The latest UNEP report on the state of the planet found that crop production has improved over the past 20 years, but it has not kept up with population. In fact world cereal production per person peaked in the 1980s, and has since slowly decreased. In these circumstances, the reported success of a method of growing rice that could save hundreds of billions of cubic metres of water and increase food security, is welcome news.

  • Coming soon 'The Year of the Potato'

    24 October 2007

    To keep up with the growth and appetite of the human population, more food will have to be produced around the world over the next 50 years than has been during the past 10,000 years combined, said the participants of a recent UN-backed forum in Iceland on sustainable development. Some are banking on 'a second green revolution'. Others put at least some of their hopes in the humble potato. Indeed, so enthuisiastic is the United Nations about its potential, that next year (2008) has been declared 'The Year of the Potato'.

  • Global warming will hit developing country agriculture

    8 October 2007

    Global warming will cause great damage to agriculture in the developing world, with falls in productivity between 9 and 21 per cent by 2080, says a detailed new study. The impact will be less in developed countries, but the planet's total agricultural productivity will still decline by between 3 and 16 per cent, as a result of climate change, the research shows.

  • UN backs organic farming

    5 October 2007

    The organic food movement has received endorsement from the United Nations leading agency on food and agriculture, the FAO. In a new report, it says that organic farming fights hunger, tackles climate change, and is good for farmers, consumers and the environment. Sam Burcher reports.