Technology helps Africa's women farmers close the gap

Technology helps Africa's women farmers close the gap

Sophie Mbugua – Thomson Reuters Foundation – Monday October 27, 2014 (originally published 23 Oct) Women farmers are the backbone of food production in much of Africa, but have long suffered from limited access to information and advice. In the continent’s east, new technologies and conventional media are now being used to help fill that […]

New report highlights importance of U.S. organic food production

New report highlights importance of U.S. organic food production

WNN – WorldFOOD (WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Outlining the problems of today’s industrialization of food compared to our organic food supply, a new report released by the Center for Food Safety – Cool Food Campaign, outlines the true impacts of global climate on food security and agricultural resilience. In the United States climate, […]

Dwindling food supplies in Venezuela hit low-income sector first

Dwindling food supplies in Venezuela hit low-income sector first

Virginia Lopez in Caracas – WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/GDN) Caracas, VENEZUELA, SOUTH AMERICA: It’s the rainy season in Venezuela and Pedro Rodríguez has had to battle upturned manhole lids, flooded avenues and infernal traffic jams in his quest for sugar, oil and milk in Caracas. His daily battle to find food is not new, but it’s […]

The fight for pesticide free food crop ‘integrity’ in Africa

The fight for pesticide free food crop ‘integrity’ in Africa

WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies. They argue that GM and Green Revolution practices – those aimed at increasing developing countries’ crop yields […]

Tainted shrimp from Vietnam points to marine-based viral disease

Tainted shrimp from Vietnam points to marine-based viral disease

WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/SciDev) Hanoi, VIETNAM, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: A cause of a mysterious disease devastating shrimp farms across Asia since 2009 has been tracked back to a strain of a bacteria native to coastlines around the world. The shrimp early mortality syndrome has perplexed experts for years, in a region where roughly one million people depend […]

Battle against hunger lost without gender empowerment

Battle against hunger lost without gender empowerment

Thalif Deen – Thomson Reuters Foundaton – AlertNet via  IPS – Inter Press Service – Friday 7 June, 2013 UNITED NATIONS, Jun 6 2013 (IPS) – When the United Nations launched its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) back in 2001, two of its primary objectives were to halve extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 and promote […]

U.S. GMO wheat production creates global sanctions

U.S. GMO wheat production creates global sanctions

WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Salem, Oregon, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Some countries are suspending imports of U.S. wheat after an unapproved genetically modified variety turned up in a farmer’s field in the northwestern state of Oregon. The Oregon farmer discovered wheat in his field that survived treatment with the popular weed killer Roundup. Roundup is made by […]

Global organizations team up to improve conditions for small food producers

Global organizations team up to improve conditions for small food producers

WNN WorldFOOD (WNN) Rome, ITALY, WEST EUROPE: The FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations with the international Slow Food organization agreed on May 15, 2013 to band together to develop actions to improve the livelihoods of smallholders and others working within agri-farming efforts to produce our world’s food. Under a three-year […]

Climate Change in Kenya is changing women’s lives

Climate Change in Kenya is changing women’s lives

Ann Kobia Makena – WNN Features (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: Under a swiftly shifting landscape in rural Kenya, climate change and its impacts have drastically changed numerous lives in the African nation of Kenya, especially for rural Kenyan pastoralists who depend almost exclusively on rainfall and adequate water supplies. Water in local ecosystems has been shifting […]

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