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Ancient Egyptian river could be revived for farming

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By Ian Randall – SciDev.Net A 5,000-year-old river could be resurrected to bring sustainable agriculture to one of the planet’s rainiest yet driest deserts, according to a study, which proposes an ambitious engineering scheme for Egypt that the country’s government is now reviewing. The desert of the Sinai Peninsula receives the most rainfall of any part of Egypt — around ...

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MPEG LA® Licensing Model Featured at Conference on Food Security

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World one-stop patent licensing leader MPEG LA discussed its “many-to-many” licensing model, at a conference on Food Security last week, as providing for open licensing access to intellectual property owned by many parties on terms that make the benefits of innovation available to everyone. The #AccessIP conference, held in Geneva, Switzerland, was sponsored by Syngenta Corporation to explore the power ...

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FOOD SECURITY: Locust warning for northwest Africa

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Swarms of desert locusts are likely to migrate to Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco in the coming weeks from West Africa and the Sahel region, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which urges the four countries to prepare for pest control. Clouds of adult locusts are developing in Chad and are about to form in Mali and Niger ...

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World food stocks to rise, but hunger risks persist in Sahel, Near East / Food security worsening in Syria, Yemen, amid unrest, says FAO

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FAO’s quarterly forecast of agricultural production and food security gives an overall positive outlook for cereal production worldwide, but warns that several regions of the world are expected to struggle with the consequences of poor rainfall, severe weather, armed conflict and displacement. The Crop Prospects and Food Situation report forecasts a record increase of 3.2 percent in world cereal production ...

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AGRA to help implement new G8 Global Partnership Initiative on Food Security

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The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) (http://www.agra-alliance.org) was given a key role in the G8′s next phase of a shared commitment to achieve global food security. The Scaling Seeds and Other Technologies Partnership, part of the new initiative focused on increasing agricultural food production in Africa, will be housed at AGRA and will focus on strengthening Africa’s ...

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Libya and FAO renew commitment to develop the country’s agriculture and food security

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Libya and FAO have commited themselves to work together to develop the country’s agricultural sector and improve food security, signing a cooperation agreement at FAO headquarters. Under the agreement, Libya will provide $71 million in funding needed to develop different areas, such as plant and animal health and production, pesticide management, seed development, natural resource management, capacity building and institutional ...

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South Asia gets climate-smart learning platform

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A new learning platform aims to facilitate the sharing of ‘climate-smart’ agriculture practices that address growing concerns about food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation in South Asia. The Climate Smart Agriculture Learning Platform for South Asia was launched last month (23 April) by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). It will provide opportunities ...

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Global development agenda ‘must prioritise agriculture, food policy’

Major risks to food security have successfully helped to push agriculture and food policy higher up the international development agenda, according to a report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). However, according to IFPRI’s 2011 Global Food Policy Report — released yesterday (23 April) — although 2011 did not see the food price spikes of 2008, price volatility remains a continuing challenge exacerbated by unrest and ...

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Hydropower ‘could supply Africa’s entire power needs’

Hydropower could supply all of Africa’s electricity needs if cross-border cooperation was stepped up, according to a UN report launched last week (12 March) at the World Water Forum in Marseilles, France. Africa currently generates just one third of its electricity from hydropower, but could learn from cooperation and training programmes between India and some Western countries, according to Ulcay Unver, coordinator ...

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Africa: Time to make agricultural research a top priority

Recent protests over food prices underline a key message from a new report about the potential dangers of neglecting agricultural research. The ousting of Tunisia’s president last week, and unrest in other nations such as Algeria and Sudan, has many causes — but rising food prices have been one of the underlying themes.

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