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Wastewater an opportunity being flushed away
Date Posted: 28/03/2017       Number of Views: 11

FAO today marked World Water Day by highlighting the opportunity that treated wastewater represents for agriculture, and improved food security and nutrition. Globally, most wastewater is released into the environment without being treated.

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Scientists Publish the First Genetic Radiography of Pasta Wheat from 21 Mediterranean Countries
Date Posted: 23/03/2017       Number of Views: 21

A team of scientists from Spain, together with colleagues from the University of Granada (UGR), has carried out the first durum wheat genetic, phenotypic, and geographic adaptation study to date.

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U.S. National Academies Address PLOS One Article`s Claims about the GE Crops Report
Date Posted: 23/03/2017       Number of Views: 32

The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a statement regarding the PLOS One article which claimed that there were conflicts of interest among the committee members of the National Academies who authored the comprehensive report on genetically engineered crops published in 2016.

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Fao Food Price Index Edges Higher In February
Date Posted: 09/03/2017       Number of Views: 40

The FAO Food Price Index rose slightly in February, marking its seventh consecutive monthly rise, led by increasing wheat and maize prices. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 175.5 points in February, its highest value in almost two years, marking a 0.5 percent increase from its revised January value and 17.2 percent above its February 2016 level.

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Nigeria hunger crisis deepens, spills over into Lake Chad Basin
Date Posted: 06/03/2017       Number of Views: 31

As conflict and instability continue, the food security situation in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin is drastically deteriorating, FAO warned today, as it called for swift and decisive action from the international community to protect the livelihoods of millions of families dependent on farming, livestock and fishing for their food and livelihoods.

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Penn State Research Challenges Widely Accepted Vision for Agriculture, Says it may be Inaccurate, Misleading
Date Posted: 06/03/2017       Number of Views: 30

It has been repeated in recent years that food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population. This truism has become widely accepted among academics, policy makers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for the future of agriculture.

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Researchers Sequence Quinoa Genome
Date Posted: 23/02/2017       Number of Views: 50

Quinoa is a grain that thrives in harsh environments, growing well on poor quality soils. This grain was once the staple "Mother Grain" in ancient Andean civilizations, but was marginalized when the Spanish arrived in South America.

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Mutant Maize Has Key Information to Understanding Plant Growth
Date Posted: 23/02/2017       Number of Views: 45

A study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Riverside has found that the orientation of cell division is critical for overall plant growth. The researchers were working with a maize mutant, called tangled1, with known defects in growth and division plane orientation of cells. Division plane orientation refers to the positioning of new cell walls during division.

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Kenyan Farmers Urge the Gov`t to Release WEMA Bt Maize Amid Ravaging Drought
Date Posted: 13/02/2017       Number of Views: 56

Farmers in Kirinyaga County, Central Kenya have reiterated their call on the government to lift the ban on GM food imports that was imposed by a cabinet decision in 2012. The farmers spoke during a field day organized to showcase good performance of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) maize amid the ravaging drought that continues to be witnessed in most parts of Kenya.

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Food for all: Why better nutrition is a collective task
Date Posted: 13/02/2017       Number of Views: 58

Just 15 months after governments at the UN agreed a set of bold new global goals on everything from ending poverty and hunger to tackling climate change and insecurity, prospects for global cooperation in a range of areas are looking distinctly dimmer than they did before.

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