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Agroecology critical to transformation of food systems

Ensuring the sustainability, security, and equity of our food systems is one of the most defining issues of our time. The predominant industrial food system is too dependent on fossil fuels and non-renewable inputs that result in pollution and environmental damage. Transformative change is needed. Around the world myriad people and organizations are working toward sustainable food systems and seeking ... Read More »

22-day ban on catching, selling Hilsa from Oct 9

Dhaka, Sept 8 (UNB) –The government will impose a 22-day ban on catching, selling, hoarding and transporting Hilsa from October 9 to 31 to ensure the safe spawning of the popular fish during its peak breeding period. State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru came up with the information while talking to reporters after a meeting ... Read More »

Virus attack devastates shrimp farms in South West BD

Bagerhat, Sept 7 (UNB) – ‘Bagda’ shrimp farmers in the district are counting huge losses due to decline in production caused by virus attack and drastic fall in its prices. Local farmers said a huge quantity of ‘Bagda’ shrimp die in many enclosures in different areas of the district a few months back due to drought and virus attack, leading ... Read More »

Organic farming changes life in Madaripur

Organic farming or chemical free farming has changed the lives of many like Kalachand Madbor, who once struggled to make the ends meet and provide for his family. Five years ago Kalachand, 70, and his family including his wife, three sons and two daughters fell on hard times. They migrated to the district town and planned to start vegetable farming. ... Read More »

Food sovereignty Africa’s solution to food, climate crises

For Africa, the climate crisis is a food crisis. The continent will need more food to cope with a growing population, but it is estimated that global warming could cause a 10-20% reduction in Africa’s overall food production. If nothing is done to reverse course, Africa’s food imports will triple between now and 2025, reaching over $110 billion. The UN ... Read More »

Our food systems need transformation

By Zoltán Kálmán Rome, Aug 28 2019 (IPS) – The right to food is a universal human right. Yet, over 820 million people are going hungry, according the latest edition of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2019). In addition, 2 billion people in the world are food insecure with great risk of malnutrition and ... Read More »

Water-no-soil vegetable farming gets popular in BD cities

Cumilla, Sept 1 (UNB) – Growing vegetables usually requires land and arduous labour. So, the Cumilla Agricultural Research Centre has introduced vegetable farming using only water. Ash gourd, cucumber, lettuce can be produced using this system, known as hydroponic system, said Md Ayub Hossain Khan, scientific officer of the centre. Vegetables can be grown in verandas and corridors of high-rises ... Read More »

Japan will help double Africa’s rice output by 2030: PM Abe

By Nafissatou Diouf Yokohama, Japan, Aug 28 2019 – The Sasakawa Association will work with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to help double rice production to 50 million tonnes by 2030. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the announcement at the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) symposium held on Wednesday during TICAD7. Read More »

Thousands drenched in red in Spain’s ‘Tomatina’ battle

Bunol (AP/UNB) — More than 20,000 people are pelting each other with ripe tomatoes in the annual “Tomatina” street battle in a town in eastern Spain that has become a major tourist attraction. The party saw 145 tons of tomatoes offloaded from six trucks into crowds packing Buñol’s streets for the midday hour-long battle Wednesday. The fight leaves participants and ... Read More »

Agroecological innovations for sustainable food systems: FAO

The High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) released its report on “Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition” on 3 July, 2019, in Rome, stating that “profound transformation is needed”. Read More »

With autarky, BD challenge to provide safe, nutritious food

Dhaka, Aug 22 (UNB) – Agriculture Minister Md Abdur Razzaque on Thursday said the government is determined to ensure safe and nutritious food for the country. “The country’s agricultural sector witnessed huge growth over last several years. There was a time when many Bangladeshis went hungry. They would miss two or even three meals in a day. Now they eat ... Read More »

Award-winning seed documentary showcases biofortification

Courtney Meyer What if, in harvesting maize, farmers could also be harvesting a sort of “medicine” for their children? Addressing and preventing micronutrient deficiencies through the development of more-nutritious maize and other staple crops drives the work of HarvestPlus. The program’s work is featured in an award-winning documentary by Iowa State University about the beauty and power of seeds. Read More »

Abundant Hilsa supply brings down prices in Chandpur

Chandpur, Aug 21 (UNB) – Machghat, the largest wholesale Hilsa market in the district, is flooded with fish caught in Hatia, Sandwip, Dhalchar, Barguna, Nijhum Dwip, Charfesson, Pathorghata and Bhola. Hilsa caught from Padma and Meghna rivers weighing about a kilogramme are being sold at Tk 900 while Hilsa of the same size from the sea fetched Tk 700. Those ... Read More »

The water is so hot in Alaska it’s killing large numbers of salmon

By Ryan Prior, CNN Alaska has been in the throes of an unprecedented heat wave this summer, and the heat stress is killing salmon in large numbers. Scientists have observed die-offs of several varieties of Alaskan salmon, including sockeye, chum and pink salmon. Stephanie Quinn-Davidson, director of the Yukon Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, told CNN she took a group of scientists ... Read More »

Thailand’s lost baby dugong dies of shock, ingesting plastic

Bangkok, Aug 17 (AP/UNB) — An 8-month-old dugong nurtured by marine experts after it was found lost near a beach in southern Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste. The female dugong — a large ocean mammal — was named “Marium” and became a hit in Thailand after images of biologists ... Read More »

Enormous alien fish spotted in Kerala’s rivers after the 2018 floods

by Aathira Perinchery on 16 August 2019 • Kerala researchers have found that alien fish species, arapaima and alligator gar, were caught from four rivers after the floods of 2018. • The fish probably escaped from aquaculture facilities during the floods, and are now ‘fugitives’ in the natural ecosystem, claim the authors. • These predatory species are much larger compared ... Read More »

Poor people sell part of gift meat at makeshift city bazaar

Dhaka, Aug 13 (UNB) – There was an uncommon scene at Malibagh Rail Crossing on the Eid day on Monday with people buying the meat of sacrificed cattle. People, mostly from low-income families, gathered there to buy beef from those collected it walking from door to door as Muslims keep aside a portion of the meat of sacrificed animals for ... Read More »

Voting for Food Tank’s SXSW Panels on Diversity, Food Policy

Danielle Nierenberg Food Tank is thrilled to announce three proposed panels for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2020 in Austin, TX! We’ve developed three ideas that will engage eaters and activists, thinkers and doers, and all sorts of movers and shakers who are working for a more environmentally, economically, and socially just food system. These panels will bring underreported issues to ... Read More »

Delicious recipes Eid al-Adha festival

The week of festivities is all set to begin. But no festival is complete without some mouthwatering recipes that add to the celebrations. So get set to add some flavours to your day with these special recipes that we have curated just for you to choose from. From Yakhni Shorba to Pathar Kabab — which recipe would you like to ... Read More »