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Sustainable agriculture: make climate change your business

Nicolas Mounard, Twin and Twin Trading When some attention grabbing headlines picked up on threats to coffee production in the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, climate change was suddenly transported from distant melting ice caps to much closer to home. Here at Twin, the ethical trading organisation specialising in coffee, we are acutely aware that business ... Read More »

Chronic hunger falling, but one in nine people still affected

Washington, D.C.- Although the proportion of people experiencing chronic hunger is decreasing globally, one in nine individuals still does not get enough to eat, writes Gaelle Gourmelon, Communications and Marketing Manager at the Worldwatch Institute (www.worldwatch.org), in the latest Vital Signs Online article. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 805 million people were living with undernourishment (chronic ... Read More »

Boro seeds distributed in Narsingdi

Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) Narsingdi has distributed 1,188 tonnes of Boro seeds (BRRI-28 and BRRI-29 varieties Dan) in six upazilas of the district to make the current Boro cultivation programme a success. Read More »

The floating gardens of Bangladesh: NYT

Each year the brown waters of the Gumani river swell during the summer monsoon, creeping over the surrounding fields to flood Charbhangura, a village of 2,500 people in the Pabna district of northwest Bangladesh. From July to October the waters can rise at least 10 feet. The trunks of trees more than 30 feet away from the dry season riverbed ... Read More »

White House garden harvests Vitamin-A rich orange sweet potat

Washington DC – In time for Thanksgiving, this year’s crop in the White House kitchen garden for the first time included orange sweet potato, a root vegetable that is rich in vitamin A. The sweet potato was chosen to highlight its role in improving the nutrition and health of millions of children and women throughout sub-Saharan Africa by providing this ... Read More »

Writ for safe food filed with HC

A petition has been filed in the High Court, seeking food security for all in Bangladesh. Legal Action Bangladesh filed the writ petition on Wednesday. It said several laws were in place to ensure the production, processing, and marketing of safe food but the authorities were neglectful in their implementation. The petitioners have sought a rule on why the food ... Read More »

FAO warns of food market volatility for production shortfall

Weather conditions in various countries and political tensions in the Black Sea region have made food markets more volatile, FAO reports in the new Food Outlook. In its first major forecast for 2014, FAO puts cereal production at 2 458 million tonnes (including milled rice), down some 2.4 percent from the 2013 record, though global output is still expected to ... Read More »