Monthly Archives: August 2014

Protecting produce: ten African countries get biosecurity investment

An Australia-Africa initiative is sowing nearly $1m in training, mentoring and action plans to combat pests’ threat to agriculture, writes Caspar van Vark Source: http://www.theguardian.com Biosecurity broadly refers to ways of preventing or mitigating the threat of pests and diseases … Continue reading

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Where can I buy safer, healthier, more sustainable meat?

With chicken hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, what is the best way to buy better meat, asks Sue Dibb of Eating Better Source: http://www.theguardian.com The message to eat less meat is coming through loud and clear. Too … Continue reading

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Food, farming and antibiotics: a health challenge for business

Øistein Thorsen: Antibiotic use in farming is common but with serious effects on human health, it is time to replace, reduce and refine useage of the drug Source: http://www.theguardian.com The World Health Organization (WHO) warns the misuse of antimicrobial medicines … Continue reading

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Eat more meat and save the world: the latest implausible farming miracle

George Monbiot: Allan Savory tells us that increasing livestock can reduce desertification and reverse climate change – but where is the scientific evidence? Source: http://www.theguardian.com “We can take enough carbon out of the atmosphere and safely store it in the … Continue reading

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Why George Monbiot is wrong: grazing livestock can save the world

L Hunter Lovins: George Monbiot’s recent criticism of Allan Savory’s theory that grazing livestock can reverse climate change ignores evidence that it’s already experiencing success Source: http://www.theguardian.com “…grazing #livestock can reverse #desertification and restore #carbon to the #soil, enhancing its … Continue reading

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PAEPARD: African Livestock Futures: Realizing the potential of livestock for food security, poverty reduction and the environment in Sub-Saharan Africa

David Nabarro, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Food Security and Nutrition who directed the development and implementation of the study, states that  “As people’s incomes increase, their demand for (and access to) livestock products tends to increase … Continue reading

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Why developing gender sensitive policy responses into Africa‚Äôs climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in agriculture is a priority.

In Africa, gender-sensitive policy responses to the effects of climate change are critical to ensure a productive agriculture sector and a food-secure growing population Source: ccafs.cgiar.org  African #women especially those directly engaged as primary food producers are not only vulnerable … Continue reading

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