A ghaf tree near Digdagga, Ras Al Khaimah. With its very long roots, the ghaf is emblematic of the region’s flora and its dependence on the water table for survival. Declining groundwater levels are causing big concerns for agriculture. Photo: Randi Sokoloff / The National
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Groundwater at danger level in UAE

Supplies of groundwater in the UAE could run out by 2030 because of demand from agriculture, scientists have warned. Source: The National The water table level in parts of the country has fallen by as much as 60 metres, according to a study by UAE University. Groundwater is the UAE’s …

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UAE opens Agricultural Innovation Centre

A new Agricultural Innovation Centre has been opened in the UAE ito promote latest agricultural advancements and maintain the agricultural sector’s sustainability in the UAE through state-of-the-art technological innovations, research works, and relevant consultations. Source: Emirates News Agency, WAM Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water,  inaugurated …

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Genetic diversity a hidden tool in coping with climate change

The raw material of food systems are key to helping agriculture adapt to volatile weather and rising temperatures. Genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world — especially as climate change advances faster than expected — and much more needs to be done to study, preserve and …

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FAO food price index broadly stable for third month in a row

Dairy and sugar prices weaken while grains and vegetable oil prices rise Source: FAOFAO’s monthly food price index was stable in November, as vegetable oil and grain prices inched up and offset ongoing declines in dairy prices. The Food Price Index averaged 192.6 points, marking the third consecutive month of …

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Lower cost greenhouse gas emission estimates for agriculture

Scientists are collaborating to furnish national governments with better – and less costly – methods for estimating greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, thus informing climate-smart agriculture and low-emissions development. Authors: Meryl Richards and Lini Wollenberg (CCAFS), Kaisa Karttunen and Maria Nuutinen (FAO). Source: CCAFS/CGIAR Country representatives and leading scientists met …

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FAO food price index shows signs of stabilization

FAO’s monthly food price index was stable in October, as sugar and vegetable oil prices rose to offset declines in dairy and meat prices. Source: FAO The Food Price Index dipped to 192.3, its seventh consecutive monthly decline but only a marginal 0.2 percent drop from the revised September figure. …

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A woman picks up vegetables discarded by food vendors at a wholesale market in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China. About 60 tonnes of vegetables are discarded in the market every day. Photo: REUTERS/Stringer
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New online platform seeks savings on world’s wasted food

Enough food to feed two billion people is wasted every year, leading UN agencies to create a new interactive platform to try to reduce the losses – which could easily feed the world’s 800 million hungry. Source: Thomson Reuters The Global Community of Practice of Food Loss Reduction web portal, …

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Thomson Reuters Foundation and FAO launch global food security news platform

The new Thomson Reuters/FAO global food security news platform aims to fill the information gap on food and hunger issues. Source: FAO The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the corporate charity of the world’s biggest news and information provider, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a comprehensive global …

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FAO food price index drops to four-year low

FAO’s monthly food price index registered another drop in August, continuing a five-month downward run and reaching its lowest level since September 2010. As the result of two consecutive years of good harvests, global cereal inventories are expected to rise to their highest levels in 15 years. Source: FAO The …

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Middle East wars could put world’s food security at risk

Genes from wild plants growing in the Fertile Crescent are vital for crops, say scientists. Author: Steve Connor. Source: Independent (UK) Millions of people could in future face starvation as an indirect result of the violent turmoil in the Middle East which has the highest concentration of wild crop plants …

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