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CBA third economic forum discusses food security

CBA third economic forum discusses food security

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    Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) yesterday hosted its third Economic Forum at Serena Hotel in Nairobi. The third Economic Forum focused on Food Security and Government policies geared towards Food Security, Trade and Employment.

    The quarterly CBA Economic Forum was launched early this year with the main objective of discussing key thematic issues regarding Kenya’s economy and policies that affect businesses. The forum targets key decision makers in corporate and public institutions with the key focus being unpacking the Big Four Agenda.

    Speaking during the breakfast event, Mr. Jeremy Ngunze, Chief Executive Officer, CBA Kenya, said, “The correlation between agriculture and economic performance remains positive and strong. Agriculture remains the mainstay of our economy directly accounting for over 25% of GDP and indirectly, contributing 27% of the country’s GDP. The sector employs over 75% of the country’s work force and generates nearly half of the country’s export earnings.”

    According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Kenya has the largest, most diversified economy in East Africa with agriculture being the backbone of the economy and also central to the country’s development strategy. More than 75 percent of Kenyans make some part of their living in agriculture, and the sector accounts for more than a fourth of Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP).

    The role of agriculture has been crucial in economic development and poverty reduction, yet, investments in the sector remain low and volatile. According to the Africa Union Maputo declarations on Agriculture and Food Security, governments committed to investing at least 10% of their annual budgets to agriculture which will help unlock the 6.0% growth potential for the sector.

    Mr. Ngunze added, “The political goodwill by the government in transforming the sector through making food security a key pillar in the Big Four Agenda is a welcome step in the right direction. As good corporate citizens, we at CBA will partner with key players in the sector that we may collectively achieve these fundamental goals.”

    Key speakers for the event also included, Lucy Muchoki, CEO, Kenya Agribusiness and Agroindustry Alliance (KAAA), Jane Ngige, CEO, Kenya Horticulture Council and Hasit Shah, Managing Director, Sunripe and Vertical Agro EPZ. Freight in Time & Koppert.

    Lagos government reiterates commitment to food security

    Lagos government reiterates commitment to food security

    Lagos State Government has declared its commitment to food security in the state by ensuring optimum utilization of its natural endowment in the agricultural sector.

    Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, stated this while speaking at this year’s World Food Day celebration organised by the state in conjunction with the British American Tobacco of Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) at the Police College in Lagos.

    Ambode who was represented by Tunji Bello, Secretary to the state government, said the state would also not relent in providing necessary support to increase the productive capacity of farmers and other key players in the Agric value chain towards achieving a zero hunger world by 2030.

    He said that the theme of this year’s celebration which is “our actions are our future: A zero hunger world by 2030 is possible” is reassuring particularly against the backdrop of recent report which indicated that 821million people were afflicted with hunger in 2017. This figure shows a rise in the world hunger index and a setback in the progress that the world has recorded in the fight against hunger and malnutrition in the last 10 years.”

    Ambode also stated that climate change, in the form of increased intensity of heat and flood being experienced in different countries around the world including Nigeria had been identified as a major contributing factor and threat to the achievement of global objectives on food security.

    “The greatest challenge to achieving sustainable reduction in food shortage therefore remains our ability to mitigate the effect of climate change and also develop new farming strategies and methods that can withstand the effect of climate change.

    This, I believe is the challenge, which the theme for this year’s celebration is calling our attention to,”

    Speaking further he said that the state is at the forefront of the efforts to ensure food security for the over 20million people in the state, adding that the state is collaborating with other states of the federation both within and outside the western geopolitical zone to develop partnership that will result in improved productivity in the agriculture value chain.

    “This collaboration has impacted positively in promoting food safety in Lagos state and Nigeria. A clear example is the Lake rice revolution which has contributed in no small measure to the significant reduction in rice importation,” he said.

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    Food Security and Climate Resilience Require Land Rights Reform

    Food Security and Climate Resilience Require Land Rights Reform

    This blog originally appeared on Skoll Foundation.

    By Andy Currier and Karina Kloos

    For communities across the Global South, the impacts of climate change are not abstract projections but concrete realities that threaten their land and food security. In the wake of the dramatic findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which predicts major consequences of human-caused climate change as soon as 2040, this year’s World Food Day holds grim significance for the millions already experiencing climate-related food insecurity.

    about the 12 million people who rely on food aid across Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia, countries deeply affected by higher temperatures and less rainfall.

    Migrants from the most vulnerable regions of the “Dry Corridor” in Central America—home to an estimated 10.5 million people across Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua—report that food insecurity is a primary driver of their exodus. An estimated 10 percent of people there suffer from malnutrition.

    Persistent drought across India has consumed countless harvests and left more than half of the country experiencing high to extremely high water stress. An estimated 15 million farmers, facing worsening cycles of drought and debt, have abandoned their land.

    What do they all have in common?

    Increased temperatures, variable rainfall patterns leading to both drought and flooding, and the ensuing geographic spread of crop pests and diseases associated with climate change pose considerable challenges to agricultural production. With more than 820 million women, men, and children chronically undernourished globally, adverse climatic conditions are exacerbating the food crisis. To make matters worse, the communities weakened by food insecurity—the majority of whom already live in poverty—are often the most vulnerable to climate change due to their reliance on rain-fed farming methods. This is a perpetual cycle of instability.

    International commitments on climate action have primarily favored mitigation over adaptation efforts, and funding contributions from wealthy nations remain far behind previously agreed upon thresholds. While the entire global community must play a role in curbing the anthropogenic drivers of climate change, many developing countries, who bear little historic responsibility for the current climatic conditions, are the ones primarily confronted with its consequences.

    Women, men, and communities across the Global South can’t wait for funding pledges to be fulfilled, much less, for global mitigation efforts to take hold. Climate change is not something of the future. Adapting food systems to the new climatic reality is an urgent challenge that developing countries and their communities are facing, now.

    Under the right conditions, smallholder farmers—who are at the forefront of climate risks—are not powerless to adapt to the changing realities. They can adopt a variety of practices to bolster agricultural production necessary to sustain their livelihoods and curb food insecurity, minimizing price spikes and market volatility. Investing in irrigation technologies, building terraces, intercropping, adopting agroforestry, and fallowing land, for example, can help cope with less available water and changing temperatures. These practices contribute to the long-term health of the soil while bolstering the yields and diversity of food produced, with beneficial impacts on household nutrition.

    So why aren’t more smallholders and communities readily adopting these “sustainable land management” and “climate smart agriculture” practices? Limited resources and access to information are two key barriers.

    But there is another major and often overlooked factor: insecure land rights.. Many smallholder farmers in the Global South may not feel secure enough in their ownership and management of land to invest in adaptation inputs and practices.

    Imagine the perspective of a farmer whose land is dry and production withering. He may have heard about the benefits of building terraces in his fields to increase water retention in the soil. Such an investment would require an initial output of time, labor and money to construct. Without the security and protection that comes with legally recognized and documented land rights, he may not be confident he will fully reap the benefits of his investment.

    Now, imagine you are a woman living in one of these communities. You face these same barriers but are doubly burdened by gender-based discrimination in social norms and practices—sometimes even the law—that determine how land is owned and managed. Chances are, you have not been consulted by your family or fellow community members about how best to adapt to the changing environment. Yet you hold valuable information about the land you have invested in throughout your life. Even more, as food becomes scarce, your own health is most at risk, with the nutrition of male household members prioritized above your own.

    What if you were recognized as the steward of that land?

    With land tenure security, women and men in rural communities across Asia, Africa, and Latin America can take action to adapt to a changing climate. Secure land rights, especially for women, can encourage farmers to make investments and uptake sustainable practices that conserve soil and water, bolstering short- and long-term food security. FAO reports that women’s land rights are a key factor to increasing conservation agriculture, small-scale irrigation, and planting of stress-tolerant and high-yielding crop varieties, all of which have high impact on food security and nutrition. Most importantly, tenure security can provide a more enabling environment and access to resources for women, men, and communities to make land use decisions that are best for them, their families and successive generations.

    Enhancing national commitments to secure land tenure within international agreements on climate action and sustainable development could improve current adaptation efforts and their outcomes. It could also be a cost-effective way to address food insecurity—as well as poverty, gender inequality, economic growth, sustainable livelihoods, land degradation, conflict, and other priorities within the Sustainable Development Goals. With climate adaptation woefully underfunded and a global community competing for resources across issue-areas, land tenure security can soften the soil for rural smallholders and grow climate resiliency.

    Climate change is forcing rural agricultural systems to adjust. Country contexts and local realities vary, including the arrangement of land and resource tenure systems; in many cases, land tenure is only the beginning. But a strong foundation, literally, is often a crucial prerequisite to investment in climate adaptation infrastructure and sustainable land management practices that are necessary to bolster food security, especially in a changing climate.

    Andy Currier is a Landesa intern and a Master’s Degree Candidate, Public Policy at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Karina Kloos is Landesa’s Program Manager, Advocacy.

    Northern food security program has ‘lost its way,’ says LeBlanc

    Northern food security program has ‘lost its way,’ says LeBlanc

    Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs Minister Minister Dominic LeBlanc is promising changes to the federal government’s northern food security subsidy program in the coming weeks, acknowledging that Nutrition North has “lost its way.”

    The program, launched in 2011, provides subsidies on shipping to retailers on a list of products the government deems to be nutritious or essential.

    But exorbitant prices are still a part of life in Canada’s North, and it’s common there to see a $13 watermelon or a $26 jug of orange juice in grocery stores.

    Earlier this year, all five of Canada’s major Inuit organizations pulled out of the federal government’sIndigenous working group on food security, saying the government was not listening to them in its review of the Nutrition North program.

    “I certainly share the frustration. I have a sense that the program, to be blunt, has sort of lost its way,” LeBlanc told Chris Hall, host of ​CBC Radio’s The House.

    “It was designed some years ago and hasn’t sort of been renewed or hasn’t been made more relevant for many of these communities and that’s what I’m hoping to be announcing the coming weeks.”

    LeBlanc said he’d like to see an announcement made before the end of January. 

    “I’m frustrated that it’s taken me this long,” he said.

    Updating and expanding the Nutrition North program was a Liberal election promise in 2015. LeBlanc took over the Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Internal Trade portfolio — including Nutrition North —  in July’s cabinet shuffle.

    The New Brunswick MP said he doesn’t want the program’s terms to be written by “bureaucrats in Ottawa or in Gatineau.”

    Looking at the Amazon Prime example

    “We have to think of it more broadly than subsidizing freight for companies from the southern part of Canada and work with northerners on ideas they have,” Leblanc said.

    “Comparable [prices], I hope we can get there. Comparable on every single item, that I, to be honest, don’t know.”

    LeBlanc, who visited Nunavut this summer, said he was shocked to learn that Amazon can deliver many non-perishable items at prices cheaper than those offered in local stores. 

    With an annual fee of about $80, Amazon Prime members can get free and faster shipping. A box of 180 Pampers costs about $70 off the shelf in Iqaluit; on Amazon, similar size boxes sell for around $35.

    LeBlanc said he’s asked his department to looking at what can be done with the Amazon example.

    “I’m wide open to looking at if, in fact, there are some sort of savings to be had with that kind of thing. Why wouldn’t we look at that?” he said

    “I’ve asked my department to look at that and to give me concrete examples. There’s something wrong, in my view. We’re not getting the efficiencies we want for the taxpayers’ money, if that’s true at large.”

    With files from the CBC’s Nick Murray.

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    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/nutrition-north-change-leblanc-1.4870842?cmp=rss

    Global Food Security Index labels Singapore the best

    Global Food Security Index labels Singapore the best

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    The Global Food Security Index has shown how the US had slower rate of improvement than that achieved by other countries, causing it to drop to third place.

    The Global Food Security Index, produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit, provides a common framework for understanding the root causes of food insecurity. It does this by analysing the dynamics of food systems around the world and addressing issues of affordability, availability, quality and safety in 113 countries.  This year, the report was supported by Corteva Agriscience.

    Singapore has claimed the top spot in the 2018 ratings for the first time, and, says the Index’s authors, this is largely due to its status as a high-income economy, with the country having the lowest agricultural import tariffs of any country analysed.

    The US has this year dropped to third place after falling to second in 2017. This reflects a slower rate of improvement than that achieved by other countries. The report also shows that Slovakia has overtaken Denmark as the top-ranking country in the Natural Resources and Resilience category, with its innovations in resilience mechanisms being an area of interest. The country has an early-warning mechanism for climate risks and a water valuation programme to prevent and mitigate drought. 

    The people of Venezuela have been greatly affected by a decline in the country’s food-security store, which has declined more than any other country’s since 2012. The country’s GDP per capita has fallen by close to 30 per cent.

    The report also highlights how fertile land, fresh water and the oceans are essential resources for the foundation of food security. It describes how political stability is essential for agricultural production, and how climate change will affect food production for all physical systems.

    The full report can be read here.

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    https://www.newfoodmagazine.com/news/75215/food-security/

    Niger Govt Committed To Food Security – Gov Bello — Leadership Newspaper

    Niger Govt Committed To Food Security – Gov Bello — Leadership Newspaper

    Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has disclosed that his administration is committed to Nigeria’s attainment of food security to achieve zero hunger by 2030.

    Governor Bello who made this known yesterday during Niger State Special Day at the ongoing National Agricultural Show holding in Tudun Wada, Nasarawa, said his administration had spentN2 billion in the purchase of Tractors with implements to eradicate hunger.

    He revealed that the state sold the equipments to Farmers’ Cooperative Societies across that state to encourage agricultural mechanisation in the state.

    The governor who was representedby the commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Haruna Nuhu Dukku, further revealed that his administration had distributed 50 units of Rice Threshers valued at N19.74million to cooperative groups to ease rice processing for enhanced value addition.

    He said, “We went a step further to by handing over the management of these tractors to the Tractors Owners’ Association of Nigeria (TOOAN) and Machine and Equipment Consortium Africa (MECA). They are vested with powers of managing and operating the Tractors on behalf of beneficiaries until repayments are completed.”

    He however, stated that the state keyed into the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) programme for the youth by releasing its counterpart funding to the tune of N142 million to jump start the implementation.

    He further listed the CBN programme to include Anchor Borrowers Programme where he added that over 20,000 farmers were participating in cultivating Rice, Soya Beans and Cotton, and Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme aimed at providing employment opportunities.

    “For this, more than 10,000 youthsare to be engaged in cultivating Rice, Maize and Soya Beans.”

    The governor also revealed how the state under his leadership succeeded in eliminating middlemen in fertilizer distribution this year.

    He added that the state had deliberately reformed the fertilizer distribution network to remove the corrupt practices associated with the exercise before now and seeking directly to the farmers.

    “We deliberately reformed the process of selling fertilizers to farmers by eliminating most forms of corruption and middlemen syndrome by evolving a policy that allows us to partner with agro inputs dealers in the state who then sell fertilizer directly to the farmers at government approved price.

    “Using already established farmers’ data andtheir locations based on the past implemented national growth enhancement support programme (GES) the distribution was seamless,” he said.

    On his part, Alhalji Dukku whose speech was read by his counterpart in Livestock and Fisheries, Alhaji Zakari Bala, invited investors in the sector to the state, stating that the present administration had created enabling environment for agro business to thrive with agricultural investment incentives which encourages mechanisation.

    He said, “This is in line with the determination of the present administration in the state to leverage on out vast potentials in agricultural and solid minerals sectors to boost the economy and improve the socioeconomic status of Nigerlites and Nigerians in general.”

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    Niger Govt Committed To Food Security – Gov Bello

    Food security, food safety still remain a major challenge

    Food security, food safety still remain a major challenge

    FOOD security — which entails the adequacy of food, equitable distribution, confirmed supply, fair access and sustained sources, among other issues — and food safety — which entails safe sources of all food, freedom from avoidable chemical and microbial contamination, safe storage, preparation and processing, among other issues — have remained inadequately attended to, as the ruling Awami League, which promised, in its manifesto before the 2008 and the 2014 general elections, national food security, people’s right to food and nutrition for 85 per cent of the population by 2021, has done little in this direction in its two consecutive tenures since 2009. Food safety and food security, which are interrelated, have thus remained largely ignored although Bangladesh in recent years has been able to increase food grain production substantially, yet not enough to meet the nutrition requirement of the nation. In a situation like this, an agriculture economist says that although no one now dies from hunger, there has been a hidden hunger. This warrants that the authorities should change their definition of food security, which also entails people’s access to enough and safe food at affordable prices to meet their daily nutrition requirement.
    The Awami League in its manifesto also promised the population the minimum energy requirement for a healthy person, at least 2,122kcal a day, by 2021, yet the International Food Policy Research Institute, as New Age reported on Wednesday, says that about 28 million people of Bangladesh cannot buy enough rice to meet their hunger. A study that BRAC University and the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia released in 2017, says that a third of the people face food deprivation and they could consume less than 1,800kcal a day. The World Food Programme, in October 2016, says that a fourth of the 160 million people are food-insecure and hungry. Nutritionists blame micronutrient deficiencies, mostly in women and children, on the lack of availability and access to non-cereal nutrient-rich food. This seems to be worrying when viewed in the context that one in every three children suffers from stunting. Although a decline to 36 per cent from more than 50 per cent, as recorded in 2004, seems to be an improvement, yet this remains a challenge as the rate of stunting in many Asian countries is very low. Coupled with this are the problems of open market sales which has failed to leave any considerable impact on the food supply scene, especially for the poor, and the corruption in the supply chain as OMS rice is often reported to have been stolen and found selling on the market.
    Issues of safe food have also remained a worry as the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, set up in 2013, could hardly leave any impact on safe food situation. The government has so far largely failed to create an environment where the food safety authorities could meaningfully work. The authorities are also mired in technical incapabilities, which hold their officials in the field from taking any action against businesspeople in the food industry. The government, presided over by the Awami League, therefore, must understand that without adequate measures taken at the earliest, the nation would hurtle to a disaster.

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    A new ‘forever fund’ for food security

    A researcher for the International Rice Research Institute. Photo by: IRRI

    BANGKOK — At the International Rice Research Institute, work is already underway to create new varieties of this staple crop that can withstand both flooding and drought. Now, the institution’s efforts to share this knowledge globally will be supported forever, thanks to a “perpetuity grant” offered by the Crop Trust.

    The agreement between IRRI and the Crop Trust, which guarantees $1.4 million in funding each year in perpetuity, was signed today, on World Food Day, during the 5th International Rice Congress in Singapore.

    The funding represents about 2 percent of IRRI’s $67 million annual budget, but “it’s actually more important than that,” explained Matthew Morell, IRRI’s director general. “It provides us with the means of maintaining the collection, but also with that funding, we provide seeds to thousands and thousands of people who contact us and request that material, and it’s all provided free of charge.”

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    The first phase of Crop Trust funding will cover essential operations of the IRRI genebank from 2019-2023, including conservation, regeneration, and distribution of its cultivated and wild seed collections. The institute’s high-tech facility in Los Baños, the Philippines, is the largest rice collection in the world, housing 136,000 varieties. Scientists around the world use the seeds stored there to develop improved rice varieties that can withstand impacts of climate change, and also offer farmers increased yields.

    The facility also houses the ancestors and descendants of IR8, the world’s first high-yielding rice developed by IRRI researchers in the early 1960s. The rice is credited with saving many regions of Asia from famine after it was released in 1966, and Morell explained that this is just one of many reasons why it’s critical to safeguard the genebank — which preserves rice varieties that farmers have selected over hundreds of years.

    “It’s like a library, you go back to where you can find rice types that were adapted to particular stressors or environmental challenges,” Morell explained. “We can take the genetics that provide that attribute to the plant, but then we can put that attribute into a much higher yielding rice.”

    Five million farmers in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Laos, the Philippines, and Indonesia, for example, are already growing a new form of rice that can survive underwater — a variety that was developed at IRRI in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Most rice dies within days of submergence under water, but “scuba rice” withstands flooding for up to two weeks. Researchers are now adapting the rice for Africa, and others are looking at how to add drought resistant characteristics so farmers’ crops are better able to withstand a variety of climate stressors at once.

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    For the Crop Trust, this funding validates 20 years of work and 50 years of thinking on how the international community can safeguard crops used for food and agriculture, according to Marie Haga, executive director of the crop diversity nonprofit.

    Already, too much material has been lost, and preserving what is left is “absolutely essential for how we are going to deal with food systems in the long run,” she said. “For every variety we lose, we lose options for the future.”

    The funding for IRRI is possible through the Crop Trust’s growing endowment fund. The return on investment of the fund, which counts the United States, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, and Australia as major contributors, is what will now go to IRRI. The agreement will continue after 2023, with a second five-year phase allowing for any revisions in the genebank’s business plan and operational costs. But it’s just a first step, according to Haga.

    “Our dream is to be able to give forever grants to all the major crop collections in the world that are globally important,” Haga said.

    The IRRI genebank is one of 11 genebanks of CGIAR, a global research partnership dedicated to reducing poverty and enhancing food and nutrition security. But the CGIAR banks do not hold everything, and the Crop Trust will also look to support a certain number of national collections when they have grown the endowment fund from today’s $300 million to the goal of $850 million. The nonprofit is increasingly engaging the private sector — especially those industries that rely on crop diversity such as coffee, chocolate, and beer — to contribute to the fund.

    “I also hope that we can be so successful that other sectors can see that building an endowment to safeguard natural resources might be a way to go,” Haga said.

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    Global Consumer Trends Transform the Food and Agriculture System, yet Sustainability and Food Security Are Undermined by Low Productivity Growth

    Global Consumer Trends Transform the Food and Agriculture System, yet Sustainability and Food Security Are Undermined by Low Productivity Growth

    Innovation and productivity are essential to keeping pace with the quantity and quality of food that consumers are demanding. We all have a role to play in creating a healthier, more sustainable world.

    DES MOINES, Iowa (PRWEB)

    A new report authored by the Global Harvest Initiative was launched at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa on October 17, 2018. The 2018 Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (2018 GAP Report®): Agriculture for a Healthy Sustainable World explores the consumer trends that are transforming the food and agriculture system. The report lays out a vision for a world where people thrive, and the planet’s resources are protected for generations to come.

    The 2018 GAP Report® is launched for the first time in a new digital format, with in-depth cases and analyses of the consumer impact on global food and agriculture systems. Special sections highlight how the imperative for sustainability impacts people, the planet and producers. See GlobalAgriculturalProductivity.org for the full report.

    According to the report, today’s consumers expect much more from their agriculture and food systems than in previous generations. Through their purchases, consumers express their preferences and values and help shape decisions producers and retailers make.

    In most households around the world, women are the “chief purchasing officer” and have enormous influence over the food system. Recognizing and supporting them with innovation, investment, partnerships and smart policies will be essential to achieve a hunger-free, healthy and sustainable world.

    The 2018 GAP Report® also highlights tremendous challenges that must be surmounted. For the fifth straight year, global agricultural productivity growth is not accelerating fast enough to sustainably feed the world in 2050. The report warns that unless this trend is reversed, the world may not be able to sustainably provide the food, feed, fiber and biofuels needed for a growing, more affluent global population.

    According to the GAP Report®, global agricultural productivity must increase by 1.75 percent annually to meet the demands of nearly 10 billion people in 2050. GHI’s annual assessment of global productivity growth – the GAP Index™ – shows the current rate of growth is only 1.51 percent.

    The rate of agricultural productivity growth for low-income countries is particularly troubling, reaching only 0.96 percent annually – a downward trend from 1.31 percent in 2016 and 1.24 percent in 2017. This is well below the productivity growth rate needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) target of doubling productivity for small-scale farmers in low-income countries and achieving Zero Hunger by 2050.

    The 2018 GAP Report® highlights innovations and practices farmers and all participants in the agriculture and food system are taking to conserve soil and water, improve the quality and safety of food and keep prices affordable for consumers. The GAP Report® also examines how food wasted is productivity lost.

    Improved food production relies heavily on public agricultural research and development (R&D) and extension systems as well as regulatory frameworks that incentivize risk-taking innovation and investment. The GAP Report® highlights the critical investments needed in public policies such as research, improving trade, embracing science and information-technologies and public-private partnerships.

    “Innovation and productivity are essential to keeping pace with the quantity and quality of food that consumers are demanding. We all have a role to play in creating a healthier, more sustainable world. The power of robust public research and strong public policy are often over-looked,” said Doyle Karr, Biotechnology Public Policy director, Corteva Agriscience™, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, and chair of the GHI Board of Directors.

    “The value that society places on reducing GHG emissions and better stewardship of soil, water and wildlife is leading to consumer demand for climate-friendly production methods and supply chains,” said Margaret Zeigler, executive director of GHI. “The GAP Report® provides a number of case studies that illustrate how consumer demand, coupled with innovations developed in the public and private sectors, can shape and improve the food and agriculture system of the 21st century.”

    GHI presented the 2018 GAP Report® findings before an audience of farmers and youth involved in agriculture, and global leaders in science, research, policy and private industry attending the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Dr. Zeigler was joined by national and international expert panelists as follows: The Honorable Julie Kenney, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, and farmer; Dr. Keith Fuglie, Economist, USDA Economic Research Service; Dr. Mercy Lung’aho, Nutrition Lead for Africa, CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture); Dr. Kiran Sharma, Principal Scientist and CEO of the Agribusiness Platform, ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics); and Mr. Aaron Wetzel, Vice President, Ag & Turf Global Platform, Crop Care, for the Agriculture and Turf Division, John Deere.

    About The Global Harvest Initiative
    The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) is a collaborative private-sector voice for productivity growth throughout the agricultural value chain to sustainably meet the demands of a growing world. Since 2009, GHI has been focused on the importance of agricultural productivity for global food security, and releases its signature GAP Report®, an annual benchmark of the global rate of agricultural productivity. GHI’s membership includes Corteva Agriscience™, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, John Deere, Monsanto Company (acquired by Bayer AG), The Mosaic Company and Smithfield Foods. GHI is joined by Consultative Partner Organizations from the conservation, university and multilateral development bank sectors. Visit us at http://www.globalharvestinitiative.org, Twitter @Harvest2050 http://twitter.com/#!/harvest2050, and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GlobalHarvestInitiative.

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    Singapore tops Global Food Security Index – but could face risks, Business Insider

    Singapore tops Global Food Security Index – but could face risks, Business Insider

    The Global Food Security Index ranked Singapore first in terms of food security.
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    Singapore tops the Global Food Security Index (GFSI), which was released on Tuesday (Oct 16), when it comes to ensuring that its citizens have access to safe and nutritious food at affordable prices.

    The GFSI attributed this to its status as a high-income economy and the fact that it has the lowest agricultural import tariffs among all countries in the index, which helps to reduce food import costs.

    However, the report also indicated that Singapore’s food security is the most susceptible to climate and natural resource risks as most of its food is imported. According to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, over 90 per cent of food in Singapore is brought in from overseas.

    Singapore’s food supply could potentially be disrupted depending on climate change’s adverse effects on food-exporting countries.

    With climate risks taken into account, Singapore’s ranking becomes 16th among the 113 countries. In that case, Switzerland takes top spot.

    This is the first time Singapore has topped the GFSI annual rankings since the index began in 2012. Last year, Singapore ranked fourth.

    Singapore’s high score was largely due to its strength in the affordability component of the index.

    The global index ranked 113 countries, each assessed on four categories – affordability, availability, quality and safety, and natural resources and resilience – “the ability to bounce back from a shock or disaster, ideally better off than before”.

    Second on the list is Ireland, with the United Kingdom and the United States in joint third.

    Singapore tops Global Food Security Index – but could face risks

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    https://www.businessinsider.sg/singapore-tops-global-food-security-index-but-could-face-risks/