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Foraging – Why Eating Weeds Means Food Security


Foraging means knowing which wild plants around you provide food and medicine. Adapted to your region, they grow in adverse conditions and are available when grocery store shelves are empty. When you know how to forage, you can survive.

We need plants to survive. Green growing things provide us with food and medicine, but more than that! We have always used plants for clothing, shelter, fuel, and even to make tools for hunting.

Our ancestors, even in the fairly recent past, knew where to find these useful plants and how to use and process them for their needs.

We still need plants to survive. That much hasn’t changed.

But today, especially in developed regions, we head to the market to buy processed and packaged plant foods and products.

We go to the pharmacy when we’re sick.

We buy vegetables from the grocery store.

For the most part, we have forgotten how to feed and heal ourselves unless we have money to buy supplies. Those supplies, of course, are vulnerable to natural disasters drought, pestilence, economics, and even government policies.

Foraging Prepares You for Any Emergency

Many of my readers are preppers. We store food and supplies to prepare for disasters.

That’s a good thing!

The problem, though? This preemptive planning only works when there are supplies to be had!

What happens when the food and medicine supplies are low? Disasters wipe out local supplies so that everything you CAN buy is too expensive to afford?

And of course many of us have survival gardens, but we all know how vulnerable those are. The same problems that can affect large farms – flooding, summer storms, drought – can decimate our backyard gardens. When the weather is so unpredictable or bad that nothing grows in your garden, you know that food is going to be expensive or difficult to buy at any price, and that drastically affects your survival.

Learn How to Forage

The answer is foraging, of course. It’s an indispensable survival skill that everyone needs to learn.

Growing in your backyard and around your neighbourhood are nutritious food plants and effective medicines. Many of the plants that we call weeds can actually feed and heal us. These aren’t delicate ‘domesticated’ plants that need careful nurturing, plenty of water, and just the right amount of sunshine. Wild plants are almost always hardy. Fiddleheads, for example, show up in the spring before the snow has melted.

When we know which wild plants can be eaten or used as medicine, and when we know other ways to use them, we can ensure the survival of our families even in worst-case scenarios.

Benefits of Foraging

More than just basic survival, learning how to forage provides you and your family with many benefits!

Familiarity with the Local Landscape

The crazy thing is that most of us never get to know our local landscape very well. We might have our familiar routes, but if we drive, bicycle, or even rush through them, what are we seeing?

When you learn to forage, you’ll slow down and actually pay attention to the wild plants along your path. This builds a stronger connection to nature as you start to understand its importance in even the most urban environment.

BUT there’s more.

The time you take in exploring your environment while foraging means you’re more able to identify safe evacuation routes and areas where you can put up shelter. After all, in the case of a zombie apocalypse, you might need to evacuate your home and you may well find that the usual roads are not passable by vehicle or on foot.

And you might even discover a source of drinkable water, or a fishing hole.

Promote Better Growth of Beneficial Wild Plants

Foraging is more than identifying an edible plant and harvesting every bit of it. Proper foraging practices are actually beneficial to wild plants and promotes healthy growth.

For one thing, when you take the time to learn about each plant, you’ll know how much you can safely harvest. Mint or nettle might get mowed down to the ground and still recover, but with others you’ll need to carefully select how much to take.

And when you collect seeds for planting elsewhere, you are spreading the species and perhaps relocating it to a more favourable growing spot. As long as it’s not invasive, that’s good for you and good for the plant.

Sumac is a wild plant (this one is in our backyard) that provides a healthy drink or delicious spice

Foraging is a Rewarding Activity

I recently saw someone joke about how patient farmers are. Anyone who can wait six months for a carrot is clearly an expert in patience.

One great thing about wild plants is that you don’t have to carefully tend them for months.

More than that, though, many of them are more nutritious than cultivated ones, especially in vitamins A and C, as well as significant amounts of healthy omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidant. Wild plants are also not exposed to artificial fertilizers and pesticides.

The act of collecting plants also makes you more active if you’ve become accustomed to days of sitting around and watching Netflix. It’s active and relaxing at the same time. You’re walking, perhaps with a friend, and carefully gathering plants.

The fact is that a knowledge of foraging provides many benefits. It will enrich your life, increase your health, and help you to become more self-sufficient.

When you know which wild plants to eat and use as medicine, you can survive any adversity.

And, oh, yes, wild plants are free.

Liberia: “Food Security, Nutrition Are Important Development”

By T. Saye Goinleh

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative in Liberia, Madam Mariatou Njie, says food security and nutrition are recognized as important for the overall development of a Country and have been highlighted among the long-term fundamental issues in national economic development.

Speaking through a proxy Jesse Yuan who is a staff of the FAO program support, Madam Njie made the statement Tuesday, August, 7, 2018 at program marking the 2018 Comprehensive Food Security and Nutrition Survey (CFSNS) validation and response option workshop held at a local Hotel in Monrovia.

According to the FAO representative to Liberia, fighting hunger in a changing world demands that staying vigilant together in the efforts to collect, analyze and disseminate information that is so very critical for designing and implementing hunger solutions which can save lives in emergencies, well as putting the hungry poor on the path to food security.

She lamented that understanding food security and vulnerability has always been challenging, noting that yet; the emergence of relatively new phenomena such as the high food and fuel prices, terrorism, the global financial crisis, and climate change, all highlight the need to better understand the livelihood of vulnerable populations so effective policies and actions can be implemented to address the root causes of hunger.

Madam Njie asserted that to tackle hunger, institutions first need to understand three key factors, how food can be made available to people, how they can economically and physically access food and how they utilize it.

“Understanding the constraints underlying each of these factors is a necessary condition for the designing and implementation of appropriate and effective hunger reduction strategies”, Madam Njie reminded the audience.

She however told the gathering that the CFSNS options are unique tools designed to understand these factors, adding that it describes the profile of the food, insecure and vulnerable households, identifies the root causes of hunger, and analyses risks and emerging vulnerabilities among populations.

The FAO head of Liberia office also further averred that despite the efforts, poverty in Liberia remains pervasive, especially within a significant portion of the population whose economic activities move around agriculture, fishing and natural resources.

Madam Njie stressed that the potentials of the agriculture sector remain largely untapped with less than half of the arable lands under cultivation, yields well below global average and persistent vulnerable to low levels of technology and mechanization.


Ensuring Food Security, Even in Times of Crisis #WBW2018

Ensuring Food Security, Even in Times of Crisis #WBW2018

International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) is excited to join World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and other organizations and individuals the world over in celebrating #WBW2018 1-7 August . The theme of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2018 is Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life. Lactation Matters will feature blog posts and resources throughout the week to help you make the most of this important week.

The United Nations defines food security as “existing when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet dietary needs for a productive and healthy life.” The first 1000 days are critical as this is when the foundation of human development is being built. Breastfeeding provides food security to infants from the very beginning of life and contributes to food security for the whole family. Policies that protect, promote, and support optimal infant and young child feeding should include food security for all pregnant and lactating women.

Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding is crucial for the health of our planet and its people.

Breastfeeding is a prime example of the deep connections between human health and nature’s ecosystems. Breastmilk is a natural, renewable food that is environmentally safe and green because it is produced and delivered to the consumer without pollution, packaging, or waste. By contrast, artificial feeding leaves a major environmental footprint that contributes to a depletion of natural resources, environmental degradation and climate change in a
number of ways. Dairy farming causes the production of greenhouse gases. Additionally, the production, packaging, storing, distribution and preparation of infant formula includes the considerable use of fossil fuels and large amounts of water. Therefore, artificial feeding contributes to the emission of greenhouse gases and water scarcity that further aggravate climate change.

Climate change leads to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Unreliable supply chains of milk powder and the unhygienic conditions that commonly prevail in emergency situations make breastfeeding the safest option. Breastfeeding is a climate-smart decision that helps ensure food security even in times of crisis.

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Cupboards would run bare if UK only relied on the food it produces, warn farmers calling for food security to be a top priority

Cupboards would run bare if UK only relied on the food it produces, warn farmers calling for food security to be a top priority

Farmers have called on the Government to make food security a top priority on the day the country’s cupboards would run bare if households relied only on British produce.

A long-term decline in self-sufficiency that has stagnated at around 60% in recent years means around three quarters of the shortfall is imported from the rest of the European Union.

Farmers have also been “wrangling” with the impact of the summer heatwave, which has pushed concerns around food production into “sharp focus”, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) warned.

President Minette Batters said: “This has been a real test for Government to show the farmers and the many concerned members of the public that they think that our ability to produce food in this country is truly important.

“We strongly believe that every British citizen should be entitled to a safe, traceable and high-quality supply of British food that is produced to some of the highest animal welfare and environmental standards in the world.

“Home-grown food production must have the unwavering support of Government if we are to achieve this post-Brexit.”

Prime Minister Theresa May insisted last month that the public should take “reassurance and comfort” from Government preparations for a no-deal Brexit after ministers suggested food and medicines would be stockpiled in case of shortages.

The NFU highlighted figures from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs that show self-sufficiency levels have hovered at around 60% for most of the last two decades, compared with up to 75% in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

“The statistics show a concerning long-term decline in the UK’s self-sufficiency in food and there is a lot of potential for this to be reversed,” Ms Batters said.

“And while we recognise the need for importing food which can only be produced in different climates, if we maximise on the food that we can produce well in the UK then that will deliver a whole host of economic, social and environmental benefits to the country.

“The UK farming sector has the potential to be one of the most impacted sectors from a bad Brexit – a free and frictionless free trade deal with the EU and access to a reliable and competent workforce for farm businesses is critical to the future of the sector.

“And as we replace the EU’s common agricultural policy, we must keep a sharp focus on what productive, progressive and profitable farm businesses need from a domestic agricultural policy.”

A Defra spokeswoman said: “The UK produces the majority of its own food.

“However, it is necessary to import some foods as they cannot be grown in the UK, and to ensure an excellent level of food security.”


P5.1 billion na pondo para sa Food Security Program, pinambayad-utang ng NFA – COA report

P5.1 billion na pondo para sa Food Security Program, pinambayad-utang ng NFA – COA report

P5.1 billion na pondo para sa Food Security Program, pinambayad-utang ng NFA – COA report

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Kinuwestyon ng Commission on Audit o COA ang pag-divert ng National Food Authority o NFA sa mahigit sa limang bilyong pisong pondo na laan sa isang programa ng gobyerno, upang makabayad sa mga utang.

Batay sa 2017 COA annual audit report, ang P5.1 billion ay ginamit ng NFA bilang pambayad sa maturing loans, gayung ang naturang pondo ay para sana sa implementasyon ng Food Security Program.

Dahil dito, sinabi ng COA na naapektuhan ang mga programa at target accomplishments ng NFA para sa taong 2017.

Bigo umano ang NFA na mapatatag ang presyuhan at suplay ng bigas at mais at makamit ang target na procurement at buffer stock.

Dagdag ng COA, dahil napambayad-utang ang Food Security funds, ang NFA ay nakapagmintena ng buffer stock na sapat lamang sa pitong araw, sa halip na labing limang araw na target.

Ang masaklap pa, ang stock noong “lean months” ay naging sapat lamang para sa limang araw, sa halip na tatlumpung araw o isang buwan.

Pero tugon ng NFA sa findings ng COA, kinailangan ng kanilang ahensya na bayaran na ang maturing loans upang mabawasan ang “depleting credit lines” nila.

Ayon pa sa NFA, nahirapan sila bumili ng palay sa mga magsasaka sa support price ng gobyerno na P17.00 lamang kada kilo, gayung ang ibang negosyante ay nag-aalok ng P18.40 hanggang P20.29, mula noong January 2017 hanggang May 2017.

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Operations Team Leader (Food Security) at the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) is a multilateral development bank (MDB) which funds its projects and other developmental activities using Islamic finance. Hence, the name “Islamic”. Founded in 1975, the IsDB is headquartered in Jeddah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The purpose of the Bank is to foster economic development and social progress of its member countries.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title. Operations Team Leader (Food Security)

Ref. ID: IDB2125
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Business Unit: Country Programs Complex
Department: Country relations and services Africa & Latin America

Job Purpose

  • Lead the hub operations team to conduct due diligence and manage implementation of bank’s portfolio of sectoral projects and programs within approved costs, timeliness and quality to ensure efficient delivery of the bank’s mandate to support economic development in the associated member countries.

Key Accountabilities

  • Input to Operational Planning and Budgeting
  • Contribute to the planning and budgeting exercise of the Regional Hub
  • Lead the selection of the Program / Portfolio which maximize the utilization of resources and concentrate on results based impact in MCs.
  • Contribute to the development of annual work plan and Regional Hub’s administrative budget.
  • Advise Regional Hub Manager on resource allocation for projects or programs for MCs in the Hub constituency.
  • Contribute to the preparation of business cases for new initiatives for promoting sector development in collaboration with the Global Practice.

Program and Portfolio Management:

  • Lead the project cycle related activities as Task Team Leader (identification, preparation, appraisal, negotiation, project implementation assessment and support to Mid-term review, in coordination with the Global Practice, Project Financial Management and Compliance Units) in the MCs in the constituency of the Regional Hub.
  • Coordinate inputs from Projects Management Specialists regarding the operational cycle of projects to ensure necessary operational policy and procedural improvements are implemented.
  • Manage the sectoral projects and programs of the Regional Hub to ensure the quality management of the portfolio.
  • Lead projects’ teams by providing support for successful design and implementation of development projects, ensuring quality at entry, during implementation and at exit, ensuring the integration of best practices and lessons learned in the design of sectoral projects and programs.
  • Engage external expertise according to the Bank’s Corporate procurement policy, to complement internal resources ensuring quality project due diligence, implementation, and lessons mining.
  • Technically lead the sector portfolio performance review.
  • Maintain and build cordial relations with key stakeholders of the assigned projects.
  • Contribute to the Internal Service Level Agreement between the Regional Hubs and the functional Units (Procurement, Disbursements and Global Practice), facilitate and monitor the delivery of the support / services to be provided by the functional Units.
  • Provide guidance to the Bank’s operations team on Bank’s operations management.
  • Provide guidance to the Bank’s operations team on Operations Information Management System to ensure efficiency in project management.

Knowledge Sharing & Innovation:

  • Keep abreast of the latest developments in the respective domain and introduce new techniques and programs to meet current and future requirements and improve division’s quality of work.
  • Promote teamwork and knowledge sharing culture.
  • Recommend innovations and action plans related to managing Regional Hub’s projects and programs.
  • Provide advices and share knowledge as subject matter expert related to sector issues.
  • Technically guide advise, mentor, share knowledge and coach professional staff of the Regional Hub.
  • Introduce innovative approaches in conceptualizing, designing and implementing projects and programs related to the Agriculture and Food Security.
  • Contribute to IDB knowledge repository by documenting leading practices and lessons learned particularly from project’s implementation.
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge products based on analytical economic and sector work and ensure its effective dissemination.
  • Attend and participate in regional and international conferences, seminars and workshops on his/her sector specialty.


  • Lead the efforts to strengthen partnership with other development partners and stakeholders related to his/her sectoral specialty in the constituency of the Regional Hub and in the associated Region.
  • Network with the relevant stakeholders to increase resources allocated for his/her specialty.

Job Requirements
Academic qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Business, Development Studies, Engineering, Agriculture, Project Management or related field.


  • English (mandatory)
  • French (mandatory)

Minimum number of years and nature of experience:

  • 6-8 years of experience in the development sector, 3 years of which is managing development project financing in a multilateral development bank or relevant experience in an international organization, etc.
  • 3 years’ Experience in specific development sector: General Agriculture, Livestock and Animal Resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out analytical/technical work and translate this technical skills into operational innovations and results

Job Specific Competencies

  • Adaptability
  • Building Relationships
  • Client Centricity and Responsiveness
  • Motivation to Learn and Share
  • Passion for Excellence
  • International and Multicultural Collaboration
  • Communication Effectiveness
  • Problem Solving
  • Stakeholder Management / Client Orientation
  • Development Project Finance
  • Project Design for Impact and Sustainability
  • Project Management
  • Project Risk Assessment and Evaluation
  • Public Procurement
  • Vendor Management
  • General Agriculture
  • Livestock and Animal Resources

Application Closing Date
6th September, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:


Social Determinants of Health: Food Security and its Connection with Chronic Disease Treatment

Social Determinants of Health: Food Security and its Connection with Chronic Disease Treatment

Social Determinants of Health: Food Security and its Connection with Chronic Disease Treatment

Over 42 million people are food insecure in the United States – that’s approximately 1 in 8 people. 1 in 4 adults in the United States have two or more chronic health conditions.

A recent study by the Economic Research Service on food security and health among working-age adults showed strong correlation between food security and chronic health conditions. Households that are food secure have access all the time to the types and quantities of food needed for all household members to enjoy an active, healthy life. Households that have low food security must make decisions such as skipping or cutting meals because there is not enough money for food, eating unbalanced meals because it is more affordable, or not buying more food when it runs out because the household needs to get money first.

If We Solved Food Insecurity, How Would This Affect Diabetes Management and Chronic Disease Treatment?

The following thought exercise will use the correlation between food security and chronic diseases to explore what could happen in the healthcare setting if we solved food insecurity. The major assumption made here is that food security levels impact the incident rate of diabetes. I will also address how doctors in our current environment can address food insecurity on patient- and population-levels to get us to a food secure world.

Suppose the number of patients with diabetes reduces as the U.S. becomes food secure. With few incidents of diabetes, doctors would see the number of patients with diabetes drop, the hours they spend with patients with diabetes will drop, and the percentage of revenue tied to caring for diabetes would also reduce.

  • While cost is one of the measures of health care performance, time spent by providers on specific tasks and conditions is also a measure of improvement. With more time available to spend with patients, it is possible that patients with other chronic diseases will be better equipped to manage their care and further reduce the number of chronic disease incidents. Patients with ambulatory needs could also have higher patient satisfaction and care quality now that physicians have more time to incorporate preventative care, social determinants of health, patient education, and customer service into their care.
  • As the quality of care and patient satisfaction increases, doctors’ value-based reimbursement rates would also likely increase for most patients and conditions treated. Also with more time, doctors may be more likely to participate in value-based care learning and practice to continue improve care quality and lower health care costs.

What Can Health Care Professionals Do Today to Move Us Further along Eliminating Food Insecurity?

Food insecurity refers to the lack of available financial resources for food. It impacts every community in the United States. It is a problem multiplied by overlapping issues like housing, social isolation, education level, medical costs, and low wages.

The food insecurity rate in the U.S. ranges from 3.4 percent to over 35 percent in some counties. According to 2015 data from Feeding America, the county with the highest rate of food insecurity is Jefferson County, Mississippi where of the approximately 2,720 people experiencing food insecurity. 18% are above the nutritional program threshold – which means they may not qualify for state/federal nutrition programs but could benefit from other community resources to fill food gaps. The county with the lowest rate of food insecurity is Grant County, Kansas where of the approximately 340 people who are food insecure and 92% of which are below the SNAP threshold of 130% poverty.

Step 1: 

The first step is bringing up the level of awareness of food insecurity and reduce stigma to using resources. When health centers know about the food insecurity rate of their service area, they can develop and refine the path from screening to assistance services.

  • Both patients and clinicians need to understand how food insecurity harms and lead to costly impacts on health and well-being. Clinicians can easily create a chart of community organizations, state and federal programs for patients to take part of if they are facing food insecurity.



  • Food banks and their partners
  • On-site (in care setting) food pantry
  • Hunger-relief community organizations
  • Community gardens
  • Farmers markets
  • Voucher programs
  • Community centers such as churches, mosques, temples
  • Initiatives using grants from the US Department of Agriculture


  • Nutrition Assistance Program
  • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
  • CSFP (Commodity Supplemental Food Program)
  • SFSP (Summer Food Service Program)

Step 2:

The second step is identifying which of your patients could benefit from additional resources. Clinicians can identify which patients are at risk of or experiencing food insecurity by using the Hunger Vital Sign into their screening workflow. Developed in 2010, the Hunger Vital Sign is a 2-question screening tool based on the US Household Food Security Scale to identify young children in households at risk of food insecurity. It has since been added into the Accountable Health Communities Screening Tool by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The two questions are:

  • “Within the past 12 months we worried whether our food would run out before we got money to buy more. Was that often, sometimes, or never true for you?”
  • “Within the past 12 months the food we bought just didn’t last and we didn’t have money to get more. Was that often, sometimes, or never true for you?”

Step 3:

Lastly, doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals can build cross-sector partnerships and align with advocacy efforts to affect policy decisions that affect most people’s health. This could include raising awareness about food insecurity and the necessity of a strong nutrition safety net to end food insecurity, fund the emergency food system, and strengthen nutrition programs. In 2015, a FQHC in rural Kentucky started sending 125 patients and their families to farmers’ markets with vouchers to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables. By 2017, all together, the patients lost 105 pounds, their glucose levels dropped by a cumulative 267 points, and their blood pressure levels improved by 25 percent. This benefits the patients, the local farming economy, the health center and payers.

In Cosmos, Carl Sagan wrote, “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” This thought makes sense for an astrophysicist looking at galaxies light years away that may no longer exist by the time the light reaches us. But imagining realities into existence is something we do daily. We plan, make goals, and dream every day. So, let us add into our plans for a healthy population where social determinants like food security are met and prepare for the new challenges.

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APEC warned PNG has poor record on food security

APEC warned PNG has poor record on food security

APEC warned PNG has poor record on food security

ActNow PNG!| 6 August 2018

APEC warned PNG has poor record on food security

ACT NOW! Media Release:  6 August 2018

Despite numerous promises from the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill and APEC and Lands Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, the SABL leases have still not been cancelled and the land has not been returned to local communities.

Community advocacy group ACT NOW! is warning APEC delegates attending the current Food Security Week in Port Moresby that the Papua New Guinea government has a very poor record on protecting rural famers and supporting local agriculture.

“In PNG we have more than 1 million local farmers who feed more than 7 million people every day, yet the government continues to allow foreign corporations to steal their land for logging and oil palm plantations” says campaign coordinator Eddie Tanago.

While APEC has long recognised the key role that food security plays in achieving quality growth and prosperity, ACT NOW! says in PNG rural famers are continually being robbed of their land.

“Despite Commissions of Inquiry, court rulings and numerous independent reports highlighting the injustice of state facilitated land grabs, the government has failed on its promises to protect rural communities and ensure their land is protected”, says Mr Tanago.

ACT NOW! says the most glaring example is the SABL land grab, in which over 5 million hectares of land was taken from rural communities.

Despite numerous promises from the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill and APEC and Lands Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, the SABL leases have still not been cancelled and the land has not been returned to local communities.

ACT NOW! is also critical of the role corporations from other APEC countries play in Papua New Guinea’s land grabs.

“Almost all the logging companies operating in PNG are from Malaysia and 95% of the logs that are taken are exported to China. We would urge these countries to do more to stop the damage being done here”, says Eddie Tanago

ACT NOW! says the situation in PNG is only growing worse and there are regular reports from around the country of new forest clearance authorities being issued without the free prior informed consent of local people and even old Timber Rights that pre-date the 1991 Forestry Act reforms being renewed and extended. 

“All these licences deprive local communities of land for farming and traditional food sources”. 

“How is our government hosting an APEC meeting on food security when its own actions are so opposite to what APEC polices and declarations demand?”

“APEC must ensure its member economies are genuine about supporting and protecting food security and they should not be engaging in actions which only increase rural poverty and inequality”.

For interviews contact:
Eddie Tanago    
+ (675) 7629 6570    

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Youth in Agriculture Village at Denbigh

Youth in Agriculture Village at Denbigh

Photo: ContributedFlyer highlighting features of the Youth in Agriculture Village at Denbigh.

Story Highlights

  • The Youth in Agriculture (YIA) village at this year’s Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, will highlight methods to reduce the impact of climate change on agriculture under the theme ‘Youth in Agri-business: Sustaining the Environment”.
  • Denbigh is being held from August 4 to 6 at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon.
  • It will feature displays from the 4-H Clubs, College of Agriculture, Science & Education (CASE), HEART Trust/NTA, Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Project, Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica, Abilities Foundation, and Desnoes & Geddes Foundation.

The Youth in Agriculture (YIA) village at this year’s Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, will highlight methods to reduce the impact of climate change on agriculture under the theme ‘Youth in Agri-business: Sustaining the Environment”.

Denbigh is being held from August 4 to 6 at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon.

The village, which is being hosted by the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, is scheduled to open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

It will feature displays from the 4-H Clubs, College of Agriculture, Science & Education (CASE), HEART Trust/NTA, Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Project, Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica, Abilities Foundation, and Desnoes & Geddes Foundation.

Speaking with JIS News, Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Kerelle McCormack, said this year’s theme is intended to show how climate change affects food supply through extreme weather patterns and altering conditions for crop and plant growth.

She noted that the youth will be highlighting methods to reduce the effects on the sector such as conserving water, ensuring healthy soil, and reducing the use of harmful chemicals.

Miss McCormack explained that the day’s activities will also feature several competitions for youth aged 17 to 25. “These include agri-mobile app, jingle, agri-promotion, budding and grafting, business plan and agri-quiz competitions,” she noted.

She said that the successful competitors will have the opportunity to win scholarships to pursue studies in agriculture, including a bachelor’s degree at CASE.

She noted that there will be a logo competition, aimed at revamping the existing National YIA logo.

The new logo will be unveiled at a later date and will be used, going forward, to promote the YIA Programme.

The YIA village will also provide a platform to promote the dairy industry’s ‘Drink Real Milk’ campaign, including the second staging of the Drink Real Milk poster competition, which will feature attractive prizes.

Other attractions in the village will include displays showcasing youth in farming, entrepreneurship, and nutraceuticals; activities promoting healthy lifestyle; climate-smart gardening; and giveaways for patrons.

The Jamaica 4-H Clubs will also have a special display in the Machado Building that is expected to generate great interest among Denbigh patrons.

The YIA village is one of the main deliverables of the National Youth in Agriculture Programme, aimed at stimulating youth involvement in the sector.

Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw is expected to endorse and tour the village on the first day of Denbigh.

Council under the Plenipotentiary of RF President in the Urals Federal district discussed in Chelyabinsk issues of food security

Council under the Plenipotentiary of RF President in the Urals Federal district discussed in Chelyabinsk issues of food security

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YEKATERINBURG, August 3. /TASS/. The economic policy Council under Plenipotentiary representative of RF President in the Urals Federal district addressed the issues of food security, grain market, export potential, as well as preparations for the harvesting campaign. This was at the end of the meeting, reported today in the press service and information of the Governor of Chelyabinsk region.

“For the Chelyabinsk region, agriculture is one of the key points of economic growth. In recent years, was the effect of import substitution, as well as the output capacity of large investment projects. Over the past five years, the volume of agricultural production in the region doubled to 126 billion rubles”, – said Governor Boris Dubrovsky, opening a meeting of the Council. The head of the region added that the region is particularly relevant grain market, mostly foreign . Since last year began deliveries of grain products to China. To date, the total area sown exceeded 1.9 million hectares. The planned destination for the grain harvesting about 1.7 million tons. “If there are good weather conditions – the potential of the region allows to collect more than 2 million tons”, – said Dubrovsky.

According to him, the government of Chelyabinsk region is implementing a complex of programs aimed at supporting agricultural enterprises. The annual volume of state support of agricultural producers exceeds 4 billion roubles.

Deputy Plenipotentiary representative of RF President in the Ural Federal district Alexander Moiseev noted the great potential of the Chelyabinsk region. According to him, the region is not only well-developed crop and animal production, but there is progress in agricultural engineering. This is a sustainable entity in the agricultural direction. He also informed about the planned support measures and priority tasks set by the government of the Russian Federation agro-industrial complex.
“Today the gross volume of grain produced in the Urals Federal district, is 5% of the total volume produced in Russia. The challenge before us is to increase this number, including through the involvement in the turnover of lands. All the subjects you need to focus on land consolidation, on the search and attraction to cooperation of large agricultural holdings and companies”, – said Moiseev.

According to the Director of the Department of plant, mechanization, chemicalization and plant protection Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation Pyotr Chekmarev, the situation on the grain market develops in such a way that his price will only rise. Today a ton of wheat of the third class costs about 11 thousand rubles. This is not the limit, as the forecast yield this year to 7 t/ha below last year. The Ministry of agriculture of the Russian Federation believe that in 2018 will be able to collect about 100 million tons of grain.

The Department noted that a significant proportion of the South Ural products exported to other regions of Russia and abroad. A continuous supply of food products produced by enterprises of the South Urals, carried out in China, Israel, Jordan, USA, United Arab Emirates.