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Conquering Environmental Obstacles to Produce Food Security

Conquering Environmental Obstacles to Produce Food Security

Around the globe, we are relying on our Earth to grow the crops and offer the water sources that individuals have to become food protected. On World Environment Day, we call out the significance of safeguarding our Earth, acknowledge the pressing ecological challenges we face, and restate our commitment to producing food in such a way that will assist in sustainable development for generations to come. Here are a couple of methods we’re doing that in countries worldwide:

Presenting Environment Smart Farming in Cambodia

Females farmers in Cambodia can develop their agricultural and business abilities through an initiative to grow climate-smart crops in 3 provinces in collaboration with Foods Resource Bank. In-country partner World Hope International (WHI) pilots budget friendly technologies like mushroom grow houses, that increase strength to environment modification by reducing water usage and utilizing farming spin-offs. Job participants get training in organic cultivation, fundamental business management and help with access to food markets, consisting of grocery stores, processors and restaurants. The area served will likewise get increased access to clean, safe water, by drilling deep wells that can provide water for household and garden use for up to 200 households. see our Empowering Communities page.

REQ FOR COMMENT – Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Research, Capacity and Policy Influence – USPress.News

REQ FOR COMMENT – Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Research, Capacity and Policy Influence – USPress.News

REQ FOR COMMENT– Feed the Future Development Lab for Food Security Research, Capacity and Policy Influence

This post was originally published on< a target=_ blank href= rel=nofollow > this site Funding Opportunity ID: 305753 Chance Number: PD-05-2018

Opportunity Title: REQ

FOR COMMENT– Feed the Future Innovation Laboratory for Food Security Research Study, Capability and Policy Impact Chance Classification: Allocate Opportunity Classification Explanation: Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Arrangement Category of Funding
Activity: Agriculture Food and Nutrition Classification Description:
CFDA Number(s): 98.001 Qualified Applicants: Others

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on Eligibility: Title XII U.S. Universities Agency Code: USAID Firm Name: Firm for International Advancement Posted Date: May 30, 2018 Close Date: Jun 19, 2018 Award Ceiling:
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and Policy Impact. WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR

The purpose of this award is to advance food security policy through high quality,
pertinent research study from reliable and sound nation and local policy research organizations. The Innovation Lab will do this by enhancing the capacities of select country and local research institutions and carry out an international research study agenda. Remarks need to be sent via e-mail to by June 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., Washington, D.C. time.Version:2 Modified title to clarify this is an ask for comments just. Applications will not be accepted at this time.

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Fake seedlings as threat to food security

Fake seedlings as threat to food security

An operator in Nigeria’s s insurance coverage sector has actually lamented series of fines and taxes being enforced by regulative agencies and the Federal Inland Profits Service (FIRS) on their operations, stating that the having a hard time market might stay stunted for long if the circumstance is not checked.The underwriter,

who spoke on thecondition of privacy to our reporter in reaction to the newest fine imposed by the Nigerian Stock Market( NSE ), said from the appearance of things, the regulators were more thinking about whatever loan they can obtain from the operators than really helping to stabilise the sector.He said while the FIRS was still counting on the questionable tax law to harass and threaten their company, the NSE is always quick to impose fines even when an operator misses the due date just by one day. Inning accordance with him, even while some firms are still battling to deal with claims concerns, they are already being hammered with fines running into several countless naira.”I don’t believe this is the finest way to be penalised as a few of these penalties can either be disregarded or made mild. More terrible is the method the sector is being taxed. A situation where tax is put on 25 percent of claims to be paid is discouraging.Prior to the existing outburst, the Chairman, Nigerian Insurers Association( NIA ), Mr. Eddie Efekoha

, had actually previously taken comparable position despite the fact that he exposed that the association was making development to get the questionable tax law modified. He said engagements with the relevant authourities had actually provided some relief for the underwriters.The questionable section 16 of CITA 2007 has been a burden on underwriters. Over the years, there have actually been calls for its evaluation to alleviate the underwriters of the

concern. Particularly, the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM )and NIA have been appealing to the Federal government to suspend or waive some areas of the Act thought about to be service hostile. According to Efekoha,”in the last few weeks, we were all witnesses to the invasion of member companies by tax agents of the FIRS in furtherance of the enforcement of area 16 of CITA 2007 as amended.”We are happy to report that through our tactical engagement initiatives and with the understanding reached, members are now spared the heavy tax problem enforced on our member-insurance business by the law. “We appreciate the management of FIRS particularly its Chairman, Mr Tunde Fowler, for providing us the opportunity to make our presentation and canvass our position on the law.We assure them of our continued assistance in the process of amending the law to bring it in line with worldwide finest practice.”In regard of fines, although the investors gotten in touch with the regulative authorities to be mild with their fines, they

, however, put the blame directly on insurance coverage operators, stating that after years of sanctions they need to by now know exactly what to do.They said management and boards of companies that caused their companies to pay fines for infractions should be prepared to reimburse such payments. According to the creator, Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria (ISAN ), Sir Sunny Nwosu, allowing a company’s management and board

to pay for fine imposed by the regulator would assist decrease infractions and keep executives on their toes.He noted that investors have been made to suffer for criminal activities dedicated by the managements and boards. Nwosu regreted that the huge fines paid would have accrued to shareholders as dividends. He stated:”Penalties do not provide any value to magnates, it is investors ‘money that is discarded, which was why ISAN has spearheaded

a situation to say that if any company is penalised, the management and board must be called to account to reimburse the cash.”This will examine the carefree attitude of some management and board. We think the celebrations accountable for the charges would make them have fun with care and protect shareholders’ investments.”The NSE recently fined 12 priced estimate companies consisting of insurance companies about N49.1 million for failure to submit their 2017 audited financial declarations after the regulative

due date based on the exchange’s X-Compliance scheme. X-Compliance is a transparency effort, which is created to maintain market integrity and secure the investors.The insurance firms consist of Sovereign Trust Insurance, Mutual Advantages Guarantee Plc, Staco Insurance Plc, and Requirement Alliance.Some of them have in their numerous disclosures offered various factors for the delays in the submission to the exchange. Post-listing rules at the NSE require quoted companies to send their audited revenues reports, not later than 3 months or 90 calendar days after the expiration of the period.The due date for submission of yearly report for companies with Gregorian calendar organisation year ended December 31, 2017 was March 31 this year. The Ceo of NSE, Mr. Oscar Onyema, stated recently that the Exchange would sustain a zero-tolerance position on dealing member companies and listed business’violations to assist boost self-confidence in the market. through our tactical engagement efforts and with the understanding reached, members are now eliminated from the heavy tax concern enforced on our member-insurer by the law.” We value the management of FIRS particularly its Chairman, Mr Tunde Fowler, for offering us the opportunity to make our discussion and canvass our position on the law. We ensure them of our ongoing assistance in the procedure of amending the law to bring it in line with international finest practice.” In respect of fines, although the shareholders called on the regulative authorities to be mild with their fines, they, nevertheless, put the blame directly on insurance coverage operators, stating that

after years of sanctions they should by now know what to do. They stated management and boards of business that caused their firms to pay fines for offenses should be prepared to reimburse such payments.


Churchill food share effort stocks racks as food security concern continues without rail link

Churchill food share effort stocks racks as food security concern continues without rail link

A Manitoba organization committed to assisting children has actually begun a brand-new food share effort in Churchill to attempt and ease persisting food security problems.

Today food contributions were stocked on shelves at the local Home Hardware. It enables people to come by and pick up food as they need. Families are also encouraged to leave food from kitchens in the house they don’t prepare to consume.

In May 2017, the railway tracks causing Churchill– the only year-round ground transportation to and from the town– were severely damaged due to flooding in the area. The tracks have actually still not been repaired.

Danica’s Village is comprised by people residing in Churchill and Toni deLaroque. It was created to honour deLaroque’s 5-year-old daughter Danica, after group of northern Manitoba First Nations and Fairfax Financial Holdings have actually reached a deal to acquire and bring back the Churchill rail line, a year after it was rinsed by floodwater.

“I’m pleased that things are moving on, but we have to remember that it’s going to take years to build up their incomes to buy food. It’s going to take years to for individuals capture up and return to normal.”

DeLaroque said Danica’s Village is open to contribution from schools and community groups. People can

contact them online.


Global food security experts met in Belfast this week

Global food security experts met in Belfast this week

Food security experts from all over the world assembled in Belfast today (May 28-31) for a major top on ways to feed a growing global population.

The Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity (ASSET2018) is being hosted by the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast, along with primary partners safefood and Laval University (Quebec, Canada).

Key speakers

The event was chaired by Prof. Chris Elliott OBE, who formerly led the UK Government’s query into the horsemeat scandal.

Keynote speakers consisted of those with experience in organisations such as WHO, UN, EU, World Wildlife Fund, World Bank and PepsiCo– as well as global agri-food research study organizations such as Wageningen WUR (the Netherlands), The China Farming University and the University of Minnesota.

Dr. John Bell, head of bioeconomy at the European Commission, opened the summit.

A ‘super-panel’ of senior, global female food regulators offered an introduction of a few of the greatest challenges dealing with the worldwide food industry:

  • A rapidly-growing population;
  • Climate change;
  • Food fraud; and
  • Brexit.Feeding a growing population Speaking ahead of the summit, Queen’s University

    ‘s Prof. Chris Elliott, stated:”We’re going to talk, go over, debate– most likely argue– about a few of the huge things which are happening in our food supply system; some things which are badly incorrect and need to alter. The requirement to address the challenge of global food security and integrity is

    of increasing value and urgency with a growing world population.”The significance of those attending and speaking at the Belfast Top, organised by our Institute for Global Food Security, is statement to the calibre and importance of research study carried out here.”It is with this focus, that I have chosen to move from my role as faculty pro-vice-chancellor at Queen’s and to prioritise my research study efforts on international food stability.”I have actually succeeded in establishing partnerships across the world to form an international union to eliminate versus the scourge of food scams.

    “ASSOCIATED STORIES Markets’likely to present growth chances’by sector determined


Govt unveils food security policy, terms it most vital after defence

Govt unveils food security policy, terms it most vital after defence

ISLAMABAD: Just two days before the end of their five-year term, the government revealed the National Food Security Policy– calling it the second crucial problem after the nationwide security policy.The government’s official policy was announced by Minister for Food Security and Research Study Sikandar Hayat Bosan on Tuesday, who declared that the food security policy was interlinked with the national water policy and nationwide zero hunger programme.The policy not just focuses on the development of crops and enhancing farm produce however likewise resolves the concern of food wastage

which accounts for one-third of the food produced in the country.Discussing the water lack issue, the minister stated it was a nationwide failure and criticised the absence of a unified technique amongst the provinces and the centre.

“We have to focus on justified water usage and boost storage capacity by building new reservoirs,”he said.The minister, nevertheless, did not respond to questions related to the failure of the federal government in developing consensus over the establishment of brand-new water reservoirs. He did not reply to another inquiry relating to the food security policy which was approved by the federal cabinet on March 21 but was being unveiled at the end of the nationwide assembly’s tenure. The minister did claim that the formulation of the extensive food security policy took some time as they had input from all stakeholders.With 37.26 million malnourished residents, Pakistan’s National Food Security Policy 2018 target at promoting sustainable food production systems by an average development rate of 4 percent with objectives of improving food availability, accessibility and sustainability.The key goals of the policy are to make farming more productive, competitive and environment friendly in addition to diversifying the food systems for nutritious diets.The policy intends to improve food accessibility by bridging yield spaces, supporting cooking area gardening and farmers with new high worth crops. Similarly, better schedule of agriculture inputs with qualitative seeds, pesticides along with management and decrease expense of farming loans. According to the policy, regardless of a big population of 72m livestock, Pakistan imports dry milk and other dairy products.The policy aims to enhance animals production of local breeds, fodder production and quality animal feed in addition to investment in dairy farming and illness monitoring and control.


The World According to Termites … My film festival experience

The World According to Termites … My film festival experience

#filmfestival #lifescience #lifesciences #filmmaking #film
#screening #agriculture #agriculturalcommunications
#termites #prague #czu #trailer

Had an inspirational time at the screening of the film ‘The World According to Termites’ 52 min at the Life Sciences Film Festival

The picture above is the battle between a termite (Soldier) and a ant. A termite is more classified closely to the cockroach family and ants are related to the wasp family…

Termites play a major role in nourishing the soil and have a symbiotic relationship with big trees in the forest though they’re unaccepted guests in a domestic environment….

The trailer below

The society needs to understand the organisational and sacrificial characters of termites ……

The life of a #filmmaker
and an #agricultural #communicator

GODAN….. Introducing the Agricultural Open Data Package BETA Version

GODAN….. Introducing the Agricultural Open Data Package BETA Version

The importance of open data in agricultural development cannot be overemphasised. GODAN has been able to develop a sustainable data platform in addressing various challenges in data gathering and usage with the Agriculture Open Data Package.

The Agriculture Open Data Package ( has been designed to help governments get to impact with open data in the agriculture sector. This practical resource provides key policy areas, key data categories, examples datasets, relevant interoperability initiatives, and use cases that policymakers and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector or open data should focus on, in order to address food security challenges

Six Policy Areas in connecting agriculture data to user needs

  1. Empowering the farmer. Farmers (and especially smallholders) often have less access to information than other specialist actors.
  2. Optimizing agricultural practice. Government extension services possess a lot of data on agricultural best practices.
  1. Stimulating rural finance. The price of financial services for farmers is strongly dependent on the assumed risks by financial institutions.
  1. Facilitating the agri value chain. Actors in one part of the value chain need to know about performance in other parts of the value chain in order to make decisions such as who to do business with, or how to comply with the quality standards in different markets.
  1. Enforcing policies. Many regulations result in lists of items or organisations that are permitted, licensed, restricted or forbidden.
  1. Government transparency and efficiency. Donors, policymakers, beneficiaries, and civil society require data on government spending in the agricultural sector to promote more efficient decision-making, equity and prevent corruption.


GODAN invites policymakers, agriculture specialists and members of the open data community to:

  1. Add your comments on the beta version of the Agriculture Open Data Package (available at
  1. Adopt the international Open Data Charter. Become a champion of the Agriculture Open Data Package, and be involved in shaping future versions of the resource.
  1. Host national and local-level consultations to landscape your national agriculture data

infrastructure, define your policy areas, and plan your open agriculture data strategy.

  1. Prioritise relevant government agriculture data for release based on the 14 recommended data categories and sample datasets contained within the Package.
  1. Contribute your use cases to the Package.

Send comments and use cases to Feedback on this document can also be made via the Open Data Charter Resource Centre. The GODAN Secretariat and network can provide  support to governments that are working to put the package into practice.

Download the full document here

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