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According to Mahfuzuddin Ahmed, the Asian Development Bank’s Technical Advisor on Rural Development and Food Security, Asia and the Pacific region are home to the largest numbers of food and nutrition insecure people in the world. Moreover, total population growth in the region should reach 4.4 billion...
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), together with Indian authorities, has officially launched the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA): a new institute that it is hoped will help improve food security throughout South Asia. Speaking October 5 at BISA’s launch, CIMMYT Director...
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a three-year US$4.8 million grant to U.S.-based Cornell University to strengthen capacity to develop and disseminate genetically engineered eggplant in Bangladesh and the Philippines. The grant is through USAID’s Feed the Future...
A report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) entitled “Food Security and Poverty in Asia and the Pacific: Key Challenges and Policy Issues” says Asian countries must understand that food security and poverty reduction are interconnected, and that a comprehensive approach to addressing both concerns...
The European Commission is funding a new initiative called the SELAMAT project, named after the word for safety in Malay, aimed at helping Asian countries follow the EU's standards of food quality and meet the demands of the European market. The article says that the four-year project is a response...
This article reports that hundreds of peasant organizations and NGOs representing millions of poor Asian farmers are participating in the People's Caravan 2004 for People's Food Sovereignty (PC2004). This year's caravan bears the theme "Asserting Our Rights to Land and Food."...
This article reports on field trials of Bt eggplant that have been taking place since 2002 at the University of Agricultural Sciences in India's Karnataka state. The trials are part of the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project (ABSP) II, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development...
A recent decision by the Supreme Court of the Philippines is threatening to spark a food crisis in the country. Last year, in response to a petition led by Greenpeace, the Court demanded an overhaul of existing rules on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The decision halted GM planting and issuance...
A recent article in the Journal of Integrative Agriculture shows that conservation agriculture – described as minimal soil disturbance and permanent soil cover combined with appropriate rotations – can improve farmers’ income, help crops sustain or adapt to heat and water stresses, and reduce agriculture’s...
The India-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has received a four-year, US$18 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to launch a new project, called Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement (HOPE) of Sorghum and Millets in Sub-Saharan...