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  • New USGS map of worldwide croplands supports food and water security

    A new map was released on November 14 detailing croplands worldwide in the highest resolution yet, helping to ensure global food and water security in a sustainable way. The map establishes that there are 1.87 billion hectares of croplands in the world, which is 15% to 20%—or 250 to 350 million ...

  • GLOBE-Net predictions for 2009

    It is customary to wrap up the old year with predictions for the year ahead. GLOBE-Net offers its own list of things to look forward to in 2009 with respect to the ’business of the environment’. There will be nothing dramatically new in 2009 regarding the business of the environment in the sense that trends that are already evident will continue shape events in the near term. For example, spurred ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Fisheries Reform: Time to Draw in the Net

    Achieving healthy fish stocks globally was a key challenge flowing from Rio+20 and will be a central litmus test for realizing an inclusive Green economy. So it is good news that Europe recently reached an historic agreement to reform its Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) that promises to reverse decades of excessive overfishing by European fleets. The agreement covers the rebuilding of fish stocks ...

  • Safety net measures for dairy, fruit and vegetables to be extended

    Safety net measures for the European dairy, fruit and vegetables sectors will be extended into 2016. The European Commission is currently finalising the last details with a view to formally adopting the relevant legal decisions in the coming weeks as a matter of formality. The European Commission is aware of the challenges faced by European producers and to support them. For the fruit and ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Sustainable fisheries net US$100,000 award

    A marine conservation charity that helps coastal communities sustainably manage and profit from marine life has won a US$100,000 prize for sustainable practices. Blue Ventures, a UK-based conservation organisation that works in Belize, Madagascar and Malaysia, took first place in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Agriculture Leads Year of Action

    National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 2642, the Agricultural Act of 2014: “Family farmers and ranchers have always been willing to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work that is needed to feed, fuel and clothe our nation and our world. It is only fitting that this legislation ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • The common agricultural policy (CAP) and agriculture in Europe – Frequently asked questions

    Farming in Europe – an overview How rural is the EU? Over 77% of the EU's territory is classified as rural (47% is farm land and 30% forest) and is home to around half its population (farming communities and other residents). How many farmers are there in the EU? 12 million (full-time). ...


    By European Commission

  • On horizon 2050 - billions needed for agriculture

    Net investments of $83 billion a year must be made in agriculture in developing countries if there is to be enough food to feed 9.1 billion people in 2050, according to an FAO discussion paper published today.  Agricultural investment thus needs to increase by about 50 percent, according to the paper prepared for the High Level Experts’ Forum on How to Feed the World in 2050, Rome 12-13 ...

  • Input for discussion on Common Agricultural Policy after 2020

    There is a possibility that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be reformulated after 2020. In order to stimulate a strategic discussion regarding the reformulation of this policy, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has asked the LEI to conduct an exploratory study into possible scenarios and policy options for the CAP after 2020. This study contains suggestions for the policy's ...

  • How much water is used for irrigation in European agriculture?

    Agriculture plays a large role in the management of water in the EU. However, there is little consistent information on water use in irrigation. New EU supported research has estimated how much water is used for irrigation in European countries, providing a framework to analyse agricultural pressures on water quantity. Water scarcity is an increasing problem in the EU and the situation is ...

  • Land “Grabbing” Grows as Agricultural Resources Dwindle

    Since 2000, more than 36 million hectares—- an area about the size of Japan—- has been purchased or leased by foreign entities, mostly for agricultural use. Today, nearly 15 million hectares more is under negotiation (www.worldwatch.org). “Farmland is lost or degraded on every continent, while ‘land grabbing’—- the purchase or ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Organic agriculture`s resilience shows untapped potential

    Despite the crippling effects of the recent economic slowdown on many industries, the organic agriculture sector not only sustained itself during this period but also showed signs of growth. "In 2009, organic farming was practiced on 37.2 million hectares worldwide, a 5.7 percent increase from 2008 and 150 percent increase since 2000," writes policy analyst E.L. Beck, in the latest Vital Signs ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Agricultural Subsidies Remain a Staple in the Industrial World

    In 2012, the most recent year with data, agricultural subsidies totaled an estimated $486 billion in the top 21 food-producing countries in the world. These countries—the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and seven other countries (Brazil, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Russia, South Africa, and Ukraine)—are responsible for almost 80 percent ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Radical change needed in agriculture, says UN

    The way the world grows its food will have to change radically to better serve the poor and hungry if the world is to cope with a growing population and climate change while avoiding social breakdown and environmental collapse. That is the message from the report of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development, a major new report by over 400 scientists which ...

  • Bangladesh: agricultural sector devastated in cyclone-hit areas

    The agriculture, livestock and fisheries sectors in southern Bangladesh have suffered enormous losses and large-scale assistance is urgently needed to address the damage caused by Cyclone Sidr, FAO said today. The cyclone has affected over 6.7 million people in 30 southern districts, and latest government reports put the death toll at around 3 000 people. According to data from the Disaster ...

  • Input for discussion on Common Agricultural Policy after 2020

    There is a possibility that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be reformulated after 2020. In order to stimulate a strategic discussion regarding the reformulation of this policy, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has asked the LEI to conduct an exploratory study into possible scenarios and policy options for the CAP after 2020. This study contains suggestions for the policy's ...

  • Agriculture`s greenhouse gas emissions on the rise

    New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050, without greater efforts to reduce them. This is the first time that FAO has released its own global estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use ...

  • Huge opportunities for agricultural growth in West Africa

    West Africa has unprecedented opportunities for agricultural growth, but making the most of them will require more effective  regional integration, says a new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). To be competitive with large global actors, West African ...

  • Input for discussion on Common Agricultural Policy after 2020

    There is a possibility that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be reformulated after 2020. In order to stimulate a strategic discussion regarding the reformulation of this policy, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has asked the LEI to conduct an exploratory study into possible scenarios and policy options for the CAP after 2020. This study contains suggestions for the policy's ...

  • Agriculture Secretary Announces Record Sales, Income and Assets for Agriculture and Fishery Cooperatives in 2012

    In recognition of October as National Cooperative Month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that U.S. farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives set records for sales, income and assets in 2012, buoyed by strong prices for grain, farm supplies and many other agricultural commodities. Sales by agricultural and fishery co-ops of nearly $235 billion surpassed the 2011 record by $18 ...

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