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  • OECD-FAO expect slower global agricultural production growth

    Global agricultural production is expected to grow 1.5 percent a year on average over the coming decade, compared with annual growth of 2.1 percent between 2003 and 2012, according to a new report published by the OECD and FAO today. Limited expansion of agricultural land, rising production costs, growing resource constraints and increasing environmental pressures are the main ...

  • OECD-FAO expect slower global agricultural production growth

    Global agricultural production is expected to grow 1.5 percent a year on average over the coming decade, compared with annual growth of 2.1 percent between 2003 and 2012, according to a new report published by the OECD and FAO today. Limited expansion of agricultural land, rising production costs, growing resource constraints and increasing environmental pressures are the main factors behind the ...

  • Agriculture ‘engine of growth’ that Africa needs

    Agriculture must become the engine for growth that Africa needs to eradicate hunger and boost sustainable food production, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today. Speaking at a side event on the margins of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Graziano da Silva called on Africa to step up its efforts. “More than one out of every five of its citizens is still denied ...

  • 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 ...

  • `Biopreferred Products` championed by US Secretary of Agriculture

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack recently urged his peers on President Obama’s Cabinet to give procurement preference to products that comply with the federal BioPreferred program. EOS® is among a wide range of products the United Soybean Board lists as Biobased Products for Government. This program aims to reduce the impact of climate change, improve American environmental security ...


    By EOS Remediation, LLC

  • Agricultural production: drought and other abiotic stresses

    The 65% of productive losses in main crops such as corn, wheat or barley are caused by abiotic stresses related to climatic variations (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants, Buchanan, Gruissem, Jones, American Society of Plant Physiologists, 2000). ...


    By Iden Biotechnology

  • Improved crops can double European agriculture production

    Roadmap Will Help to Make Food Crops “Future-Proof” Wageningen University & Research is working within the CropBooster-P EU project on a roadmap to make agricultural crops future-proof. The project will ...

  • Commission approves new promotion programmes for agricultural products

    The European Commission has approved 33 new programmes to promote EU agricultural products in the EU and on third country markets. These programmes are worth €108 million over 3 years, half of which (€54 million) comes from the EU budget. The programmes will contribute to opening up new markets and increasing the consumption of promoted products inside and outside the EU. The measures ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • The Commission approves new promotion programmes for agricultural products

    The European Commission has approved 41 new programmes to promote agricultural products in the EU and on third country markets, worth 130 million EURO over 3 years, half of which (65m EURO) comes from the EU budget. This includes an extra 30m€ of EU funds made available by the Commission following the Russian ban on imports of EU food products last August. Commenting on these new programmes, ...

  • New Report Shows Agriculture Productivity Consistently Up

    Ohio farmers have been producing more and, on average, earning slightly more too. Improved technology, rising crop yields, farmer ingenuity and lower prices for farm inputs have led to higher agricultural productivity, specifically annual increases of 1.6 percent since the 1950s, according to a report produced by a team of agricultural economists from the College of Food, Agricultural, and ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Simulating Agricultural Climate Change Scenarios using Controlled Growth Chambers

    Extreme weather, believed to result from climate change and increased atmospheric CO2 levels, is a concern for many. And beyond extreme events, global warming is also expected to impact agriculture.1,2   Although it is expected that climate change will significantly affect agriculture and cause decreases in crop yields, the full effects of climate change ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • Food security may be increased by new agricultural production modeling

    Farmers are used to optimizing crop production on their own lands. They do soil tests to choose the right amount of fertilizers to apply, and they sometimes plant row crops on some fields while keeping others in pasture. But is it possible to optimize production across a much bigger area—say, the whole East Coast of the United States? That’s the question a team of USDA-ARS scientists ...

  • Increasing potato production

    Despite sophisticated nutrient management of potato crops, quality and yield still see wide variability. Although nutrients are already well understood, the influence of other environmental factors remains understudied. A research team from Michigan State University conducted a study to determine how the chemical and physical properties of soil, along with the light waves the plant absorbs and ...

  • Syngenta launches The Good Growth Plan

    Six commitments to address critical challenges for the planet and its people Comprehensive and ambitious with measurable targets for 2020 Focus on resource efficiency, the environment and rural communities Syngenta today announced six commitments to address the global food security challenge. The Good Growth Plan has ...


    By Syngenta

  • Agriculture to 2050 – the challenges ahead

    Agriculture must become more productive if it is to feed a much larger world population while responding to the daunting environmental challenges ahead, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said here today. Opening a two-day High-Level Expert Forum on How to Feed the World in 2050 Diouf told the 300 delegates that over the next 40 years: 'The combined effect of population growth, strong income ...

  • Simulating the effect of climate change on agriculture

    Increased atmospheric CO2 levels and climate change are believed to contribute to extreme weather conditions, which is a major concern for many. And beyond extreme events, global warming is also predicted to affect agriculture.1,2 ...


    By Edinburgh Sensors Ltd

  • More efficient use of farm inputs key to growth

    In an address today to the Food Security from Sustainable Agriculture conference in Christchurch, New Zealand, Dr Robertson said a sizable gap still exists between what farmers in both countries are producing and what is potentially possible. “In most cases, agriculture in Australia and New Zealand has maintained consistent growth in production per hectare, per animal and per labour unit ...

  • Towards a new European agricultural and agri-food product promotion policy

    The European Commission today presented a draft reform of the information and promotion policy for European agricultural and food products. This new promotion policy, which benefits from a more substantial budget and will in the future be supported by a European executive agency, is intended to act as key for opening up new markets. With the slogan 'Enjoy, it´s from Europe', the policy aims ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Scaling up conservation agriculture in Zambia

    The European Union (EU), FAO and the Government of Zambia launched a four-year, €11 million programme to increase crop production and productivity of over 300 000 small-scale farmers by promoting practices based on conservation agriculture. The agricultural production of smallholder farmers in Zambia is most affected by soil degradation, high-input prices, poor produce markets and poor ...

  • Making agriculture sustainable

    Agriculture is possibly the most important sector of global activity. It is a source of foods, fibers and, increasingly, fuel. It provides livelihoods and subsistence for the largest number of people worldwide. It is vital to rural development and therefore critical to poverty alleviation. Up to 40% of the land’s surface is used for agriculture, along with 70% of the world’s fresh water supply. ...

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