Food security https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/food-security/ Global development news articles about food security including information on insecurity, famine, malnutrition and more. Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT en Missed COP targets to Yemen famine – 2018 in review https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/missed-cop-targets-to-yemen-famine-2018-in-review.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/missed-cop-targets-to-yemen-famine-2018-in-review.html We look back at our leading stories of 2018. Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT Smallholders’ global food production underestimated https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/smallholders-global-food-production-underestimated-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/smallholders-global-food-production-underestimated-1.html Smallholder farms cultivate 40 per cent of global agricultural area, almost double what was previously estimated. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:02:33 GMT The tech fix that won’t secure food supplies https://scidev.net/global/farming/supported-content/tech-fix-secure-food-supplies.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/farming/supported-content/tech-fix-secure-food-supplies.html How can small farmers avoid getting ‘locked in’ by technology? Anita Makri reports from Bellagio. Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT Q&A: Science is still biased towards staple crops https://scidev.net/global/climate-change/supported-content/science-biased-towards-staple-crops.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/climate-change/supported-content/science-biased-towards-staple-crops.html Farmers rely on information to climate-proof their businesses and diversify their crop. IFAD’s Paul Winters tells SciDev.Net how science can help overcome remaining barriers. Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:00:00 GMT Model shows pathway to feeding the world https://scidev.net/global/food-security/news/model-shows-pathway-to-feeding-the-world.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/food-security/news/model-shows-pathway-to-feeding-the-world.html A modelling exercise proves that global hunger can be ended by 2050 if the world cuts back on red meat and eats more nuts. Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT India mounts awareness campaign as maize-eating moth detected https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/fall-armyworm-infests-indian-maize.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/fall-armyworm-infests-indian-maize.html Indian authorities are moving to tackle an infestation of maize crops by the voracious fall armyworm moth pest. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:06:43 GMT Low awareness, high prices block progress on food loss https://scidev.net/global/food-security/news/low-awareness-high-prices-block-progress-on-food-loss.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/food-security/news/low-awareness-high-prices-block-progress-on-food-loss.html Statement by expert group highlights steps to help farmers adopt available tools. Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Course grains better than rice for health, environment https://scidev.net/global/nutrition/news/course-grains-better-than-rice-for-health-environment-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/nutrition/news/course-grains-better-than-rice-for-health-environment-1x.html Rice is not only deficient in nutrients but its cultivation releases methane, a major greenhouse gas, says study. Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:02:12 GMT Q&A: We need to produce ‘different food’, not more https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/opinion/we-need-to-produce-different-food-not-more.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/opinion/we-need-to-produce-different-food-not-more.html Health, ability to withstand climate change, economic resilience all interlinked, says Tim Benton. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:00:00 GMT Q&A: ‘It doesn't matter if you improve your productivity ten-fold’ https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/opinion/It-doesnt-matter-if-you-improve-your-productivity-ten-fold.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/opinion/It-doesnt-matter-if-you-improve-your-productivity-ten-fold.html IFAD president Gilbert Houngbo makes the case for a ‘rural transformation’ backed by affordable technology. Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:00:00 GMT Africa calls for caution on glyphosate https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/feature/africa-calls-for-caution-on-glyphosate.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/feature/africa-calls-for-caution-on-glyphosate.html As the EU considers extending its approval for the weed-killer, African researchers highlight safety concerns. Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:00:00 GMT Potatoes, allies on Earth and on Mars https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/multimedia/potatoes-allies-on-earth-and-on-mars.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/multimedia/potatoes-allies-on-earth-and-on-mars.html Simulation experiment shows potatoes can survive in the extreme climatic conditions found on Mars. Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:18:42 GMT Mercury convention raises heat on producers https://scidev.net/global/food-security/news/mercury-convention-raises-heat-on-producers.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/food-security/news/mercury-convention-raises-heat-on-producers.html So far 74 countries have become parties to the Minamata Convention, out of 128 signatories. Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:00:00 GMT Sources of aflatoxin found for Brazil nuts https://scidev.net/global/food-security/news/aflatoxin-source-brazil-nuts.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/food-security/news/aflatoxin-source-brazil-nuts.html Analysis of contamination sources has implications for control strategies and international standards for mycotoxin. Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:48:00 GMT Researchers model ways to control deadly maize disease https://scidev.net/global/farming/news/researchers-model-control-deadly-maize-disease-global.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/farming/news/researchers-model-control-deadly-maize-disease-global.html Scientists use a mathematical model to predict effective ways of controlling deadly maize lethal necrosis (MLN). Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:07:00 GMT How S&T and finance together boost Africa’s agriculture https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/opinion/science-technology-investments-improve-africas-agriculture.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/opinion/science-technology-investments-improve-africas-agriculture.html Private sector investments need to build on a foundation of science and innovation, writes Paul Boateng. Tue, 23 May 2017 14:30:03 GMT Genetics to boost sugarcane production https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/genetics-boost-sugarcane-production.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/genetics-boost-sugarcane-production.html Brazilian researchers have identified genes that prolong harvest by helping sugar cane store more sucrose. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:12:15 GMT Project builds capacity of fish farmers to raise yields https://scidev.net/global/fisheries/news/capacity-fish-farmers-raise-yields.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/fisheries/news/capacity-fish-farmers-raise-yields.html A project is training Kenyan smallholder fish farmers in good management practices to boost production. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:09:31 GMT Creole maize reveals adaptation secrets https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/creole-maize-adaptation-secrets.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/creole-maize-adaptation-secrets.html Scientists identify genes that influence the adaptation of nearly 4500 varieties of Creole maize in Latin America. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:58:14 GMT The locust invasions devastating Niger https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/feature/locust-invasions-devastating-niger.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/agriculture/food-security/food-security_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/feature/locust-invasions-devastating-niger.html In between invasions of desert locusts, other locust species swarm in and destroy crops, causing food insecurity. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT