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A severe heat waves hit Pakistan’s Sindh province

A severe heat waves hit Pakistan’s Sindh province and especially Karachi with above 49c. The absence of water and electricity further aggravated the situation where more than 1100 people died while 100’s are in hospitals

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A prolonged dry spell from April to early June 2015 in main growing areas of DPR Korea

A prolonged dry spell from April to early June 2015 in main growing areas of DPR Korea affected plantings and yield potential of the 2015 food crops. More rains are urgently needed to avoid a significant decrease in 2015 cereal production. Should drought conditions persist, the food security situation is likely to deteriorate from that of the previous years, when most households were already estimated to have borderline and poor…

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On 7 June 2015 heavy rains and hails caused flooding in the eastern part of Georgia affecting 8,800 people

On 7 June 2015 heavy rains and hails caused flooding in the eastern part of Georgia affecting 8,800 people. On 13 June 2015, the situation in the country escalated further when repeated heavy rains caused mud flow and flash flooding of the rivers Vere and Mtkvari, seriously affecting different central districts of the capital city of Tbilisi and also the surrounding villages. According to official sources, 16 people lost their…

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Africa needs to find $50bn fast, or an already bad climate change picture could get uglier

06 MAR 2015 01:05 LEE MWITI A NEW United Nations study has tabled a multi-billion dollar bill in front of African countries, if they are to urgently and successfully initiate adaptation measures to climate change. The Africa Adaptation Gap Report, the second so far, builds on an earlier one by UN environmental agency UNEP that highlighted the danger of the continent delaying further action. It  shows that by 2050, Africa’s adaptation costs could rise to…

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Lome meeting to discuss impact of Ebola on food security

Ebola impact food security English.news.cn   2015-03-03 17:58:02 LOME, March 3 (Xinhua) — A West African regional forum kicked off on Monday in the Togolese capital to come up with ways to prevent a food crisis due to the Ebola outbreak. The forum in Lome was organized by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), and the Togolese government. Under the…

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‘Megadrought’ likely for western U.S. by end of century

Reference from: Cornell Chronicle Feb. 12, 2015 By Blaine Friedlander bpf2@cornell.edu The consequences of climate change paint a bleak picture for the Southwest and much of America’s breadbasket, the Great Plains. A “megadrought” likely will occur late in this century, and it could last for three decades, according to a new report by Cornell and NASA researchers in the journal Science Advances (Feb. 12), an online publication of the American…

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IFAD will provide financial support for livestock and access to market in Southern districts of Punjab

Rome, 12 February 2015  – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan are financing a US$40.83 million project to contribute towards government’s effort to increase productivity in the livestock and dairy sector and reduce poverty for 112,500 rural households in four districts in the Punjab Province. IFAD will provide a loan of $35 million on highly concessional terms to finance the Pakistan Livestock and Access to Market Project (LAMP). The loan agreement was signed today in IFAD headquarters by Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD, and Tehmina Janjua, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in Rome. The project will address key constraints in the livestock sector including high mortality rates. The project will improve farmers’ access to markets and…

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Many sugar mills in Pakistan face bankruptcy

Reference from: The News LAHORE: Around eight to 10 sugar mills in Punjab are likely to face bankruptcy by the end of the ongoing crushing season owing to financial crunch after sugar prices crashed in the province and the Sindh government lowered the sugarcane price in the province. These mills started the current crushing season with around Rs500 to 700 million losses in average in piled-up sugar stocks and they are now unable to even reach the break even cost which may cause collapse of the sugar industry in the province. In case the financial crunch continues, an amount of over Rs60 billion payable to sugar growers will get stuck up this season. This will directly hit the rural economy, which is already passing through adverse times after crash of…

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Establishment of Green Box to ensure Food Security and US disagreement

Reference from: The Ecnomic Times 29 Jan, 2015 GENEVA: Disagreements flared up between the US and India here today at the first informal meeting to find a permanent solution on public stockholding for food security in developing countries. The G-33 countries led by India and including China want public stockholding for food security purposes to come under the “Green Box” — domestic support for agriculture that causes minimal or no trade distortion. Under current WTO rules, developing countries are subject to only minimal disciplines on agriculture subsidies. Other countries, including the US and Australia contend that price support is by definition market distorting. The US said that “members cannot create a loophole in discipline” and are disappointed that the G-33 — a group of developing countries that coordinate on trade…

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Urgent assistance needed in Malawi after severe floods

Reference from : The Crop Site MALAWI, AFRICA – Farmers in southern Malawi urgently need seeds and livestock after intense flooding destroyed their fields and homes, washing away animals and crops and threatening local food security. More than 170,000 people have had to leave their homes. Some 79 deaths have been confirmed so far, while 153 people are still missing in Nsanje district alone. An estimated 116,000 households have lost their crops and livestock. Malawi is regularly affected by droughts and floods. But the current heavy rains have come ahead of their usual schedule – repeatedly bursting the banks along the Shire and Ruo rivers – and their impact has been far wider. Warnings of flash floods remain active as moderate to heavy rains are expected in the country’s northern…

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The Aging American Farmer

One of the most well known trends in American agriculture is the aging farmer. Year after year, the average age of the U.S. farmers has increased. This trend was confirmed, yet again, with the release of the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. Figure 1 shows the USDA’s estimate of the average age of a producer from 1945 to 2012. Over the 64 years of data, the average age increased by 9.6 years. In the five years between the 2012 and 2007 census, the average age ticked up by 1.2 year. (In 1978 the average age was reported as being younger than the previous census, but it should be noted that this was most likely the results of changes in survey sampling procedure.) Figure 1. Average Age of Primary Farm Operators.…

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Pakistan is the 4th highest milk producing country in the World

The Top 10 milk producing countries are contributing around 60% of the total World production. Pakistan is the 4th highest milk producing country of the World.  The first highest milk producing country is India producing 16.5% of the total World milk production, followed by USA-12%, China 6% and Pakistan 5%. The Milk production in Asia increased from 76million Mt in 1982 to 280 million Mt in 2012. The highest milk consumption is in fresh form, while per capita highest milk consumption is recorded in American continent. Source is FAO

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