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IAEA Helps Costa Rica to Top Rank in Happy Planet Index

Vienna (ABC Live): Happy Planet Index : While the Happy Planet Index ranks Costa Rica first in the world for environmentally-friendly practices, the country is also the world’s number one producer of fertilizer-hungry pineapples. With the help of the IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Costa Rican experts are exploring the use of nuclear technology to …

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World Soil Day Reminds Us to Respect Soil

New York (ABC Live): World Soil Day :Soil is a major carbon storage system, essential for sustainable agriculture and climate change mitigation, the United Nations agriculture agency said Tuesday, launching on World Soil Day a comprehensive global map showing the amount of carbon stocks contained in soil. “Soil is the foundation of agriculture , it is where food begins,” said Maria Helena Semedo, …

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Know WTO Cotton Trade Reform Negotiations

New Delhi (ABC Live): WTO Cotton Trade Reform Negotiations :Cotton has been discussed at the WTO since the Cotton Four’s 2003 Sectoral Initiative on Cotton, and the 1 August 2004 General Council decision — sometimes called the “July 2004 Package” — covering all subjects in the WTO negotiations. The decision says that cotton will be addressed “ambitiously, expeditiously and specifically” within the agriculture negotiations. As a …

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Seven Questions on the Globalization of Farmland

Washington, D.C (ABC Live): Globalization of Farmland : A IMF working paper, entitled “The Globalization of Farmland: Theoretical and Empirical Evidence,” co-authored by Rabah Arezki, Christian Bogmans, and Harris Selod, analyzes the drivers behind the surge in transnational acquisitions of farmland in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The paper finds, for the first time, statistical evidence that land deals were …

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Know the WTO Agriculture Draft Cancún Ministerial Text

New Delhi (ABC Live): Draft Cancún Ministerial Text : General Council chairperson Carlos Pérez del Castillo and Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi submitted their draft Cancún Ministerial Declaration to ministers on 31 August 2003. Draft Cancún Ministerial Text We reaffirm our Declarations made at Doha and the decisions we took there. We take note of the progress that has been made towards carrying out …

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FAO Calls for Resources for Agriculture Sector at COP23

Bonn (ABC Live): FAO  : Investing faster and further in agricultural climate action and to support the sustainable livelihoods of small-scale farmers will unlock much greater potential to curb emissions and protect people against climate change, sector leaders and experts said on Friday at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn. “Agriculture is a key factor for the sustainability of rural areas, the responsibility …

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Know WTO Agriculture Negotiations on Export Subsidies

New Delhi (ABC Live): WTO Agriculture Negotiations on Export Subsidies : Some countries were proposing the total elimination of all forms of export subsidies, in some cases with a deep reductions right at the start of the next period as a “downpayment”. Others were prepared to negotiate further progressive reductions without going so far as the subsidies’ complete elimination, and …

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WHO Calls to Stop Using Antibiotics in Foods and Animals

Geneva (ABC Live): Using Antibiotics : World Health Organization  is recommending that farmers and the food industry stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals. The new WHO recommendations aim to help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics that are important for human medicine by reducing their unnecessary use in animals. In some countries, approximately 80% of …

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FAO Launches Handbook on Banana Farming Safety

New York (ABC Live): Banana Farming ; The United Nations agriculture agency and the Government of Ecuador launched Wednesday a practical guide for workers in the banana sector – the most exported fresh fruit in the world, both by volume and by economic value – to promote healthier and safer work conditions. “The banana sector serves as an essential source of …

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Know the WTO Agriculture Negotiations Modalities

New Delhi (ABC Live); WTO Agriculture Negotiations Modalities :A special session of the  WTO Agriculture Committee agreed, 26 March 2002, decided to a work programme which would set out by 31 March 2003 the key negotiating principles for a final comprehensive farm trade deal. The 31 March 2003 deadline was set in November by trade ministers at the WTO’s Fourth Ministerial Conference in Doha. Ministers also agreed …

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