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World Needs 70 per cent More Food by 2050 to 9.6 Billion Global Population

New York (ABC Live):3 December 2013  The world will need 70 per cent more food, as measured by calories, to feed a global population of 9.6 billion in 2050, and must achieve this through improvements in the way people produce and consume, according to a report released today by the United Nations and its partners. “Over the next several decades, ... Read More »

Despite Recent Decline in Global Food Prices by 6 percent It Still Stands At Historical Peaks

WASHINGTON (ABC Live):- Global food prices declined by 6 percent over the last quarter, but are still not far from their historical peaks, according to the World Bank Group’s latest Food Price Watch report. Wheat markets remain tight; and weather-related concerns in Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation may further drive up wheat prices over the next few ... Read More »

India Sow Rabi Crops in 395.87 Lakh Hectare

New Delhi (ABC Live):The total rabi sown area in India, as per reports received from States, during the week ending 29.11.2013 stands at 395.87 lakh hectare as compared to 374.87 lakh hectare at this time last year, showing an increase of 5.6% over last year.Details of the areas sown so far this year and last year are given below:             ... Read More »

UN General Assembly Resolves to Increase Investment in Agriculture Rural Development

New York (ABC Live): The General Assembly would stress the need to increase investment in agriculture and rural development, including by giving technical and financial aid to least developed and net food-importing developing countries, with a view to increasing their agricultural productivity and infrastructure, according to one of two draft resolutions the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) approved by consensus ... Read More »

FAO to Observe 2014 As International Year of Family Farming

Rome (ABC Live):The International Year of Family Farming 2014 was officially launched on 22 November 2013, at UN Headquarters in New York. The main purpose of the event is to present the general objectives, lines of action and activities to be developed within the celebration of the IYFF 2014. In addition, the FAO Director General will nominate the Special Ambassadors ... Read More »

India Decides to Continue Agriculture Export Promotion Plan Scheme for 12th Five Year Plan

New Delhi (ABC Live):The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry for continuation of the Agriculture Export Promotion Plan Scheme of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) with four components in the 12th Plan period (2012-13 to 2016-17). These components are infrastructure development, transport assistance, market development ... Read More »

Rabi Sown Area Expends by 13 Lakh Hectare in 2013-14

New Delhi (ABC Live): The total rabi sown area, as per reports received from States, during the week ending 14.11.2013 stands at 223.27 lakh hectare as compared to 210.41 lakhhectare at this time last year. Details of the areas sown so far this year and last year are given below: – lakh hectare Crop Area sown in 2013-14 Area sown in 2012-13 Rabi Rice 0.52 0.52 ... Read More »

Global Cereal Stocks Reaches to 564 Million Tonnes in 2014

Rome (ABC Live): FAO’s Food Outlook report published on November 7, 2013 states that Global Cereal stocks, ending in 2014, are anticipated to increase, by 13 percent, to 564 million tonnes, with coarse grains alone up by 30 percent, mostly in the United States. Wheat and rice stocks are also projected to rise, by 7 percent and 3 percent respectively. The expansion ... Read More »

CSSRI Developed Salt Tolerant Crops Varieties Added 15 million Tonnes Foodgrains in India Food Coffer

New Delhi (ABC Live):The Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI) is a premier research institute dedicated to pursue interdisciplinary research on salinity/ alkalinity management and use of poor quality irrigation waters in different agro-ecological zones of the country. The Govt. of India constituted an Indo-American Team to assist the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to develop a comprehensive water management ... Read More »

Food and Agriculture Organization All Set to Observe World Food Day on 16th October

Rome (ABC Live): The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations all set to observe World Food Day on 16 October, 2013 with theme of “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” The objectives of World Food Day are to encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end; encourage ... Read More »