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Agriculture can be an ally to biodiversity conservation

7By Karina Toledo

Agência FAPESP – In addition to producing food, services and energy, agricultural pastures have a secondary but equally important role, a role that should be strengthened: the conservation of biological diversity.

Professor Luciano Martins Verdade, of the Center for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture at Universidade de São Paulo (CENA/USP), discussed this topic during the last meeting of the 2013 BIOTA-FAPESP Education Conference Cycle, organized by the FAPESP Research Program for the Characterization, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity (BIOTA-FAPESP). Held on November 21, 2013 at FAPESP’s headquarters, the theme was “Biodiversity in Urban and Rural Anthropic Environments.” >>Continue Reading<<

Source and Photo: FAPESP, January 22nd, 2014
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Brazilian Agriculture

AG_BrasilBy Gilberto Schmidt

Labex Korea – Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world, with an extensive surface of continuous land, a large supply of fresh water, abundant solar energy, and a rich biodiversity. In the past five decades the country has used its abundance and diversity of resources to successfully become a world leader in agricultural production, including food, feed, fiber and renewable energy.

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South Korea Aims to Double Farm Exports by 2017

Italo_Busan_01South Korea – South Korea will work to double its outbound shipments of farm and fisheries products to US$16 billion in just five years, according to the agriculture ministry.
Under its plan revealed at a government meeting chaired by President Park Geun-hye, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it will invest nearly two trillion won (KRW; US$1.86 billion) by 2017 to develop new products and farming technologies, reports YonhapNewsAgency.
“The government plans to invest up to 2 trillion won by 2017, with most of the amount to be spent on research and development projects to develop country-specific products,” said Lim Jeong-bin, head of the ministry’s food industry policy bureau.
South Korea’s farm exports have been growing steadily with an average annual increase of 16 per cent over the past five years, according to the ministry.
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Water management in Brazil is critical, affirm researchers

1By Elton Alisson
Agência FAPESP – Water resource management in Brazil represents a critical problem due to the lack of mechanisms, technologies and, above all, sufficient human resources to adequately manage the country’s hydrographic basins, according to researchers participating in the “Seminar on Water Resources and Agriculture” held on October 2 at FAPESP.
The event was part of the activities surrounding the 58th Bunge Foundation Award and 34th Bunge Foundation Youth Award, which this year is exploring the areas of Water Resources and Agriculture and Literary Criticism. In the area of Water Resources and Agriculture, the awards were given to Klaus Reichardt of the Center for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture (CENA) at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and Samuel Beskow of the Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPEL), respectively…. Continue Reading
 Source and Photo: Agência FAPESP, November 27, 2013
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Brazil Needs to Reduce Transport Costs to be Competitive

Brazil_FlagsBy Chris Harris
The Poultry Site – Speaking at the HGCA Grain Market Outlook conference in London last week, Chris Gadd, grain analyst with Macquarie Securities said that in the 2013/14 season Brazil will have increased production to more than 87 million tonnes of soybeans – a rise from 81.6 million tonnes last year.

Globally, this year the markets have been recovering from poor soy, sun flower seed and rape production in 2012 and in the US there is a predicted shortfall in production, although there is an improvement in ending stocks in the US as yields are improving.

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Agriculture Dependent on Future of Global Food Demand

26The Poultry Site – While billions of Euros and dollars are being spent on research to improve crop, livestock and food production, the supply of food as populations grow in size and wealth will largely be determined by the climate and land availability.

However, while the demand for food is growing and people are getting wealthier, the proportion of household incomes that is being spent on food is now less than it was 30 or 40 years ago.

A changing global population, with an emerging growing middle class and changing eating habits has seen a switch to a more meat based diet.

According to Mario Pezzini, the director of the OECD Development Centre the global middle class is expected to grow from 1.8 billion in 2009 to 3.2 billion by 2020… >>Continue Reading<<

Source and Photo: The Poultry Site, 4th October, 2013

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Sustainable Intensification in Agriculture: How To Produce More

41The Poultry Site – The goal of sustainable intensification is to increase food production from existing farmland says the article in the journal’s Policy Forum.

Lead authors Dr Tara Garnett and Professor Charles Godfray, University of Oxford, say this would minimise the pressure on the environment in a world in which land, water, and energy are in short supply, highlighting that the environment is often overexploited and used unsustainably.

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International initiative seeks to reconcile agriculture with sustainability

40Avicultura Industrial – A group of 25 scientists of the world will have two years to do research and report a concrete experiences to balance the sustainable agricultural production to ensure worldwide food security. The initiative, launched in Rio, aims to unite researchers, governments and companies around the common goals. According Emile Frison, General Director of the Bioversity International, a nonprofit research organization headquartered in Rome, who leads the project, the novelty of Agriculture and Conservation Initiative is the union between researchers of the sustainability and of the productive sectors to fetch integrated solutions.
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Pesticides have an impact on the agricultural frontier of Amazon

29By Elton Alisson
Agência FAPESP – Small producers along the Brazilian Amazon’s agricultural frontier are using pesticides in higher doses and at greater frequencies than are recommended, and in some cases, chemicals are being used that are inappropriate for the infestations that they are intended to control. The large soybean and sugarcane producers in the region follow more of the prevailing agronomical recommendations and even replace compounds that are more toxic to human health with other, less harmful inputs.
However, the study indicates that the risk of the adverse effects of pesticides on aquatic species, such as fish, has increased significantly. This is because, with the intensification of agriculture on the Amazon agricultural frontier, the pesticides are being applied at higher doses, and although they are less toxic for humans and other mammal species, they may be harmful to smaller organisms… >>Continue Reading<<

Source and Photos: Agência FAPESP, 10th July, 2013
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Indonesians cultivate food diversity

Live on a market, Port Louis, MauritiusThe Korea Herald – Indonesia’s heavy dependence on rice as the primary staple food has triggered the need for food diversification, but up to now it is still a work in progress.
If there is any food that deserves to be identified as the Asian food, it is rice ― people have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“I always have rice,” said Ardi, a 39-year-old private company employee living in West Jakarta. “If I don’t have rice, I am still hungry.”
Rice is the staple food of more than 50 percent of the world’s population, including in Indonesia where per capita rice consumption is estimated at 139 kilograms per year.
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