Category: Agriculture

Pakistan: Pakistan urges Malaysia to expand import base of Pak products

| 12/09/2011 | Reply
Pakistan: Pakistan urges Malaysia to expand import base of Pak products

Pakistan and Malaysia have agreed to enhance bilateral economic cooperation and explore avenues for joint ventures in a host of sectors, including agriculture, construction and Halal industry at the first ever meeting of the Pakistan Malaysia Joint Committee on Review of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries.

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US business mission eyes Saudi agro-food deals

| 12/09/2011 | Reply
US business mission eyes Saudi agro-food deals

The mission consists of top companies specializing in agricultural production, irrigation, livestock breeding, processed and halal food, organic fertilizers, soil treatment, animal feed and feed additives, land-use mapping, and low water use grass seeds.

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Brunei: Yingluck holds closed-door meeting with Sultan of Brunei

| 12/09/2011 | Reply
Brunei: Yingluck holds closed-door meeting with Sultan of Brunei

Before leaving Bangkok, Yingluck said she expected to discuss with the sultan ways to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, including the exchange of knowledge on agriculture and halal food.

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High Food Prices Threaten Poorest: World Bank

| 21/08/2011 | Reply
High Food Prices Threaten Poorest: World Bank

Food prices near record peaks and volatility in commodity markets are driving the lives of the world’s poorest people to the edge of survival, the World Bank warned on Monday. Global food prices in July were 33% higher than a year ago.

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Rice Set to Climb as Thailand Plans Curbs, U.S. Crop Drops

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Rice Set to Climb as Thailand Plans Curbs, U.S. Crop Drops

The smallest increase in rice stockpiles in five years means global grain inventories will extend a decline that already drove food costs to a record.

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Nigeria: Small enterprise and job creation

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Nigeria: Small enterprise and job creation

Supporting small and medium enterprises and agribusiness are key priorities for IFC in Africa, since these sectors account for the bulk of employment on the continent. Across Africa, IFC is supporting projects across the food supply chain, including processing, logistics, and distribution.

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Oman: Food security vital

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
Oman: Food security vital

The Sultanate has attached great importance to food security and has set up a national committee for food security, besides developing strategies to ensure self-sufficiency and adequate availability of food.

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Opinion: Can GM Foods Be ‘Halal’? Or Kosher?

| 04/08/2011 | 3 Replies
Opinion: Can GM Foods Be ‘Halal’? Or Kosher?

Back in December 2010, a conference held in Penang, Malaysia with biotechnology experts and halal proponents ended with the conclusion that genetically modified food was halal ( ‘permissible’ for Muslims) as long as the sources from which they originate from are halal. This decision – which was accompanied by a fatwa declaring GM halal – came as a shock to some in the wider Muslim community who consider GM a deviation from god’s creation.

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Canada: Where’s the beef… from?

| 29/07/2011 | Reply
Canada: Where’s the beef… from?

We love our beef, we humans, so we share our planet with a heck of a lot of cattle. According to Gira, an international market research group, almost a billion beef cattle are being raised for dinner tables worldwide, about 12.3 million of them in Canada, primarily in Alberta and Saskatchewan. That’s about one head of beef for every three Canadians.

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Brunei: Sarawak-Brunei ties on track

| 17/07/2011 | Reply
Brunei: Sarawak-Brunei ties on track

Cooperation between Sarawak and Brunei in five key areas – energy, agriculture, telecommunications, manpower exchange and tourism – is expected to increase following the visit of a state delegation there on Friday.

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Opinion: Could religion be used to address environmental issues?

| 09/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Could religion be used to address environmental issues?

Religion and the environment may at first seem to be two mutually exclusive phenomena; but looking at the history of the religion, as well as the way people govern their lives, just might provide a much-needed solution.

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Opinion: Europe sleepwalking as global food prices set to double

| 08/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion:  Europe sleepwalking as global food prices set to double

Global food prices will more than double within 20 years as a new age of crisis forces the collapse of our broken global food system, said Oxfam today. The international development agency said Europe is sleepwalking as the world enters into an unprecedented and avoidable reversal in human development.

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USA: California Must Label Genetically Engineered Fish

| 25/05/2011 | Reply
USA: California Must Label Genetically Engineered Fish

Looming over consumers is the likelihood that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will approve the raising and selling of GE salmon–without labeling–in the very near future. The engineered fish grow to maturity twice as fast as normal salmon.

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Australia: Taking Stock

| 22/05/2011 | Reply
Australia: Taking Stock

An ABC interview on live trade of animals to Indonesia. The Indonesian people want to make change and want to improve things, and this has been seen quite significantly over the past five years – right at an industry level, at the facilities themselves, and also with the Indonesian government.

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Canada: Global Halal Food Market

| 09/05/2011 | Reply
Canada: Global Halal Food Market

Global Halal Food Market May 2011 The Government of Canada has prepared this report based on primary and secondary sources of information. Readers should take note that the Government of Canada does not guarantee the accuracy of any of the information contained in this report, nor does it necessarily endorse the organizations listed herein. Readers […]

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The rise of Pakistan in the global meat trade

| 09/05/2011 | Reply
The rise of Pakistan in the global meat trade

At a time when Pakistani businessmen have a hard time selling even high-quality products to foreign customers due to Pakistan’s negative country brand, meat processing companies report customers practically begging for Pakistani red meat to be exported to countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

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The Eco-Halal revolution

| 17/03/2011 | Reply
The Eco-Halal revolution

A growing number of Muslims are calling for a more transparent and environmentally sound approach to the production and supply of halal meat that reflects broader issues of sustainability and environmental friendliness backed by Islamic concepts.

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USA: If You Eat Organic Food, Have You Just Been Betrayed?

| 12/03/2011 | Reply
USA: If You Eat Organic Food, Have You Just Been Betrayed?

Organic consumers and producers in the U.S. are facing betrayal. A self-appointed group of “Organic Elites”, including Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, are surrendering to Monsanto. Top executives from these companies publicly stated several weeks ago that they support the so-called “coexistence” of organics with genetically modified (GM) crops. The Organic Consumers […]

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Women Farmers a Force in Fighting Global Food Shortages

| 09/03/2011 | Reply
Women Farmers a Force in Fighting Global Food Shortages

Better investments in female farmers would prevent malnourishment in 100-150 million people, because of the ways women are likely to allocate resources in a food-shortage-threatened world.

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Brunei: China Rice Research Institute To Help Boost Brunei Paddy Drive

| 27/02/2011 | Reply
Brunei: China Rice Research Institute To Help Boost Brunei Paddy Drive

On the subject of Agro Food, the permanent secretary, Dato Dr Hj Amin Liew said, “Brunei Darussalam is also. currently developing an agro-technology park. The size of this park is about 500 hectares, and (it) is designated as an innovation centre for halal food and halal medicinal and health products, as well as halal cosmetics.

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