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Category: Food Security

Opinion: Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?

| 17/01/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?

Quinoa was, in marketing speak, the “miracle grain of the Andes”, but ethical consumers should be aware poor Bolivians can no longer afford their staple grain, due to western demand raising prices.

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UAE seeking investment in Halal food in Cambodia

| 03/10/2012 | Reply
UAE seeking investment in Halal food in Cambodia

Dubai will prepare specific plans to investment in Cambodia in halal food production for the products to be exported to their country. They will return to Cambodia again in May next year with the specific investment plans.

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Opinion: The Real Reason the Middle East is Rioting

| 16/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The Real Reason the Middle East is Rioting

A scene from the YouTube version of the “Innocence of Muslims,” has been seen as the spark for recent attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in the Muslim world. Is food insecurity the tinder for this blaze?

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Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

| 12/09/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Organic farms to constitute 5% of total planted area by 2017

Demand for agricultural products is swelling in Saudi Arabia, driven by a population boom, rising incomes, affluent lifestyles and a strong economy – the largest in the Gulf region.

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USA: Paying more for food? Blame the ethanol mandate

| 21/08/2012 | Reply
USA: Paying more for food? Blame the ethanol mandate

Expect beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, fats and oils, cereals and dairy products to go up in price the most in the coming months. Americans have already reduced their meat consumption over the past few years because of higher prices.

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USA: New research reveals unintended environmental consequences of U.S. beef farmers

| 27/07/2012 | Reply
USA: New research reveals unintended environmental consequences of U.S. beef farmers

If technologies were withdrawn, 17 million more acres of land and 138 billion more gallons of water would be required to produce the same total amount of beef. 18 million extra metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) would be released in the United States alone.

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International donors pledge $4bn for Yemen

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
International donors pledge $4bn for Yemen

Neighbouring Saudi Arabia is providing the bulk of the funds, promising $3.25bn to help the goverment improve infrastructure and security. Aid agencies have warned that Yemen is on the brink of food crisis.

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UAE: Ensuring food security of the UAE

| 19/02/2012 | Reply
UAE: Ensuring food security of the UAE

In recent years, the UAE has seen a steady rise in food imports. Food consumption in the UAE has been growing at the rate of 12 per cent per year and, within this, the demand for food staples has increased by 30 per cent, according to the Ministry of Economy.

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UAE: Population growth spurs demand for food

| 14/02/2012 | Reply
UAE: Population growth spurs demand for food

Many international suppliers which export food to the UAE are reporting double digit growth in the last year. This growing demand is reflected in the high attendance figures of Gulfood 2012 which has attracted a sell-out participation from 88 countries and 110 international pavilions.

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Let Them Eat Ethanol and Cash

| 23/09/2011 | Reply
Let Them Eat Ethanol and Cash

By Greg Lindsay Why have global food prices spiked not once, but twice in the last three years, raising the specter of famine and triggering worldwide food riots–including the Arab Spring? [1] Many explanations have been floated, including climate change-related droughts in Australia, volatile oil prices, “food security” export restrictions, and last but not least, […]

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Saudi Arabia: Central bank sees moderate inflation

| 21/08/2011 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Central bank sees moderate inflation

Saudi Arabia imports the bulk of its food needs. Muhammad al-Jasser, the governor of Sama, the country’s central bank, has repeatedly said that inflationary pressures, caused mainly by an increase in global food prices, are worrying.

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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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UAE: Halal industry ‘must make strategic global acquisitions’

| 15/08/2011 | Reply
UAE: Halal industry ‘must make strategic global acquisitions’

The halal industry should be supported by Islamic finance and the two should go hand in hand. True halal is not only about a process but following Islamic rules. One way of starting a dialogue is joint Islamic finance-halal food activities and events to develop understanding and match-making of services and products first locally, regionally and internationally. That should be reinforced by the authorities.

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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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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: 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: 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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UAE: Food security to get $1.8bn boost

| 02/03/2011 | Reply
UAE: Food security to get $1.8bn boost

Armina Ligaya The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has set aside US$1.8 billion (Dh6.61bn) for investment this year in regional projects such as agribusinesses to improve food security, officials say. Ajay Malik, the investment officer for the Mena region and southern Europe at the IFC, the World Bank’s investment arm, said it had raised its investment […]

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