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Global Report on Food Crises 2017 (April 2017)
The European Union, WFP and FAO have joined forces to coordinate the compilation of analyses to increase the impact of humanitarian and resilience responses through the preparation of the “Global report on Food Crises”. The key objective and strength of the report is to establish a consultative and consensus-based process to compile food insecurity analysis from throughout the world into a global public product to inform annual planning and resource allocation decisions.

Biotechnology in Iran (5 April 2017)
Iran has made a considerable breakthrough in biotechnology inasmuch as it is able to produce GM foods and up until 2013 it has produced 18 different kinds of recombinant medicines.

China aims to sow a revolution with GM seed takeover (7 April 2017)
The planned takeover of Swiss seed giant Syngenta by Chinese state-owned chemical company ChemChina stands to change the outlook for biotech research in China. Although China imports preapproved genetically modified (GM) foods and generously funds GM research, the Chinese government has never approved a staple biotech food crop for cultivation. That may soon change, however. If the Syngenta takeover clears regulatory hurdles, the emergence of a massive state-owned company in possession of competitive GM seed lines could help speed along commercialization of key GM crops like corn. Researchers will still face an uphill battle, though—a Chinese public wary of government food safety claims largely opposes GM crops.

Biocontrol: Crown-of-thorns no more (5 April 2017)
The starfish Acanthaster planci destroys coral reefs. Whole- genome sequences provide clues to the proteins that mediate A. planci outbreaks — information that might be used to help protect coral.

Marine conservation: The race to fish slows down (5 April 2017)
A fishery can allow participants to fish as hard as they can until its quota is reached, or allocate quota shares that can be caught at any time. A comparison of the systems in action reveals that shares slow the race to fish.

Agricultural Biotechnology: Emerging Technologies and Global Markets (28 March 2017)
The global market for agricultural biotechnology reached $29.2 billion in 2016. This market should reach $32.1 billion in 2017 and $53.7 billion in 2022, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.8%

Project builds capacity of fish farmers to raise yield (11 April 2017)
A four-year initiative aims to commercialise 1,100 fish farmers in Kenya. It is training farmers in good business and management practices. Experts say it could help address unnecessary use of antibiotics by fish farmers.

Published on: 2010-06-07 (9068 reads)
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