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Food and Agribusiness

The Farm-to-Table Connection Comes Undone

Farm-to-table — the term has become a fixture in the culinary lexicon — started in the 1970s, when Chez Panisse and a handful of other restaurants hatched what then seemed like a radical notion: Build menus from food grown by nearby farmers who are thoughtful about everything from the seeds they select and the soil […]

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How ‘future-fit’ crops can protect the environment and provide for the future

“Future-fit” crops that are nutritionally dense, climate resilient, economically viable and locally available or adaptable are key to surviving climate change and providing for the world’s larger population in the future. The current food system, with its reliance on a handful of crops, is inadequate and unsustainable in the face of climate change and population […]

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Food and Agribusiness

Singapore announces SGD 30 million investment in agri-food industry

Singapore on Wednesday announced a 30-million Singapore dollar investment in the agri-food industry to speed up the production of commonly consumed food items like eggs, vegetables and fish during the coronavirus crisis. Called the 30×30 Express grant, it aims to strengthen Singapore’s food security, as part of its goal of meeting 30 per cent of […]

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Natural alternatives to plastic – trays made from sugarcane pulp

Baggase trays, a natural alternative to plastic trays are made from sugarcane pulp, also known as bagasse. These trays are certified home compostable to Australian and European standards. The tray can take shrink wrap and flow wrap and it can also be heat-sealed which means using much less plastic for sealing. Biopak, the company behind […]

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Food and Agribusiness

Fair Trade: A relentless idealism or a way of creating sustainable agri value chain?

Fair trade, a popular concept among consumers in western Europe and the US, ensures everyone involved in the making of a product is fairly paid; there is no child labour or forced labour; there is gender equality; and there are no damages to the environment. The movement was born out of concerns over western consumers […]

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Global Report on Food Crises

The Global Report on Food Crises is accepted as the reference document on the latest estimates of acute hunger in the world. More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced acute hunger requiring urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance (IPC/CH Phase 3 or above) in 2018. This report illustrates in stark terms the hunger […]

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Food and Agribusiness

Farmers: The Original Environmentalists

With increasing intention and intensity, farmers are being vilified by many—including those in the environmental, scientific and policymaking communities—as enemies of our planet, as indiscriminate polluters and wasters of our air, soil and water resources. However, for anyone who has ever walked a field with a multi-generational family farmer and seen the pride that comes […]

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Food and Agribusiness

Sustainable Inputs Drive South Africa’s Quest for Thriving Ag Market

Agriculture comprises 2.7% of South Africa’s GDP, employs 4.6% of its labor force of 22.2 million (of its 59-million-strong population), and is dominated by production of corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, and vegetables. Biopesticides, like in many developed ag economies, are in the nascent stage in South Africa and present untapped growth in Integrated Pest Management […]