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in Agriculture, Food and the Environment
NSA (British humour)
Three distinguished scientists — Marc Van Montagu of Belgium, and Mary-Dell
Chilton and Robert T. Fraley of the United States — will share the 2013
World Food Prize for their independent, individual breakthrough achievements
in founding, developing, and applying modern agricultural biotechnology
Their research is making it possible for farmers to grow crops with:
improved yields; resistance to insects and disease; and the ability to tolerate
extreme variations in climate.
Why and how Monsanto is investing huge amounts of money into Farm Management
Systems and ICT in Agriculture?
> Monsanto Acquires The Climate Corporation
> Monsanto To Purchase Planting Technology Developer Precision Planting
> Monsanto Integrated Farming Systems℠ research
> Monsanto FieldScripts℠ offering
Innovative Agricultural Production Technologies: A Global Approach to
Increasing Production, Enhancing Food Security and Improving Food Safety?
Why is the world’s biggest seed company betting nearly $1 billion …
Precision farming market to reach $3,721.27 million by 2018
A robotic device on the ground, UAVs in action, remotely controlled high-tech
machines, and a room full of highly trained people to keep an eye on all
On The Modern Farm, Drones And Tractors Work Side By Side
FAO calls on countries to adapt to food price volatility
Wednesday 09 October 2013
The world’s food price problems are not over despite a current market lull,
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a ministerial meeting on
international food prices attended by some 30 agriculture ministers.
Speaking on Monday, the Director-General acknowledged that this year’s meeting
was taking place in a less troubled climate than the first event in October
2012, when ministers came together in response to the third spike in international
grain prices in five years. The 2012 spike was the result of market rallies
sparked by drought in some of the world’s breadbasket regions, notably the
United States Great Plains and Black Sea region in Eastern Europe.
« The outlook for international food commodity markets finally looks
calmer this year, » Graziano de Silva said. « Grain production has
rebounded and higher stock-to-use ratios should bring greater stability
to prices. The FAO Cereal Price Index is 20 percent lower than one year
But although prices have stabilized, the Director-General cautioned against
dropping the guard.
« International prices have declined but they are still above their
historical levels. And prices are expected to remain volatile over the next
years, » he warned.
>>> Lasting solutions
But Graziano da Silva also underscored that while lower food prices brought
relief to poor consumers, higher prices were not necessarily all bad news
as they came after three decades of stagnant prices that negatively affected
the agricultural sector in many poor countries.
He urged countries to take advantage of the comparative calm to prepare
for future market turbulence and find lasting solutions to the issues surrounding
food price volatility.
« If higher and volatile prices are here to stay, then we need to adapt
to this new pattern, » he underlined.
The two critical issues for countries to address are how to help poor small-scale
farmers benefit from the higher food prices, and how to protect low-income
families who suffer as a result of them, he said.
« The current situation offers an opportunity for farmers to reinvest
in agriculture, » he continued, calling for a right set of policies
to ensure that small-scale farmers have the means to take advantage of it.
>>> Social protection
Low-income families must meanwhile be shielded by strengthening social protection
programmes, including cash transfers to extremely poor households, and creating
new ways to link social protection and support for agricultural production,
the Director-General said.
« Countries throughout the world are having great success when using
this menu of social protection and productive support to fight hunger and
poverty, » he added.
>>> Global governance
Improved global governance has played an important role in warding off additional
food price spikes since July 2012, Graziano da Silva said.
In particular, the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) created
by the G20 in 2011 has proved an effective new weapon in the arsenal to
fight against excessive price volatility, providing reliable information
and increasing transparency in the international food market, according
to the Director-General.
The FAO ministerial meeting on international food prices was organised coincide
with the opening of the Committee on World Food Security on Monday. The
Committee runs until 11 October at FAO headquarters.
It happened at a
New York Airport
An award should go to the United Airlines gate agent in New York for
being smart and funny, while making her point, when confronted with a
passenger who probably deserved to fly as cargo.
For all of you out there who have had to deal with an irate customer,
this one is for you.
A crowded United Airlines flight was canceled. A single agent was re-booking
a long line of inconvenienced travelers.
Suddenly, an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk.
He slapped his ticket on the counter and said, « I HAVE to be on this
flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS. »
The agent replied, « I’m sorry, sir. I’ll be happy to try to help
you, but I’ve got to help these folks first; and then I’m sure we’ll be
able to work something out. »
The passenger was unimpressed. He asked loudly, so that the passengers
behind him could hear, « DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM? »
Without hesitating, the agent smiled and grabbed her public address microphone.
« May I have your attention, please? », she began, her voice heard
clearly throughout the terminal. « We have a passenger here at Gate
14 WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him with his identity,
please come to Gate 14″.
With the folks behind him in line laughing hysterically,the man glared
at the United Airlines agent, gritted his teeth, and said, « F***
Without flinching, she smiled and said, « I’m sorry sir, you’ll have
to get in line for that, too. »
Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.
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