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Saturday, 2021/03/20 | 07:01:53

In 2021, the impact of the epidemic and the global economic recession will have an impact on world food security. After the epidemic, what problems will global food security face and how to deal with it? What challenges will global food security face? The health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are well known. As of today, an estimate 100 million people have contracted the virus worldwide, and over 2.2 million died from the disease. According to the International Monetary Fund, the global economy shrunk by 3.5 per cent last year.

Friday, 2021/03/19 | 08:16:33

IRRI puts a spotlight on the central role of women in rice-based agri-food systems and the importance of creating an enabling environment so they can lead and make a difference in their households and communities.Together with CGIAR, we are dedicated to working for and with women, knowing that their full and active participation spells the sustainability of agri-food systems amidst large and sweeping challenges such as COVID-19 and climate change.

Thursday, 2021/03/18 | 08:08:46

FAO Director-General QU Dongyu today participated in the chairpersonship handover ceremony of the G77 & China - Rome Chapter and praised the Group’s important contribution to FAO’s work and development. Qu recognized the efforts and leadership of the outgoing chairperson Esti Andayani, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Indonesia to FAO, IFAD, WFP and UNIDROIT, and welcomed the incoming one, Carlos Bernardo Cherniak, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Argentina to FAO, IFAD and WFP.

Tuesday, 2021/03/16 | 11:05:01

Scientists from the Earlham Institute created a new automated system using liquid handling robots to identify the genetic basis of growth inhibition of plant pathogens to prevent the rapid spread of crop diseases.The scientists screened 2,880 species of Pseudomonas isolated from a potato field in just 11 hours to identify and compare the pathogen growth inhibition with a biosynthetic gene cluster. They were able to identify the genes responsible for pathogen growth inhibition in just two weeks.

Monday, 2021/03/15 | 08:49:47

Pakistan is one of the top adopters of biotech crops in the Asia-Pacific, according to ISAAA SEAsiaCenter Director Dr. Rhodora Romero-Aldemita, who was one of the speakers in the ISAAA Brief 55 Launch and Seminar on Science Communication and Public Engagement held physically and virtually at COMSTECH, Islamabad, Pakistan on March 9, 2021.

Saturday, 2021/03/13 | 22:04:33

A group of researchers from the University of Queensland used the remaining 100 trees of Buburin Nut (Macadamia jansenii) as the perfect model for sequencing and assembling all future plant genomes to learn how rare plant species could survive extinction and its associated genetic bottleneck. The researchers used long-read technologies, short-read technologies, and the combination of the two to analyze all the 14 assembled chromosomes to get the highest quality of genome sequences.

Saturday, 2021/03/13 | 08:03:13

Dr. Jennifer Thomson, Emeritus Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa has written a new book, GM Crops and the Global Divide, which explores global attitudes to GM crops and unravels the reasons behind negative sentiments. Genetically modified (GM) crops have been commercially grown since 1996.

Friday, 2021/03/12 | 08:25:31

The previous Five-Year Plan, which ended in 2020, was focused on eradicating extreme poverty in the country. With the new Plan, the priority has shifted from rural work to modernization of the rural economy, particularly in building infrastructure for information technology, promoting agricultural technologies, and building modern breeding systems. Their focus on food security has been strengthened as well.

Wednesday, 2021/03/10 | 07:47:56

A comprehensive transformation of the global agri-food system can significantly contribute to attaining worldwide targets including ending hunger by 2030, said Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Director-General QU Dongyu during a virtual keynote lecture at Italy's Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

Wednesday, 2021/03/10 | 07:45:21

The socio-economic impacts of biotech crops have been documented in the last 23 years (1996-2018) showing that biotech crops have contributed to increasing productivity for food, feed, and fiber; supporting self-sufficiency on a nation's arable land; conserving biodiversity; mitigating climate change challenges; and improving economic, health, and social status of adopters.

 

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