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Measuring diversity from farm to fork

A new report evaluates 10 Mediterranean countries


Why measure Mediterranean agrobiodiversity? What foods comes to your mind when you think about “The Mediterranean Diet”? For most people, the term evokes strong associations with fresh, minimally-processed ingredients – olive oil, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, followed by ...


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New models needed for food system transformation

How agricultural scientists formulate research questions, and the need for new funding models for climate-smart agriculture.


According to the paper titled Enacting theories of change for food systems transformation under climate change, published in Global Food Security, food systems are responsible for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions from human activity, and agricultural yields are at risk due to climate ...


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Crop diversity is needed today for tomorrow’s food security and nutrition

Science can help mitigate, stem, and reverse loss of genetic diversity, for better productivity, resilience, and adaptive capacity in agriculture, a new study shows


Although scientists have been ringing bells for more than 100 years about the decline of crop diversity in agriculture, questions about the magnitude, causes, and significance of this loss remain unanswered. A team of 15 scientists from a wide range of research centers and universities set out 18 ...


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Do we need an IPCC for food?


The first United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), scheduled for September, could be as historic to food system transformation as the Rio Earth Summit of 1992 was to climate change. Rio sparked the creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, which has brought scientists ...


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Decent coffee prices to stay!

Starting with Colombia, the new Fairtrade Living Income Reference Prices aim to bring sustainable price stability to coffee farmers


The coffee landscape has changed dramatically since 2019 and, while we still remember the massive street protests of Colombian coffee farmers against rock bottom prices, and the endless processions of Central American producers heading North for a better future, today those who have coffee to ...


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A new world map rates food sustainability for countries across the globe


A global food system sustainability study builds the first map of its kind to score the sustainability of food systems, country-by-country. The study goes beyond usual questions of productivity and nutrition, and includes economic and social variables. Increased awareness of how human diets ...


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Banana industry on alert after disease arrives in Colombia


It might not be obvious at the supermarket, but the banana industry is fighting to protect the most popular variety of the fruit from a destructive fungus. A disease that ravages banana crops has made its long-dreaded arrival in Latin America, the biggest exporter of the crop. That's reigniting ...


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