By Amruta Byatnal1 March 2018
In the first episode of Deeply Talks highlighted how rigorous evaluations of existing programs on taxing sugary drinks as well as a deeper understanding of the unintended consequences of such taxes on the economy will be key to effective policy-making. We explored the effectiveness of taxes on sugary drinks on behavior changes that would impact health outcomes with Dr. Lisa Powell… Read more
31 January 2018
A review of research on how information services based on mobile phone technology can improve the lives of farmers has found only patchy evidence of success.The review, which looked at 23 studies of such services in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, found that although users often reported improvements, these were perceived benefits not always borne out by tangible evidence… Read more
By Amruta Byatnal9 January 2018
Nutrition features prominently in the Sustainable Development Goals, but Dr. Jessica Fanzo, one of the experts behind the 2017 Global Nutrition Report, says more work needs to be done to integrate efforts to address malnutrition into other sectors. A LEADING VOICE in the nutrition community, Dr. Jessica Fanzo wants to see a more nutrition-focused development agenda, including more… Read more
25 January 2018
The following is a recap of progress made worldwide with food irradiation, with a focus on advancements in the past 12 months. More food was irradiated in 2017 than in any previous year. Many countries have begun to irradiate foods, especially for reasons of market access. Irradiation is the preferred intervention to prevent harmful insects from hitch hiking shipments of fresh produce destined… Read more
3 January 2018
People who drink hot tea daily may be less likely than others to develop glaucoma symptoms, say US researchers. Compared to coffee, soft drink, and iced tea drinkers, study participants who consumed a cup or more of hot caffeinated tea daily had 74% lower odds of having glaucoma, the study authors report in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. “Glaucoma can lead to blindness, and it would… Read more
Mango fruits play host to some economically damaging fungal diseases, especially during ripening and storage; but mango growers and suppliers have a new ray of the form of sunlight. In a recent Phytobiomes journal article, Noam Alkan and colleagues at the Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center in Israel show some promising new research that explores the role of… Read more
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Government of Ecuador launched a practical guide for workers in the banana sector – the most exported fresh fruit in the world, both by volume and by economic value – to promote healthier and safer work conditions. “The banana sector serves as an essential source of employment and income for thousands of rural households… Read more
By Dorothy Chandrabalan
The global banana industry, valued at $36 billion is facing its greatest enemy in the form of the Banana Fusarium Wilt disease, colloquially known as the ‘Panama disease’. The destructive fungus infects the roots of banana plants causing the wilting of its leaves. In 2016, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations cited it as one of the world’s most destructive banana… Read more
2 January 2018
After René Castro-Salazar attended the first UN led climate talks in Berlin in 1985 as Costa Rica’s environment and energy minister, he tried to talk about agriculture and climate change - but few wanted to join the conversation. “There was always opposition - and we couldn’t understand why,” said Castro, now assistant director-general at the United Nations’ Food and… Read more
By Baher Kamal20 November 2017
It might sound strange, but the news is that scientists have been giving assurances, repeatedly, that using nuclear applications in agriculture and food production are giving a major boost to food security. How does this work? To start with, nuclear applications in agriculture rely on the use of isotopes and radiation techniques to combat pests and diseases, increase crop production, protect… Read more
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