September 26, 2013

26/09/2013: Cutting emissions in the livestock sector; Norway invests in crop diversity; South Korea set to double farm exports

According to a new study carried out by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), greenhouse gas emissions produced by the livestock sector could be cut by as much as 30 percent through a wider use of existing technologies and practices.
To date, the report represents the most comprehensive estimate of livestock's contribution to global warming.
Read the full report here

The Norway government has pledged USD$23.7 million in a bid to conserve and manage the world's most important food crops, focusing on the critical need for crop diversity.

"In just ten years we will have a billion more people at the global dinner table, but during that same time we could see climate change diminish rice production by ten percent with a one degree increase in temperature," said Marie Haga, executive director, Global Crop Diversity Trust.

The agriculture ministry recently announced South Korea's plans to double its outbound shipments of farm and fisheries products to US$16 billion in just five years.

During a government meeting chaired by Park Geun-hye, president of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, explained that South Korea aims to invest nearly 2 trillion won (USD$1.86 billion) by 2017 to develop new products and farming technologies.

Rice, maize, cassava & sweet potatoes are the ...
Rice, maize, cassava & sweet potatoes are the four main food crops in Vietnam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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