South American nations keen on trade pacts with India

Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Paraguay seek to cooperate in IT, oil & gas and agriculture Bilateral trade pacts and free trade agreements with countries in Latin America will play a role in increasing trade with India, according to ambassadors from four South American countries. While assuring support to inbound investments, providing swift clearances and visas,

Kenya: Unique Biofuel Warms Its Way to Kitchen As Search for Green Energy Hots Up

Standing in his exhibition stand at the Kisumu Regional Agricultural Fair, Mr Mohamed Kadhi holds up a bottle of viscous yellow gel and explains to the group of onlookers the wonders of what he terms as the “the future of the country’s energy needs”. What he is holding up is a

Green Algae in China’s Yellow Sea: Growth and Consequences | by: D. Lee August 01, 2011 The green algae bloom returns to China this summer and Chinese vacationers have learned to take it in stride. In 2008, China hosted the 29th Summer Olympic Games. In addition to the usual preparations that are required of the host nation, China faced

Japan’s Food-Chain Threat Multiplies as Fukushima Radiation Spreads

Radiation fallout from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant poses a growing threat to Japan’s food chain as unsafe levels of cesium found in beef on supermarket shelves were also detected in more vegetables and the ocean. More than 2,600 cattle have been contaminated, Kyodo News reported July 23, after the

EU gives Lebanon agriculture $20-mln boost

BEIRUT: The European Union provided Lebanon’s Agriculture Ministry Friday a grant of 14 million euros ($20.14 million) to fund a four-year agricultural and rural development program. The grant agreement was signed between Agriculture Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan and Angelina Eichhorst, head of the EU delegation to Lebanon. “The current

Argentina and China reach trade deal

China’s sanitary agency, or Aqsiq, has opened the Asian giant’s markets to Argentine corn, beef, wine, biofuels and barley, the agriculture ministry said in a statement Thursday. The deal will create more demand for Argentina agricultural products and agriculture business that supports farms in the value chain. China has historically been a major corn

Use Your Loaf: Why food prices were crucial in the Arab Spring

People in Arab countries have always relied on bread as a low-cost source of sustenance. In Yemen alone there are more than 20 different kinds of bread, each made and baked differently. In Egypt, bread is known as aish, meaning “life”. It is the inseparable companion of all dishes, even some desserts. The Fertile Crescent, […]

Farming the Cities, Feeding an Urban Future

Washington, D.C.-As people move from rural to urban settings in search of economic opportunities, urban agriculture is becoming an important provider of both food and employment, according to researchers with the Worldwatch Institute. “Urban agriculture is providing food, jobs, and hope in

Big red canvas to draw carbon farming on Henbury Station

The cattle station is set to become one of the world’s largest carbon farms, drawing pollution from the atmosphere by selling offsets to companies that pollute. Launching the initiative on the deep red banks of the Finke River yesterday, Environment Minister Tony Burke admitted there were no

East Africa Food Crisis

Poor Rains Poor Response East Africa is facing the worst food crisis of the 21st Century. Across Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya, 12 million people are in dire need of food, clean water, and basic sanitation. Loss of life on a massive scale is a very real risk, and the crisis is set to worsen over […]