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News Article | May 29, 2017
Site: www.fao.org

FAO together with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) worked to restore the capacity of 61 523 farming households to produce cereals by providing each family with technical training on good cereal production practices and 200 kilograms of quality seeds. Seven years into the crisis, the food security situation in Syria continues to deteriorate. The conflict has induced extensive destruction and degradation of productive assets and livelihoods, while also exhausting the capacities of households to cope. The United Nations (UN) estimates that, in 2017, seven million people in Syria will be food insecure with a further two million at risk of food insecurity. Almost half of Syria’s population was forced to leave their homes, often multiple times, resulting in 6.3 million internally displaced people and some 5 million refugees. Even though one-third of the Syrian population now depends on humanitarian food assistance, there are still substantive parts of the country where farmers are able to produce and supply food to the market. In these places, it is essential to support this production and the associated livelihoods of millions of rural families. Supporting agricultural production helps alleviate the scarcity of basic food commodities and reduces dependency on imports and food aid. FAO worked closely with local actors to identify vulnerable farmers who, despite having access to land, had lost their harvest due to ongoing insecurity, harsh weather conditions or who had been unable to access quality seeds in the first place. FAO’s assistance spanned the course of the 2014/2015 and the 2015/2016 planting seasons. In total, thanks to the partnership with DFID, FAO supported 49 258 farming households to produce 98 516 tonnes of wheat and 12 265 households to produce 11 038 tonnes of barley. The total quantity of wheat harvested is enough to ensure that more than half million people have enough cereal to eat for one year and have a reserve of wheat seed for replanting. The surplus also generates additional income for their households. DFID’s generous 2014-2016 donation of USD 17.4 million is an investment in self-sufficiency. Using the seeds bought with this donation, Syrian farmers made a total of USD 29.5 million (about USD 590 per household). This is almost 59 percent more than the original investment. Providing training to extend the benefits of assistance  As an integral part of its assistance, FAO provides technical knowledge and know-how to beneficiaries through tailored trainings. FAO has trained farmers on good agricultural practices in cereal production such as soil management, plant protection, fertilization with special focus on organic fertilizers that can be produced using local resources, weeding, control of wheat rust, use of crop residues, post-harvest handling, as well as storage and marketing practices. The training helps farmers make the most of their harvest by minimizing their losses, in addition to reinforcing a skill set which extends well beyond one agricultural season. FAO’s support, alongside other types of agricultural assistance such as vegetable production, animal health solutions, integrated water management, alternative sources of energy, rural employment, nutrition education and technical trainings, is continuing to build the resilience of Syrian cereal farmers and their communities. FAO believes that it is essential to provide timely support to Syrian families to help them continue their farming practices and food production during the on-going crisis. Throughout the crisis, FAO has also continued providing reliable data on the agricultural sector through regular assessments, such as the Crop and Food Security Analysis Mission (CFSAM), Damage and Needs assessment and value chain analysis. This information is crucial to understanding the impact of conflict on agricultural production and food security. The collected data is also necessary to properly scope and implement efficient humanitarian responses. FAO’s work, both within Syria and in the region, helps farmers maintain their assets and re-stablish their livelihoods, helping to stabilize the area and rebuild communities.

Livestock diseases remain a threat to achieving food security and are a source of economic losses for people who depend on livestock for their livelihood. Beatrice Wanjiku, a smallholder poultry farmer in Thika, Kenya, realizes the challenges of disease prevalence, noting, "My main challenge has been mycoplasma (infection), where the birds would develop the condition at three months (old). This would eventually lead to a drop in production." "Elanco is a cause-driven organization and our vision of Food and Companionship Enriching Life is at the core of why we do what we do. We are committed to addressing global hunger by supporting efforts that ensure nutritious food is accessible and affordable to all. The grant from the foundation will further advance our vision by improving the lives of smallholder farmers through sustainable livestock production," said Jeffrey N. Simmons, president, Elanco Animal Health." "The more people with whom we can share our knowledge and expertise and provide access to products, the more impact we can have on their animals," said Comfort Phiri, Elanco business unit manager for Sub-Saharan Africa. "Since this education translates into positive impacts on farmers and their families for many generations, it's a privilege for me to be on this team and to have the opportunity to do social good and business good." According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 32 percent of the people in East Africa are undernourished1 and 40 percent of those living in sub-Saharan Africa are living on less than $1.25 per day2. In East Africa, 18 percent of children are underweight.3 Through this collaboration, Elanco intends to apply the learnings from East Africa to other geographies and continue its leadership in food security efforts. About Elanco Elanco provides comprehensive products and knowledge services to improve animal health and food-animal production in more than 70 countries around the world. We value innovation, both in scientific research and daily operations, and strive to cultivate a collaborative work environment for more than 6,500 employees worldwide. Together with our customers, we are committed to raising awareness about global food security, and celebrating and supporting the human-animal bond. Founded in 1954, Elanco is a division of Eli Lilly and Company. Our worldwide headquarters and research facilities are located in Greenfield, Indiana. Visit us at Elanco.com. 1 New M49 country classification adopted by the UN – a list of countries included is available in Table A1.1 in Annex and at http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/m49/m49regin.htm 2,3 World Food Summit goal: halve, between 1990-92 and 2015, the number of people undernourished. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/elanco-animal-health-works-to-bring-products-to-small-holder-farmers-increasing-food-security-in-east-africa-300462813.html

News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: www.foodprocessing-technology.com

The Serbian Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection has revealed a new quality label for the country’s meat producers. The government has invited local meat producers to apply for the new ‘Serbian Quality – SrpskiKvalitet’ label, which is already being used for eight products manufactured in the country. Serbia has collaborated with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to promote and encourage its meat producers to adopt new industry quality standards The officials created the label by coordinating with meat processing companies through a project that received funding from Luxembourg. "The national label will assure consumers that what they are buying is made with products from the Republic of Serbia and is of superior quality." Serbia's Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Branislav Nedimovic said: “This is an important development for our country’s food industry as a whole, as the national label will assure consumers that what they are buying is made with products from the Republic of Serbia and is of superior quality. “It will create a premium for quality meat products and help producers tap into new markets.” For obtaining this stamp, meat processors are required to use Serbian raw materials. For each product category, the label will require up to three specific properties that differentiate SrpskiKvalitet products from other goods in the market. The new quality label is expected to raise recognition of Serbian meat products in both domestic and international markets. Image: Serbian Minister of Agriculture Branislav Nedimovic said that the new Serbian quality label will help meat producers open new markets. Photo: courtesy of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

News Article | May 26, 2017
Site: www.fishupdate.com

MOST countries depict national heroes or monarchs on their banknotes. But in Norway a new high value note will be associated with fishing. A picture of a cod will appear on the front of the country’s redesigned NOK 200 note, which goes into circulation shortly. Oslo has issued the note to show the country’s links with fishing and to remind people the sea is a rich source of food. FISHERIES ministers from more than 50 countries will gather in Oslo next week to discuss more effective ways of combating illegal fishing. Oslo, which is hosting the gathering, says this is an issue that presents cross border challenges and therefore needs international action. The United Nations’ FAO has estimated the value of illegal catches at around NOK 190 billion – or 15 per cent of the global catch. Per Sandberg, Norway’s fisheries minister, will open the proceedings on Monday. THREE people in Thailand have received long jail sentences for transporting and selling Cambodian migrant workers into the Thai fishing industry. The victims were among 230 Cambodians rescued from Thai fishing boats in Indonesian waters two years ago. Now a court in Phnom Penh has handed down prison sentences of eight and nine years to the defendants and awarded compensation of around £5,000 to the slave workers. Matt Friedman, the COE of the Hong Kong based anti-slavery Mekong Club, said the sentences sent a strong message to those involved in seafood trafficking activities. THE Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi has confirmed it will cease groundfish processing at its  Akranes plant on  September 1 and move the operation to its Nordurgardur plant in Reykjavík. The company said the aim now was to strengthen other remaining operations in Akranes, which include a pelagic processing plant, a fish meal plant and subsidiaries Norðanfiskur and Vignir G. Jónsson. The move will affect 86 of the 270 jobs at Akranes and they will be invited to apply for other posts within the company.

News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: www.beveragedaily.com

The safety profiles of Allura Red AC (E129) and Tartrazine (E102) as well as their use amongst the US population "did not pose a health risk at conservative ranges of food consumption and levels of use." “The findings are intended to allay consumer concerns that may have developed due to a lack of sufficient information,” said Dr Maria Bastaki, scientific director at International Association of Color Manufacturers (IACM). “Continued use of these synthetic colour additives is safe even with high intake levels, which still register far below the safe daily level established by expert bodies such as the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA).” In two seperate studies, mice were subject to Tartrazine and Allura Red exposure in trials that were conducted in response to an additional information request by EFSA. These studies, conducted by scientists from IACM, who also provided funding, subjected these animals to three dose levels of the additives, (25, 500, and 2000 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg)) body weight on three consecutive days (0, 24 and 45 h). As the studies were conducted to address EFSA concerns, dose levels tested for Tartrazine were selected to mimic levels tested in the study which was the basis of EFSA's concerns (study for Allura Red). The presence of Tartrazine and Allura Red proved negative for genotoxicity in the bone marrow and the liver, stomach and colon. Some of the researchers involved in the two studies also participated in another study. Here, seven colour additives and five ‘synthetic’ food colours were used to assess estimated daily intake (EDI). Populations under examination included children aged 2–5 and 6–12 years, adolescents aged 13–18 years, and adults aged 19 or more in the United States. Actual use data was collected from an industry survey of companies that are users of these colour additives in a variety of products, with additional input from food colour manufacturers. Food-consumption data was obtained from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Along with Tartrazine and Allura Red, other food colours analysed included Brilliant Blue, Erythrosine, Fast Green, Indigo Carmine and Sunset Yellow. European consumer concerns have lingered ever since the Allura Red and Tartrazine’s role’s in health were highlighted in the Southampton study. Here, researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK presented evidence of increased hyperactivity in children consuming mixtures of certain artificial food colours. Along with Tartrazine and Allura Red, the artificial colours Ponceau 4R (E124), Sunset Yellow (E110), Camoisine (E122), Quinoline Yellow (E104) were also under scrutiny. The 2007 study was closely followed up in 2009, where the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) re-evaluated the data and stated that "the available scientific evidence does not substantiate a link between the colour additives and behavioural effects." Referring to her team’s findings, Dr Bastaki said that the data filled a literature void of studies conducted according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines. “If available publications report findings that indicate toxicity while their limitations are not communicated outside the scientific community, they negatively and needlessly skew public perception against synthetic colours,” “IACM’s intent in commissioning these studies is to generate high-quality studies that provide reliable and accurate data, and make them accessible in the body of literature for the scientific community, regulators, and consumers alike.” “Estimated daily intake and safety of FD&C food-colour additives in the US population.” “Lack of genotoxicity in vivo for food color additive Tartrazine.” “Lack of genotoxicity in vivo for food color additive Allura Red AC.”

— Market Highlights: Fortified food offers extra micronutrients which includes essential trace elements and different vitamins. Fortified food is completely a commercial choice to add extra nutrients in the food and fortified baby food offers diverse range of choice to parents who are concerned about their kid’s health. Baby food is also one of the attractive application of the fortified food. Fortified Baby Food Market is gaining traction over the years owing to the growing incidence of diseases, increasing consumer awareness along with significant rise in awareness of nutritious baby food and health benefits associated with it among the parents. The demand of the fortified baby food is also increasing due to the changing lifestyle coupled with the growing consumer awareness and rising health and wellness concern. Market Forecast: The global fortified baby food is anticipated to be driven by the increasing health conscious people in developed economies. Also, the enhancement of livelihood among the consumers in developing economies is also significant factor for the growth of fortified baby food over the forecast period. Fortified baby food is also getting momentum due to the strong initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) for minimizing the chances of malnutrition. Infant and toddlers need satisfactory amount of nutrition in their daily diet. So, there is an increasing demand of packaged baby food with proper nutritious value. For that, fortified baby food is turning into a best choice. Mother’s milk is the best source of nutrition for infants especially under the age of 6 months. But increasing working women population and changing lifestyle has resulted in increasing demand for ready to eat food products due to the time constraints for breast feeding and preparing homemade food products for infants. Downstream Analysis: Vitamin segment is estimated to account maximum market proportion during the forecast period of 2017 to 2023. Mineral segment is also estimated to register steady growth in the near future. In terms of product type, ready to feed baby product is estimated to retain its dominance over the reviewed period also register substantial growth. In terms of distribution channel, supermarkets & hypermarkets is likely to hold maximum market proportion during the forecast period. Competitive Analysis: Global natural Fortified Baby Food market is highly concentrated in Asia-Pacific. Asia-Pacific has massive potential for fortified baby food, as there is an increasing consumer awareness on the health benefits of fortified baby food coupled with the per capita disposable income is anticipated to fuel the sales of fortified baby food during the forecast period. Regional Analysis: The global Fortified Baby Food market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and rest of the world (ROW). Among these, Asia Pacific region is expected to retain its dominance throughout the forecast period. This is attributed by the increasing per capita disposable income coupled with the high birth rate in developing economies like India, China, and Indonesia. Especially China and India offer a lucrative opportunity in the Asia Pacific region for the fortified baby food manufacturers. Europe is also projected to witness a steady growth during the reviewed period. However, North America is estimated to be sluggish owing to the low birth rate in U.S. Latin American region is projected to show a high potential in the fortified baby food market due to the rising disposable income of some of the countries. Market Segmentation: Global Fortified Baby Food market is segmented by nutrition type, product type, distribution channel and region. Table of Contents 1 Executive Summary 2 Market Introduction 2.1 Definition 2.2 Scope of the study 2.2.1 Research Objectives 2.2.2 Assumptions 2.2.3 Limitations 2.3 Markets Structure 2.4 Stakeholders Continued… About Market Research Future: At Market Research Future (MRFR), we enable our customers to unravel the complexity of various industries through our Cooked Research Report (CRR), Half-Cooked Research Reports (HCRR), Raw Research Reports (3R), Continuous-Feed Research (CFR) and Market Research & Consulting Services. MRFR team have the prime objective to provide optimum quality market research and intelligence services to our clients. Our market research studies depending on products, services, technologies, applications, end users, and market players for global, regional, and country level market segments enables our clients to know more consequently do more, which gives them answer for their each and every important question. For more information, please visit https://www.marketresearchfuture.com/reports/fortified-baby-food-market-2793

News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

Lake Atescatempa in Guatemala is dying and with it the livelihoods of residents dependent on fishing (AFP Photo/Marvin RECINOS) Atescatempa (Guatemala) (AFP) - The dried-out oyster shells lie on a landscape parched and cracked by the sun. This is what is left of Lake Atescatempa, once a vast blue-green body of water in southwestern Guatemala. Now the lake is dying, a conspicuous victim of the climate change that is projected to profoundly and irreversibly affect Central America. A prolonged drought descended on the region last year, shriveling two rivers that feed into Lake Atescatempa, and with it the flow of tourists to the area and the livelihood of residents. "We have no more money coming in, nowhere to work. Our hopes for eating fish or supporting our families, that came from the lake," explained Juan Guerra, a 56-year-old who has lived his whole life by the lake. Today however the lake's shore is dotted with abandoned boats left high and dry. Wilman Estrada, an unemployed 17-year-old wearing jeans and a T-shirt who for the past nine years lived off fishing here, sat by one of the last puddles. "It makes you want to cry," he said, casting a despondent gaze at the rainless sky. Other locals said they began noticing water levels starting to shrink three years ago. And the weather forecast for Central America offers no relief. From July, El Nino -- the irregular weather system that raises the temperature of the Pacific Ocean and causes droughts in some regions -- could return. "Climate change is really affecting the lives and future of these countries and those of our children in Central America," said Hector Aguirre, coordinator of Mancomunidad Trinacional, a group representing towns and villages around the junction of the borders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The "Dry Corridor," a zone that runs along the Pacific coast from Guatemala to Panama, felt the brunt of the last burst of El Nino. In 2016, the weather phenomenon left 3.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Crop production from vulnerable small growers shrank badly. "El Nino, bolstered by climate change, has made the Dry Corridor one of the most vulnerable areas on the planet," Aguirre said. His group has tried to mitigate the problem by training more than 2,000 farmers in how to diversify their crops, with the aim of guaranteeing food security. But malnutrition is already evident in some places, as in the village of La Ceiba Taquezal, in eastern Guatemala, where 114 families from the Ch'orti' people of the indigenous Maya population have long depended on coffee-growing to survive. Four years ago, a fungus called coffee rust devastated their coffee plantations, and with it their revenues. Hunger soon set in, most noticeably among children. With help from the Mancomunidad Trinacional and European Union financing, the families were given rations of flour, rice, beans and oil. Nutritionists gave advice on how to improve the quality of their diet by adding tomatoes, herbs and various local plants. "With the dishes we make from beans, rice and plants, we have managed to see the children starting to put on weight," said Marina Aldana, a 36-year-old mother of eight. But Aguirre noted that "these malnutrition problems are worse in indigenous communities for one simple reason: they are not a priority for the governments."

LONDON, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Fresh Meat Packaging Market: Overview This report provides forecast and analysis of the fresh meat packaging market on Global level. It provides historical data of 2015 along with estimated data of 2016, and forecast data up to 2026 in terms of revenue (US$ Mn) and volume ('000 Tonnes). The report also includes macroeconomic indicators along with an outlook on fresh meat consumption pattern across the globe. It includes drivers and restraints of the global fresh meat packaging market and their impact on each region during the forecast period. The report also comprises the study of current issues with end users and opportunities for fresh meat manufacturers. It also includes value chain analysis. Download the full report: https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/4895317/ In order to provide users of this report with comprehensive view of the market, we have included detailed competitiveness analysis and company players with their SWOT analysis and strategy overview. The dashboard provides detailed comparison of fresh meat manufacturers on parameters such as operating margin, total revenue, product portfolio, and what we call 'innovation scale'. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis by packaging technology, material, meat type and region. Global Fresh Meat Packaging Market: Segmentation The report includes consumption of fresh meat and the revenue generated from sales of fresh meat across the globe and important countries. By material type the market has been segmented into polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), biaxially oriented polypropylene film (BOPP), Ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyamide (PA) and others. The global fresh meat packaging market has been segmented on the basis of meat type such as beef, pork, poultry, seafood, and others. On the basis of packaging technology type, the market has been segmented into Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP), Vacuum Skin Packaging (VSP), Vacuum Thermoformed Packaging (VTP) and others. Market numbers have been estimated based on data available from Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) website, and extensive secondary and primary research, average pricing of fresh meat by material type and the revenue is derived through regional pricing trends. Market size and forecast for each segment have been provided in the context of global and regional markets. The fresh meat packaging market has been analyzed based on expected demand. Prices considered for the calculation of revenue are average regional prices obtained through primary quotes from numerous regional fresh meat manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors. All key end users have been considered and potential applications have been estimated on the basis of secondary sources and feedback from primary respondents. Country demand patterns have been considered while estimating the market for various end users of fresh meat in the different regions. Top-down approach has been used to estimate the fresh meat packaging market by regions. Global market numbers by packaging technology type, material type and meat type have been derived using the bottom-up approach, which is cumulative of each country's demand. Company-level market share has been derived on the basis of revenues reported by key manufacturers. The market has been forecast based on constant currency rates. A number of primary and secondary sources were consulted during the course of the study. Secondary sources include Factiva, FAO, Packaging Digest, and Hoover's, and company annual reports and publications. Companies Mentioned in the Report The report provides detailed competitive and company profiles of key participants operating in the Global market. Key players in Global fresh meat packaging include Coveris Holdings SA, KOROZO Ambalaj San.ve Tic A.S., Bollore Group, Mondi Group, Winpak Ltd., Berry Plastics Corporation, Bemis Company, Inc., E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co, Sealed Air Corporation, and Amcor Limited The global fresh meat packaging market has been segmented as below: By Packaging Technology Type Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) Vacuum Skin Packaging (VSP) Vacuum Thermoformed Packaging (VTP) Others Material Type PE PP BOPP EVOH PVC PA Others Meat Type Beef Pork Poultry Seafood Others By Region North America Latin America Western Europe Eastern Europe Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ) Middle East & Africa (MEA) Download the full report: https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/4895317/ About Reportbuyer Reportbuyer is a leading industry intelligence solution that provides all market research reports from top publishers http://www.reportbuyer.com For more information: Sarah Smith Research Advisor at Reportbuyer.com Email: query@reportbuyer.com Tel: +44 208 816 85 48 Website: www.reportbuyer.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fresh-meat-packaging-market---global-industry-analysis-size-share-growth-trends-and-forecast-2016---2026-300456306.html

Burlingame B.,FAO
Public health nutrition | Year: 2011

To present the Mediterranean diet as an example of a sustainable diet, in which nutrition, biodiversity, local food production, culture and sustainability are strongly interconnected. Review of notions and activities contributing towards the acknowledgement of the Mediterranean diet as a sustainable diet. The Mediterranean region and its populations. Mediterranean populations. The acknowledgement of the Mediterranean diet as a sustainable diet needs the development of new cross-cutting intersectoral case studies to demonstrate further the synergies among nutrition, biodiversity and sustainability as expressed by the Mediterranean diet for the benefit of present and future generations.

Faures J.M.,FAO
Agricultural Water Management | Year: 2010

This article gives a brief review of the development and current situation in global irrigation, and looks at the drivers affecting irrigation performance, development and modernization. The article concludes that the options for new developments are limited, and that future investment will need to be more precisely targeted to specific niches in different agroecological and economic contexts. The paper notes the powerful implications of global climatic change on irrigation through changes in hydrology and water supply that, in conjunction with (1) continued demand for cheap food to satisfy continuously growing populations and changing dietary preferences (projected to 2050) and (2) increasing competition for high reliability water from higher value economic sectors, indicate irrigation performance and the productivity of agricultural water use must further improve, and are also likely to become more targeted at higher value enterprises. Improving management, through better institutions and better technology will require constant adaptation and finessing, with no silver bullets currently on the horizon. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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