Fresh risks to food security from high food and agricultural input prices, says FAO

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The global food import bill is on course to hit a new record of US$1.8 trillion this year, but higher prices and transport costs rather than volumes account for the bulk of the expected increase, according to a new report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). “Worryingly, many vulnerable countries are […]

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Multilateral institutions call for urgent coordinated action on food security

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The Heads of the World Bank Group (WBG), International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations World Food Program (WFP), and World Trade Organization (WTO) have called for urgent action on food security. “The world is shaken by compounding crises. The fallout of the war in Ukraine is adding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that now enters […]

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India lags behind Pakistan, Sri Lanka in food affordability; ranks 71st on Global Food Security Index 2021 among 113 countries

India is ranked at 71st position in the Global Food Security (GFS) Index 2021 of 113 countries, but the country lags behind its neighbours Pakistan and Sri Lanka in terms food affordability, according to a global report released by Economist Impact and Corteva Agriscience. Pakistan (with 52.6 points) scored better than India (50.2 points) in […]

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India to insist on fishery subsidy and select patent waivers at the WTO meet next month

The next ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will likely consider a raft of critical issues, such as fishery subsidies, WTO reforms, public procurement programmes for food security and the multilateral body’s response to the Covid-19 crisis, including the fate of a patent waiver proposal floated by India and South Africa to better […]

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Pandemic has worsened food security: World Bank

Hunger has been rising since 2014, due to conflict, economic shocks, and weather extremes. According to the FAO, 688 million people were hungry in 2019, compared to 624 million in 2014. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened food insecurity by disrupting supply chains. Together with currency depreciation and other factors, this in turn has driven up […]

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NFSA amendment to ensure subsidised foodgrains to rightful beneficiaries

The Department of Food & Public Distribution recently issued a notification to ensure right quantity to beneficiaries in distribution of subsidised foodgrains as per their entitlement under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013, according to a Press Information Bureau (PIB) release. The NFSA has been amended with effect from 18 June 2021 so that any […]

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Bold moves needed to restore world’s ecosystems: FAO-UNEP

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, on Thursday warned that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – also known as the 2030 Agenda – would not be achieved without large-scale restoration of degraded terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.   Qu was speaking at a joint “townhall meeting” […]

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Three states in India seek free grain supply from Centre for its ration cardholders

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Amid the second wave of Covid-19 and localised lockdown announced by some states that has triggered a return of migrants; Uttarakhand, Kerala and Rajasthan have requested the Centre to consider releasing free food grains to all the 81 crore ration card holders, similar to the one under PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) last year […]

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