‘Global hunger continues to rise’

hunger drought 17For the third year in a row, there has been a rise in world hunger, with the absolute number of undernourished people being increased to about 821mn in 2017 from around 804mn in 2016, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

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ADB and Lao PDR to jointly promote climate-smart agribusiness

Asia 12The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) have signed an agreement for a US$40.5mn grant for the climate-friendly agribusiness value chains sector project to help farmers and agribusinesses develop sustainable and climate-smart agriculture value chains in the country

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Rabobank launches Food Loss Challenge Asia for start-ups

food security 11Rabobank, the Netherlands-based global bank in food, agriculture and sustainability, has launched the Food Loss Challenge Asia, a move that will see disruptive start-ups present their agri-tech solutions to reduce food loss to a platform of leading food and agri industry leaders, investors and other start-ups

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Oxfam brings blockchain solution for Cambodian rice farmers

oxfam blocOxfam, an international charitable organisation focusing on the alleviation of global poverty, has started a pilot project to help Cambodia’s rice farmers benefitted through blockchain technology

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New crop-devastating fall armyworm spotted in Asia

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India has recently experienced a fall armyworm infestation and according to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) scientists, the caterpillar can affect crops across the Asia-Pacific region if rapid action is not taken

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