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Webinar covers challenges/trends in food safety for smallholder farms

The U.S. Agency for International Development will bring together experts in food safety next week for a webinar on the topic of enormous importance to farmers in developing countries.

Meeting food safety standards is an increasing constraint to market access for farmers in developing countries. Recent studies show that the global health burden of foodborne disease (FBD) is equivalent to malaria, tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS, which is why the development community needs new approaches to addressing food safety, where risks are pervasive, costs of compliance are high, and enforcement capacity is weak. (more…)

USAID session on peanuts scheduled for APRES meeting

The U.S. Agency for International Development will hold a session at next week’s meeting of the American Peanut Research and Education Society meeting in Clearwater, Fla., on peanut in the international arena.

“The Role and Future of USAID in Peanuts,” will be held Monday, July 11 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Water’s Edge Ballroom. (more…)

Thought-leaders discuss scaling up production in the tropics

Visitors can listen in online to a session of the 2016 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) meeting, which will talk about different economic aspects of scaling up production of soybean – and agricultural intensification in general – in the tropics on Aug. 2 at 7:45 a.m. Eastern Time.

The session, Soybean Expansion in the Tropics, will explore the topic of the proliferation of soybean in the tropics from four perspectives: (more…)

CSIR-CRI Ghana approved to offer MPhil degree

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Board to run post-graduate degree programmes with a more practical orientation. The CSIR-Crops Research Institute, the largest of the 13 Institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research announces an MPhil Plant Breeding and Biotechnology programme in August/September, 2016. More information on the programmes and registration forms can be accessed here: www.cropsresearch.org or www.ccst.edu.gh. (more…)

World Vegetable Center seeking deputy director

The World Vegetable Center based in Tainan, Taiwan is seeking a deputy director general for research. The deadline to apply is 15 July.

 Key responsibilities include working collaboratively with the senior management team, regional directors and others to update the center’s research strategy, while leading the development of outcome-focused operational plans, providing clarity on time frames, staffing, budgets, partnerships, performance indicators and targets. (more…)

Study by The Economist finds improvement in food security

The Global Food Security Index, a gauge of how accessible food is around the world, found this month that most countries are becoming more food secure, even as they face long-term and new challenges to getting enough nutrition.

The 2016 report, released earlier this month, found that 89 of the 113 countries in the index have experienced food-security improvements over the past five years, mostly as a result of a better global economy and lower food costs. (more…)