Category : Food

25 Apr 2016

Climate brings hard times for tea yields

Research in China shows that the changing monsoon pattern in East Asia and heavier rainfall is having a detrimental effect on the yield and quality of tea.

22 Feb 2016

Fall in rain hits Southeast Asia food yields

Changing climate and weather are creating severe problems for some of the world’s largest producers of rice and other major agricultural crops.

08 Jan 2016

Study: Climate change cuts crop harvests by 10%

Extreme heat events and droughts may already be taking their toll on global agriculture, cutting cereal yields by up to 10% on average, according to new research.

15 May 2015

G20: Food wastage is an ‘enormous’ global problem

Food wasted by consumers is an enormous economic, environmental and societal problem, and nations should ensure excess food is given to the hungry instead of being thrown away, G20 agriculture ministers have said. At a two-day meeting in Istanbul, the ministers focused on problems of food security and nutrition, also taking the impact of climate change into account. In their final communique, ministers said a reduction in the amount of food wasted would improve food security. The ministers said: We note […]

04 May 2015

Dip in Tanzanian coffee harvest pushes industry to a tipping point

As temperatures climb, the Tanzanian coffee industry is being hit hard due to low production.

01 May 2015

UN: Climate Vulnerable Forum urges for strengthening of 2C goal

The group of 20 states most vulnerable to climate change highlights risks posed by climate change as well as the recent uptake of low-carbon technology

18 Mar 2015

Vanuatu’s president blames devastating cyclone on changing climate

President Baldwin Lonsdale has placed some of the blame for the Cyclone Pam on global warming.

26 Feb 2015

Study: Tackling food waste will cut emissions and save billions

Reducing food waste could reduce carbon emissions and save up to $300 billion a year by 2030, according to a new report.

21 Feb 2015

Indigenous communities face growing displacement through ‘land grabs’

In the last decade, an increasing number of aboriginal people have been displaced as large companies push onto traditional territories to extract resources, a UN specialist on indigenous people’s rights said. In conversation with the Thomson Reuters Foundation during a UN conference on aboriginal people and agricultural financing, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People’s, said: A lot of money is going into (land) speculation; this has worsened the situation. Huge plantations are encroaching on indigenous land; […]

29 Jan 2015

UK food and drink industry slashes emissions 35%

The UK’s food and drink industry has slashed it emissions by more than a third since 1990, meeting its 2020 target seven years early.