6 November 2017

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Trump nominee for top Agriculture post withdraws amid Russia probe
3 Nov, 2017
Sam Clovis, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the Department of Agriculture's chief scientist, withdrew himself from consideration, the White House announced. Trump had picked Clovis for the position despite him not having a background in science, and that lack of experience, alongside a history of racially charged and homophobic comments, made his nomination particularly controversial.

Egypt holds workshop with World Bank to promote investments in agriculture

28 Oct, 2017
World Bank (WB) officials said that Egypt’s recent economic reforms and improved investment environment have encouraged investment in the country’s agriculture sector. The remarks came during a recent workshop held by Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr with the WB to promote investments in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors.

FAO pumps K50 billion into agriculture, nutrition
27 Oct, 2017
The Food and Agriculture Organization has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture for two five-year projects aimed at addressing food security and nutrition. According to FAO Dy. Director General Daniel Guftafson, the agreement has been signed to improve the performance of the agriculture sector and the nutrition of the people in the country.

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Climate change 'will create world's biggest refugee crisis'
2 Nov, 2017
Tens of millions of people will be forced from their homes by climate change in the next decade, creating the biggest refugee crisis the world has ever seen, according to a new report. Senior US military and security experts have told the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) study that the number of climate refugees will dwarf those that have fled the Syrian conflict, bringing huge challenges to Europe.

China still wants US cooperation on climate change
31 Oct, 2017
A Chinese official said that his country still wants to cooperate with the U.S. on climate change and hopes an upcoming meeting on the issue in Germany will produce a draft agreement on implementing the Paris climate accord.

World traveller Alize Carrere to share research about adapting to climate change 
1 Nov, 2017
Sarasota: As a 28-year-old who has seen more of the world than probably many heads of state, Alize Carrere — like many of her generation — is concerned about climate change. In a telephone interview about her upcoming appearance at New College of Florida, Carrere said she wants to get away from “the doomsday context” in climate change discussions and focus more on adaptation strategies.

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Drought in Somalia drives children from school
29 Oct, 2017
Somalia already has the world’s lowest enrollment rate for primary-school‐age children. Today, only 30 percent of primary school students and 26 percent of secondary school students attend courses, according to the U.N. Many school children have dropped out of school because of a continuing drought and loiter in the streets in search of food.

World lost 2.3 million sq km of forested land to drought in last three decades
26 Oct, 2017
Over the past decade, the world has lost 2.3 million square kilometres of forested land, of which, 80 percent of the loss is a direct effect of expanding agricultural lands, claims Uncharted waters: the new economics of water scarcity and variability, a report by World Bank.

Cape Town gets Gigaba's go-ahead to deal with drought
30 Oct, 2017
Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba has approved the City of Cape Town's request to deviate from Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) regulations to urgently deal with the drought, the City said.

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Two more drown in Penang floods, death toll rises to seven
6 Nov, 2017
George Town:
Two more people have perished in Penang’s flood disaster, bringing the latest death toll to seven. The figure rose after two bodies were found in a house in Jalan Mata Kucing, Air Itam and in front of Stadium Bandaraya. Almost the whole of Penang was hit by floods and scores of trees were uprooted in a thunderstorm which began at 2pm on Saturday.

Chennai battered by 6 hours of rain, schools shut: India 

3 Nov, 2017
Several coastal pockets of Chennai witnessed severe water-logging on Thursday after rains lashed the city for a non-stop five hours following a low pressure on the Bay of Bengal near Sri Lanka. Chief Minister E. Palaniswami's government said that it has kept 115 multi-purpose shelters ready in the coastal districts.

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PM Modi inaugurates World Food India 2017
3 Nov, 2017
New Delhi: In a bid to provide a platform to Indian farmers and manufacturers to showcase their products and explore partnerships with foreign companies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated World Food India 2017, the biggest congregation of global investors and business leaders of major food companies. The three-day event was organized by the Food Processing Industries Ministry in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

World food prices fall 1.3 percent in October: FAO
2 Nov, 2017
Rome: World food prices fell slightly in October from the previous month, as valuations dropped for all food commodities apart from cereals, the United Nations food agency said.

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Area under irrigation in Maharashtra will be doubled: India
31 Oct, 2017
Aurangabad: Union water resources minister Nitin Gadkari said the area under irrigation in Maharashtra would be increased from existing 18% to 40% by undertaking concerted efforts. Gadkari said the project will have a financial outlay of Rs 25,000 crore of which 90% share would be borne by the Centre.

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China says no plan to build 1000-km tunnel to divert Brahmaputra waters

31 Oct, 2017
China denied as “false” a news report that it plans to build a 1,000-km tunnel to divert water from the Brahmaputra river at a site close to the India border to arid Xinjiang in the country’s northwest.


Drainage and Flood Control Summit, 26 - 27 November 2017, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

8th Asian Regional Conference, 2-4 May 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal, on the theme “Irrigation in Support of an Evergreen Revolution”

69th IEC & Regional Conference, 12–17 August 2018, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, on the theme: Innovative and Sustainable Agri-water Management: Adapting to a Variable and Changing Climate.

Global Water Security for Agriculture and Natural Resources (GWSAN): An ASABE Global Initiative Conference, Hyderabad, India, 3-6 October 2018.


National Agriculture Policy, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, September 2016.
Agriculture remains the mainstay of Malawi’s economy, contributing significantly to employment, economic growth, export earnings, poverty reduction, food security, and nutrition. It also plays a critical role in ensuring sustainable use of natural resources. All of these pose a threat to food security and nutrition in the face of a growing population, increased land pressure, and climate change. In trying to address these challenges in the past, Malawi has over-concentrated on maize self-sufficiency for food and tobacco as a cash crop, at the expense of other agricultural commodities, including livestock and fisheries. Moreover, the sector remains predominantly subsistence-oriented. In response, the NAP seeks to sustainably transform the sector from subsistence to a market orientation in order to increase agricultural production, marketed surpluses of commodities, and real incomes.


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