Tag: Agriculture

1 Feb 17'

How Agtech trends are overcoming the food production shortage – It’s all about the data. Part 1: Data Collection

There are many ways in which food productivity gains can be, and are being achieved, but none more effective than through the application of technology. AgTech or AgriTech is the...

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26 Sep 16'

AGRICULTURAL R&D SPENDING—CHINA AND INDIA INVESTING HEAVILY, BUT INVESTMENT RETREATING IN LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES

Two reports into the global patterns in agricultural R&D spending have recently caught my attention.  Agricultural research is critical for greater productivity, efficiency and poverty reduction. Rapidly growing countries with large...

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13 Sep 16'

CITIZEN SCIENCE VALIDATION OF CROP MASKS

When we build agricultural risk models it is important to have accurate data describing where crops are grown. Most of the existing so-called crop masks are derived from a combination...

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30 Aug 16'

ASSESSING AGRICULTURAL INDEX INSURANCE RELIABILITY

Index based insurance and risk-transfer schemes have existed for many years in the catastrophe and agriculture risk management worlds. Well known for their relative ease of construction and implementation, they...

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22 Aug 16'

CLIMATE CHANGE INCREASED PROBABILITY OF FRENCH FLOODS IN 2016

Attribution science is the science of determining the causes of unusual climate trends and climate-related events. Extreme events are a fundamental characteristic of our planet’s variable climate. However, the degree...

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10 Aug 16'

DO FLOODS OR DROUGHTS CAUSE MOST CROP DAMAGE IN CANADA?

A recent news article piqued my interest as it suggests that in recent years floods have been the major driver of crop damage in the important agricultural states of Saskatchewan and...

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8 Aug 16'

HALF-TIME REPORT ON 2016 INDIAN SUMMER MONSOON

After two years of deficit rainfall in India all eyes were on this year’s monsoon to bring adequate moisture to the sub-continent, boosting crop production and the economy. As we...

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4 Aug 16'

GRAIN OUTPUT AND CONSUMPTION PREDICTED TO BE AT NEAR RECORD LEVELS IN 2016-17

According to the latest update from the International Grains Council, world grain output in 2016/17 is expected to be the second highest ever at 2.046bn tonnes – just 1m tonnes...

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3 Aug 16'

WILL 2016 SET A RECORD FOR CHINA AGRICULTURAL INSURANCE?

China has suffered deeply from floods in 2016 and, this weekend, what flooded the China news was the tragedy occurring in Xing Tai of Hebei province. Dozens of people lost their lives and many...

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5 Jun 16'

HOW WILL WE ERADICATE HUNGER BY 2030?

High up on 2015’s Sustainable Development Goals at number 2 is the goal to End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. However, the latest long term...

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5 Jun 16'

EL NIÑO IMPACTS ON FOOD SECURITY TO LAST THROUGH 2016

Whilst the El Niño phenomenon is now in a neutral phase, the food insecurity caused by drought is not likely to peak before December. East and Southern Africa are the most...

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