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Food is Just as Vital as Oil to National Security

70% of Ukraine is a prime agricultural area. It is responsible for producing a significant portion of the world’s wheat, potatoes, corn, rye, barley, and sunflower oil. Crop shipments from Ukraine to the European Union, India, China, and other parts of Northern Africa and the Middle East are falling as Russian forces block…

Be the Change You Wanted to See as a Young Girl

Madhulika Singh grew up in a traditional Indian community where girls choosing to study science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) subjects were as radical as them picking their own life partner. Women are said to hold up half of the sky. Singh, who is now an agriculture specialist at the International Maize and…

Another Food Crisis?

The consequences of the Ukraine crisis are likely to last for months, if not years. If the cuts in wheat exports from Russia and Ukraine are as severe as expected, global wheat supplies will be severely limited. If fertilizer exports are drastically reduced, global markets for food sources will become tighter. This will…

New Endeavor to Fast-track the Power of Crop Diversity for Climate Resilience

A new project is expanding the use of biodiversity held in genebanks to develop new climate-smart crop varieties for millions of small-scale farmers worldwide. The dependency of many farmers on seasonal rains for cultivation has been responsible for food shortages over the years. It is also obvious that implementation of alternative growth methods…

Russia Ukraine Conflict and the Global Food Security

Wheat supply chains, fertilizer exports, and other food system components will be disrupted as a result of the war in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russia. In combination with other factors, they have the potential to unleash a significant food security crisis. The confrontation between Russia and Ukraine will severely affect global…

Beneficial Bioactives

Maize and wheat are frequently at the focus of arguments about carbohydrate overuse. In developing countries, maize is mostly consumed in its natural form. Maize and wheat flour are also common staples in developing countries. Globally, these two bowls of cereal are processed and used in making a wide range of foods that…

Cereal Grain Harvesting and Post-harvest Machinery in Nepal

Many aspects of the rice and wheat grain production process are completely mechanized in Nepal’s Terai plains and the larger valleys in the highlands. As early as the 1960s, wheat and rice threshing and cleaning were also mechanized. In the 90s, practically all of the wheat in the Terai was being threshed, largely…

Can Uganda Attain Zero Hunger?

Uganda is one of Africa’s fast-growing economies, which is in the middle of a socio-economic revolution. Uganda’s GDP has grown by more than 5% over the last two decades.  This expansion is paralleled by the country’s growing population and urbanization. In 2019, 24.4 percent of Uganda’s population lived in urban areas. By 2030,…

High-yielding Staple Crops for Improving Health and Prosperity in Developing Countries

Several recent studies highlight the “Green Revolution’s” long-term benefits. They argue for sustained investment in the development and usage of high-yielding staple crop varieties. This has been touted as a solution to food shortages in developing countries. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the global food system’s vulnerability to attacks. It has brought a realization…

Genome-wide Breeding for Wheat Blast Curtailing

The first study testing selection of genomic inbreeding when it comes to resistance has been undertaken, and the results have been published. The deadly disease, caused by a fungus, has spread from Brazil to mainland Africa and is threatening wheat cultivation today.  Wheat blast is quickly becoming a challenge that is threatening the…