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Planting flowers beside food crops on farms in India attracts bees, boosts pollination and improves crop yield and quality, researchers have found. A group of researchers from the University of Reading and the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation explored the marriage of companion flowers, buzzing bees, and enhanced crop yields, unveiling a tapestry of sustainable agricultural practices.
The hidden costs of current agrifood systems, amounts to at least $10 trillion annually, nearly 10 percent of global GDP. This analysis covers 154 countries and exposes the substantial burdens placed on health, the environment, and society, said an analysis by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Over the past 30 years, the world has witnessed a staggering loss of an estimated $3.8 trillion in crops and livestock production due to disasters. This equates to an average annual loss of $123 billion, amounting to a substantial 5 percent of the global agricultural gross domestic product (GDP). These alarming figures come from a recently released report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), titled "The Impact of Disasters on Agriculture and Food Security."
Governments are spending trillions on inefficient subsidies for fossil fuels, agriculture, and fisheries that makes climate change worse, according to a latest World Bank Report. In the report Detox Development: Repurposing Environmentally Harmful Subsidies, the World Bank says repurposing these wasteful subsidies could help in tackling tackle climate change.
Stressing that agricultural subsidies rarely achieve their stated purposes, a World Bank Report states that they often wreak havoc on forests, water supplies and public health. Although agricultural subsidies are often intended to increase the efficiency of production, they usually have the opposite effect, making farming less efficient.
Empowering women and ensuring gender equality in agrifood systems reduces hunger, boosts the economy, and reinforces resilience to shocks like climate change and COVID-19 pandemic, according to new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).