How to improve the health of the ocean

The ocean covers almost three-quarters of the planet. The ocean provides 3bn people with almost a fifth of their protein (making fish a bigger source of the stuff than beef). Fishing and aquaculture assure the livelihoods of one in ten of the world’s people. Climate and weather systems depend on the temperature patterns of the

Heavy push for rice megafarms

The Thai government is committed to ramping up the rice megafarm scheme this year, for which it provides soft loans, machinery and agricultural equipment to farmers in order to cut production costs and raise productivity. The scheme will cover 1.05 million rai  (170,000 hectares) of related farmland. You can read the whole article here.

Philippine Economy Posts 6.4 Percent GDP Growth in the First Quarter of 2017

Originally posted at Reference Number: Q12017 Release Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) posted a 6.4 percent growth in the first quarter of 2017. Manufacturing, Trade, and  Other Services were the main drivers of growth for the quarter. Among the major economic sectors, Services had the fastest growth of 6.8 percent. Industry decelerated

Protect small farms to meet growing global food needs

“Large-scale agriculture is expanding. But small farms with less than 20 hectares of land should be supported as they produce more diverse and nutritious food, said researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia. Big farms of more than 50 hectares dominate food production in Europe, Americas, Australia and New Zealand, producing

Indonesian and Korea cooperates in food sector

“The ASEAN-Korea Center held a trade facilitation workshop in Indonesia in the food and beverage sector to help Indonesian companies become competitive in the global market. The seminars in Jakarta and Makassar, Indonesia, on April 4 and Thursday, respectively, drew 550 representatives from Indonesia’s micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and government branches. The events were

Fruits and vegetables’ latest superpower?

“Eating potassium-rich foods like sweet potatoes, avocados, spinach, beans, bananas — and even coffee — could be key to lowering blood pressure, according to Alicia McDonough, professor of cell and neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Decreasing sodium intake is a well-established way to lower blood pressure,” McDonough

Sugar regulator proposes import duty on corn-based sweetener

Posted on March 22, 2017  Original article can be accessed here: THE Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) is set to propose to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) this week the imposition of an import duty for high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), the sweetener that has dampened industrial demand for refined sugar. SRA Administrator Anna

Vietnam Tipped to be Asia’s Fastest-Growing Convenience Market

By IGD | 28 Mar 2017  Original article can be accessed here: Source: IGD Vietnam is forecast to be the fastest-growing convenience market in Asia by 2021, followed by the Philippines and Indonesia, according to new data released today by international grocery research organisation IGD. Asia’s grocery market is the largest in the world, with