COP27 should address use of tech in food security, beyond GMOs

Columnists COP27 should address use of tech in food security, beyond GMOs Wednesday November 09 2022 Biotech maize growing at a research station. FILE PHOTO | NMG As the global environmental conference, COP27, unfolds, looking, yet again, at what can be done to slow climate change, we can only hope it might untangle some of … Read more

Russia says it will rejoin Black Sea grain deal – POLITICO

Russia will resume its cooperation with a diplomatic agreement brokered by Turkey and the United Nations to facilitate the export of Ukrainian foodstuffs, its defense ministry said Wednesday. The U-turn came after talks on Tuesday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Moscow on Saturday suspended its involvement in the … Read more

Lula victory revives EU trade hopes for Latin America – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article “This is the result we were all hoping for.” The center-left European lawmaker MEP Kathleen Van Brempt captured the mood in Brussels on Monday, as the EU breathed a diplomatic sigh of relief over the victory of left-winger Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva in the second round of … Read more

Kremlin accused of ‘weaponizing food’ in halt of Ukraine grain deal – POLITICO

The U.S. accused Moscow of “weaponizing food” in suspending its participation in a U.N.-brokered deal allowing grain shipments to leave Ukraine’s ports. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres is engaged in “intense contacts” aimed at bringing Russia back to the deal, the organization said on Sunday, after the Kremlin on Saturday said it was halting the agreement … Read more

Russia suspends Ukraine grain export deal after attack on Crimea – POLITICO

The Russian government said it suspended indefinitely a months-old deal allowing grain shipments to leave Ukraine’s ports, citing an attack on a base in occupied Crimea as the reason. According to a statement issued Saturday by Russia’s foreign ministry, Moscow “suspends participation” for an “indefinite period” in a deal brokered by the U.N. to make … Read more

Food insecurity is rising, we must invest in Africa’s farming future now

Columnists Food insecurity is rising, we must invest in Africa’s farming future now Friday October 14 2022 Vegetable farming. PHOTO | SHUTTERSTOCK We are facing a global food crisis—and Africa is especially at risk. We see this in Eastern Africa, where the longest drought in 40 years and rising food and fuel prices driven in part … Read more

Putin is at war with all of Europe, Spain’s Pedro Sánchez says – POLITICO

NEW YORK — Russia is at war not only with Ukraine, but with the whole EU — and it’s losing, according to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. Russian President Vladimir Putin is “using energy as a war tool” because he is threatened by the EU’s values, Sánchez told POLITICO in New York, where more than 150 … Read more