WHO report highlights rise in malnutrition, obesity in Africa, decries data gaps

AFRICA - A newly released nutrition report by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa has revealed that under-nutrition is still persistent in the Continent while the number of stunted children has increased. The Africa Nutrition Report, which was launched in Abidjan, Ivory Coast also indicates that a growing number of children under…

Wheat Breeding Platform launched to improve yields

SOUTH AFRICA - The national Wheat Breeding Platform (WBP) has been launched by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor and with Stellenbosch University's Plant Breeding Laboratory (SU-PBL) as a key partner which aims to increase yields and boost the profitability of wheat produced in South Africa. The WBP draws on expertise from the private and…

India’s wheat planting area expected to surpass last year’s

INDIA – India, the world’s second-largest producer of wheat, expects wheat planting to surpass last year's 31 million hectares due to the improved water availability and better soil moisture. According to the officials, wheat planting had begun in irrigated parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat and will pick up in other regions, including Punjab and…

Argentine grain output prospects receive double boost

ARGENTINA - Argentine grain harvest prospects received a double boost as officials forecast a further increase in corn sowings in 2017-18, while upgrading their area estimate for the newly-started wheat harvest. The Argentine agriculture ministry, in its first forecast for corn sowings for 2017-18 for all purposes, including silage, pegged them at 8.9m hectares, a…