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The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021: worrying news

FAO report on The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 is now available. It presents the first global assessment of food insecurity and malnutrition for 2020. Hunger will not be eradicated by 2030 unless bold actions are taken to accelerate progress, especially actions to address inequality in access to food. Gender inequality being one main driver with prevalence of moderate or severe food insecurity being 10 percent higher among women than men in 2020, compared to 6 percent in 2019. The report highlights the need for a deeper reflection on how to better address the global food security and nutrition situation.

Feedipedia's 8th anniversary

Eight years ago, in November 2012, Feedipedia, the worldwide open access encyclopedia of feeds for farm animals, was launched and the audience began to be monitored.

  • 447 datasheets have been written and updated
  • 18205 literature references have been used to write these datasheets
  • 1638 images have been collected or created
  • 2.9 million raw data on more than 100 parameters have been used to calculate 1100 brand new feed tables

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Co-products Feeds in Europe, Robin Crawshaw

Robin Crawshaw, one of the most cited author in Feedipedia, recently published a new opus about "Co-products feeds in Europe: Animal feeds derived from industrial processing". 

In these times of increasing awareness about circular economy/industrial ecology, this book which focuses on the feeds derived from industrial processing points out the many benefits that farmers, industry and the society can find in using such products.

Processing and utilization of kinnow wastes as livestock and poultry feed

By M. Wadhwa, M. P. S. Bakshi and Harinder P. S. Makkar

The acute shortage of feedstuffs in Asian, Middle East and African countries has prompted Animal Nutritionists to explore new non-conventional feed resources that do not compete with human food. The most promising among these, available in plenty, are fruit and vegetable wastes (FVWs). Currently most FVWs are dumped in wastelands causing environmental pollution. Citrus fruit (Mausambi/sweet lime or kinnow) waste, available in bulk, is rich in nutrients and bio-active compounds. Studies revealed that kinnow waste, after sun drying or ensiling with poor quality crop residues, can be effectively utilized as animal feed, to enhance animal production, mitigate environmental pollution and decrease feeding cost.


National Feed Security System: what it entails and making it operational in East Africa

By Harinder P.S. Makkar1, Paul Opio2, Joseph Matere3, Jay Angerer4, Luca Innocente5, Wamalwa Kinyanjui6, Cyril Ferrand2 and S. Munyua6

Seasonal feed shortages and inefficient feed use by pastoralist and agropastoralist communities are the major challenges affecting livestock productivity in East African countries. Studies have shown that the early actions provide high returns on investment. However, the early actions can only be taken with sound and timely information. A National Animal Feed Security System (NAFSS) that monitors animal feed and water availability, can play a vital role in alerting decision makers of the right time to implement early actions. It would also enhance efficiency of livestock production and make the livestock sector more resilient. A NAFSS is a complete set of an array of components, namely tools; and of procedures, facilities, skills, infrastructure, personnel, organizations, and institutions required to implement them. This article illustrates the components of such a system and the manner in which FAO and IGAD intend to operationalise it in East African countries.