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Pakistan sees sharp decline in pulse consumption: Report

ISLAMABAD: A report issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations suggests that the consumption of pulses in Pakistan has declined from about 15kg per person a year to about 7kg per person a year. The report titled ‘State of Food and Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific Region’ stated that pulse consumption in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had decreased over the period from 1961 to 2013. This report has been prepared for the FAO regional conference for Asia and the Pacific being…

Mideast conflicts leave millions unsure of next meal: UN

CAIRO: The devastating conflicts gripping the Middle East and North Africa have left 30 million people unsure of their next meal, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said. "Food security and nutrition levels in the Near East and North Africa have sharply deteriorated over the last five years," the agency said in a report released Monday. "The prevalence of severe food insecurity in the adult population... was close to 9.5 percent in 2014-2015, representing approximately 30 million people," it said. "Countries such as…

Climate Change may affect food prices over the next 10 years

ROME: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has expressed concern that declining prices could thwart international efforts to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty unless steps are taken to guarantee decent incomes and livelihoods for small-scale producers. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, while addressing a high-level meeting on agricultural commodity prices, told Agriculture and Trade Ministers and other government officials and experts, that food prices are believed to be back to their…