Future Global Food Gap Remains

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorDES MOINES (DTN) — The gap remains persistent between global growth of agricultural production and the expected need for food, feed, fiber and bioenergy demands for 10 billion people in 2050.The Global Agricultural Productivity Index, released annually at the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue, shows a spread between projected production and demand. Agricultural Total Factor Productivity, (TFP) is growing globally at a rate of 1.63% annually yet the growth needs to rise 1.73% annually to sustain the needs of a larger population at mid-century.The Global Agricultural Productivity Index was created by a consortium of several major agricultural input companies that formed the Global Harvest Initiative. The group turned the report and related work over this year to the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.The challenge, as consistently measured in these GAP reports, remains with “alarmingly low” TFP growth in low-income countries. Agricultural growth in these low-income countries is projected to rise about 1% annually, but the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals state productivity from low-income farmers needs to double by 2030.“These productivity gaps, if they persist, will have serious ramifications for environmental sustainability, the economic vitality of the agriculture sector, and the prospects for reducing poverty, malnutrition, and obesity,” said Ann Steensland, author of the 2019 GAP Report and coordinator of the GAP Report Initiative at Virginia Tech.The report states that without intervention, current agricultural productivity trends “will produce significant negative consequences for environmental sustainability, economic development and human nutrition.” Farmers will use both more land and water to boost production, which will put more strains on the natural resources already threatened by climate change, the report states.The United Nations shows roughly 822 million people are malnourished, a number that has been rising since 2015. Due to higher global population, the percentage of people malnourished around the world declined for more than a decade but has leveled off since 2015, between 10.6% and 10.8% of the population.Globally, agricultural stocks of staple crops remain high at the moment. Global wheat ending stocks are projected for the 2019-20 crop at a record 287.8 million metric tons, according to the October World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) released by USDA. Rice world ending stocks are projected at 175.1 million metric tons, also a record volume. 2019-20 global ending stocks for corn and soybeans are both projected to be down slightly from recent years.The GAP report with its history tied to global input and production companies, often repeats similar themes and this year’s report reiterates past messages. Strategies for higher production revolve around more investment in public-sector agricultural research and development, as well as extension services. Science and information technologies should be expanded to enable producers of all scales to manage environmental and economic risks, the report states. More investment should occur in infrastructure such as transportation, communication and financial services. Countries should expand trade agreements that improve regional and global trade. And more effort should be invested in post-harvest losses and food waste.Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(PSSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

You Might Want to Rethink that Email Pitch: Your VCs Have Declared Email Bankruptcy

first_imgTags:#Analysis#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Although being overwhelmed by email is a fairly common complaint, entrepreneurs would be wise to take note when two renowned VCs – recipients perhaps, of your email pitches – speak out about their struggles with overflowing email inboxes. On Monday, Fred Wilson declared email bankruptcy. And Mark Suster followed suit a few hours later. Wilson’s blog post describes how three hours of his Sunday evening were spent wading through 400 or so non-spam emails – only a third of his 1200 or so unread messages. After that, Wilson checked to see if he had any pending messages from those with whom he communicates most regularly and who are his most important email relationships. For the rest, “I select all and hit archive. It is a tremendously satisfying feeling.”Wilson contends it’s not simply a matter of efficiency or time management – “the more efficient I get with email, the more of it that comes in.” And Suster’s blog post expands on this, explaining why the norms of email itself make it unsustainable. According to Suster, email is a problem because:1. Anyone and everyone can email you.2. The sheer volume of emails is overwhelming.3. People expect a response.4. Social networks have multiplied messaging.Both Wilson and Suster point to services that help them manage their email communications (namely Gist, X1, and Etacts), and indicate in their blog posts and comments that they’re receptive to new systems of organizing and filtering information.And while many of us can benefit from adopting new productivity tools, the lessons for entrepreneurs from these two VCs’ posts may have little to do with making emails more palatable. Rather, it’s noteworthy that despite being overwhelmed by unread email, Suster and Wilson actively blog – and moreover, they interact with commenters on their blogs. Suster remarks that he prefers this mode of communication, saying “I enjoy the creative outlet of blogging and being able to build relationships with people in a lightweight way that often lead to in person meetings or phone calls down the line where appropriate.” Suster further notes that he generally is more receptive to the shorter, more succinct modes of communication that Twitter and instant messaging services provide.Of course, this isn’t a call to start inundating Suster and Wilson and other VCs’ blogs with pitches. Rather, it’s a reminder to entrepreneurs that email, as with any form of communication, has to be used wisely. And if you are not getting responses to your emails (from investors or others), it may be time to try other tactics, including those old-fashioned modes of phone or face-to-face.center_img audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

LOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMA

first_imgAlthough Conor McGregor is certainly one brash individual inside and outside of fighting, the UFC Lightweight Champion prides himself as “gracious both in victory and defeat.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutComing off his 10-round TKO loss to undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. last weekend, the Irish superstar had nothing but high praises for the fighter he verbally tormented before their iconic matchup.ADVERTISEMENT In a surprising turn of events, “The Notorious” even suggested that the boxing legend could very well transition to mixed martial arts.“I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer,” McGregor said of his recent foe.“But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter. Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure,” he added.McGregor also addressed his lingering cardiovascular issues, which seemed to be the main cause of his downfall during their bout.“I had an amazing team and It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night,” he said. “Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp. We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way.”  /raADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH San Miguel, Kia change imports LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match,”  he wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.  “Very experienced and methodical in his work. I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down.” View commentslast_img read more

Wig and sunglasses, Naomi Osaka goes in disguise

first_img“I get that I’m tan and I would stand out a little bit in Japan,” Osaka said. “I think the only way people would really care is if I’m wearing some sort of athletic (gear), like, if I was walking around with my tennis racket.“You know, other than that, I don’t think people really care too much.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I wasn’t really walking around (but) when I did, I went at night and had a wig on,” she said, smiling. “I wanted to try to do that. For me it was fun.”She got the wig from her sister and tried it for a joke, but doesn’t feel like it’s necessary.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I personally think she was making it a bigger deal than it had to be,” Osaka said. “Honestly, I feel like people don’t look at other people when they’re walking around.”Her mother is Japanese and her father is from Haiti. She was born in Japan and lived there as a child before moving to the United States. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Derrick Rose hits last-second shot, Timberwolves beat Suns ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan’s Naomi Osaka makes a backhand return to Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia—Naomi Osaka recently took up her big sister’s suggestion to wear a wig and sunglasses to conceal her identity as she walked around in Japan.The 21-year-old Osaka has become a big star in Japan since beating Serena Williams in last year’s U.S. Open final.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard delighted with Kante goalscoring performance

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard delighted with Kante goalscoring performanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard was not surprised with N’Golo Kante’s performance against Liverpool on Sunday.The France international has been stricken with injuries so far this season, but bounced back to score a wonderful goal in the 2-1 loss to the Reds at Stamford Bridge.Speaking after the game, Lampard said: “We end up being not surprised with Kante, which is not fair on him really.”He did it in the Super Cup without training, he did it today with probably not match-fit training, but he’s so important for us you put him in the team and he showed his qualities.Lampard also had special praise for young defende Fiyako Tomori.”I have to single out Tomori. For a young player like him to go up against Mo Salah, who is lethal, and deal with him for pace and in the mind, I thought was class. Everything he did was. Those are the signs I’m looking for individually.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoREVEALED: Sporting CP made attempt for Everton boss Marco Silva

first_imgREVEALED: Sporting CP made attempt for Everton boss Marco Silvaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSporting CP have made an attempt for Everton boss Marco Silva.O Jogo says he’s been approached about a move to Sporting, just like Portugal U21 manager Rui Jorge. But their past links with the Lions didn’t count in the club’s favour, since both of them rejected the chance.The same happened regarding Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim.Despite Silva’s unstable situation at Everton, the attempt by Sporting was always seen as a long shot.Back in January, it had already been reported that he’d rejected a chance to take charge of Benfica. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: Mississippi State OL Rufus Warren Tried Cheerleading Today, And It Was Hilarious

first_imgMississippi State Offensive lineman attempts to hold an MS cheerleader.Rufus Warren MSU CheerleaderMississippi State offensive lineman Rufus Warren is listed at 6-foot-7, 299 pounds on the school’s website. He has to handle large, athletic SEC defensive linemen on a regular basis, but when it came time to lift up an SEC cheerleader today, Warren wasn’t sure how to handle it.Here’s the video of Warren lifting up an MSU cheerleader. He does the job, but admittedly wasn’t too steady and seemed quite happy to be put her down as soon as possible.VIDEO: We are on our way to the coliseum, but first Rufus Warren tried out to be a cheerleader. #HailState pic.twitter.com/8dej0QMc7v— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) July 16, 2015Warren will probably take some good-natured ribbing for that, but he seemed pretty comfortable laughing at himself.last_img

Tennessee JUCO Commit Jonathan Kongbo Tells Alabama, “We’re Coming For (You)”

first_imgA high end zone view of Neyland Stadium(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It seems fairly obvious that Tennessee JUCO signee Jonathan Kongbo has Oct. 15 circled on his calendar. That’s the day the Volunteers host the reigning national champions, Alabama, at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. Kongbo, one of the top defensive recruits in the country, previously posted a video of himself working out with a “Bama We Coming” sign in the background. Now, in an interview with Rocky Top Insider, Kongbo all but guaranteed a victory against the Crimson Tide. His response comes after being asked about the Tennessee-themed trash talk from Florida’s Jalen Tabor. On the trash talk from Florida’s Jalen Tabor:“Well I mean, I just kind of laughed at it because I know we’re going to beat Florida. I know we’re going to beat Alabama. We’re going to beat all those teams. So I’ll say right now, we’re going to beat every team we play next year. I just really laughed at it, especially the comments that Jalen made. It was funny. We’ll see what Jalen Hurd does to him though.”On his final message:“I mean, kind of the main thing is, if you want to be the best you got to beat the best. And we know Alabama won the national championship this year and the message that I’m sending to them is that ain’t no one around here scared of that. We’re coming for them. It’s football so once the pads are on, you’ve got to figure out how to win so we’ll see.”Alabama-Tennessee should be pretty, pretty fun this year.[RTI]last_img read more

BMO expanding role of Brian Tobin at the bank names him vicechairman

first_imgTORONTO – BMO Financial Group is expanding the role of Brian Tobin and making the former premier of Newfoundland and Labrador vice-chairman at the bank.Tobin has served as vice-chairman at BMO Capital Markets since April 2013.In the new job, Tobin will report to Darryl White, chief executive of BMO Financial Group.He will provide senior relationship management for corporate, government and institutional clients.Tobin was premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1996 to 2000.Before taking the provincial helm, he also served as a federal cabinet minister in several portfolios.Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO)last_img

Mushtaq Ali Trophy Ktaka Maha set up title clash Mumbai bow out

first_imgIndore: Maharashtra and Karnataka set up the title clash in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy after posting win in their last respective Super League matches Tuesday, while Mumbai bowed out of the premier domestic T20 tournament despite trouncing Uttar Pradesh. Mumbai defeated Uttar Pradesh by 46 runs in their last Super League Group B game, but that was not enough for them to find a place in the finals. From Group B, it was Karnataka, who made it to the summit clash after defeating Vidarbha by six wickets. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWith this win, Karnataka remained unbeaten in the Super League stage and topped the table with 16 points. From the Super League Group A, Maharashtra stormed into the finals after winning all their four games. They topped the table with 16 points. The final of the domestic T20 championship will be played at the Holkar Stadium here on March 14. With the two finalists decided now, the Gujarat versus Bengal final Group A Super League match has been reduced to a ‘dead rubber’. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenAs per the format this time, the final is to be played between the two teams who top their respective group in terms of points at the Super League stage. Karnataka restricted Vidarbha to a modest 138/7 with pacer R Vinay Kumar (2-27) leading from the front. Later, skipper Manish Pandey struck a fluent unbeaten 49 to guide his side home. Pandey hammered three fours and two sixes in his 35-ball knock. Opener Rohan Kadam (39) and Karun Nair (24) also chipped in with valueable knocks. On the other hand, Maharashtra dished out a clinical show to beat Railways by 21 runs. Maharashtra, coached by Surendra Bhave, posted a competitive 177/5 with wicketkeeper Nikhil Naik scoring an unbeaten 95. Naushad Shaikh also played his part to perfection with a gritty 59. Maharashtra bowlers, led by left-arm medium pacer Samad Fallah (3-37), then shot out Railways for 156 to maintain their unbeaten run in the Super League stage. Earlier in the day, put into bat, Mumbai posted a massive 183/7 with Siddhesh Lad top scoring with 62 off just 44 balls. After losing opener Jay Bista (0) on the first ball, Lad and Eknath Kerkar (46 off 36 balls) stitched a 96-run stand for the second wicket to lay the foundation for a big total. Then skipper Shreyas Iyer (43 off 27 balls) played his usual attacking game and when he departed Mumbai had crossed the 175-run mark. For UP, who were out of the reckoning for a berth in the finals before the match, captain Ankit Rajpoot (3-47) was the pick of the bowlers.last_img read more