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Saudi-Aussie scientists could be on the road to sweeter quinoa

The first high-quality reference genome for quinoa, the hipster's favourite grain, has been revealed through a Saudi-Australian research partnership.

FAO: Two-thirds of Yemeni households are now food insecure

The number of food insecure people in Yemen has grown by 3m in seven months, with an estimated 17.1m people now struggling to feed themselves, according to a joint assessment by three UN agencies.

Australia

Scientists need to ‘rethink’ approach to GMO engagement with public

When it comes to controversial science issues, scientists need to rethink their approach to engaging the public, according to the authors of a new study looking at women's attitudes towards genetically modified foods.

Six Japan food, nutrition and consumer trends set to shape 2017

We pinpoint six of the must-know food, nutrition and consumer trends taking shape in Japan, from superfoods to sports nutrition, ahead of one of the country's biggest trade shows, FoodEx Japan, which takes place next month.

One-in-five Indonesian homes experiences malnutrition double-burden: Jakarta the hotspot

More than 20% of Indonesian homes are thought to experience the double burden of malnutrition – both undernutrition and overweight/obesity – with households of a higher socioeconomic status most at risk.

Ifad grants Indonesia its biggest development loan in fund’s history

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) has signed an agreement with Indonesia’s government to launch the biggest project in the fund’s 40-year history.

VIDEO: Meet Ms Ugene, the state-of-the-art Singapore robot testing TCM and food products

No errors, no mood swings, no sick leave, and she can process three sets of microbiological tests in 14 minutes. Meet Ms Ugene, Singapore’s first two-armed robot microbiologist helping Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), food and nutrition firms ensure the quality of their products.

Rice diversity could be central to more productive crops

Scientists have found that they can improve rice productivity by selecting varieties that are better at capturing sunlight to produce grains, instead of reflecting it as heat. 

Expert panel established to drive forward India's national fortification plan

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has set up a panel of doctors and research scientists to prepare the final version of its food fortification laws – a move that would facilitate the inclusion of micronutrients to several food staples.

Aboriginal edible grubs: Forget dietary tastes, it’s the data that’s lacking

Even if people could be persuaded to ditch their Wagyu beef for a wood-boring grub, a lack of scientific information means, for now, traditional Aboriginal insects would be unlikely to become their new source of protein. 

UAE officially names food security as a national issue

The UAE has placed food security at the top of its policy priorities and will strive to deliver the “highest possible rates” of sustainability, according to a senior official.

Irish producers show off clean, green image in fight for ME share

Ireland’s government food industry promoter has said it hoped that the Emerald Isle’s strong reputation for farm provenance would boost sales in the Middle East as it launches a new range of eggs designed for the local market. 

Special Edition: Asian Pacific Feed Developments

South Korean government rice decision will impact feed wheat imports: USDA

Despite an upturn in rice feeding in South Korea, US feed corn imports are expected to stay steady for that Asian country, says the USDA.

India fortification plans: Regulator FSSAI releases consultation paper

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has pledged to ‘close the gap’ in micronutrient malnutrition after releasing a consultation paper on food fortification.

China likely to demand more cereal from Canada: new report

The latest report from The Conference Board of Canada showed that commodities and consumer goods, such as cereals and nuts, will likely to see rising demand from China in coming years. 

No evidence of link between fruit and veg consumption and reduction in overall cancer cases: Major Japan study

There is insufficient evidence of a link between fruit and vegetable consumption and a reduction in the number of overall cancer cases, according to a pooled analysis of large-scale cohort studies from Japan.

Australia

GrainCorp, Cargill offload Allied Mills for $317m

GrainCorp will receive A$190m (US$144m) for its 60% stake in Allied Mills from Pacific Equity Partners (PEP), which will also pay A$127m to Cargill for its 40% share of the Australian joint-venture.

Singapore identifies scope for continued food manufacturing growth as e-commerce and innovation increases

E-Commerce and innovation is driving the growth of Singapore’s food manufacturing and food services industries - but firm's need to quicken the pace of technological change, according to the government body responsible for boosting enterprise. 

Waste not want not: Why more needs to be done to maximise the functional food potential of by-products

The functional food and nutraceutical opportunities offered by agricultural waste products in developing countries are not being fully exploited, meaning vital nutrients that could be of immense health and economic benefit are going to waste.

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Pakistan academics demand legislation to safeguard food security

Pakistani food experts and researchers have called for legislation to ensure food security by allocating adequate funds for crop research, and to stop the building of new settlements on fertile agricultural land.

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