The Sprout: World Food Program chief warns of supply chain vulnerabilities – iPolitics

The Sprout: World Food Program chief warns of supply chain vulnerabilities – iPolitics

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Here’s today’s agriculture news.

The Lead 

The head of the World Food Program is warning the COVID-19 pandemic has shown vulnerabilities in supply chains to impoverished nations that must be strengthened as countries struggle to feed their citizens.

As the Associated Press reports, David Beasley, the United Nation’s food program chief executive, told a virtual panel at the World Economic Forum the pandemic has stressed food supply chains and made it harder to feed the hungry. “We’ve got to continue to work the system, we’ve got to make certain that we are … less vulnerable to COVID type impacts,” he said, noting about 270 million people world-wide are on the brink of starvation.

“If you think you’ve had trouble getting toilet paper in New York, because of supply chain disruption, what do you think’s happening in Chad and Niger and Mali and places like that?”

Beasley also urged global leaders to provide more funding and support to the World Food Program to avoid a situation of mass famine. Reuters has that story.

Around Town 

The Government of Canada has launched a Northern Food Innovation Challenge via the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) and is calling for applications for projects aimed at strengthening food systems in the territories. Not-for-profit, Indigenous governments, community-owned economic development corporations and other organizations, municipal governments, academic institutions and small- and medium-sized businesses are all eligible to participate in the challenge. More details can be found here.

Ontario Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman was set to make an announcement with his provincial colleague Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, training and skills and development, at 10:30 am ET this morning about an enforcement initiative designed to “prevent the spread of COVID-19 at agricultural workplaces.”

If you’re in the Lethbridge area, note that Ag-Expo, the largest agricultural trade show in Alberta, has been rescheduled to March 17-19 because of the pandemic. The Western Producer has the details.

In Canada 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested on Tuesday that Canada will be able to navigate the Biden administration’s new Buy American policy, noting that President Joe Biden’s White House has more in common with Canadians than the previous Trump administration did. “Over the past four years, we faced an American administration that was both unpredictable and extremely protectionist, and we were able every step of the way to stand up for Canadian interests,” Trudeau said. The Canadian Press has that story.

Manitoba’s Agriculture Minister Blaine Pederson has rejected calls from provincial farm groups to implement a federal proposal to modernized Canada’s AgriStability business risk management program. The Manitoba Co-operator has more.

The B.C. SPCA says proposed welfare changes that it says removes a requirement for larger cages by 2023 will worsen conditions for the animals on Canadian farms. The Abbotsford News has more. 

Global News looks at why many British Columbian’s are continuing to protest India’s new farm laws.


U.S. farm groups are hoping the Biden administration’s plan to provide a pathway to legal status for illegal immigrants will also lead to an expansion of the H-2A visa program to expand labour availability within the sector. Agri-pulse explains.

Barley farmers in South Africa are preparing for tough market conditions after the government reinstated a ban on alcohol sales as part of its fight against surging COVID-19 cases. Reuters has more.

China bought approximately 200 million gallons of U.S. ethanol for the first half of 2021, a purchase that matches its previous record for imports of the biofuel, Archer Daniel Midland Co. (ADM) said on Tuesday, a purchase that comes amid several positive signs for the ethanol industry. Reuters has that story, too.

The Sydney Morning Herald takes a closer look at Indonesia’s beef with Australian cattle.

And a study by the European Union Commission has found that trade agreements are positive for the agriculture sector. The Cattle Site has more.


The Kicker 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day: Kraft Dinner has released a limited edition version of candy-flavoured KD that is bright pink in colour. We can’t help but wonder if it pairs well with green egg and ham…

Until tomorrow.

Published at Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:46:05 +0000

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