This paper outlines IFAD’s strategic approach to enhancing food security and promoting sustainable smallholder agriculture development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the context of exacerbated impacts of climate change and persistent challenges to market access.

The 2014 Year Book shows how scientific endeavour and policy actions have led to innovative solutions and vital advancements. Yet these are frequently outpaced by overall economic growth. For example, as the fuel efficiency of cars has increased, the size of the vehicle fleet continues to grow.

The report examines the rise of “land grabs” in Asia and how this impacts on poor and vulnerable people in the region.

A questionnaire survey and field investigation in the shrimp farms were conducted in the Kannur District of South India from 28thJuly, 2013, to 5th August, 2013. A total of 30 shrimp farms were studied in Kannur district of Kerala. Shrimp farms were facing many threats of which only 30% were due to bird menace. Among the different bird species Cormorants were observed to be threat to shrimp farming. Group forager, diver and being an opportunistic feeder make Cormorants an ideal predator of shrimps (53%).

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has finalised the fisheries policy in a bid to double fish production within five years.

With the sustainability of food systems becoming central to achieving food security, this report of the 2013 workshop on voluntary standards for sustainable food systems addresses in particular issues from the point of view of the many different stakeholders involved.

The 2014 edition of World Bank’s Little Green Data Book released on World Environment Day 2014, includes a new indicator called change in wealth per capita for more than 200 countries. According to data compiled by this report, global rate of the natural wealth depletion in a year is 45 per cent, which is the cost of GDP-based growth.

This working paper examines the implications of doubling aquaculture production between now and 2050, and offers recommendations to ensure that aquaculture growth contributes to a sustainable food future.

Though Kerala is leading in the production and export of fish, aqua farming in the interior parts of the state has not grown proportionate to its potential, said Fisheries Minister K Babu.

The weekly digest of important reports, research, policy documents, regulations, studies, court cases, protests, conflicts, initiatives, photos, data, statistics, infographics, presentations on the India Environment Portal, 18 - 24 May 2014.