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Solar power push lights up options for India’s rural women

Keeping the lights on — and factories running — with solar panels has been a game changer

Thomson Reuters Foundation – In her village of Komalia, the fog swirls so thick at 7 a.m. that Akansha Singh can see no more than 15 metres ahead. But the 20-year-old is already cycling to her workplace, nine kilometres away. Halfway there she stops for two hours at a computer training centre, where she’s learning […] Read more

Another voice in the agri-food choir

Food and beverage companies now have another voice in policy debates

Add one more group to the already-crowded landscape of groups and organizations within the agriculture and food sector. Food & Beverage Canada (F&BC) has been formed to work with the federal and provincial governments and other industry bodies to advance common priorities for processors and beverage makers. Rosemary McLellan, an F&BC board member as well […] Read more

Pulse weekly outlook: Prairie market ‘nonexistent’ due to trade dispute

CNS Canada — As the western Canadian pulse crop industry awaits news from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to India, two traders aren’t holding their breath. “I’m not expecting any big announcements or any big headway other than wording like ‘working towards understandings’ and things like that,” said Adam Krieser of Canpulse Foods in Saskatoon. […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soymeal rally lifts soy, corn

Reuters — U.S. soybean meal futures jumped to their highest level since July 2016 on Tuesday as a drought kept the heat on crops in Argentina, the world’s top exporter of the livestock feed. The rally helped lift soybean and corn prices, which touched seven-month and six-month highs, respectively. Sizzling conditions in Argentina since November […] Read more

Food-mad Italy on mission to cut waste, feed hungry

Volunteers and food vendors are banding together to meet the national target

Thomson Reuters Foundation – The young Roma woman gingerly touched the oranges and cabbages, bright, fresh and neatly stacked in crates. Francesco Fanoli, an anthropologist, insisted they were hers to take — for free. With a toddler playing in a nearby pram and more mouths to feed at home, the mother took the cache gratefully, […] Read more

GOING BIG: Chinese pork producers supersize

The country is the world’s top pork market, but until recently most of it has been raised on small operations

Surrounded by mountains in a remote part of southwestern China, Xinguangan’s first large-scale, modern pig farm is getting ready to produce its first offspring. By the end of the year, 10,000 sows will live inside two huge barns on this 73-hectare (180-acre) site, producing up to 280,000 piglets annually, or about 20,000 tonnes of pork. […] Read more

Gladstone 4-H leader is Manitoba’s recipient of award recognizing exceptional volunteer leaders

The awards recognize the pivotal role volunteer leaders play in the 4-H program

A Gladstone 4-H leader who’s led projects wherever she’s lived in rural Manitoba has been recognized by 4-H Canada for exceptional volunteer leadership. Heather Lea has volunteered with the provincial 4-H program off and on since the mid-1970s when she first offered to lead a sewing project while living in Cartwright. Her career as United […] Read more

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