Monthly Archives: December 2013

Prince Charming : A Poem by Dr Syed Md Zainul Abedin

Prince charming of dream 
Lives through ages in the damsel’s heart 
She may long and scream
She may wonder about his splendid art

Days and nights may pass  
She may not meet her prince charming 
But her love for him always lasts
His thoughts bring precious thing

Princess may meet  the man in reality 
She may not know her icon of love
She may always look for the divine beauty 
Of her imaginary manly dove

Hero of heart may always remain missing
Princess will still crave for prince charming

Rome-based UN agencies join forces on food losses(Dissemination of FAO News)

Rome-based UN agencies join forces on food losses

Switzerland to fund $2.7 million project with pilot activities in three African countries

 

Photo: ©FAO/Christena Dowsett

The three-year UN project will focus on reducing losses of grains and pulses.

20 December 2013, Rome – The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a  joint project to tackle the global problem of food losses.

Around one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted each year, amounting to 1.3 billion tonnes – or enough food to feed 2 billion people.

The three UN agencies will work together on the $2.7 million project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation to target food losses in developing countries, which can occur during harvesting, processing, transportation and storage as a result of inadequate infrastructure or lack of skills and technology.

In particular, the three-year project will focus on reducing losses of grains and pulses such as maize, rice, beans and cow peas – staple foods that play a significant role in global food security and have a major impact on the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers.

According to a 2011 report by the World Bank, FAO and the United Kingdom’s Natural Resources Institute, grain losses in sub-Saharan Africa alone are worth potentially $4 billion a year and could meet the minimum annual food requirements of at least 48 million people.

At a global level, the joint initiative will share knowledge on the most effective ways to reduce post-harvest losses and help countries introduce policies and regulations to cut down on wastage at national and regional level.

The project will also identify critical points for losses in pulse and grain supply chains in three African pilot countries – Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda – and identify and test potential solutions to issues such as ineffective harvesting and handling, storage moisture levels, attacks by rats, birds and other pests, and insect damage.

Food security

The UN project will contribute both to the Millennium Development Goal of improving food security and to the Zero Hunger Challenge launched in June 2012 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, which includes zero loss or waste of food as one of its main elements.

“When some 840 million people are going hungry every day, we have an ethical responsibility to ensure that food produced is in fact consumed and not lost or wasted,” said Jong Jin Kim, Director of FAO’s Programme Support Division, , speaking on behalf of all three Rome-based UN agencies. “Reducing food loss and waste will make significant amounts of additional food available, and at lower environmental costs, which is also critical in view of the need to produce 60 percent more food by 2050 to meet the demands of a growing population.”

According to FAO, the 1.3 billion tonnes of food lost and wasted each year use 250 km3 of water and 1.4 billion hectares of land, and add 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases to the earth’s atmosphere.

“By mobilizing the individual strengths of IFAD, WFP and FAO, and thanks to Switzerland’s  contribution, we believe the project will have significant impact and influence in stimulating member countries to take action to reduce food losses,” said Kim.

Food loss occurs mostly during production stages – harvesting, transportation and storage of food – while food waste typically takes place at the retailer and consumer end of the food supply chain.

In total, food losses and waste account for about 30 percent of cereals, 40-50 percent of root crops, fruit and vegetables, 20 percent of oilseeds, meat and dairy, and 30 percent of fish produced each year.

(The News Article entitled, “Rome-based UN agencies join forces on food losses” has been taken from the  FAO website for further dissemination of the important issue of saving food from waste and loss in the supply chain. You can read the News Article at the following link:http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/211216/icode/#!)

Cell Phone : A Poem by Dr Syed Md Zainul Abedin

Who is there?

You have a contact list to take care.

Sorry,my cell phone had trouble.
It doesn’t show any call. 
It’s contact list has been deleted.  
So,I can’t understand who’s on the net.

But,you know my voice.
I’m a person of your choice.
I’m sure you have not deleted me from your heart.
I always thought you as my part. 

That’s really a great clue.
Now,I can recognize you.

We are bosom friends for long time.
It doesn’t matter if machine chime.

(This poem is based on my conversation with a friend over cell phone)

You may also read the poem the poem and its reviews at the  following link:

 

http://www.writerscafe.org/writing/zainul/1287586/#comment-3232377


Flag : A Poem by Dr Syed Md Zainul Abedin


I met the little boy on the street
He was running with a flag in his hand
He was following  the colorful musical band
His little flag seemed to dance and greet

The boy told me,see the Victory Day
Showing the paper flag glued to a stick
His point was simple yet very symbolic
He enjoyed the festivity in his play 


He insisted me to go with him for fun
He craved to join the running children
He didn’t want to miss the joyful run
Waving  flag with  music was his  heaven

I was spell bound and ran fast with him
The boy became  happy winning his dream

(A little boy of Bangladesh celebrates The Victory Day of his nation on 16 December 2013)

You are invited to read the poem with reviews at the following link:

 

http://www.writerscafe.org/writing/zainul/1283033/?reply=3224342#comment-3224342


Agriculturists Without Borders (AWB): A Humanitarian Concept-Dr.Syed Md.Zainul Abedin

The humans needs food,fiber and fuel  for their own survival and maintenance .They need  feed and fodder for the management of their domestic animals,fish and pets.Farmers used to  grow these stuff and serve the humanity from time immemorial.They learned through trial and error process how to grow necessary things and manage farming more efficiently.Thus the   specialist group of growers  called ‘agriculturist’ was created.

As the demand for food,feed,fodder,fiber  and fuel increased with the increase of  population coupled with the increase of  complexity in farming practices the use of scientific knowledge became indispensable.Hence techniques of agricultural production started  in educational establishments and research centers.The scholars and scientists who worked to investigate into the secrets of production and management with the help of farmers became experts and were termed ‘Agriculturists’.

Most countries of the world have now agricultural universities and colleges to make graduates in agricultural sciences who are identified as  ‘Agriculturists’.They serve in research centers,universities,colleges,farms,supply chains,various types of government,non-government  and  international offices.They serve there for earning their living in exchange of their expertise.

The experts in agriculture also love to devote themselves for serving people in crises caused by natural disasters like flood,hurricane,typhoon,drought,earth quake,land slide and other calamities.They work to prevent famines and recover from famines through various measures.These group of Agriculturists often works within national boundaries But,they need to work beyond national boundaries too since catastrophes are not limited within national boundaries.The  Agriculturists who actively participate to serve the people in crises and peace are ‘Agriculturists Without Borders (AWB)’.

Time has come to conceptualize, consolidate  and institutionalize the roles and responsibilities of  ‘Agriculturists Without Borders (AWB)’.I invite valuable opinions of all concerned on how an  international humanitarian organization  with the title of  ‘Agriculturists Without Borders (AWB)’  may be  managed effectively.

 

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Nelson Mandela : A Poem by Dr Syed Md Zainul Abedin

Nelson Mandela 

New comet of universe

Black and white shines bright
(Nelson Mandela enhanced the beauty of black and white)
Enjoy reading the reviews in www.writerscafe.org at the following link:

News : A Poem by Dr Syed Md Zainul Abedin

Crisis continues

People long for some good news

More gloom grows on face
 

(People in crisis crave for a little good news from media)