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Communities are strong when their citizens are empowered

A strong leader is not enough — everyone needs to be involved and informed for communities to thrive

Reading Time: 3 minutes Community development is more than economic or social projects. It is the empowerment of people so they have resilience when faced with change and challenge. After completing my courses on rural community development with the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations, I thought about what resilience might mean and how we can […] Read more

Don’t buy equipment from an unlicensed dealer or distributor

Reading Time: < 1 minute When buying new farm equipment, part of making an informed decision is checking to make sure the dealer or distributor is licensed. “Farmers should be aware that if they are conducting business with an unlicensed farm implement business, they will not have any protection under the Farm Implement Act,” said Jeana Les, rural engagement and […] Read more


(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

World food prices edge up in April

Rome | Reuters — World food prices rose slightly in April, up for the third month in a row but they remained almost 10 per cent lower than a year earlier, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket […] Read more

(Giuseppe Carotenuto photo courtesy FAO)

World food prices stable in February near seven-year low

Rome | Reuters –– World food prices stabilized in February, as rising vegetable oil and meat prices offset declining cereal, sugar and dairy prices, the United Nations food agency said Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, […] Read more