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Success of 'land sparing' will depend on global economics, regulations

Agriculture is the primary driver of tropical deforestation.

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Back to the future: Scientists want 'rewilded' crops to boost agriculture

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists should "re-wild" food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study said.

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A magic wand for nutrition and incomes in Mozambique?

Smallholder farmers in Mozambique are growing nutritious and lucrative varieties of orange-fleshed sweet potato.

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Report: Double African Agriculture R&D

Sub-Saharan Africa’s long-term food security faces a number of threats.

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Global importance of urban agriculture 'underestimated'

Urban agriculture is playing an increasingly important role in global food security, a study has suggested.

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Protecting Africa's bees for world food security

Scientists in a new, world-class laboratory in Kenya will work to protect Africa's bees and help farmers produce top-quality honey and wax for international markets.

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New pasture varieties could 'soup up' weeds

New varieties of existing pastures designed to meet the world's growing demand for milk and meat could create major weed problems, say ecologists.

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Gates foundation spends bulk of agriculture grants in rich countries

African NGOs received just 4% of Bill Gates’s money for agriculture work, with 75% for US organisations, report says

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UN urges salt-damage solution to reduce threat to crops

About 2,000 hectares of fertile land are lost each day due to damage caused by salt, according to a UN analysis.

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Back agriculture to get the most out of aid to Africa

European countries devote small percentages of their national income to international aid, but these add up to colossal amounts — in the UK, for example, 0.7 per cent amounts to £11 billion a year.

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View on Poverty: Big data protects farmers’ livelihoods

“Don’t plant any crops” was the expert advice one group of Colombian farmers received from a research partnership last year.

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Rising to "the greatest challenge in human history"

Different obstacles to food security need different solutions. Experience shows that a combination of actions is needed to reduce hunger and guarantee food security in the longer run.

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View on Poverty: Big data protects farmers’ livelihoods

“Don’t plant any crops” was the expert advice one group of Colombian farmers received from a research partnership last year.

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Africa’s agriculture system… need for new approaches

The transformation of Africa’s agriculture system will require new approaches, new methodologies, new efficiencies, and the accompanying political focus needed to effect change.

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Hacked photosynthesis could boost crop yields

It is difficult to find fault with a process that can create food from sunlight, water and air, but for many plants, there is room for improvement.

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Climate smart farmers get tech savvy to save India's bread basket

KARNAL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Erratic weather, rising temperatures, declining water resources and labour shortages are threatening India's bread basket state of Haryana, forcing farmers to abandon age-old practices and adopt technology to ensure food supplies for millions.

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Baobab holds out promise for Malawi’s farmers and forests

Demand for powder from the ‘superfruit’ could boost farmers’ incomes, slow deforestation and protect biodiversity

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Salvadoran Farmers Stake Their Bets on Sustainable Development

JIQUILISCO, El Salvador , Sep 12 2014 (IPS) - Peasant farmers from one of El Salvador’s most fragile coastal areas are implementing a model of sustainable economic growth that respects the environment and offers people education and security as keys to give the wetland region a boost.

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Bolivian vice president proposes unprecedented agricultural expansion

On August 14, the Bolivian Vice President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, made a startling announcement: by 2025, Bolivia was going to make two striking developments - first, it would expand all cultivated land to 2.5 times its present area, and second, it would triple food production from 15 to 45 milli ...

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Food crop wild relatives endangered

Scientists have released the most complete database of the wild relatives of common food crops.

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Ethiopia Keen to Share Best Practices in Agriculture

Ethiopia says it is ready to share its best practices in improving agricultural production and productivity with fellow African countries. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn held talks on Tuesday with Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General, who is in Addis Ababa for the 4th Africa ...

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OPINION: Africans’ Land Rights at Risk as New Agricultural Trend Sweeps Continent

NAIROBI, Sep 1 2014 (IPS) - Agriculture in Africa is in urgent need of investment. Nearly 550 million people there are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, while half of the total population on the continent live in rural areas.

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Japan’s Agriculture Dilemma

Achieving large-scale agriculture is an imperative, yet political opposition is formidable.

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Nigeria: Building a Viable Economy Through Agriculture

Agriculture was the mainstay of the Nigeria economy, before Nigeria joined the league of oil producing nations in 1958. Before this date, the agricultural sector was a major employer of labor in Nigeria, with groundnut, cocoa, cotton, rubber and palm oil the main cash crops produced. And from th ...

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Organic Farming Taking Off in Poland … Slowly

WARSAW, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - Polish farmer Slawek Dobrodziej has probably the world’s strangest triathlon training regime: he swims across the lake at the back of his house, then runs across his some 11 hectares of land to check the state of the crops, and at the end of the day bikes close to 40 ...

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Adaptation Gaps Mean African Farmers Fork Out More Money for Reduced Harvests

“I spend more money today buying farm implements such as water tanks, watering pumps, fertilisers, insecticides and improved seeds. I think we must spend in farming today if we want to adapt to climate change,” Muma tells IPS.

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Meeting water and energy challenges in agri-food sector with technology

Innovations in sugar cane processing to reduce water use and produce energy will help to meet future agricultural product demands

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Ghana’s cocoa farmers turn to smuggling as profits dwindle

“We are the backbone of Ghana’s economy but our lives have not been transformed,” says Affuekeh Ekyae, 76, who has farmed cocoa in Adonikrom, another village in Ghana’s cocoa-producing western region, for 30 years. “Where is the profit?

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Eco-Friendly Agriculture Puts Down Roots in Spain

MALAGA, Spain, Aug 12 2014 (IPS) - José María Gómez squats and pulls up a bunch of carrots from the soil as well as a few leeks. This farmer from southern Spain believes organic farming is more than just not using pesticides and other chemicals – it’s a way of life, he says, which requires creat ...

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How to get the youth involved in agriculture

Ugandan population is mainly comprised of youth with about 78% of the population below the age of 30 years. An uncomfortably big majority of these youth find themselves entrenched in unemployment.

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Russia sanctions: Vladimir Putin retaliates, sanctions Canada

Canada announced new economic and travel sanctions against Russian banks and high-ranking officials Wednesday, just ahead of Russia issuing its own ban on Canadian agricultural products.

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Russia Hits Back on Sanctions; Bans Food From West

Russia banned most food imports from the West on Thursday in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, an unexpectedly sweeping move that will cost farmers in North America, Europe and Australia billions of dollars but will also likely lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.

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Russia bans agricultural imports from west in tit-for-tat sanctions move

Kremlin decree restricts EU and American products for up to one year, while acknowledging move may lead to food price rises

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“Exceptional Year” for Agriculture in French Region Île de France

PARIS—This year seems to be atypical for agriculture in the French region Île-de-France. With no less than 11.9 million inhabitants, or 19% of the national population, one could easily think that agriculture holds a nearly non-existent place in the region.

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Africa agricultural initiative gets $7 billion boost from private companies

A group of African and U.S. firms on Tuesday will announce an additional $7 billion in spending to promote agricultural development in Africa, nearly doubling an Obama administration initiative aimed at mobilizing private money to ease hunger and poverty on the continent.

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Africa in China: New Knowledge-sharing Effort Kick-starts Collaboration in Agricultural Productivity

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014—Stories about “China in Africa” abound, and regularly make headlines. Now, thanks to a new push, an “Africa in China” narrative has begun to take root with a group of 40 African farmers, equipment producers, policymakers, scientists and researchers visiting China.

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Beef sustainability defended by farmers

Canadian cattle producers are working to make beef a more sustainable food source, say farmers in the wake of a study that shows beef production is far more environmentally damaging than other food production.

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Farmers affected by climate change could be helped by new resilient rice

Erratic weather such as droughts and flash floods is affecting agriculture in south Asia, but livelihoods of farmers could be improved with the introduction of new rice seeds that are resilient to changing weather patterns.

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Can 'agroecology' bring food security to Latin America?

A home-grown, alternative approach to farming is bad news for pesticides, monoculture and food poverty in Brazil

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Fish Before Fields to Improve Egypt’s Food Production

Less than four percent of Egypt’s land mass is suitable for agriculture, and most of it confined to the densely populated Nile River Valley and Delta. With the nation’s population of 85 million expected to double by 2050, government officials are grappling with ways of ensuring food security and ...

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UN agency calls for urgent action to protect global soil from depletion, degradation

24 July 2014 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling for urgent action to improve the health of the world's limited soil resources to ensure that future generations have enough supplies of food, water and energy.

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Brazil could meet all its food demand by 2040 without cutting down another tree

Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change.

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Nigeria: Livestock Feeds - an Investment Opportunity in Agriculture

The agricultural transformation agenda of the federal government is taking shape with many investors looking for ways of keying into it and benefit.

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Beef environment cost 10 times that of other livestock

A new study suggests that the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.

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Tanzania: Central Banks in Africa Urged to Finance Agriculture

Nairobi — THE conference on revolutionising finance for agriculture value chains held recently in Nairobi has come to an end. Providing finance in agriculture was described as "putting the flesh on the skeleton."

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Farm bodies need the young

Getting young people into an industry in which most sectors have an average age well into the fifties.

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Op-Ed: Sustainable Development and Agriculture in the Caribbean

THE ISSUES of food production, agricultural development policies and food security have generally ranked high on the Region’s “Priorities List.”

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Reducing fertilizer use with a more accurate soil test

Farmers face a balancing act when deciding how much fertilizer to apply. Applying too much wastes money and adds to nutrient runoff problems. Applying too little reduces yields.

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Farming from the phone: New technology lets farmers monitor their land from a smartphone

An invention which allows farmers to monitor the quality of their farm from a smartphone app will undergo its first full-scale test across Tasmania.

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10 things you need to know about sustainable agriculture

Facing climate change and nine billion mouths to feed by 2050, experts shared their thoughts on the future of food security

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