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#104663
2015-07-27

Making Hunger History

We have the expertise, the technology, and the resources to feed every person in every country. Yet there are still more than 840 million people whose lives are wrecked by hunger. This is an unforgivable development failure - and the single greatest obstacle to creating the inclusive, sustainabl ...

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#104645
2015-07-24

Agriculture and forest restoration could coexist – if planned well

Around the world, humans have razed billions of hectares of forests, grasslands, and other ecosystems in our pursuit of land on which to grow our food and expand our infrastructure.

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#104586
2015-07-20

Australia has a big role to play in feeding the world

Agricultural and food industries are an important part of the Australian economy and national identity. They are set to remain so as global demand for food rises over the next four decades.

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#104486
2015-07-06

Biodiversity focus of study

Land use is dominated by agriculture and forestry, which is affecting biodiversity in Northern Alberta, according to two reports released by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute

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#104491
2015-07-06

'Land sparing' vs. 'land sharing': scientists weigh in on how to improve biodiversity on farms

To protect natural ecosystems in the long term, some conservationists advocate "land sparing," in which farmers intensify agricultural practices to boost yields, theoretically enabling them to forgo expansion into natural areas. Others advocate "land sharing," in which farmers take over more lan ...

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#104469
2015-07-03

Analysis: Agri-food roadmap fails to assess environmental impact

The stand-out metric in the Government’s latest 10-year strategy for the agri-food sector is the 85 per cent increase in exports to €19 billion.

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#104466
2015-07-02

We need to grow 50% more food yet agriculture causes climate change. How do we get out of this bind?

We are trapped in a vicious cycle: we will need to grow 50% more food by 2050 to feed 9 billion people but agriculture, which is paradoxically vulnerable to climate change, generates 25% of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions that lead to climate change.

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#104315
2015-06-17

Protect more bee species to safeguard crops, say scientists

Almost 80% of crop pollination by wild bees is provided by just 2% of the most common species, say scientists.

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#104243
2015-06-11

Researchers examine how to minimize drought impact on important food crops

The worldwide demand for legumes, one of the world's most important agricultural food crops, is growing; at the same time, their production has been adversely affected by drought.

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#104221
2015-06-09

Ending hunger, boosting nutrition and tackling climate change top priorities – UN agriculture agency chief

8 June 2015 – José Graziano da Silva, two days after his re-election as the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for another four years, today announced that eradicating hunger, raising levels of nutrition and addressing climate change are among the agency’s top pri ...

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#104135
2015-06-02

Organic farming isn’t just environmentally friendly – it’s very good business for farmers

With a growing body of evidence pointing to the environmental damage inflicted by large-scale agriculture — from rainforest clearing and other forms of habitat destruction, to high carbon outputs and the ecological impacts of pesticides — exploring more eco-friendly farming systems is a high pri ...

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#104140
2015-06-02

Why It Might Actually Pay To Be an Organic Farmer

Organic farmers earn 22% to 35% more than their non-organic counterparts. Growing organic food can be significantly more profitable than traditional farming, netting organic farmers 22% to 35% more than their conventional counterparts, according to new research published in the journal PNAS.

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#104113
2015-05-29

Agrarian landscapes have a strong influence on biodiversity

Human interventions increasingly threaten the habitat of many plant and animal species. A project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF now aims to provide fundamental insights for countering the loss of biodiversity and preserving ecosystems in agrarian regions.

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#104090
2015-05-28

This Indian Foundation Is Protecting Wilderness and Helping Farmers -- And That's Just the Beginning

MUMBAI -- Almost 70 years after India's independence, over 100 million acres of land falls under the definition of "common lands": territory occupied jointly by rural communities in the hinterland. But deforestation, waste of natural resources and over-irrigation risks turning it all into wasteland.

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#103942
2015-05-22

Consumer choice: Shade-grown coffee and cocoa good for the birds, farmers, ecosystems

The next time you order that "wake up" cup of Joe or reach for a sweet treat, you may want to consider whether those coffee or cocoa beans were grown in the shade or open sun.

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#103906
2015-05-20

Organic farming 'benefits biodiversity'

Organic farms act as a refuge for wild plants, offsetting the loss of biodiversity on conventional farms, a study suggests.

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#103791
2015-05-12

Soil erosion may threaten global food security

Global soil erosion has reached levels that will endanger humanity’s ability to feed itself if nothing is done to lower it, a study warns.

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#103799
2015-05-12

Study: Wetlands help reduce nitrates

EMBARRAS RIVER, Ill., May 12 (UPI) -- Agricultural runoff often results in large concentrations of phosphorous and nitrates making their way into local waterways. But new research suggests wetlands can help stem the tide of leaching fertilizers.

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#103783
2015-05-11

Regulators urged to promote trust in Europe's food chain

The EU's agri-food sector is increasingly becoming industrialised. With the global population expected to reach nine billion in 2050, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that production will have to increase by 70% to feed the planet.

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#103705
2015-05-05

Root-enhancing fungi could serve as future fertilizer

CAMBRIDGE, England, May 4 (UPI) -- Scientists have found that an interaction between a common soil fungi and crop roots spurs root growth, enabling plants to absorb additional nutrients. The discovery could help researchers develop new bio-fertilizers.

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#103444
2015-04-13

Photosynthesis upgrade proposed to raise crop yields

Supercomputers and genetic engineering could help boost crops’ ability to convert sunlight into energy and tackle looming food shortages, according to a team of researchers.

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#103421
2015-04-10

Photosynthesis upgrade proposed to raise crop yields

Supercomputers and genetic engineering could help boost crops’ ability to convert sunlight into energy and tackle looming food shortages, according to a team of researchers.

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#103278
2015-03-25

France plans to lobby for agricultural tech at COP 21

France plans to lobby for a deal on farming during the international climate negotiations it is hosting in December — a move that could boost funding for agricultural research in developing countries.

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#103252
2015-03-23

High-Tech to the Rescue of Southern Africa’s Smallholder Farmers

DURBAN, South Africa, Mar 22 2015 (IPS) - Agriculture is the major employer and a backbone of the economies of Southern Africa.

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#103223
2015-03-20

Agriculture: Increase water harvesting in Africa

Ensuring that the world's food needs are met by 2050 will take a doubling of global food production1. To improve agricultural yields on that scale will require a radical rethink of global water-management strategies and policies.

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#103211
2015-03-19

Toward better agricultural fertilization management

Ammonia emissions associated with crop fertilization could reduce up to 82% with a minimum impact on agricultural production, a new study concludes.

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#103176
2015-03-17

Cropping Africa's wet savannas would bring high environmental costs

With the global population rising, analysts and policymakers have targeted Africa's vast wet savannas as a place to produce staple foods and bioenergy groups at low environmental costs.

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#103121
2015-03-12

The Dilemma of Soy in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Mar 12 2015 (IPS) - Industrial soy production continues to expand in Argentina, pushing small farmers out of the countryside and replacing other crops and cattle.

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#103129
2015-03-12

Africa seed index raises bigger yield hopes for farmers

An initiative has been launched to help improve smallholder farmers' access to a wider array of modern, more productive food crop varieties.

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#103061
2015-03-09

Climate change likely to be responsible for eucalypt dieback in south-east NSW: ANU PhD candidate Catherine Ross

For more than a decade it has been a mystery as to what is causing eucalypt trees to die on the Monaro in south-east, New South Wales.

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#102946
2015-02-26

Beans could help fill Africa’s fertiliser gap

[KAMPALA] An ongoing project that encourages African farmers to plant beans as food and fertiliser could help counteract the impact of limited fertiliser take-up across the continent as highlighted in a recent report.

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#102909
2015-02-24

Long-term nitrogen fertilizer use disrupts plant-microbe mutualisms

When exposed to nitrogen fertilizer over a period of years, nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia evolve to become less beneficial to legumes -- the plants they normally serve, researchers report in a new study.

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#102895
2015-02-23

Plants found to alter soil types

Exciting research has revealed some plants have the ability to alter soil types, suggesting opportunities may exist to re-engineer WA's hostile soils to better suit agricultural purposes.

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#102884
2015-02-20

Kenya: Go for Sorghum, Say Climate Smart Farmers

Sorghum assures us of nutritious food for our families as well as cattle; sorghum fetches a better price than maize and gives more yield per acre.

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#102843
2015-02-19

Battle to feed the world pits small farmers against big agriculture

Do small-scale farmers hold the key to fulfilling global goals on hunger and poverty? Or can they only be achieved by large-scale agriculture?

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#102832
2015-02-18

Bhutan’s seed bank to ensure food security

Boasting of more than 300 local rice varieties that have withstood varying weather conditions over the ages, Bhutan is relying on its seed bank - a conserve of seeds and other genetic resources of indigenous plants - to tackle food security issues arising out of climate change.

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#102801
2015-02-16

World crop diversity survives in small farms from peri-urban to remote rural locations

As much as 75 percent of global seed diversity in staple food crops is held and actively used by a wide range of small farmholders -- workers of less than three to seven acres -- with the rest in gene banks.

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#102630
2015-02-05

Ethiopian Shade Coffee Is World's Most Bird Friendly

Shady coffee plantations in Ethiopia, where coffee has been grown for at least a thousand years, hold more bird species than any other coffee farms in the world, new research shows.

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#102618
2015-02-04

Central America’s food security threatened by drought

Farmers in the Trifinio region – the border area shared by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – are all too familiar with drought, crop loss and the very real threat to food security.

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#102533
2015-01-28

Study: Ongoing bee decline could exacerbate malnutrition

BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Declining pollinator populations could push a quarter of the world's population back toward malnutrition, especially in developing countries where poverty is common and food is scarce.

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#102511
2015-01-26

South Sudan finds hope in honey

Jan 26 (Reuters) - A harvest of honey from the equatorial forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and, through the pollination of bees, improve the nation's crop yields, those involved say.

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#102432
2015-01-19

Commercial bees threaten wild bees, say researchers

The trade in bees used for honey or to pollinate crops could have a devastating impact on wild bees and other insects, say scientists.

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#102439
2015-01-19

Rural farmers coping with climate change

DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka: SHE grew up knowing that the rains start on October 24, the day Zambia got independence from colonial rule, or a week later.

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#102440
2015-01-19

UN agency stresses need for genetic diversity in agriculture to combat climate change

19 January 2015 – Knowledge of agricultural genetic resources needs to grow more quickly because of the critical role they have to play in feeding the world as climate change advances faster than expected, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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#102379
2015-01-14

Crops can do their own weed control

Weeds would have a tough time competing against crops such as corn, grains and beans if farmers were to alter their sowing patterns, experts say.

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#102381
2015-01-14

Agriculture: State-of-the-art soil

A charcoal-rich product called biochar could boost agricultural yields and control pollution. Scientists are putting the trendy substance to the test.

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#102386
2015-01-14

More Than Half of Africa’s Arable Land ‘Too Damaged’ for Food Production

NTUNGAMO DISTRICT, Uganda, Jan 13 2015 (IPS) - A report published last month by the Montpellier Panel – an eminent group of agriculture, ecology and trade experts from Africa and Europe – says about 65 percent of Africa’s arable land is too damaged to sustain viable food production.

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#102339
2015-01-08

Organic Farming in India Points the Way to Sustainable Agriculture

NAGAPATNAM, India, Jan 7 2015 (IPS) - Standing amidst his lush green paddy fields in Nagapatnam, a coastal district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, a farmer named Ramajayam remembers how a single wave changed his entire life.

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#102340
2015-01-08

Organic farming not always best for environment, says government adviser

Organic farming could be worse for the climate than conventional farming methods, one of the government’s scientific advisers has said, because of the greater land use required and the methods used.

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#102298
2015-01-07

Exploit organic agriculture, Uganda advised

Uganda must capitalise on its potential in organic agriculture; improve product quality and packaging to capture a larger share of the American export market.

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