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#115516
2017-12-08

Sustainable yam systems in West Africa

Yams are tuber crops and an essential staple food in West Africa. But the traditional cropping systems are unproductive and degrade soil. The YAMSYS project seeks to change this in cooperation with local actors working along the yam value chain.

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#115534
2017-12-08

Farmers invited to take part in diverse cropping project to increase yields

A leading research charity is inviting farmers to participate in a new project which is investigating how to maximise the performance of crop mixtures to improve yields while reducing the reliance on inputs.

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#115460
2017-12-05

France tops global food sustainability index

More than 30 countries are ranked across the three pillars of sustainable agriculture, nutritional challenges, and food loss and waste, in a league table created by The Economist Intelligence Unit with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition.

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#115461
2017-12-05

Want to save the world? Start by eating less beef

Cows are like the Humvees of the animal world; they're not very efficient, at least when it comes to producing food for humans. A hectare of land that would be able to grow 1,500 or 2,000 pounds of protein from peanuts or soybeans per year can only support about about 82 pounds of beef protein. ...

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#115463
2017-12-05

Soil Preservation Highlighted During Celebration Of World Soil Day In Tura

The annual World Soil day was celebrated by KVK Indian Council of Agriculture Research in collaboration with the state agriculture department at the DLRSL research centre in Sangsanggre, Tura on Tuesday with experts stressing on the need to protect the soil from pollutants such as pesticides.

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#115464
2017-12-05

World Soil Day: tips on how to improve soil quality and fertility

The Soil Association is calling on smallholders, allotmenteers and gardeners to come to the aid of soil this World Soil Day. One third of the world’s arable soils are degraded and 75% of that is severely degraded.

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#115465
2017-12-05

Finding ways to manage soils, improve farming

THE EDITOR: TT joins the international community, and in particular the Global Soil Partnership, in observing World Soil Day today. We do well to note that this year, the Partnership has chosen to focus on the following theme: “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground.” This has tremendous s ...

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#115466
2017-12-05

New Healthy Soil Guide Gives Cooks a Better Recipe for Climate Change

December 5 marks the United Nations’ World Soil Day, which recognizes the crucial role soil plays in human health, food production, and climate change mitigation. To mark the occasion, Diana Donlon, director of the Center for Food Safety (CFS)’s Soil Solutions program, spoke with Anthony Myint a ...

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#115479
2017-12-05

IUCN Red List: Wild crops listed as threatened

Wild relatives of modern crops deemed crucial for food security are being pushed to the brink of extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. More than 20 rice, wheat and yam plants have been listed as threatened on the latest version of the IUCN's Red list.

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#115482
2017-12-05

World Soil Day: Reflecting on Soil Health’s Growing Recognition

Today, on World Soil Day, I reflect on my years growing up in agriculture. My family’s dairy farm relied on our precious soil to grow the feed for the cows and keep us in business year after year. This was not easy in South Eastern Wisconsin, due to our heavy, clay soils, highly erodible hills a ...

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#115424
2017-12-04

The Ethiopian Banana That Flourishes In Drought and Heat

At first glance, Ensete ventricosum may look like a banana plant, with huge green fronds and a towering, thick brown pseudostem. But if you peel these orange, banana-cousin fruits, watch out: Instead of a pale, mushy interior, this banana-like fruit consists almost entirely of large, teeth-crack ...

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#115434
2017-12-04

Animal agriculture is choking the ​Earth and making us sick. We must act now

Our collective minds are stuck on this idea that talking about food’s environmental impact risks taking something very intimate away from us. In fact it’s just the opposite. Reconsidering how we eat offers us hope, and empowers us with choice over what our future planet will look like. And we ca ...

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#115404
2017-12-01

The economics of your dinner plate

In India, the food we ate and cooked was always linked with local biodiversity, regional food habits and changing seasons. Over the last decade and a half, a boom in the fine-dining sector led us towards homogeneity in ingredients and a standardization of menus across generic European café-style ...

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#115405
2017-12-01

Vandana Shiva and the struggle to take back control of seeds

Crop varieties have been selected and reproduced over thousands of years by farmers, creating great diversity. India, for example, used to have 200,000 varieties of rice. Seeds were kept each year for replanting and exchanging in what was a free or low-cost system for many farmers.

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#115348
2017-11-28

Where Corn Is King, A Renaissance in Small Grains Is Stirring

To the untrained eye, Jeremy Gustafson’s 1,600-acre farm looks like all the others spread out across Iowa. Gazing at his conventional corn and soybean fields during a visit in June, I was hard-pressed to say where his neighbor’s tightly planted row crops ended and Gustafson’s began.

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#115350
2017-11-28

The avocado police protecting Mexico's green gold

Tancítaro looks and feels like a typical Mexican town: There is a central square with a bandstand and a little church. A mariachi band is playing as I arrive. The music is part of a funeral procession with Tancítaro residents watching on.

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#115318
2017-11-24

To address hunger effectively, first check the weather, says new study

Too little rain, or too much, is often a driver of poverty and hunger, leading to poor nutrition and food insecurity among vulnerable populations. According to a new study, rainfall patterns also provide clues on how to most effectively alleviate food insecurity.

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#115286
2017-11-22

The hidden £120 billion costs from Britain's food

Ever since the ‘green revolution' in the mid-twentieth century, when moves towards increasing intensification, specialisation and scale in food production led to huge increases in agricultural output, policy attention has focused on the importance of agricultural productivity.

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#115289
2017-11-22

Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

More than 70,000 of the world's most precious seeds have been sent from the UK's Millennium Seed Bank to the Middle East, in its largest export to date. The consignment contains more than 50 wild relatives of cultivated crops, such as wheat, barley and lentils.

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#115294
2017-11-22

How carbon farming can help solve climate change

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, nations pledged to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to take efforts to narrow that increase to 1.5C. To meet those goals we must not only stop the increase in our greenhouse gas emissions, we must also draw large ...

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#115303
2017-11-22

Indian Practices Could Mitigate Negative Impact of Livestock Rearing on Climate Change

A recent report from Oxford University indicts grazing livestock as a whole, without going into how certain such practices could actually change things for the better.

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#115280
2017-11-21

India's farmer network is saving seeds from climate change

Every gardener knows that native weeds can be harder to kill than that one precious, exotic flower that seems ready to droop at the slightest affront. Yet few seem aware that the same principles apply to the foods we eat. Deep in the Himalayan foothills, farmers are putting this simple fact to g ...

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#115248
2017-11-20

São Tomé and Príncipe candidate to become world agricultural heritage

São Tomé and Príncipe plans to become world agricultural heritage, and a commission is preparing a “plan of action” to submit to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Saturday in São Tomé an official responsible for the application.

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#115238
2017-11-17

Eataly World opens but leaves a bad taste in Bologna

Italy’s “City of Food” has a new attraction. After wandering the alleyways of Bologna’s Mercato di Mezzo – which is filled with local, family-owned grocers such as the well-known Atti & Figli bakery, or Tamburini of tortellini fame – visitors can now take a 20-minute shuttle bus from outside the ...

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#115209
2017-11-16

Agroecology and Cabruca Cacao in the Forests of Bahia

My name is Luciano, and I grow cacao in the Dois Riachões community, located in Ibirapitanga, southern Bahia, Brazil. This is a land of forests and springs (there are around 3500 springs), with Cabruca Cacao plants cultivated using agroecological methods across an area of 150 hectares.

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#115211
2017-11-16

Italian Scientist Brings 'Pasta Power' Climate Adaptation Solution to West Africa

A 'crazy idea' has resulted in the ability to grow durum wheat in the extreme heat of famine-affected Senegal, Mauritania and Mali[1], potentially boosting the income for 1 million farming families, and therefore winning the 2017 Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security.

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#115202
2017-11-15

Organic agriculture can help feed world, but only if we eat less meat and stop wasting food

Agriculture could go organic worldwide if we slashed food waste and stopped using so much cropland to feed livestock, a new study finds.

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#115176
2017-11-14

Farmers can Boost Crop Yields and Contribute over 1 Gigatonne of Emissions Reductions

A new international study shows that carbon removal from the atmosphere through sequestration by agricultural soils could deliver annual emissions reductions equivalent to removing 20-40% of cars from the roads.

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#115152
2017-11-13

Agriculture and Climate Change

The major problems of our time — energy, environment, climate change, food security, financial security — are systemic problems, which means they are all interconnected and interdependent and require corresponding systemic solutions. This important insight is illustrated in this article with the ...

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#115128
2017-11-10

Why I Weep for the Tomato

When you walk into a grocery store, you are not seeing a representative sample of that year’s harvest. You are choosing from a subset of the produce that made it to grocery stores—which is a subset of what made it out of farmers’ fields, which is a subset of the seeds planted that spring, which ...

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#115131
2017-11-10

News Analysis: Nepal's agricultural sector vulnerable to climate change

Nepal's Ministry of Agriculture Development (MoAD) is considering its options after sudden downpours in mid-August had affected its rice paddy transplantation.

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#115138
2017-11-10

Your tropical food trolley

Tropical climates in the depths of Asia, Africa or South America might seem a world away from the checkout queue in your average Scottish supermarket or corner shop. But if your basket contains chocolate, coffee, bananas or rice, you can almost guarantee that what you eat comes from far warmer p ...

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#115120
2017-11-09

Some agricultural sectors can’t just adapt to climate change—they must transform

Incremental adaptation measures will not be enough to protect livelihoods and economies in a world of climate change. A transformative approach to industries like agriculture is necessary, says WRI’s Rebecca Carter.

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#115090
2017-11-08

Biomimic Tree: Pushing agriculture up the agenda @cop23

Drawing attention to the impact that climate change is having on rural communities in developing countries, British artist Silas Birtwistle unveiled his Biomimic Tree at the United Nations' Climate Summit (UNFCCC COP23) in Bonn, Germany. Sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Devel ...

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#115073
2017-11-07

Agricultural diversity the key to food security

With a rapidly changing climate starring extreme weather, the possibility of food insecurity and prevalent dietary deficiencies have never loomed larger.

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#115056
2017-11-02

The International Organisation That Is Preserving and Reviving Native Seeds in India

In the recent past, several youngsters and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across the country have been emphasising the need to preserve, protect and popularise traditional seeds. Today’s youth knows more about the importance of native seeds, its benefits and the urgent need to preserve it.

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#115041
2017-11-01

Rwanda: Experts Devise Ways to Develop Drought, Disease-Resilient Crops

As climate change and disease continue to affect crops worldwide and threaten food security, experts are meeting in Kigali at a crop development meeting proposing solutions to these threats through resilient varieties.

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#115014
2017-10-31

Agroforestry in climate change mitigation

Agroforestry is a new name for the old set of practices followed by farmers since historical times. It is the process of cultivating trees and agricultural crops in intimate combination.

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#115015
2017-10-31

Agriculture and the future of Africa

Africa is continent of 55 countries and thousands of nationalities with incredible human and cultural diversity. Anthropologists have long associated the prevalence of human and cultural diversity with biological, ecological, ecosystem and agricultural biodiversity.

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#115026
2017-10-31

Alice Waters on the Persuasive Power of the Peach

I was thinking about Bordeaux recently, and what constitutes a First Growth designation for a wine, the Premier Cru classification.How do they decide which wine deserves that highest designation? It all has to do with terroir. If a particular grape varietal is planted on a certain hillside and i ...

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#114998
2017-10-27

Ancient Corn is Coming to Whole Foods. Just Don’t Try to Buy it in Mexico.

There is nothing quite like a good tortilla. Unfortunately, almost no one in the U.S. has ever had a good, authentic tortilla—handmade, still warm from the comal it’s been cooked on, from landrace corn grown, nixtamalized, and ground nearby, often by the very same hands making the tortillas. A t ...

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#114966
2017-10-25

Go organic to beat drought - minister

Agriculture minister Vincent Ssempijja said organic methods can be applied without use of synthetically compounded fertilizers, pesticides and livestock feed additives, among others. He was speaking at the 7th annual indigenous and traditional food fair at the Uganda Manufacturers Association gr ...

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#114939
2017-10-24

UK is 30-40 years away from 'eradication of soil fertility', warns Gove

The UK is 30 to 40 years away from “the fundamental eradication of soil fertility” in parts of the country, the environment secretary Michael Gove has warned. “We have encouraged a type of farming which has damaged the earth,” Gove told the parliamentary launch of the Sustainable Soils Alliance ...

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#114923
2017-10-23

Innovation for Climate-Smart Agriculture Key to Ending Hunger in Kenya

Some parts of Kenya are reeling from the effects of probably the worst drought in the last 20 years. With nearly 3.4 million people food insecure, Kenya’s food security prognosis looks gloomy, with climate change and natural resource depletion set to pose even greater risks in the long term.

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#114926
2017-10-23

Agriculture Minister: Romania is Italy, Spain and Austria together

Romania’s biodiversity amounts to those of Italy, Spain and Austria’s combined, Petre Daea, the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, said, quoted by Agerpres.

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#114934
2017-10-23

Crops evolved 10 millennia earlier than thought October 23, 2017

Ancient hunter-gatherers began to systemically affect the evolution of crops up to thirty thousand years ago – around ten millennia before experts previously thought – according to new research by the University of Warwick.

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#114890
2017-10-18

The Arctic doomsday vault just got thousands of nearly extinct ‘hurricane-resistant’ seeds

The Arctic doomsday seed vault, designed to securely store over 2 billion seeds from natural or man-made calamities has just received a new shipment of thousands of more seed samples. The doomsday vault’s new samples include a nearly-extinct and rare “hurricane-resistant’ wild bean, which evolve ...

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#114847
2017-10-16

What The Hell Is Agrobiodiversity And Why Do We Need To Care

Recently, experts gave us a fresh spark of climate change-related terror. The suggestion was made that the plant species that we turn into chips, coffee and chocolate (i.e. potatoes, coffee cherries and cocoa beans) are in danger of extinction, as a result of the globe's raising temperatures.

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#114782
2017-10-06

Organic food catching on in India

India’s organic food sector is still young, but 20 percent annual growth is predicted. With demand rising mainly in cities, critics warn even certified products may not exactly be what they seem.

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#114731
2017-10-04

Why factory farming is not just cruel – but also a threat to all life on the planet

The world desperately needs joined-up action on industrial farming if it is to avoid catastrophic impacts on life on earth, according to the head of one of the world’s most highly regarded animal campaign groups.

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