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Coffee buzz: Ugandan farmers use bees to boost coffee production

The bumblebees are buzzing among the beans and flowers of the coffee plantation, boosting crop yields while dancing from plant to plant with a natural serendipity that would make you think they have been there forever.

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Coffee farmers boost biodiversity in Mexico

An initiative in Mexico is helping farmers improve the quality of their produce, so they can earn more without compromising traditional, eco-friendly farming practices.

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Collective of 400 EU stakeholders call for a ‘common food policy’

400 agriculture-related EU stakeholders, convened by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), has mapped out a new governance architecture for food systems in a bid to create sustainable food systems under a ‘Common Food Policy’.

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Commission confirms new schedule for Farm to Fork strategy

The launch date of the highly-anticipated new EU food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), is currently under review and an updated programme is due to the published in the coming weeks, a Commission official told EURACTIV.com.

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Commission’s carbon farming ambition just buries the problem, stakeholders warn

The European Commission’s communication on sustainable carbon cycles promising a new source of revenue for farmers received a lukewarm response from the farming sector on Wednesday (15 December) while NGOs blasted it for letting real polluters off the hook.


Committee on Agriculture

Geneva, Switzerland


Committee on Agriculture

Newcastle, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Committee on Agriculture

27 - 29 September 2000, Geneva, Switzerland


Committee on Agriculture

15 - 17 November 2000, Geneva, Switzerland


Committee on Agriculture

25 - 28 March 2002, Geneva, Switzerland


Committee on Agriculture

28 June 2002, Geneva, Switzerland


Committee on Agriculture

21 November 2002, Geneva, Switzerland


Committee on Agriculture

27 March 2003, Geneva, Switzerland


Committee on Agriculture (COAG) - 16th Session

26 - 30 March 2001, Rome, Italy


Committee on Agriculture - Special Session

14 - 15 July 2004, Geneva, Switzerland


Committee on Agriculture - Special Session

17 December 2004, Geneva, Switzerland


Committee on Fisheries (COFI)

26 February - 2 March 2001, Rome, Italy


Committee on World Food Security (26th Session)

18 - 21 September 2001, Rome, Italy


Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

18 - 21 September 2000, Rome, Italy


Conference on Ecolabels and the Greening of the Food Market

7 - 9 November 2002, Boston, United States of America

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COP 11

Conservation and adaptive management of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage systems (GIAHS)

Worldwide, specific agricultural systems and landscapes have been created, shaped and maintained by generations of farmers and herders based on diverse natural resources, using locally adapted management practices. Building on local knowledge and experience, these ingenious agri-cultural systems ...

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Convention on Biological Diversity joins the world community in celebrating World Food Day

16 October, 2014, Pyeongchang - Smallholder farmers throughout the world play a key role in maintaining natural resources through the use of sustainable practices, and can significantly contribute the conservation of biodiversity, the Convention on Biological Diversity stressed today, in a join ...

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Could Abandoned Agricultural Lands Help Save the Planet?

People have lived in Castro Laboreiro, where northern Portugal borders Spain, long enough to have built megaliths in the mountainous countryside and a pre-Romanesque church, from 1,100 years ago, in the village itself. But the old rural population has dwindled away, leaving behind mostly elders ...


Council of FAO (121st Session)

30 October - 1 November 2001, Rome, Italy


Council of FAO (122nd Session)

14 November 2001, Rome, Italy


Council of FAO (124th Session)

23 - 28 June 2003, Rome, Italy


Council of FAO (125th Council)

26 - 28 November 2003, Rome, Italy


Council of FAO (126th Session)

11 December 2003, Rome, Italy


Council of FAO (127th Session)

22 - 27 November 2004, Rome, Italy

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Countering arable land degradation: The waste that woke the soil

Soil is a natural resource that we often overlook and abuse just because of its supposed abundance. Some call it "dirt" and many times we attribute to stains and things we should rid ourselves of in the name of cleanliness.

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Country diary: beauty and the bee orchids

I push the spade beneath the neat rosette of leaves, trying carefully not to castrate the plant. Castrate may seem an odd choice of word, I am after all just digging up a plant to move it, but hidden in the soil, underneath that Garden of Eden fan of greenery, there are two oval tubers, and they ...

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Crisis Should be the Time to Rethink Food and Farming Models

“The problem of the global COVID-19 pandemic is often related to the market of ‘exotic’ meat, but the truth is that the model that allows the emergence of these diseases is the intensive model itself much practiced in European countries, in the United States and even in Brazil,” says Glenn Makut ...

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Crop Diversification - Way to Welcome Agricultural Sustainability by Mitigating Climatic Changes

The Indian economy is largely agrarian, with around 55% of the population dependent for their livelihoods on agriculture and allied sectors that generate 15% Gross Value Added (GVA) (GoI, 2017a).

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Crops sown in a uniform spatial pattern produce higher yields and reduce environmental impact

Higher yields and fewer weeds are possible if farmers sow wheat, maize, soy and other crops in more uniform spatial patterns, according to University of Copenhagen researchers. More precise sowing can also help reduce herbicide use and fertilizer runoff.

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Cultivated and wild bananas in northern Viet Nam threatened by а devastating fungal disease

Fusarium is one of the most important fungal plant pathogens, affecting the cultivation of a wide range of crops. All over the world, thousands of farmers suffer agricultural losses caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (referred to as Foc for short), which directly affects their income, s ...

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Cut meat and dairy output by a third to save climate, British farmers told

British farmers must reduce their production of meat and dairy by a third in the next 10 years if scientific advice on limiting greenhouse gas emissions is to be met, the conservation charity WWF has said.

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Cutting down on ammonia emissions in the EU: for healthier and more sustainable food production

Ammonia emissions – ammonia released into the atmosphere in high concentrations pollute the air we breathe and represent a significant threat to human health and the environment. It is time to act. The EU has already put in place measures to control air pollution and improve ambient air quality. ...

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Cypriot grapes perform well in heat and on taste

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found several grape varieties native to Cyprus, which tolerate drought conditions better than some international varieties popular in Australia, contain chemical compounds responsible for flavors preferred by Australian consumers.

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Data point: World Soil Day

Soil erosion costs the global economy US$8bn a year, and reduces agri-food production by 33.7m tonnes, leading to increases of up to 3.5% in world food prices

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David Pocock's 2020s vision: Heal the land, secure our future

How should we stare down the challenges of a new decade? Where will we find hope and solutions? This is the first piece in a new series in which we ask prominent Australians to write about one thing they think could improve the nation in the 2020s

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Decline in farmland flora and fauna as of 1900

Farmland flora and fauna in the Netherlands have gone through substantial changes over the past century. Since 1900, plants on arable fields have declined by 35 percent; grassland butterflies by 80 percent, and characteristic birds of open farmland by 85 percent.

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