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15 inspiring women leading in the AgTech Sector

From Danielle Nierenberg Women in the food system and technology sectors face a lot of obstacles. The agriculture sector is rapidly incorporating new technologies and innovations, but the sector often falls flat in incorporating women into AgTech. Women in the sector make on average 61 cents to the dollar in wages compared to their male counterparts, and women-led startups receive ... Read More »

Agroecology and organic farming can drive sustainability in agriculture

Most quarters agree that agriculture and food systems urgently need to change to make progress on several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while staying within planetary boundaries. However, two narratives dominate the discussion: incremental steps to improve efficiency in conventional agriculture while reducing negative externalities, versus transformative redesign of farming systems based on agroecological principles. The SDGs offer an opportunity to ... Read More »

Dr Kamal blames paddy price on Irresponsibility, policy gap

Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) – Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Wednesday alleged that farmers are not getting the fair prices of paddy due to the lack of an agricultural policy and government’s “irresponsibility”. “It’s unimaginable that farmers are being punished for bountiful paddy production. They’re now being forced to set fire to paddy fields for not getting the fair ... Read More »

Long life to their majesties, the bees!

By Baher Kamal Madrid, May (IPS) – Amazingly organised social communities, bees ensure food chain. ‘Bee’ grateful to them… at least on their World Day! While the (surprisingly) still called homo sapiens continues to destroy Mother Nature, bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, carry on performing their vital role as one of the most marvellous, unpaid, ... Read More »

BD Chuadanga District chief joins farmers in paddy harvest

Chuadanga, May 21 (UNB) – In a rare move, Deputy Commissioner of the district Gopal Chandra Das along with other government officials joined poor farmers in harvesting their paddy from the field in Jibannagar upazila on Tuesday. With the slogan ‘Farmers are not alone, we are beside them’, the DC joined the paddy harvesting activities in the morning. Together with ... Read More »

Dhaka to restrict rice import to save farmers: Minister

Dhaka, May 19 – Though stopping rice import entirely is not possible, it can be restricted to save the country’s farmers, said Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Sunday. “Both agriculture and farmers are the driving forces of the country. So, it’s the moral duty of the government to resolve their problems,” he said. The minister said this when media ... Read More »

BD farmer protests low prices by setting fire to paddy field

Tangail, May 12 – A farmer set his Boro paddy field on fire protesting the paddy price fall and the serious scarcity of day labourers in the district on Sunday noon. Farmer Abdul Malek Shikder enacted this unique act of protest at Bankina village in Kalahati Upazila. Talking to UNB, Malek said per maund paddy is being sold at Tk ... Read More »

Solar irrigation infuses new dimension to Barind agriculture

Solar pump irrigation has brought a new dimension in agriculture in the drought-prone Barind tract benefiting its people in many ways. “Solar power irrigation is not only contributing to lessening pressure on fossil fuel driven power supply but also reducing the gradually mounting pressure on groundwater” said Dev Dulal Dhali, Additional Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE). ore than ... Read More »

Climate change affecting agriculture greatly: BD Minister

Dhaka, Mar 21 – Mentioning that the climate change does harm to the agriculture sector most, Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque on Thursday said Bangladesh will be at stake if the sector is affected. “Bangladesh will be at risk if the agriculture sector is affected due to climate change. We’re giving priority to the climate change issue,” he said ... Read More »

‘Finalise land-use policy very quickly to save farm land’

Dhaka, Jan 30 – Land-use policy needs to be finalised very quickly to completely stop the use of agricultural lands in non-farm activities, said experts on Wednesday. They said, it is necessary to take measures to rescue the agricultural land which has already gone to non- agricultural sector. Besides, we have to ensure that the farmers can buy and sell ... Read More »

WB new scheme to privatize land in developing world exposed

Oakland, CA – In advance of the release of the World Bank’s 2019 Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) report, the Oakland Institute exposes the Bank’s new scheme to privatize land in the developing world. The Highest Bidder Takes It All: The World Bank’s Scheme to Privatize the Commons details how the Bank’s prescribed reforms, via a new land indicator ... Read More »

Looking forward: Food Tank plans for 2019

Danielle Nierenberg Last week, I wrote asking you to join Food Tank and reminding you about all that we accomplished together in 2018. Now let’s look forward. Our plans for 2019 are simply amazing, and we are embarking on our greatest organizational expansion ever. The good food The Food Tank Team movement demands this as we try to keep up ... Read More »

Agroecology has full potential for sustainable food systems

Alarming rates of food insecurity and malnutrition persist alongside the growing crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. Food systems are at a critical juncture and a dramatic transition to agroecology is urgently needed. Agroecology’s profile in the national and international arena, and amongst researchers, farmers, and movements are growing. Read More »

Building resilience through agroecology

Dhaka, Oct 1 – Agriculture takes up almost 40% of the planet’s ice-free land surface, accounts for 70% of the freshwater used in the world, and produces about 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. It is also the single biggest driver of biodiversity loss. Meanwhile, climate shocks and extreme weather events can cause food price volatility that affects both consumers and producers around the ... Read More »

UN agri fund mulls decentralised operations in Asia-Pacific

Hanoi – Government representatives and agricultural development specialists will gather in Hanoi 6-7 July to discuss the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) approach to decentralizing its operations in Asia and the Pacific. The workshop will inform an independent evaluation of IFAD’s decentralization approach that is scheduled to be released in December 2016. The Hanoi event is one of the ... Read More »

2016 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Howarth

HarvestPlus is proud to congratulate 2016 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Howarth “Howdy” Bouis, who won for his pioneering work in addressing the global problem of micronutrient deficiencies, known as hidden hunger, through biofortification. The World Food Prize, known as the “Nobel Prize for Agriculture and Nutrition,” recognizes individuals who have improved the quality, quantity or availability of food in ... Read More »

Mung bean farming makes rural women self-reliant in Rajshahi

Rajshahi Correspondent Expanded mung-bean farming has opened up the money-making door for more than twenty thousand rural women, including students, as they are harvesting the cash crop in the greater Rajshahi region this season. Harvest of mung bean is going on in full swing in different areas of the region that sees gradual rise in cultivation of the popular food ... Read More »

IFAD-funded projects help improve lives of India’s rural poor

New Delhi, 12 May 2016 – Development projects supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in India have been effective in reducing poverty and improving the livelihoods of rural poor people, according to an independent evaluation report presented today in New Delhi by the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD. The evaluation report confirmed that IFAD-supported projects have ... Read More »

Access to genetic data is “the big issue of our time”

By Edward Hammond Regulating access to genetic data is “the big issue of our time” in crop development, says Cornell University’s Edward Buckler. The maize geneticist contends that, at least for industrial agriculture, “Germplasm is becoming the information technology that it always was. So then, the question is who has the right to look at the database of whole genome ... Read More »

Upscaling community seed banks, upholding farmers’ rights

The global seed market has grown considerably in the last decades into a multibillion-dollar industry, largely due to more farmers purchasing seeds. Despite the growth in the commercial seed sector, the majority of farmers in the developing world still depend on farm-saved seeds. Availability and reliability of seeds at the right time as well as easy access is crucial for ... Read More »