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Free, sustainable school lunch for all, Alice Waters pledge

From Danielle NierenbergGreetings from Iowa! This weekend, I’m at Niman Ranch’s 20th Annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner. I’ll have the honour of celebrating the work of amazing farmers like Paul Willis, Rancher and Farmer at Niman Ranch Pork Company. I’ll also be moderating a panel featuring John Ikerd, scholar and author at the University of Missouri; Fresh Kirschenmann, President of ... Read More »

Accurate weather info yields resilience for Zambia’s farmers

Just having better information about when and for how long it will rain is proving the difference between success and failure among smallholder farmers in southern Zambia. Empowered with timely information about the weather ahead of the 2017/18 farming season, 56-year-old Fainess Muzyamba of Pemba district ditched her traditional maize crop for sweet potatoes. Read More »

2 Food podcasts catalyzing food movement—with new addition

Contributing Author: Katherine Walla Food Tank is excited to introduce the podcast “Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg.” On the podcast, Nierenberg invites chefs, experts, and activists to outline their ideal food system—and how their projects are making a better food system more attainable. This week we launched two brand new episodes with New Orleans legend, restauranteur Dickie Brennan, and activist ... Read More »

Cultivating resilience to climate change

Danielle Nierenberg For every degree Celsius that the temperature rises, farmers can see crop yields drop as much as 7 percent. But organizations like Crop Trust are joining global institutions, farmers, and eaters to guarantee a better future for food. Read More »

Farmer-herder conflicts on the rise in Africa

By Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu Minnesota, United States, Aug 6 2018 (IPS) – Violent clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria’s Middle Belt in June reminded me of a smelting hot afternoon a year ago. I was sitting in my living room watching a herder grazing his cows in my yard in the small town in southwestern Cameroon where I live. Read More »

Herbicide can save Tk 7,000-cr crops annually: expert

A proper application of herbicides adopting recommended weed management methods could substantially increase food production along with saving huge crops worth over Taka 7,000 crore annually. “An effective weed management side by side with adopting conservation agriculture technologies remarkably increases crop output,” said noted Agriculturist Dr. Md. Abdul Mazid, who got the Independence Award 2018 Medal(food security) this year. While ... Read More »

Runa Laila receives Firoza Begum Gold Medal

Entertainment Desk Dhaka University (DU)  conferred “Feroza Begum Memorial Gold Medal” on eminent singer Runa Laila on June 30. DU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman put the medal around Runa’s neck at a function held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on the campus. Read More »

15 organizations creating edible landscapes

From Danielle Nierenberg It may be surprising, but turf grass found on lawns, parks, and schoolyards requires up to 34 billion litres (nine billion gallons) of water per day and 31 million kilograms (70 million pounds) of pesticides for maintenance and 757 million litres (200 gallons) of gasoline for lawn mowing annually. But there are organizations around the world who ... Read More »

Tree plantation held at RU

Rajshahi, July 23 – With a view to enhancing the beauty of the university campus as well as to maintain the ecological balance of Rajshahi University (RU) a tree plantation program held on the campus on Monday. Read More »

Teesta water no longer a hurdle in India-Bangladesh ties?

The pending resolution of the Teesta river water sharing agreement is “no longer an issue” for Bangladesh, government’s political advisor Hossain Toufique Imam has said. The statement indicates a major shift in position for the government, which has been appealing to New Delhi to resolve the issue ahead of general elections slated for December, India’s largely circulated daily The Hindu ... Read More »

‘Technologies that facilitate development should profit all’

From Danielle Nierenberg A sustainable food system requires cultivating equality for the people that nourish the world’s population—farmers. Yet, farmers experience inequality at all levels of the food system. Societal tools— including gendered roles, obstacles to accessing resources, or cultural preconceptions—disproportionately threaten the livelihoods of vulnerable farmers along the lines of gender. Analyzing the role of gender in agricultural communities ... Read More »

Killer farms

by Maxwell Gomera, Edward Mabaya Cambridge – On April 3, the United Kingdom announced a ban on the sale of ivory that is “one of the toughest in the world.” By restricting the ivory trade, the UK joined other countries – including China and the United States – in using market deterrents to discourage poaching and shield an endangered species ... Read More »