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Biodiversity & Agriculture: Nature’s Matrix & Conservation

By Angus Wright, Ivette Perfecto and John Vandermeer OAKLAND, California, Feb 18 2020 (IPS) – When we were children, a long auto trip would require a stop every hour or so to clean the windshield of the insects that had been intercepted. Today’s windshields are spared this indignity—a convenience for motorists but a terrifying signpost of danger for the well ... Read More »

Farmers benefiting from “BAU Soil Testing Kit”

Mymensingh, Feb 08 – Farmers are benefiting from the use of “BAU Soil Testing Kit”, a special soil testing device developed by the Soil Science department of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU). It measures the soil quality of the cultivated land and the amount of fertilizer to be required. Farmers of different areas in Mymensingh district are already delighted to see ... Read More »

Food security and nutrition: ‘Organic is the Future’

By Sapna Gopal HIMALAYAS, India, Jan 30 2020 (IPS) – Vandana Shiva, a pioneer of organic farming in India, is incensed by the 2019 draft law to compulsorily register all seeds used by farmers. On a wintry afternoon, at her farm Navdanya in the Himalayan foothills, the noted ecologist spoke on the future of the organic farming movement in India. Read More »

Loss of biodiversity causes yield reduction

Over the past half-century, the need to feed a growing world population has led to markedly expanded and intensified agricultural production. This transformation has led to the degradation of the global environment. The loss of biodiversity can disrupt key ecosystem services to agriculture, such as crop pollination and biological pest control, which underpin the final provisioning service of crop production. Read More »

15 Children’s Books Celebrating the Power of Food and Agriculture

Danielle Nierenberg If you browse the food shelves at a bookstore or local library, you’ll probably find an important selection of cookbooks, memoirs, and journalistic investigations into our food system. Maybe you’ll recognize the names of the authors. One thing stands out: Many of these books are geared toward adults — and we need to include children in the conversation ... Read More »

সাভারে ছাদ বাগানের গাছকাটা নারী আটক

সাভার, ২৩ অক্টোবর – সামাজিক যোগাযোগ মাধ্যম ফেসবুকে সাভারের এক নারীর গাছকাটার ভিডিও ব্যাপকভাবে সমালোচিত হওয়ার ২৪ ঘণ্টা না পেরুতেই অভিযুক্ত খালেদা আক্তার লাকী নামী ওই নারীকে আটক করেছে পুলিশ। Read More »

Five gardens win AIPH grand awards At EXPO 2019 Beijing

The award ceremony of the International Competition at Expo 2019 Beijing took place on 8th October, after the closing of the six-month-long AIPH approved A1 World Horticultural Exhibition. At the ceremony, the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) awarded five gardens an AIPH Grand Award. Read More »

Japan will help double Africa’s rice output by 2030: PM Abe

By Nafissatou Diouf Yokohama, Japan, Aug 28 2019 – The Sasakawa Association will work with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to help double rice production to 50 million tonnes by 2030. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the announcement at the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) symposium held on Wednesday during TICAD7. Read More »

Thousands drenched in red in Spain’s ‘Tomatina’ battle

Bunol (AP/UNB) — More than 20,000 people are pelting each other with ripe tomatoes in the annual “Tomatina” street battle in a town in eastern Spain that has become a major tourist attraction. The party saw 145 tons of tomatoes offloaded from six trucks into crowds packing Buñol’s streets for the midday hour-long battle Wednesday. The fight leaves participants and ... Read More »

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 »