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Middle income countries key to eliminating hunger

March 11, Washington, DC – Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico may be rising economic powerhouses, but these five fast-growing, middle income countries are still home to nearly half of the world’s hungry, or 363 million people. That is why we must focus on those living in the ‘economic middle’ if we are to effectively combat hunger and malnutrition on ... Read More »

Strategies to revitalise agricultural education mapped

Hyderabad, India – ‘One Agriculture-One Science,’ a global consortium of agricultural education and research institutes  across Asia, Africa and the USA, has mapped out plans and strategies to expand its initiatives to revitalize and bring systematic changes in agricultural education, capacity building and technology transfer in developing countries. Bringing this global partnership to the next level, technology platforms to deliver ... Read More »

Growing food trade, shrinking self-sufficiency

Washington, DC – As society reaches the limits of available farmland and accessible irrigation water, many countries have turned to international markets to help meet domestic food demand. Imports of grain worldwide have increased more than fivefold between 1960 and 2013. However, importing food as a response to resource scarcity creates dependence on global markets, writes Gary Gardner, director of publications at the Worldwatch Institute, ... Read More »

Integrated watershed management helping empower women in India

Hyderabad, India – Amid current uproar on inequality and prejudice faced by many women in India, what’s heartening is that positive changes are happening for some women in the rural sector – one of the toughest groups to reach due to the gender and social dynamics, poverty and low education levels in the villages. Years of research and sustained effort ... Read More »

Community generated resaearch to solve farmers’ problems

Danielle Nierenberg Around the world, farmers, scientists, researchers, and NGOs are creating innovative, on-the-ground solutions for the problems they face each day: water scarcity, resource depletion, land degradation, crop loss, and weather volatility. Many of these ground-breaking ideas have great potential to be replicated and scaled out across the globe. Food Tank is excited to be collaborating with the McKnight ... Read More »

Keeping food security on table at UN climate talks

By Denise M. Fontanilla and Chris WrightReprint Geneva Feb (IPS) – Food security has become a key issue of the U.N. climate negotiations this week in Geneva as a number of countries and observers raised concerns that recent advances in Lima are in jeopardy. While food security is a core objective of the U.N. climate convention, it has traditionally been ... Read More »

Agri sector struggling to cope with climate change: Experts

Environment and agriculture experts yesterday said adverse impact of global climate change may severely affect crop production in the country as agriculture sector is already struggling to cope with erratic behavior of weather pattern. Climate change impacts are visible in many aspects including erratic rainfall, sea level rise, extreme hot, flood and drought, which have negative impact on agriculture sector, ... Read More »

Private insurers may help Indian farmers weather the storm

By: Sandip Das New Delhi – In a bid to protect farmers from erratic weather pattern, the government has invited private insurance companies, along with state-owned Agriculture Insurance Company of India (AIC), for providing various products relating to crop, weather and income insurance. Sources told FE that for the last two decades or so only AIC, which is owned by ... Read More »

Excellent handbook for agri extension students, workers

Prof. M Zahidul Haque Agricultural extension is a discipline of providing need and demand-based knowledge to farming communities in a systematic, participatory manner, to increase their production, income, and improving the quality of life. Extension is essentially an education system aimed to bringing about positive behavioral changes among farmers. In modern days Agricultural Extension is much broader and more diverse. ... Read More »

Organic farming in India points the way to sustainable agriculture

By Jency Samuel Nagapatnam, India, Jan 2015 (IPS) – Standing amidst his lush green paddy fields in Nagapatnam, a coastal district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, a farmer named Ramajayam remembers how a single wave changed his entire life. The simple farmer was one of thousands whose agricultural lands were destroyed by the 2004 Asian tsunami, as ... Read More »

Family farming eases food shortages in Eastern Cuba

By Patricia Grogg Santiago De Cuba, Jan 2015 (IPS) – Meat and vegetables are never missing from the dinner table of Damaris González and Omar Navarro, since they get almost all of their food from their farm, La Revelación, on the outskirts of the city of Santiago de Cuba, 765 km east of the Cuban capital. On the three hectares ... Read More »

Facility opens to safeguard the future of chocolate

A new facility has opened in Reading, to safeguard the future of chocolate. It is a bigger and better clearing house for all the world’s new cocoa varieties, which must be quarantined before they can be grown. Demand for chocolate is increasing faster than the global supply of cocoa, of which an estimated 30% is lost to pests and disease ... Read More »

Sustainable agriculture: make climate change your business

Nicolas Mounard When some attention grabbing headlines picked up on threats to coffee production in the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, climate change was suddenly transported from distant melting ice caps to much closer to home. Here at Twin, the ethical trading organisation specialising in coffee, we are acutely aware that business is waking up to ... Read More »

Climate-smart agriculture in LDCs

Michael Davidson Growing populations, greater frequency of extreme weather events, increasing temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns and increasing water scarcity will increase uncertainty and risk in agricultural production. Between 2011 and 2100 the population of high-fertility countries is projected to triple, passing from 1.2 billion to 4.2 billion, and in that period, projections are that agricultural production needs to increase ... Read More »

Sustainable agriculture: make climate change your business

Nicolas Mounard, Twin and Twin Trading When some attention grabbing headlines picked up on threats to coffee production in the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, climate change was suddenly transported from distant melting ice caps to much closer to home. Here at Twin, the ethical trading organisation specialising in coffee, we are acutely aware that business ... Read More »