Agronomist steams soil
INNOVATION

Soil sterlisation by low-cost steamer

Beating the bugs in soil: practical steam sterilisation for the soil on Kenya’s small farms The Amiran Farmer’s Kit – a package including greenhouse, drip irrigation, agro-inputs such as seeds and fertilizers, and training and support – has proved a success for Kenya’s small famers. But bacterial wilt caused by …

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green-seawater
INNOVATIONWater

Mineral-rich irrigation from seawater

Desalination combined with micro-nutrient extraction The world’s foods are consistently being depleted of minerals – mechanized farming, overuse of pesticides and nitrogen, increasing rainwater run-off, even the glyphosate mineral-chelating herbicides used with GMOs. But there are minerals in the sea, and desalination represents a significant opportunity in arid places; what …

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Mapping crops to improve food security 1
INNOVATION

SPAM – the Spatial Production Allocation Model

Mapping crops to improve food security: more historical data, more inputs, and more datasets to help us understand how and where crops grow In the era of big data, unmanned drones, and satellite remote sensing, our knowledge of crop growing locations remains surprisingly limited. We have even less information on …

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Payments for Ecosystem Services
BiodiversityINNOVATION

Payments for Ecosystem Services

Funding sustainability at the grassroots level: 20 years of PES experience in Costa Rica A healthier ecosystem will benefit all of society; rich and poor, directly and indirectly. But the social and environmental objectives of the scheme must be targeted accurately. A system of Payments for Ecosystems Services is one …

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skytap 3
INNOVATIONWater

Water from the sky

Solving water shortages by condensing atmospheric water vapour to create on-demand clouds A major challenge facing our planet and what the United Nations considers the greatest crisis of the 21st century is the growing fresh water shortage, especially in arid countries. All the water the world needs is in the …

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Wageningen -- Reusing water for greenhouse cultivation in Algeria
HorticultureINNOVATIONWater

Waste Water Reuse for Irrigation in Algeria (WAWARIA)

The best way to recover waste water: membrane-filtered water for greenhouse cultivation in Algeria Waste from domestic sources or industrial processes such as oil and gas production and refinery can be valuable for irrigation. But how much treatment will it need? Authors: P Ker Rault, , A Chouikh, G Sijl, …

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Wageningen -- Subtropical greenhouse systems for growing vegetables
HorticultureINNOVATION

KASPRO horticulture simulator

Finding the ideal  subtropical greenhouse system: using the KASPRO simulator What is the optimum greenhouse design for vegetable growing in Taiwan? To answer this question, we have used a systematic design procedure to study the differences between possible solutions, using our greenhouse simulation model KASPRO. Authors: Bas Speetjens, Wageningen UR; …

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Greenhouse Interior at the National Botanic Gardens
Controlled environment agricultureINNOVATIONWater

Water purification alternatives for greenhouses

What’s the best way to remove impurities in irrigation water for greenhouse horticulture? Research by the Platform Duurzame Glastuinbouw (‘Sustainable Horticulture Platform’) at Wageningen UR has shown that three water purification technologies are capable of removing 80-100% of crop protection agents present in greenhouse horticulture drainage water. These technologies can …

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vetafrica
INNOVATION

VetAfrica

Mobile phone app provides African farmers with instant access to cattle disease information Farmers across the globe will understand how difficult it is when an animal is unwell, but it is even worse if you aren’t able to provide them with the necessary treatment, something that many farmers in Africa …

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Using big data to take the pulse on climate change2
INNOVATION

Using big data to take the pulse on climate change

Global Pulse has launched a new interactive social media monitoring dashboard for exploring online conversations about climate change. This platform was developed in support of the UN Climate Summit and Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team. Author: Sara Cornish. Source: Global Pulse Climate change is an issue of ever increasing significance …

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