Maize comes in many colours, hues and shapes
Biodiversity

Earth to MARS! On the way to breeding drought-resistant maize for Asia

Maize is rapidly emerging as a key crop  in Asian food systems. But in the largely rainfed agriculture practiced in Asia, drought is an important threat to production. So several projects are under way to introduce drought-tolerant maize varieties adapted to the many different growing conditions found in Asia. Source: …

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Contemplating the GAP and the yield and resource-use-efficiency gaps in Dien Bien province, Viet Nam. Photo: World Agroforestry Centre/Robert Finlayson
Biodiversity

Can one GAP reconcile two other gaps?

The WTO’s Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) agreement defines a trade-enforceable bottom line for yield and efficiency gaps – resource-use efficiency analyses focussing on land as production factor. Closing yield gaps has historically often decreased nutrient-use efficiency, but synergy is possible – and GAP may prove an effective aid.

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Big results from small plots in Nepal

Home gardens are often overlooked by mainstream policy and agricultural development priorities. A Bioversity International home gardens initiative in Nepal produced yields that nearly tripled from 300kg per year to as much as 900kg per year in some households. A greater range of plants is being farmed. And participating households doubled their overall consumption of produce, including nutritionally valuable vegetables and fruit.

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Climate-smart agriculture global research agenda: scientific basis for action

Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) addresses the challenge of meeting the growing demand for food, fibre and fuel, despite the changing climate and fewer opportunities for agricultural expansion on additional lands. Effective work in CSA will involve stakeholders, address governance issues, examine uncertainties, incorporate social benefits with technological change, and establish climate …

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Biodiversity

Nicaraguan Mega-Gardens: Community-Led Conservation for Plant Diversity and Soil Health

Why do some agricultural training programmes amount to little more than a free lunch for participants, while others inspire farmers to make real changes in their fields, while others? This report on a project in Nicaragua shows how a participatory and holistic approach – with constant tweaking in the light …

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Yellow Perch (juvenile). Photo: Roger Tabor (USFWS)
Biodiversity

Deforestation starves fish

Research shows forest debris that drains into lakes is an important contributor to freshwater food chains, bolstering fish diets to the extent that increased forest cover causes fish to get ‘fat’ – and sparse forest leaves smaller, underfed fish. Source: Cambridge University research news Debris from forests that washes into …

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Small and Growing: entrepreneurship in African agriculture

This advocacy report demonstrates how investment in rural and food sector entrepreneurship in Africa can achieve sustainable food and nutrition security for the continent and significantly contribute to Africa’s rural and economic growth. Source: Agriculture for Impact Entrepreneurship is rooted in small farm agriculture, but it needs pro-active policy design …

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