191015 Scarecrow for iPads
NEWS

The modern scarecrow works on an iPad

Source: asia.nikkei.com Farmers in Asia can now flip out their iPads to see how their crops are faring. They can know exactly how many more days a crop needs until harvest. Like some people checking to see how many “likes” they get on Facebook, farmers can take the pulse of their …

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021015 Bovine Ireland seeweed produts
NEWS

Galway company combines science and seaweed to launch bovine food products

Galway based company Ocean Harvest Technology launched its new bovine products at the National Ploughing Championships in Laois last week. As part of the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Hub, Ocean Harvest presented and exhibited throughout the three day agricultural festival. Based in Milltown, Ocean Harvest Technology has grown from a single …

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A woman taking notes at her farm in Khulna, Bangladesh. Photo: M. Yousuf Tushar
Aquaculture

Training helps Bangladeshi families grow more fish and vegetables

More than 71,000 Bangladeshi women have participated in training provided by the USAID-funded Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition (AIN) project. Source: WorldFish Twice a day Rima Mazumder tends to her carp fry, giving them the proper amount of feed, testing their water quality and watching closely to make sure they’re …

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Geographical Indications, Biodiversity and Poor Communities
Biodiversity

Geographical indications, biodiversity and poor communities

The opportunity for geographical indications to provide protection for traditional indigenous biodiversity products and benefits to poor agricultural communities. Source: Crops for the Future Developed countries are rich in biodiversity, and a number of attractive native products are traditionally derived from domesticated and wild plants and animals. In some cases …

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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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