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An ecosystem sprouts to take the chemicals out of Indian agriculture

Source: techasia.com Agriculture in India is plagued by problems such as ineffective water management and excessive use of inorganic material. Many startups have emerged in recent years to provide solutions to these issues. The ecosystem is also coming together to support these innovations. Earlier this year, the Centre for Innovation Incubation …

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West Africa Agro-Tech to establish tractor assembling plant

Source: ghanabusinessnews.com The West Africa Agro-Tech Company Ghana Limited (WAATCO) would, in the next five years, establish an assembling plant in Ghana to deliver 5,000 tractors at a cheaper price to support the agriculture sector. The company would also train the youth both in and outside Ghana on how to generate …

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Trends in the global rice trade

Historically, a small amount of rice is traded globally compared with other crops such as wheat, corn (maize), and soybeans. However, after remaining stagnant for almost two and a half decades, rice trade expanded in the late 1980s in the wake of trade liberalization in many countries and the General …

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Government intervention in new biotechnical developments often counterproductive

Government guidelines for biotechnology and genetically modified crops often lead to very high investment costs. Source: Wageningen University Reduced levels of product development and concentration in that industry sector then follow, as well as a reordering of research priorities and a tendency for R&D to move to countries where the …

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Connecting smallholders to knowledge

The emergence of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the last decade has opened new avenues in knowledge management that could play important roles in meeting the prevailing challenges related to sharing, exchanging and disseminating knowledge and technologies. The types of ICT-enabled services are capable of improving the capacity and …

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New TV channel engages Indian farmers in social and economic issues

A new 24-hour educational television channel is being developed for Indian farmers to enhance knowledge sharing around national agriculture. Source: Times of India The Information and Broadcasting Ministry are looking to various sources in order to create educational and entertaining programmes, such as quiz shows, that will both attract a …

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ICRISAT investments in agricultural research yield high payoffs for the dryland poor

A growing pipeline of science-based agricultural innovations and impacts by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is impacting the lives of the dryland poor on a large scale, showing high returns on investment in agricultural research for development (AR4D) Source: ICRISAT In a 2014 impact assessment …

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Climate smart villages help female farmers in Nepal

Many women are now farming in Nepal as their husbands have migrated for work. The ‘climate smart villages’ projects being introduced around the country can provide training, technology and finance to help with an altering climate Source: SciDevNet Seven years ago, Tanka Maya Magar, who lives on the outskirts of …

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First-ever Global Nutrition Report

A consortium of nations, organizations, researchers, and academics has released the first-ever comprehensive narrative on global health and country-level progress toward reducing malnutrition across the globe. Source: IFPRI The Global Nutrition Report (GNR) provides a global profile and country profiles on nutrition for each of the United Nations’ 193 member …

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Vegetables without borders

A first-ever collaboration on agricultural innovation in Punjab brings Pakistan and India closer together Source: AVRDC In a week when individuals from India and Pakistan were awarded the Nobel Peace prize, AVRDC also facilitated historic agricultural cooperation across the Punjab border as a part of the United States Agency for …

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