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Big Data is on call to deliver more food for a growing population

Source: greenbiz.com Amid the looming sustainability challenges of our time is how the world will feed 2.5 billion more people in a few decades — even as rising sea levels and warmer temperatures take away some arable land. One answer is bringing Big Data to the rescue. Farm productivity will need …

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Showcasing the cutting edge of new agri-food technology

Source: farminguk.com Robotic harvesting of vegetables, automated weeding techniques and the use of sensitive disease detection software were among the innovative technologies showcased at the UK’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing as part of a new agri-tech initiative. Launched in line with the Government’s quest for the UK to become …

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Developing sustainability solutions to change the world

Source: freshplaza.com Farmers may soon have the ability to attach a sensor to their plants to gauge when they should irrigate, saving crops and livelihoods. There could be mobile devices that, in real time, help stop disease outbreaks. Bananas could be saved from extinction, and new innovations made in affordable …

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Montreal: Fertile ground for urban agriculture entrepreneurs

Source: montrealgazette.com The success of Lufa Farms in Montreal illustrates the possibilities for urban rooftop gardens with its greenhouse farms in Ahuntsic and Laval, hydroponically growing about 200 tonnes of produce annually. These greenhouses are a showcase of year-round vegetable production using sustainable methods, biological pest control and water conservation. A …

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Study explores sustainable crop production in Namibia

Source: allafrica.com Ensuring sustainability from ‘farm to fork’ is a measure that enhances food security as it enables the provision of nutritious foods produced without degrading the environment. The issue of sustainability is paramount as the world grapples and tries to balance between producing enough food for everyone, and same …

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2015 Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize: deadline for applications

The deadline for applications for the Louis MALASSIS International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food has been extended to midday on 15 January 2015 (French time) Source: GFAR The prize was created by research organisation the Agropolis Fondation to recognise innovation through research, development and capacity building that can improve food …

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NEWS

Climate and sustainable development goals begin on the farm

Don’t abandon farmers to climate change, minister tells audience of first CGIAR Development Dialogues Source: CGIAR Nigeria’s agriculture minister today issued an impassioned plea to governments and the agriculture research community “not to abandon farmers to climate change”, with the head of a UN specialized agency emphasizing the need for …

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Study shows how farmers and consumers differ in their understanding of sustainable agriculture
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Study shows how farmers and consumers differ in their understanding of ‘sustainable agriculture’

BASF Farm Perspectives Study interviewed farmers and consumers in seven countries: topics include sustainable farming, food production methods and future trends in agriculture. Source: BASF Across the globe, a majority of consumers (81%) and farmers (78%) say they care a lot about sustainability in agriculture. However, the two groups have …

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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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