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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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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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Lower cost greenhouse gas emission estimates for agriculture

Scientists are collaborating to furnish national governments with better – and less costly – methods for estimating greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, thus informing climate-smart agriculture and low-emissions development. Authors: Meryl Richards and Lini Wollenberg (CCAFS), Kaisa Karttunen and Maria Nuutinen (FAO). Source: CCAFS/CGIAR Country representatives and leading scientists met …

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Vietnam eyes water-saving technology for its rice farms

Agriculture experts say application of alternate wetting and drying (AWD) technology in Vietnam’s rice farms, one of South-East Asia’s largest rice-producing countries, holds great promise in cutting water use and greenhouse gas emissions from rice cultivation without sacrificing yield output Source: SciDevNet Vietnam along with Bangladesh and Colombia recently partnered …

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New climate and clean air coalition agriculture effort tackles climate change, supports rice production

Leading agricultural research institutes join partners in Bangladesh, Colombia and Vietnam in groundbreaking effort to reduce climate emissions while supporting rice producers’ efficient production Source: CCAFS A new collaborative effort launched today (31 Oct) seeks significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from rice cultivation — the second largest source of …

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2014 Global Hunger Index

Even as levels of hunger in many developing countries decline, two billion people suffer from hidden hunger according to 2014 Global Hunger Index. Source: IFPRI A staggering 2 billion people get so little essential vitamins and minerals from the foods they eat that they remain undernourished, according to the 2014 …

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Prof. Nguyen Thi Lang, a Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute breeder, holds up a sample of a new rice variety being developed in Vietnam. Photo: CIAT/Georgina Smith
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New rice helps Mekong farmers battle worsening floods, salt intrusion

Flooding and seawater intrusion threaten the Mekong Delta’s rice crop. New, more tolerant varieties can help. Author: Georgina Smith, CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture). Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation Flooding in the lower Mekong Delta is becoming more intense, frequent and complex to control due to climate change, say researchers. …

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Kenya and Taiwan join Delta Alliance

In 2009, Alterra Wageningen UR set up the Delta Alliance, an international knowledge-driven network for enhancing safety and sustainability in the delta regions of the world. Now that Kenya and Taiwan have joined the network, fourteen deltas over the whole world are members. Source: Wageningen UR Together the member countries …

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A farmer shows off his agroforestry farm in an upland barangay in Peñablanca, Cagayan, Philippines. Photo: Regine Joy Evangelista and Tessa Beyer (ICRAF)
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The smallholder farmers’ secret weapon: trees and their big role in climate change adaptation

Trees give small farmers a source of food, fuel and timber for consumption or income during climate extremes. Author: Regine Evangelista, World Agroforestry Centre. Source: CGIAR Development Dialogues “There is nothing we can do.” With resignation and a hint of despair, this is how resource-poor Filipino farmers responded when asked …

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