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Eco-Farming Can Double Food Production in 10 Years, says New UN Report

Small-scale farmers can double food production in a decade by using simple ecological methods, according to the findings of a new United Nations study released on March 8, 2011, which calls for a fundamental shift towards agroecology as a poverty alleviation measure.


Managing Nutrients Presents Both Challenges and Solutions to Food Security

As global populations increase, a growing demand for food can be achieved through sustainable production and use of fertilizers which if not managed correctly will impact food security as well as water quality and availability, fisheries and biodiversity, says a report.


Study Reveals a Secret to the Success of Disease-Causing Microbes: discovery may generate new strategies to fight serious human diseases

A study published in the July 23 issue of Cell identifies the mechanism used by several types of common, virulent microbes to infect plants and cause devastating blights.


Scientists Mount a “Sting Operation” in Thailand to Tackle a Devastating Pest Outbreak

In the start of a carefully crafted emergency campaign to thwart a pest outbreak that is wreaking havoc on Thailand's vital cassava production, agricultural researchers will release a quarter of a million parasitic wasps (Anagyrus lopezi) in the northeastern part of the country.


Burkina Faso: United Nations-Backed Project Boosts Education, Health Care For Women Farmers

A United Nations-backed pilot programme that supplies electric generators to rural women farmers in Burkina Faso, freeing them from lengthy chores so that they can devote more time to education, childcare and health care, is to be adopted on a national scale.


United Nations Agency Explores Potential Benefits Of Organic Agriculture In Eastern Europe

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said on April 12, 2010 that  it is partnering with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), an organic farming organization, to examine the potential economic, employment and environmental benefits of greater investment in sustainable agriculture in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia region.


“Evergreen Agriculture” Wins for Climate and Hunger

In Zambia's Central Province, a dirt track marks a line between hope and despair. On one side is farmer Collens Mwinga's lush maize crop, a full three metres high, swaying in the breeze.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Announce $120 Million in New Agriculture Grants: Bill Gates to Call for United Action to Support World's Poorest Farmers

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on Thursday, October 15, 2009  will urge governments, donors, researchers, farmer groups, environmentalists, and others to set aside old divisions and join forces to help millions of the world's poorest farming families boost their yields and incomes so they can lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.


Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Opens Doors for 100 Million Seeds from 100 Countries

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault established in the permafrost in the mountains of Svalbard opened on February 26, 2008 on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving inaugural shipments of 100 million seeds that originated in over 100 countries.


Flood-tolerant Rice Offers Relief for World's Poorest Farmers

Farmers should soon have access to a new strain of flood-resistant rice, say scientists.


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