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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Farmers should soon have access to a new strain of flood-resistant rice, say scientists.
Scientists have finally identified a key component in the disease-fighting process in plants that activates plant-wide defenses after a pathogen attack.