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The Montpellier Panel, a group of experts from the fields of agriculture, sustainable development, trade, policy, and global development chaired by Gordon Conway from UK’s Imperial College, have a new report ‘Growth with Resilience: Opportunities in African Agriculture’. The report looks at … Continue reading
Below is a guest post from my colleague Thomas Hahn, an institutional economist and Assoc. Professor at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. On March 8, 2011, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food , Olivier De Schutter, delivered his … Continue reading
Agricultural Fields near Perdizes, Minas Gerais, Brazil from NASA EOS The visual diversity of the field forms is matched by the variety of crops: sunflowers, wheat, potatoes, coffee, rice, soybeans, and corn are among the products of the region. While … Continue reading
By Max Troell New studies that focus on the emerging issue of water usage in agriculture have been released. Researchers from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, have provided a comprehensive account of the global green, blue and grey water … Continue reading
Nile River Delta at Night from NASA’s EOS image of the day. They write: The Nile River and its delta look like a brilliant, long-stemmed flower in this astronaut photograph of the southeastern Mediterranean Sea, as seen from the International … Continue reading
Beautiful pictures from NASA EOS showing paleo and historic river meanders in the floodplain of the Syr Darya River in Kazakstan.
New Scientist interviewed food policy researchers Maximo Torero and Joachim von Braun from IFPRI about current rise in food prices and they blame financialization of commodity markets: Is this another crisis like the one we had in 2008? Not quite. … Continue reading
Phosphorus is essential for sustaining humanity, because it is essential nutrient for producing food, and it is often a limiting nutrient for plant growth. Unlike nitrogen, it cannot be fixed from the air, and must be either recycled or mined. … Continue reading
Many parents of small children will have seen Miyazaki’s classic animated film My Neighbour Totoro about Totoro, a forest spirit, who befriends two young girls. Totoro inhabits a beautiful agricultural landscape known as Satyoyama. Satoyama is a Japanese agricultural landscape … Continue reading
Evolution of resistance to Bt pesticides is a negative externality of Bt crops, but a recent paper in Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1190242) has found that immediate pest control on non-Bt crops is a large positive externality. The Bt corn growers also … Continue reading