Monthly Archives: November 2013

Serious about climate change? Talk about agriculture

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DESPITE FOOD ASSISTANCE, SAHEL FOOD CRISIS STILL PERSISTS – UN AGENCY (UN News)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
New York, Sep 14 2012  1:05PM The growing regularity of droughts across the Sahel region has left millions in need of emergency food assistance, the UN humanitarian food agency announced today, while also warning that malnutrition…

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Food security : small-scale, tech-based initiatives and long-term research (SciDevNet)

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Read at : http://www.scidev.net/global/food-security/editorials/food-security-demands-diversity.html Food security demands diversity Speed read Food security relies on inter-related factors that go beyond just ‘producing more’ Better seed, better storage, less waste, and diversified crops are all needed Providing enough…

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A “blue revolution” – small-scale irrigation systems to help farmers grow crops in drought-prone zones (IRIN News)

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Read at : http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=94223 BURKINA FASO: “Blue revolution” needed to boost dry-season harvest The Burkina Faso government is attempting for the first time to implement a nationwide dry-season agricultural campaign to counteract possible food insecurity in…

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Hungry small-scale farmers are failing to adapt to erratic climate (IRIN News)

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Read at : http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96314/CLIMATE-CHANGE-Farmers-too-hungry-to-adapt CLIMATE CHANGE: Farmers too hungry to adapt Sunflower (Photo WVC) JOHANNESBURG, 14 September 2012 (IRIN) – Small farmers in the developing world who are going hungry for long periods of time –…

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Insects could be the future of food

Originally posted on Science on the Land:
In many cultures, insects are delicacies. Mostly people are eating beetles (Coleoptera) and caterpillars (Lepidoptera). People also eat bees, wasps and ants (Hymenoptera), cicadas (Hemiptera), locusts and crickets (Orthoptera), dragonflies (Odonata) and flies…

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Agricultural biodiversity and climate change

Originally posted on Science on the Land:
Smallholders around the world favour diversity as they face changing, unpredictable climates. Bioversity International tells us how smallholders use biodiversity to adapt. ‘Given the prevalence and effectiveness of planting new crops and varieties…

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