Month: August 2015

Asia’s prized climate-resilient cash crop

New CGIAR brief highlights cassava’s transformation from a humble to a prized, climate-resilient crop in AsiaCLICK TO TWEET 25 June, 2015 by Georgina Smith (comments) Seeds of change In Southeast Asia, cassava is grown by over eight million farmers as a primary source of income and calories, especially among poor, rural […]

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Cool heads over global warming

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 Magazine  9  84 ShareThis Smoke from wildfires across the western US fill the horizon as the sun sets over Utah Lake  this month. Photo: Reuters Time is short but it is still possible to avoid a climate crisis, according to two new books, one each from either side of the […]

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The Great African Water Grab?

The great African water grab? By James Clarke on August 27, 2015 Foreign direct investment in African agriculture could bring great benefits, but there are risks too. “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” Mark Twain’s famous remark may be over a century old, but the allure of […]

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Why climate talks need to focus on agriculture

Bringing science and development together through original news and analysis Speed read Food systems may cause a quarter of human-related greenhouse emissions ‘Climate smart’ methods such as intercropping and no-till farming can cut these The COP 21 talks must recognise agriculture’s role in fighting climate change Other sectors […]

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