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FAO and OECD call for responsible investment in agriculture

16 February 2018, Paris – The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched a pilot project in Paris today to kick-start the practical application of the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains with 30 leading enterprises.  The project aims to improve the implementation …

New study: Up to 7 billion tonnes of Carbon Dioxide can be removed from the atmosphere each year through better soil management on farm land

by Georgina Smith | Nov 14, 2017 By better managing farmland soil, the amount of carbon stored in the top 30 centimeters of the soil could increase an extra 0.9 to 1.85 gigatons each year, say authors of a new study published today in Scientific Reports. This is equivalent to carbon globally emitted by the transport sector (1.87 gigatons of Carbon); …

On the trail of ancient treasure in Peru

By Neil Palmer @ CIAT It’s down there somewhere. Treasure. At least, it was. Almost thirty years ago. Looking out over Peru’s Sacred Valley, Daniel Debouck checks his map. The same one as before, impeccably preserved. But Daniel is no ordinary treasure hunter. What he’s looking for is something more ancient than the Incas, and …

Agricultural scientists urge new global crop alliance to secure future food supply

EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) – At a time when weather patterns are becoming less predictable and population pressures on food supply are increasing, a group of crop scientists are laying the groundwork for an international crop network to systematically tackle threats to global food security. Research focused on specific crops achieves progressive genetic gains, but scientists …

Fighting Hidden Hunger in Tanzania: Provitamin A Maize Platform is Launched

By Joyce Maru – Capacity Development & Communication Specialist (BNFB project – CIP) In Tanzania, Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is considered a major public health problem requiring appropriate nutrition interventions. The overall magnitude of VAD in Tanzania is 33 percent (Global Nutrition Report; 2014), affecting mostly children in preschool and women of reproductive age.  VAD …

Why we should plant food forests instead of gardens

By: ILANA STRAUSS June 14, 2017, 9:33 A. M. In Tel Aviv, locals are turning edible plants into self-regulating ecological forests that require less upkeep than gardens. Invitation for internship in Kidron Food Forest A food forest is exactly what it sounds like: a forest full of plants that grow food like eggplants, lemons, pomegranates, and …

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