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Roundtable brings high-tech farming ideas to India’s risk-prone ecologies | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Roundtable brings high-tech farming ideas to India’s risk-prone ecologies | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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Research Topics

Research Topics | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Initially, CPWF assumed an unfolding global crisis of water scarcity, a close link between water scarcity and poverty, and an overriding need to produce more food with less water. Through its research, the program found that things are a bit more complicated: Water is usually not physically...
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It’s All About Knowledge Utilization - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog

It’s All About Knowledge Utilization - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
The CGIAR Research Programs are centered around the generation and utilization of knowledge. As much effort needs to be placed on ways to ensure that technical solutions can be used appropriately.
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Mobile Persuasion: Can mobile phones and cutting-edge behavioral science improve lives? | USAID Impact

Mobile Persuasion: Can mobile phones and cutting-edge behavioral science improve lives? | USAID Impact | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
We might not fully agree, but it has a key insight. All of us- including people living in poverty- have complicated, demanding lives. So simple availability doesn’t mean that even life-changing services like vaccines and HIV tests stay at the top of our minds.
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Agriculture: Steps to sustainable livestock

Agriculture: Steps to sustainable livestock | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
With improved breeding and cultivation, ruminant animals can yield food that is better for people and the planet, say Mark C. Eisler, Michael R. F.
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We have no bananas today

We have no bananas today | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
MONOCULTURES are a worry. Efficient, certainly; resilient, no. If something goes wrong, the whole crop can be disastrously lost. In practice, many of the plants...
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An Effective Method for Crop Monitoring Using Wireless Sensor Network | E-Agriculture

An Effective Method for Crop Monitoring Using Wireless Sensor Network | E-Agriculture | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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Infographic: Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013 - ISAAA Brief 46-2013 | ISAAA.org

Infographic: Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013 - ISAAA Brief 46-2013 | ISAAA.org | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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India planted more hectares of GM crop last year than Canada!

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Mixing the Perfect Cover Crop Cocktail

Mixing the Perfect Cover Crop Cocktail | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Last year, at a Washington State University (WSU) Building Soils for Better Crops conference, farmers from Kansas, North Dakota, and Colorado all spoke on the benefits they were seeing from using multi-species cover crops. These cover crop “cocktails” consist of 8 or more species chosen to maximize
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Growth with inclusion, a four point plan for Africa | Abdoulaye Mar Dieye | UNDP

Growth with inclusion, a four point plan for Africa | Abdoulaye Mar Dieye | UNDP | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Avoiding conflict and reducing poverty in Africa will require sustained efforts to promote inclusive development.
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Insect Diversity is Abundant in GM Maize Fields | Entomological Society of America (ESA)

Insect Diversity is Abundant in GM Maize Fields | Entomological Society of America (ESA) | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Annapolis, MD; February 3, 2014 -- Previous studies from China, Spain, and the United States on genetically modified (GM) rice, cotton, and maize have concluded that the biodiversity of insects and related arthropods in GM crop fields was essentially the same as that among conventional crops. Now a new study from South Africa shows similar results.
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New UN report calls for transformation in agriculture | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

New UN report calls for transformation in agriculture | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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What if natural products came with a list of ingredients?

What if natural products came with a list of ingredients? | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Processed foods are notorious for their jaw-droppingly long lists of chemical-laden ingredients, each one sounding worse than the last. But as these detailed infographics show, even the simplest of foods are anything but.
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"Big Data for Development: Opportunities & Challenges" - White Paper | United Nations Global Pulse

"Big Data for Development: Opportunities & Challenges" - White Paper | United Nations Global Pulse | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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Harvesting better access to information | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Harvesting better access to information | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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Take a look at SciDev.Net's scoop on what Plantwise is doing with mobile

Take a look at SciDev.Net's scoop on what Plantwise is doing with mobile | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
SciDev.Net, an online magazine aiming to 'bring science and development together through news and analysis', covers the work that Plantwise are doing with mobile in Kenya. It reports on how Plantwi...
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Focus on Bangladesh's feat

Focus on Bangladesh's feat | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Bangladesh's back-to-back success in breeding zinc-enriched rice varieties came under the spotlight at a global agricultural conference held in the Rwandan capital last week. The Bangladeshi r...
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Indian Botanists: Status of Field Trials for Genetically Modified Plants in India

Indian Botanists: Status of Field Trials for Genetically Modified Plants in India | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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How gender-specific knowledge is inspiring change in Kyrgyzstan’s walnut forests

How gender-specific knowledge is inspiring change in Kyrgyzstan’s walnut forests | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Knowledge that can contribute to sustainable biodiversity management and conservation can differ between men and women within a community. Find out how taking a participatory research approach to gather that knowledge is proving fruitful.
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Frontiers | Biofortification of wheat grain with iron and zinc: integrating novel genomic resources and knowledge from model crops | Plant Nutrition

Wheat, like many other staple cereals, contains low levels of the essential micronutrients iron and zinc. Up to two billion people worldwide suffer from iron and zinc deficiencies, particularly in regions with predominantly cereal-based diets. Although wheat flour is commonly fortified during processing, an attractive and more sustainable solution is biofortification, which requires developing new varieties of wheat with inherently higher iron and zinc content in their grains. Until now most studies aimed at increasing iron and zinc content in wheat grains have focused on discovering natural variation in progenitor or related species. However, recent developments in genomics and transformation have led to a step change in targeted research on wheat at a molecular level. We discuss promising approaches to improve iron and zinc content in wheat using knowledge gained in model grasses. We explore how the latest resources developed in wheat, including sequenced genomes and mutant populations, can be exploited for biofortification. We also highlight the key research and practical challenges that remain in improving iron and zinc content in wheat.
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Neonicotinoids Barely Found in Pollen of Seed-treated Plants

Neonicotinoids Barely Found in Pollen of Seed-treated Plants | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Neonicotinoids (or neonics for short) are a class of pesticide that has been popular with corn, cotton, canola, and soybean farmers for years. Instead of spraying pesticides on plants growing in th...
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Which crops hold the key for climate change adaptation? A global survey

Which crops hold the key for climate change adaptation? A global survey | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Many traditional crops are tolerant of drought, flooding, pests or other stressful conditions so they are valuable food sources when other crops fail. Such crops are becoming more important with climate change but we need your help to document them.
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FAO: Better crop genebanks mean better food security

FAO: Better crop genebanks mean better food security | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
The FAO wants to improve standards across the world’s genebanks to improve the conservation of crop diversity which in turn means securing resilient global food supplies.

Via Dr. Bukar Usman (D.V.M., M.V.S.c)
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One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
When farmers improve their harvests, they pull themselves out of poverty. They also start producing surplus food for their neighbors. When farmers prosper, they eradicate poverty and hunger in their communities.

One Acre Fund is growing quickly and we are proud to soon represent Africa’s largest network of smallholder farmers. By 2020, we will serve 1.4 million farm families – with more than 6 million people living in those families. And our farmers will produce enough surplus food to feed another 6 million of their neighbors.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. When millions of farmers speak with one voice, we can more effectively pursue collaboration together with government and the private sector to broaden our reach.
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