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African smallholders to get stress-tolerant maize

African smallholders to get stress-tolerant maize | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
A new project aims to produce stress-tolerant maize varieties to help smallholders in 12 African nations.
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As climate change threatens CentAm coffee, a cocoa boom is born

As climate change threatens CentAm coffee, a cocoa boom is born | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Brimming with shade trees and bounded by the Tuma river, the lower climes of Roger Castellon's farm in Nicaragua's mountainous Jinotega department were long ideal for growing coffee.
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Necessity Is Driving Agricultural Innovation Indoors

Necessity Is Driving Agricultural Innovation Indoors | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it

According to the United Nations, the earth will house an estimated 9.7 billion people by 2050.

Consequently, more food will need to be produced over the next four decades than has been produced over the last 10,000 years. And with more than 99.7 percent of global food coming from land, and most of the arable land already accounted for, increasing yields per surface area is essential.

One crop production solution creating opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and multinational companies is vertical farming, aka plant factories. Although nomenclature varies, the concept involves growing crops on urban rooftops or in high rises or other controlled, indoor environments, which build vertically in stacks as opposed to spreading horizontally.

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Why the sustainable agriculture glass is half full

Why the sustainable agriculture glass is half full | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
I’ve been working to promote and implement sustainable agriculture practices for nearly 15 years. But the last two years have seen more action and momentum in this space than in all of the previous 13 years combined – and I’m more enthusiastic than ever.Let me be clear – we still hav
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Will La Nina Shape 2016 Weather?

Will La Nina Shape 2016 Weather? | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Agriculture climatologists live for those “A-ha!” moments when weather data reveals a trend or pattern that’s useful for farmers. There are dozens of weather cycles and millions upon millions of data points to ponder. But the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is usually the place to start.
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BusinessWorld | Banana exporter braces for El Niño impact

DAVAO CITY -- The country’s largest banana exporter, Tagum Agricultural Development Co. (Tadeco), is allocating about P120 million in a plan aimed at cushioning the impact of El Niño, which forecasters say will be one of the worst dry spells on record.
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Using satellite data to improve food security

Using satellite data to improve food security | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Based on news from the NSO website
How can agriculture in developing countries benefit from space technology? This was the central theme during the G4AWeek conference held in The Hague mid September. Specialists from across the globe shared their results and plans and discussed the obstacles still to be overcome before smallholder farmers in developing countries and the space industry can be brought together for the benefit of food production. The conference was part of the G4AW program (Geodata
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Research yields maize varieties resistant to stalk borer pest

Research yields maize varieties resistant to stalk borer pest | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Scientists in a public-private sector project have developed maize varieties that can withstand stalk borer pest.
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DOF backs increase in rice importation

Lower global prices and higher stock volumes of rice would augur well for the government’s plan to import more of the commodity early next year to temper domestic price movements amid the El Niño,
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Climate change threatens European wine production

Climate change threatens European wine production | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it

The EU is the world's biggest wine producer, but a recent publication has revealed the extent to which the sector is under threat from climate change. EurActiv France reports. 

The harvest is already over for many Beaujolais wine makers. Early harvests have also taken producers in many other French regions by surprise.

Some wine makers were concerned by the unusually hot summer, but the resulting high sugar content in this year's grapes, which guarantees a high level of alcohol in the finished product, is seen by many as a good thing.

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To Feed Humankind, We Need the Farms of the Future Today

To Feed Humankind, We Need the Farms of the Future Today | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
If we keep farming like we’ve been for the past century, we’ll end up with millions starving and a planet denuded of trees.
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Digital Agriculture: The Future is Now

Digital Agriculture: The Future is Now | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
A panel at the World Food Prize discussed a digital approach to farming and the future of precision agriculture.
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Cheap potatoes, pricey asparagus: what would a carbon tax mean for you?

Cheap potatoes, pricey asparagus: what would a carbon tax mean for you? | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
For business, the winners will be those whose products get more use from less carbon and who act early on supply chains, but consumers of out of season asparagus may lose out
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Argentina Locust Plague: Armageddon, End of Days Or Climate Change Disaster?

Argentina Locust Plague: Armageddon, End of Days Or Climate Change Disaster? | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Argentina Locust Plague: Armageddon, End of Days Or Climate Change Disaster?
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Crop Failure and Fading Food Supplies: Climate Change's Lasting Impact (Op-Ed)

Crop Failure and Fading Food Supplies: Climate Change's Lasting Impact (Op-Ed) | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Crop Failure and Fading Food Supplies: Climate Change's Lasting ImAs prolonged drought and extreme temperatures have taken their terrible toll on food crops in recent years, nations have tended to focus on regional episodes, such as a single drought-afflicted state or region. Now, scientists have assessed the global scale of food crop disasters for the first time — and the news is not good.pact (Op-Ed
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Africa Closer to a Cure for Banana Disease | Inter Press Service

Africa Closer to a Cure for Banana Disease | Inter Press Service | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Dec 14 2015 (IPS) - In one Ugandan dialect, ‘kiwotoka’, describes the steamed look of banana plants affected by the Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) – a virulent disease that is pushing African farmers out of business and into poverty.

A bacterial pathogen affecting all types of bananas including sweet banana (Cavendish type) and plantain bananas, a staple for more than 400 million people in developing countries, BXW is so destructive that there is a 100 per cent crop loss where it strikes.

Smallholder farmers and the other actors in the banana value chain lose more than half a billion dollars in harvests and potential trade income across East and Central Africa. Signs of the disease first identified in Ethiopia more that 40 years ago, include wilting and yellowing of leaves with plants producing yellowish bacterial ooze, premature ripening of the bunch and rotting of the fruit. Currently, there is no cure for BXW. It is spread by insects or using infected tools and has been controlled through a combination of methods. Farmers have been taught to remove and destroy affected plants, taking out the male bud which is the first point of attack by BXW, using sterilized farm tools and destroying single infected stems. But the disease has forced many smallholder farmers in Africa to abandon growing bananas, which hold the potential to improve food nutrition and income security. This is in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed to by more than 160 global leaders in September 2015.

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The Link Between Agriculture, Hunger, and Climate | The Plate

The Link Between Agriculture, Hunger, and Climate | The Plate | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
As the climate conference COP21 kicked off in Paris last week, I had a chance to catch up with CGIAR CEO Frank Rijsberman to talk about why he thinks agriculture needs a bigger forum in Paris and how CGIAR is reforming itself for a brave new world. Our chat has been edited for length and clarity.
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Ethanol Producer Magazine – The Latest News and Data About Ethanol Production

Ethanol Producer Magazine – The Latest News and Data About Ethanol Production | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the December edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, increasing its forecast for 2015 and 2016 ethanol production to an average of approximately 960,000 barrels per day.
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Strawberry gene boosts vitamin C in tomatoes

Strawberry gene boosts vitamin C in tomatoes | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it

A tomato with 15% more vitamin C is the result of genetic engineering by Spanish scientists. The key was using a strawberry gene involved in the production of ascorbic acid, according to the researchers from the Institute for Mediterranean and Subtropical Horticulture "La Mayora" (IHSM-UMA-CSIC) and the Andalusian Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (IFAPA).

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Pas vraiment dans le thème COP21, mais intéresssant d'un point de vue recherche, une tomate boostée en vitamine C grâce à un gène de fraise...

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Smartphones enlisted to battle crop disease - Farm and Dairy

Smartphones enlisted to battle crop disease - Farm and Dairy | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates crop diseases annually reduce potential yields by 40 percent. A new photo database, 'PlantVillage', will help.
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El Nino Hits Dinner Table as Food Costs Soar Most in 3 Years

El Nino Hits Dinner Table as Food Costs Soar Most in 3 Years | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
The effects of El Nino are starting to reach the dinner table, with global food prices rising the most in three years on supply concerns for everything from New Zealand milk to sugar in Brazil and Southeast Asian palm oil.
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To Feed Billions, Farms Are About Data as Much as Dirt

To Feed Billions, Farms Are About Data as Much as Dirt | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Keywords: Data-centric companies with Silicon Valley pedigrees, like Granular and aerial surveillance startup DroneDeploy, have the ability to help farms run as efficiently as Google runs its data centers, writes Christopher Mims.
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New Technologies At the Service of Africa's Agricultural Transformation

New Technologies At the Service of Africa's Agricultural Transformation | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Farmers are effectively using mobile telephone technologies to eliminate middlemen distorting the market prices of farm produce and access better seeds, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Akinwumi Adesina told delegates at the African agricultural transformation conference, which entered its second day on Thursday in Senegal.
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Agricultural transformation begins to take shape in Africa

Agricultural transformation is taking shape in some African countries, which have launched initiatives to boost the provision of essential services...
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Global agricultural productivity stagnating, says new report: productive, sustainable agriculture must be prioritized | Cattle Network

Global agricultural productivity stagnating, says new report: productive, sustainable agriculture must be prioritized | Cattle Network | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
For the second year in a row, the rate of global agricultural productivity growth continues to stagnate, says a report by the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) released today.
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