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HARVEST: WHERE THE MAGIC IN THE BOTTLE STARTS - Candoni De Zan Family

HARVEST: WHERE THE MAGIC IN THE BOTTLE STARTS - Candoni De Zan Family | Horticulture | Scoop.it
  Approaching our vineyards in the early morning, bright spots … (Read our new blog post!
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Sustainable food production: Facts and Figures

Sustainable food production: Facts and Figures | Horticulture | Scoop.it
Farming must feed more people more sustainably. Zareen Bharucha looks at scientific approaches past and present.

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Food Pyramid for Vegetarians and Vegans

Food Pyramid for Vegetarians and Vegans | Horticulture | Scoop.it
Looking for a more plant-centric food pyramid? Whether you're vegetarian, vegan, or an omnivore, this one can help you eat a little healthier.

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Marty Roddy's curator insight, October 20, 2013 7:02 PM

Good looing pyramid( the art itself0 i have seen other veg pramids..

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When a new technology saved the French wine industry

When a new technology saved the French wine industry | Horticulture | Scoop.it
Amy Harmon's excellent article in the New York Times describes how the Florida orange juice industry may soon be wiped out because of a new bacterial disease spread by an introduced insect. There c...

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The complex role of citations as measure of scientific quality - Phys.Org

The complex role of citations as measure of scientific quality - Phys.Org | Horticulture | Scoop.it
The complex role of citations as measure of scientific quality
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Allocation of resources in the scientific community is increasingly based on various quantitative indicators.
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The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 | FAO

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 | FAO | Horticulture | Scoop.it
The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 presents updated estimates of undernourishment and progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and World Food Summit (WFS) hunger targets.

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Unfinished Puzzle- Cuban Agriculture: The Challenges, Lessons and Opportunities | Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy

Unfinished Puzzle- Cuban Agriculture: The Challenges, Lessons and Opportunities | Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy | Horticulture | Scoop.it
The Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First shapes how people think by analyzing the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and developing solutions in partnership with movements working for social change.

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Unfinished Puzzle -- Cuban Agriculture:  The Challenges, Lessons & Opportunities
By May Ling Chan and Eduardo Francisco Freyre Roach

What can we learn from the Cuban experience of sustainable agriculture, agrarian reform, food security and food sovereignty?

The Unfinished Puzzle provides a rare view from inside Cuba of the tension between food sovereignty and the struggle for food security in the face of a 50-year U.S. embargo. The authors use statistical analysis, interviews and studies including trends in production, consumption and imports and exports from the years 1989 to 2011.

The Unfinished Puzzle refers to the challenge of overcoming the Cuban agricultural paradox. Despite great agroecological advances and with over 120,000 peasants using sustainable methods--and producing most of the food on the island--why does Cuba still import substantial amounts of Food? And why is the government releasing transgenic plants such as Bt corn? Why is agroecology considered an "alternative," and only supported under scenarios of economic scarcity? This book helps to address this unfinished puzzle.

Miguel A. Altieri, PhD, University of California at Berkeley
President, Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA)

Why is the Cuban experience so unique in terms of sustainable agriculture, local development, agrarian reform, food security and food sovereignty? Is that experience replicable in other countries?

This book provides a rare view from inside Cuba of the tension between food sovereignty and the struggle for food security in the face of a 50-year U.S. embargo. The authors use statistical analysis, interviews and studies including trends in production, consumption and imports and exports from the years 1989 to 2011.

Table of Contents:

Executive Summary
Introduction
Part 1 - Cuban Agriculture Today: Realities and consequences
1.1 The current national and international context of Cuban agriculture
1.2 Dealing with climate change
1.3 Agricultural production from 1993 to 2009: An unstable recovery
1.4 Cuban food security
1.5 In search of import substitution

Part 2 - Current Cuban Agricultural Policies: The challenges of being unique
2.1 The urgency of change
2.2 Changes in land tenure: 1993 to 2009
2.3 Cuba, a country of cooperatives
2.4 Markets and equity in the agricultural sector
2.5 The restructuring of the agro-industrial sugarcane sector
2.6 Facing the agricultural labor shortage
2.7 Certified organic production
2.8 Genetically modified food and crops
2.9 The path to food sovereignty?

Part 3 - Local Development and Sustainable Agriculture: An experiment worth
replicating
3.1 National policies and local action
3.2 Accompanying the local implementation of food sovereignty
3.3 Urban, peri-urban and suburban agriculture
3.4 Ensuring gender equity in agriculture
3.5 The replicability of the Cuban experience

Conclusions
References
Appendices
Acronyms

About the authors:
May Ling Chan worked with Oxfam Hong Kong in Asia and Africa for over 12 years. She conducted research on agricultural policy, agroecology and incentive strucutres for sustainable production from 2005 to 2009 at the Agrarian University of Havana (UNAH). Eduardo Francisco Freyre Roach, PhD, has been a professor at the Agrarian University of Havana ((UNAH) for 27 years, specializing in rural sociology, sustainable agriculture and bioethics.

"The Unfinished Puzzle refers to the challenge of overcoming the Cuban agricultural paradox. Despite great agroecological advances and with over 120,000 peasants using sustainable methods--and producing most of the food on the island--why does Cuba still import substantial amounts of Food? And why is the government releasing transgenic plants such as Bt corn? Why is agroecology considered an "alternative," and only supported under scenarios of economic scarcity? This book helps to address this unfinished puzzle."
Miguel A. Altieri
President, Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA)

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How should nutrition be positioned in the post-2015 agenda?|Food Policy

How should nutrition be positioned in the post-2015 agenda?|Food Policy | Horticulture | Scoop.it

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A time-lapse comparison of caterpillars eating postharvest lettuce

Does your salad know what time it is? In a June 2013 study, biologists from Rice University and the University of California at Davis showed there could be p...
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Audit system for Good Agricultural/Horticultural Practice...worth following??

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Agricultural & Horticultural Applications - Resources - Horticulture Industry Network

Agricultural & Horticultural Applications - Resources - Horticulture Industry Network | Horticulture | Scoop.it
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Give small farmers the confidence their food will sell | WFP P4P

Give small farmers the confidence their food will sell | WFP P4P | Horticulture | Scoop.it

In Ethiopia, it started with the creation of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange in the wake of the famine. Now, the mantra spreads, in radio dramas, government pronouncements, business negotiations: If you grow it, someone will buy it.

 

The WFP’s partnership with Sidama Elto is part of its Purchase for Progress (P4P) program, which uses the WFP’s purchasing power to create markets for smallholder farmers. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and implemented in collaboration with the government of Ethiopia through the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), P4P works with the farmers to improve the quality of their crops and the post-harvest handling. Simiret Simeno, deputy manager of Sidama Elto, says that for the first time its 13,000 farmer members see that better quality can bring better prices. And they can also see their contribution to healthier communities, as one of the markets is an expanding network of school feeding programs supplied by locally grown crops rather than food being shipped in from abroad.

 

The ultimate goal of the WFP purchases is to demonstrate to commercial buyers that smallholder farmers can reliably produce high-quality food worthy of their business. Sustainable success here could also bear witness to the potential impact of President Obama’s proposed food aid reform, which would allow for nearly half of the US food aid budget to be used to buy food nearer to the hunger crises – providing markets for smallholder farmers — rather than shipping it all the way from American farms (as has been the US policy for decades).

 

These public-private ventures bring both maturity and modernization to markets that hadn’t changed much for centuries. Working with local banks and donor governments, P4P has introduced forward contracts to participating cooperatives and smallholder farmers. The ATA has also been crafting links between farmers and commercial buyers of several crops, like teff, barley, sesame and chickpeas.


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Harnessing post-harvest handling gains - Daily Monitor

Harnessing post-harvest handling gains - Daily Monitor | Horticulture | Scoop.it
Harnessing post-harvest handling gains
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Much as quality is a requisition in the agricultural production chain, post- harvest handling of commodities becomes more critical in determining standards and quality.
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How-To Maintain The Post-Harvest Quality Of Fruits And Vegetables

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Agriculture: Climate change threatens Nepali farmers' livelihood and nation's food security

Agriculture: Climate change threatens Nepali farmers' livelihood and nation's food security | Horticulture | Scoop.it
MADAN POKHARA, Nepal -- Churamani Neupane thought he was going through a normal monsoon when heavy rain arrived in June. But three days later, he found "normal" no longer applied.

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Technologies, like Google Glass, may find a home in agriculture

Technologies, like Google Glass, may find a home in agriculture | Horticulture | Scoop.it

Wearable computer technologies, such as Google Glass, could very well find a home in agriculture The hands-free mobility offered by these types of technology would allow growers to communicate and unload and download digital information on their mobile devices while they go about their normal chores.                Bruce Rasa, a farm technology consultant, is one of 8,000 people commissioned by Google to test the device. - See more at: http://www.thegrower.com/news/Technology-like-Google-Glass-may-find-a-home-in-agriculture-226347541.html#sthash.63CBXf6T.dpuf


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India Art n Design Global Hop : WAF’13 Landscape Award Winner – Australian Garden

India Art n Design Global Hop : WAF’13 Landscape Award Winner – Australian Garden | Horticulture | Scoop.it
17 years into the making, the Australian garden, winner of the ‘Landscape of the Year Award’ at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) with Paul Thompson is a garden of discovery,...
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World Investment Report 2013- Global Value Chains: Investment and Trade for Development | unctad.org

The 2013 World Investment Report comes at an important moment. The international community is making a final push to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by the target date of 2015. At the same time, the United Nations is working to forge a vision for the post-2015 development agenda. Credible and objective information on foreign direct investment (FDI) can contribute to success in these twin endeavours.


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What Will Climate Change Mean for Ethiopia’s Coffee Crop?

What Will Climate Change Mean for Ethiopia’s Coffee Crop? | Horticulture | Scoop.it
A story of guardianship by Kew Gardens over one of the world's most economically valuable crops, they reveal the surprisingly fragile foundations that lie beneath the multi-billion pound industry, sho...

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Don Brown Jr's curator insight, September 2, 2013 4:07 PM

Climate change is affecting the sustainable cultivation of coffee in Ethiopia. So why is this problem? Well, coffee originated in Ethiopia which in turn has the most diverse genetic stock in the entire world. If crops fail here, the durability of coffee plantations across the world which often rely on a single strand will be placed in increased peril.

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Study: Heavy metal content from inorganic fertiliser use

Study: Heavy metal content from inorganic fertiliser use | Horticulture | Scoop.it
A study carried out by the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark, found that agricultural use of inorganic fertilisers does not pose a problem in terms of complying with the maximum permissible levels.

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How should nutrition be positioned in the post-2015 agenda?|Food Policy

How should nutrition be positioned in the post-2015 agenda?|Food Policy | Horticulture | Scoop.it

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FAOSTAT..where we could get statistical information of our world..

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Reducing Food Loss and Waste - WRI report

Reducing Food Loss and Waste - WRI report | Horticulture | Scoop.it
This June, a group of people from the World Resources Institute under the supervision of Brian Lipinski carried out a review giving us a broad look at the issue of food waste. You can find the full...
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Living Well: 6 Secrets to Properly Washed & Stored Produce

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PLOS ONE: The Vineyard Yeast Microbiome, a Mixed Model Microbial Map

PLOS ONE: The Vineyard Yeast Microbiome, a Mixed Model Microbial Map | Horticulture | Scoop.it

Vineyards harbour a wide variety of microorganisms that play a pivotal role in pre- and post-harvest grape quality and will contribute significantly to the final aromatic properties of wine. The aim of the current study was to investigate the spatial distribution of microbial communities within and between individual vineyard management units. For the first time in such a study, we applied the Theory of Sampling (TOS) to sample gapes from adjacent and well established commercial vineyards within the same terroir unit and from several sampling points within each individual vineyard. Cultivation-based and molecular data sets were generated to capture the spatial heterogeneity in microbial populations within and between vineyards and analysed with novel mixed-model networks, which combine sample correlations and microbial community distribution probabilities. The data demonstrate that farming systems have a significant impact on fungal diversity but more importantly that there is significant species heterogeneity between samples in the same vineyard. Cultivation-based methods confirmed that while the same oxidative yeast species dominated in all vineyards, the least treated vineyard displayed significantly higher species richness, including many yeasts with biocontrol potential. The cultivatable yeast population was not fully representative of the more complex populations seen with molecular methods, and only the molecular data allowed discrimination amongst farming practices with multivariate and network analysis methods. Importantly, yeast species distribution is subject to significant intra-vineyard spatial fluctuations and the frequently reported heterogeneity of tank samples of grapes harvested from single vineyards at the same stage of ripeness might therefore, at least in part, be due to the differing microbiota in different sections of the vineyard.


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