Tucked into the foothills of the Maya Mountains, two miles up river from the village of San Pedro Columbia in southern Belize, Maya Mountain Research Farm is a registered non-governmental organization and working demonstration farm that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and food security using permacultural principles and applied biodiversity. With over 20 years of work, Maya Mountain Research Farm is one of the oldest ongoing permaculture projects in Central America.
The regional workshop on “Mobile Technologies for food security, agriculture and rural development”, held in Bangkok from 3 to 4 April 2012, brought together senior officials from the Ministries of Agriculture and allied ministries to share examples of the use of mobile technologies used in their countries, in both public and private sectors, for agricultural information services.
The examples quoted in this publication provide an indicative list of the types of services available, and are by no means a comprehensive analysis of relevant activities in the countries concerned. The aim was to use some cases mentioned during the workshop to achieve a common understanding of the state of the art in these Asian countries, taking account of the tremendous increase in the adoption of mobile phones for delivering agricultural information services.
Their discussion generated the following insights and recommendations:
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Taking a dig at UPA government's ambitious food security programme, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said India's priority is skill development and merely bringing in the Bill would not feed the needy.
Modi, who was recently appointed as the BJP's election campaign committee chief for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, talked about the lack of skill development in the country. He said the perception that a person who has a certificate is talented and skilled is wrong. "The nation's priority is skill development. We have 65 per cent youth in our country. They are hard working but they lack skills. They have certificates. The Central government thinks that a certificate by itself grants a person skills for employment, just like they believe that the Food Security legislation by itself can feed the nation," Modi said.
Citing the example of the US, the BJP leader said that India should also try to use the research work of its students in the development of the country. "It's unfortunate that India has not used the research work of its students in the development of the nation...Research plays a very important role in a country's development," he said.
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Gaza’s war-battered economy is on the “verge of collapse,” dragged down by border restrictions, government dysfunction and soaring unemployment rates in the aftermath of last summer’s war with Israel, the World Bank said in a new report.
China's Food Security: Threats From Conflicts Of Interest – AnalysisEurasia ReviewConflicts of interest among the central government, local governments and farmers are threatening China's food security.
The Venezuelan government has expanded its efforts to preserve food security across the country. To this end, it has adopted efficient measures in chain supermarkets. But some critics say food has become part of a political play in the Latin American nation. Our correspondent in Caracas, Jesus Silva reports.
A new report released today by the United Nations agricultural agency says that the heat energy generated by the earth’s core can be used for cost efficient, sustainable food production and processing in developing countries.
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