"Distilling ethanol from tropical sugarcane takes less land and uses less fossil fuel than starting with corn grown in temperate climes. That makes Brazilian ethanol, unlike the pampered and grotesquely wasteful American version, competitive with hydrocarbons and genuinely good for the environment."
Although ethanol is working well for Brazil, there is a growing literature supporting the idea that wide-scale ethanol production is not sustainable or environmentally beneficial. This is a great example to demonstrate that economic and environmental policies are locally dependent on geographic factors and are not universally transferable. For a simple explanation of the differences in the economic and environmental differences in the production of sugar and corn-based ethanol, see: http://cei.org/studies-issue-analysis/brazilian-sugarcane-ethanol-experience
A new methodology to encourage smallholder farmers in Kenya – and potentially worldwide -- to adopt improved farming techniques, boost productivity, increase their resilience to climate change, and earn carbon credits, has been given international approval.
The Verified Carbon Standard approved this first methodology on soil carbon, a new approach for sustainable agricultural land management (SALM) practices.
The agricultural sector is essential for job creation, food production and overall economic growth in many developing countries. Africa’s agricultural potential is largely untapped, however, with value chains often unproductive and uncompetitive...
The report at hand represents the synthesis of a series of studies into agricultural finance in Africa sponsored by German development cooperation.
Farmers are at the forefront of dealing with climate change around the world. How are they coping, and what opportunities do the shifts present?
An excellent set resources discussing the plight of farmers various regional and ecological situations. From the famers in Mozambique impacted by unreliable rainfall to Guyana farmers at risk from rising sea fells, climate change is impacting the most vulnerable (and the least responsible) the hardest.
An independent analysis conducted by mapping analytics firm PetersonGIS shows that locations with the highest obesity rates contain the fewest farmers’ markets.
Agricultural production has become a big business, not only in total dollars, but in the scale of production. In the last 50 years, the rise of 'agribusiness' has dominated the food industry and has redefined how food is produced. In reaction to this, farmers' markets and organic farming is enjoying success within select demographic groups...and this study shows some of the results of that linkage.
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