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FIFA approves goal-line technology

FIFA approves goal-line technology | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Football's world governing body has agreed to allow the introduction of either the Hawk-Eye or GoalRef systems.

The technology will be used at the Club World Cup in Tokyo in December, the Confederation Cup in 2013 and also the World Cup in 2014.

The decision by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) -- custodians of the game's laws -- followed a vote at the Zurich headquarters of FIFA, the international association of football federations on Thursday.

It means footballing authorites around the world can introduce the technology into their competitions, using either the Hawk-Eye or GoalRef systems that have been undergoing tests.

 

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CIMMYT’s Bram Govaerts Receives 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application | EGFAR

CIMMYT’s Bram Govaerts Receives 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application | EGFAR | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

The 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation was presented to Dr. Bram Govaerts during the awards ceremony of the World Food Prize (W...

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The award given by the World Food Prize Foundation recognizes “researchers under 40 who emulate the scientific innovation and dedication to food security demonstrated by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug.” Govaerts, a native of Belgium working in Mexico, was honored with the award for his work developing “leading-edge, sustainable programs that are transforming subsistence agriculture and unsustainable farming systems in Mexico and other regions of the world into productive and sustainable production operations,” according to the WFP. Govaerts, 35, serves as the Associate Director of the Global Conservation Agricultural Program as well as the leader of theSustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture (MasAgro) program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).


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Packaging-free supermarket opening in Berlin

Packaging-free supermarket opening in Berlin | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Berlin is about to get an innovative supermarket that does not include any wasteful packaging. Original Unverpackt (Original Unpacked) is the brainchild of Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski, who grew tired of purchasing food that came in an absurd amount of disposable packaging. They aren’t veterans of the food industry; they’re just two gals who dropped out of their college studies to make a difference.
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Why do competitors open their stores next to one another?

 

"Why are all the gas stations, cafes and restaurants in one crowded spot? As two competitive cousins vie for ice-cream-selling domination on one small beach, discover how game theory and the Nash Equilibrium inform these retail hotspots."


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A good market lesson brilliantly explained!

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For use in understanding the placement of businesses in Human Geography.

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A great video lesson that gets at the heart of location theory and competition.

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Differences between organic and non-organic food

Differences between organic and non-organic food | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Research is first to find wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and cereals
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Is it the case for cerals as well?

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FAO initiative brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time

FAO initiative brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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FAO´s new database, claimed to be the most-reliable global view of planetary land cover assembled to-date.

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Tesla expands Supercharger network in Europe

Tesla expands Supercharger network in Europe | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Tesla says you can now take a Model S from Amsterdam to the Alps using new and free Supercharger stations.
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Tesla is proposing a no-expenditure model after you purchase your car. Its network of free charge stations is already set in the US and about to expand in Europe. Brave strategy!

more info at: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/01/20/ready-or-not-tesla-is-expanding-across-the-globe/

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Is solar-powered desalination ready to take off?

Is solar-powered desalination ready to take off? | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
From Isle of Man to Saudi Arabia, renewable desalination is gaining interest around the world as solution to water scarcity and food crisis
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Renewable desalinization has direct and tremendous impact implications for sustainable agriculture and from a climate-change perspective.

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40 more maps that explain the world

40 more maps that explain the world | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
I've searched wide and far for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not.
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Yet another good collection of them... #maps

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Chinese machines help turn trash into treasure

Chinese machines help turn trash into treasure | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
The Beijing Subway's Line 10 will soon have reverse vending machines, which will pay customers for their empty plastic bottles.
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A eco and smart action by the Beijing Subway.

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China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities

China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
A 12-year plan to move hundreds of millions of rural residents into cities is intended to spur economic growth, but could have unintended consequences, skeptics warn.
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"The ultimate goal of the government’s modernization plan is to fully integrate 70 percent of the country’s population, or roughly 900 million people, into city living by 2025"

 

Well, this is a risky plan. On one side we have the fact that social benefits do not reach rural areas what causes the feeling that to give more appropriate attention to the population, moving to the cities is the solution. On the other side, implementing this forced migration does not sound as a natural consequence of development. Risks include marginalization, food insecurity, gentrification or uncontrolled land grabbing.


It is interesting to notice that most of the so-called developing countries -or economies in transition- bet for urbanization strategies while there is a minor but growing trend across the so-called developed countries to move back to the farms (this is a private decision as opposed to the earlier)...

 

What is your view?

 

Let´s hope for the best!

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Can Asia Urbanize Without Starving?

Can Asia Urbanize Without Starving? | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Demand for food is set to surge within the region. Can productivity growth keep pace?
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Economic growth in Asia has already increased demand for higher protein and more diverse diets, including more dairy, fish and meat.  higher levels of urbanization are only expected to exacerbate this trend further.

By 2025, nearly 2.5 billion people in Asia– over half of the world’s urban population – are expected to be living in cities,  with the number rising to 3.3 billion by 2050...

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FAO praises trend toward small-scale local food production

FAO praises trend toward small-scale local food production | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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FAO makes a strong statement towards blending small/scale local food and large production for food security purposes. Each of them has its own purpose, value and beneficiaries. This is a great statement to support and ease the understanding of both systems coexistence.

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Tycoons Carlos Slim and Bill Gates support CIMMYT´s agricultural research and development projects

Tycoons Carlos Slim and Bill Gates support CIMMYT´s agricultural research and development projects | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
TEXCOCO (Reuters) - Carlos Slim and Bill Gates, the two richest men on the planet, inaugurated a new agricultural research center outside Mexico's capital, touting the millions they have donated to bolster...
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Bill Gates pledged some 18 million USD to help expanding the Masagro programme beyond. Learn more about this project activites in Mexico at: http://www.cimmyt.org/what-we-do/projects-by-region/modernizacion-sustentable-de-la-agricultura-tradicional?lang=en-GB

 

Visit CIMMYT´s website for more information on this organization: http://www.cimmyt.org

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New wheat breeds can help avert food security disaster

New wheat breeds can help avert food security disaster | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Efforts to develop wheat varieties tolerant to drought, heat, extremely wet and cold conditions must be sped up as weather becomes more errratic, 2014 World Food Prize winner argues
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Wheat breeders involved in the monumental global challenge of ensuring food security for 9.5 billion people by 2050 face enormous hurdles. We need to double the amount of food produced to meet demand as population grows steadily.


Wheat, a major staple crop, currently provides 20 percent of the overall daily protein and calories consumed throughout the world. Production must grow 70 percent over the next 35 years, according to the international Wheat Initiative.

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2013 Report - Sustainable Intensification

2013 Report - Sustainable Intensification | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

In short, Sustainable Intensification can be relevant as a new paradigm for African smallholder farmers as long as suitable, sufficient resources and practices are supported and delivered at scale. Often success can be achieved on a small scale – a plot or a farm – but often with only one or two of the economic, social and environmental objectives attained. The challenge lies in meeting all the objectives and in scaling up success to a regional or national production system.
African smallholders face many barriers to sustainably intensifying their incomes, their production and their nutrition, not least their physical access to the inputs of intensification, which may be limited for a variety of reasons. Land tenure must also be assured if smallholder farmers are to invest in Sustainable Intensification. Aside from security of rights to land, by women as well as men, intensification also requires a demand for the increased output, greater and more accessible financial investment (whether on a large scale or in the form of microcredit), available labour, better knowledge and skills and access to both input
and output markets. 
Although the concept of Sustainable Intensification is relatively simple, experience suggests it is difficult to achieve, especially in its entirety – namely, using a more sophisticated set of inputs of all kinds while increasing outputs. One such difficulty is the responsible and efficient use of inputs. For farms in the developed world this may mean a decrease in their application, but for many farmers in SSA, who use virtually none of these inputs, a prudent and precise increase in their use can intensify production without forfeiting resilience and sustainability.
The challenges are complex as are the technologies and processes required to find appropriate solutions. The paradigm of Sustainable Intensification shows the way forward. What is needed is research into appropriate innovations (technological and socio-economic), targeted financial investments and publicprivate partnerships, active participation in the process by smallholder famers and, above all, political leadership.


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Sustainable Intensification is the new name on the block and this paper does a good job of describing its meaning and use in Africa.

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How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down

How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
These cities aren't telling contractors what they want to buy. They're laying out problems they want to fix.
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Exciting trend. As it is often the case... BCN is rocking in innovation.

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The CGIAR: the most important international organisation you’ve never heard of?

The CGIAR: the most important international organisation you’ve never heard of? | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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A quick overview about the CGIAR work.

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San Francisco Just Became the First Major U.S. City to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles - RYOT News

San Francisco Just Became the First Major U.S. City to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles - RYOT News | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
San Francisco just became the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of single-use water bottles.
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SF, at the avant-garde once again... Good move.

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EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter

EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Talks to free up more trade and investment between the European Union and the United States got under way early in 2013. A good agreement in 2014 would be...
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if successfully concluded, TTIP would be the most significant bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) to date, covering approximately 50% of global output, almost 30% of world merchandise trade (including intra-EU trade, but excluding services trade) and 20% of global foreign direct investment (FDI).

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CGIAR doubles funding to $1 billion in five years / CGIAR

CGIAR doubles funding to $1 billion in five years / CGIAR | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
A Global Agricultural Research Partnership

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CGIAR hits major donor milestone.

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Funding of CGIAR Research Programs has doubled to 1bn between 2008 and 2013 ...

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Hand Planter Could Save Time, Money for Small Farmers

Hand Planter Could Save Time, Money for Small Farmers | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Jelle Van Loon breaks tools for a living.

At the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center outside Mexico City, which is known by the Spanish acronym CIMMYT, the shaggy-sideburned enginee...

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Nebraska Declaration on Conservation Agriculture signed

Nebraska Declaration on Conservation Agriculture signed | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
After months of discussions and debates on the scientific evidence regarding conservation agriculture for small-scale, resource-poor farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, a group of 40 scie...
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According to the Declaration, most efforts to date in developing countries have promoted conservation agriculture as a package of three practices: minimum disturbance of soil, retention of sufficient crop residue, and diversified cropping patterns. However, the situation on the ground shows limits of this strict definition...
Emphasis needs to be placed on diagnostic agronomy and participatory on-farm research to identify the constraints faced by farmers and to guide farmers in finding solutions to them. As there is a range of sound agronomic, economic, and/or social reasons for choosing not to adopt the three-component conservation agriculture package, it is necessary to systematically assess the suitability and viability of management options and practices while considering farmers’ objectives and constraints, the Declaration stresses.

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World Wheat Market Fears GMO Contamination

World Wheat Market Fears GMO Contamination | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Nearly all U.S. grown corn and soy are genetically modified, so why not wheat?

The industry is certainly interested. In 2002, biotechnology giant Monsanto submitted an application for a wheat strain engineered with the same herbicide-resistant signature found in its other successful seed crops. Federal regulators deemed it safe, but unlike corn and soy, wheat growers backed away, and approval was never granted.


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About wheat and GMO...

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Howard G. Buffett: In Support of Conservation Agriculture for Smallholder Farmers

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Howard G. Buffett recently published a great article about his view of conservation agriculture and its importance for the future in which he is addressing ten common myths of conservation agriculture when applied to smallholder farmers.

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What's so smart about climate smart agriculture? | CGIAR Climate

What's so smart about climate smart agriculture? | CGIAR Climate | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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In a world where some countries will experience temperature peaks over 45-50°C, finding crops and vegetation that can deal with such heat stress will be a struggle. There may in fact be a limit to how much we’ll be able to adapt. But there are things we can do that make us armed enough to tackle the climate challenge. One of these things is looking at what climate smart agriculture can offer smallholder farmers.

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