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MALTA: Agricultural land 'being killed off' to highest bidder

MALTA: Agricultural land 'being killed off' to highest bidder | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Farmers are calling on the government to enforce a capping on prices of agricultural land, as budding growers are finding it impossible to acquire their own fields to till.
With one tumolo of land going for at least €40,000, and an average of 12 tumoli needed to start a full-time agribusiness, young farmers are expected to fork out half a million euros in land, over and above their investment in cultivation machinery and tools.

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Abandoned Farm Auctions Attract a New Generation of Italian Farmers

Abandoned Farm Auctions Attract a New Generation of Italian Farmers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Italy’s Bank of the Lands and Ismea, the Insti­tute of Ser­vices for the Agri­cul­tural Food Mar­ket, have raised much more atten­tion than they expected from young farm­ers seek­ing lands and busi­nesses to cul­ti­vate.
Ismea, the insti­tu­tion behind the ini­tia­tive, noted that in the last few months, 1,709 of what are called ​“new gen­er­a­tion farm­ers” have applied to buy farm­ing lots, groves and fields placed on the mar­ket by the bank.

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Is climate-smart and digital agriculture the silver bullet to attract youth?

Is climate-smart and digital agriculture the silver bullet to attract youth? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The average African farmer’s age is nearly 60. Stakeholders come together to brainstorm pathways to draw young people into a rural way of life and climate-smart and digital agriculture is the best bet.
Article in collaboration with: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) seeks to address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures through strategic, broad-based global partnerships

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Growing food has become our passion

Growing food has become our passion | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Michelle and Michelangelo Galea – young agriculture enthusiasts. Growing food has become our passion. The journey started when my husband Michelangelo and I decided to have a go at growing broad beans. Years later we are growing a variety of organic fruits and vegetables for ourselves and our family, looking at the idea of food growt
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Why Egyptian farmers' sons would rather migrate than work in fields

Why Egyptian farmers' sons would rather migrate than work in fields | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Agriculture in the Egyptian countryside is in decline as farmers' offspring would rather move abroad than stay at family farms.
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The farmer who's beating pests - the natural way

The farmer who's beating pests - the natural way | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Farmers have adapted their cultivation and pruning methods, relying more on local wild flora and only using pesticides as a last resort, according to young farmer John Gauci.
Born into a family of farmers, the 25-year-old is the youngest of three siblings – and the only one – who opted to study agriculture.

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IFPRI Climate adaptation and job prospects for young people in agriculture 

IFPRI Climate adaptation and job prospects for young people in agriculture  | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

According to the United Nations, the world’s population will grow by 2 billion people over the coming decades to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 (UNDESA-DP 2019a). The dignity and life prospects of those additional 2 billion people will depend on their ability to meet basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter, and their access to adequate employment. The most pressing need for jobs will be felt in those regions and countries that have not yet gone through the demographic transition, and where the cohort of young people is growing rapidly. The challenge will be compounded by an increasingly crowded, more competitive world with fewer natural resources per capita, and by the threat of climate change, which is projected to affect every sector of the economy (Arent 2014).

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Malta: Pandemic shows us local is best, and farmers are rising to the challenge

Malta: Pandemic shows us local is best, and farmers are rising to the challenge | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
COVID-19 reminds us how crucial farmers are in securing Malta’s fragile food supply. But will it be the wake-up call to farming from decline and concrete?

Jeanette Borg set up the Malta Youth in Agriculture Foundation (MaYA) to protect the interests of young Maltese farmers, and she has been vocal about food security with her call to fully use Malta’s idle uncultivated fields by facilitating young farmers’ access to this land.

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New Report Confirms Challenges for Young and Beginning Farmers

New Report Confirms Challenges for Young and Beginning Farmers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
It’s a tough time for farmers across the nation. Many have lost crops or delayed planting due to extreme weather events related to climate change, including flooding, droughts, and wildfires. Total farm debt and farm bankruptcies have surged. A significant amount of farmland is being lost to development, and the average age of the American farmer is still rising.
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'They see me on a tractor and look at me with disgust'

'They see me on a tractor and look at me with disgust' | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
This is the fourth article in a series about Malta's local food industry. Read the first, second and third articles. 
Aged 15, when most of her classmates were dreaming of a career in law, medicine and education, Alexandra Spagnol had only one thing on her mind – her family’s fields. In th
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Looking back at 2017 | Coming home to roost

Looking back at 2017 | Coming home to roost | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

A young farmer thinks naysayers about farming’s ‘harsh’ future have to meet consumer expectations for high quality. Agriculture has been swallowed up by industrialisation, and farmers must be innovative and focused on growth in order to keep the sector alive.

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I'm A 22-Year-Old Maltese University Graduate, And I Want To Become A Full-Time Farmer - Lovin Malta

I'm A 22-Year-Old Maltese University Graduate, And I Want To Become A Full-Time Farmer - Lovin Malta | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

As Malta's farmers disappear, young locals are discovering how hard it is to own a farm.

Steve Zammit Lupi is a 22-year-old University of Malta graduate. With a degree in European Studies and a love for photography, Steve has become more and more drawn to Malta's natural beauty as he grows older.

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