Last week, I shared the news that, due to drenching rains this spring, over 19 million acres in the US went unplanted this year, especially in 12 midwestern states –the highest acreage on record (see my post here). Making matters worse, the crops that did get put into the ground were not planted on time, and much of our remaining topsoil has become less produc
Global Food Security Symposium 2019 addresses the challenges and strategies to achieving global food security
Global population growth, increased water scarcity, stressed food systems, competition over resources—the consequences of inefficient land and water use are already manifesting, and we must act now to correct our course. As a global community, resource efficiency can satisfy the demand for water and food for years to come, even with the projected growth of our population, but this is only possible if we coordinate effectively.
How One Agricultural Training Ground is Changing Traditional Farming Methods Across Zambia
Mr. Cipolo worked at an airport in Lusaka, Zambia for most of his adult career. In 1994, at the age of 50, he was suddenly laid off. He applied to other jobs in the city but no one wanted to hire him because of his age. Yet he still needed a full-time income to support his family. He tried farming, but after balancing his books at the end of first year, he found he was losing money.
In the last five years ICRAF has helped establish comprehensive soil information systems in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria. Malawi is determined to be next.
Africa has over 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land but remains a major food importer. Even though agricultural production has grown by 130% over the past 30 years, with 18 Sub-Saharan countries halving the proportion of hungry people, more needs to be done. Soil is Africa’s most important natural resource: healthy and fertile soils are the cornerstones of food security.
Researchers in Indonesia have produced an illustrated book to help farmers better understand research results
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by Rob Finlayson
The illustrated story book, Menanam Pohon di Bukit Batu (Planting Trees on a Stony Hill), was produced to help spread knowledge of land-restoration and food-security techniques developed by researchers and farmers in Haharu District on the island of Sumba.
Since 2011, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation has supported 1,000 community gardens in every state across the country. From edible gardens solving for food insecurity to green schoolyards providing natural places for children to learn and grow, GRO1000 is bringing the powerful benefits of gardens to the communities that need them the most.