New study on the environmental benefits of insect farming creates a buzz…

17 January, 2011 by (comments)

Farming insects, instead of more “traditional” livestock, could improve food security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to scientists at Wageningen University, in the Netherlands, and reported today in online development magazine Sci-Dev. According to Wageningen entomologist Dennis Oonincx, lead author of the study into the possible benefits of farming insects, over 80 percent of the world’s population consumesRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

World Food Prices – CIAT Analysis

17 January, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s economist Bernardo Creamer talks about the recent rises in world food prices, and compares the situation now with the world food price crisis of 2006-2008. He also raises the importance of improving agricultural research-and-development to improve crop productivity to reduce the impact of adverse weather and climate change on yields and therefore food prices.

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

Kenya climate change photofilm – now online

17 January, 2011 by (comments)

The third in the series of the Two Degrees Up climate change photofilms – from Kenya – is now online. The story looks at farming systems in the country’s Mount Kenya region, and looks at some of the methods being employed by farmers to enable them to adapt to the problems caused by rising temperatures and increasingly unpredictable rains.Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Multimedia @en, Regions