Gender: Moving beyond the box-ticking exercise

7 November, 2013 by (comments)

By Katherine A. Snyder and Beth Cullen This blog originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog and is part of the Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog’s month-long series on Restoring Landscapes. Read the full post on the WLE blog.  Gender…..it’s a word that usually provokes a response, often either of eye-rolling or ardent interest.  All tooRead More …

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Why soil facts are key to cassava production in Southeast Asia

1 November, 2013 by (comments)

By Tin Maung Aye, Keith Fahrney, Adrian Bolliger and Rod Lefroy This post originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog as part of a month-long focus on Restoring soils and landscapes. Rumour has it that planting cassava is inherently bad for the soil. The crop is capable of widespread soil erosion, damagingRead More …

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On Africa’s farms, history doesn’t have to repeat itself

29 October, 2013 by (comments)

By Rolf Sommer This post is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog month-long focus on Restoring soils and landscapes. Rolf Sommer is participating in Global Soil Week October 27-31, 2013. For farmers in North America, Europe and parts of Asia, growing enough food has never been a problem thanks to a centuries-oldRead More …

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Redressing the land degradation scar through restoration

23 October, 2013 by (comments)

By Paul Vlek and Lulseged Tamene This blog originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog on 23 October 2013 and is part of the Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog’s month-long series on Restoring Landscapes. Getting the basics right Considering the issues of land degradation and what might fit the CGIAR Research Program on Water,Read More …

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A month on land: Restoring soils and landscapes

21 October, 2013 by (comments)

This post originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog on 18 October 2013. By Deborah Bossio Soil. It’s like the air we breathe – we can’t live without it. It provides our food, cleans our water, supports our ecosystems and livelihoods, and even gives us lifesaving medicines. But we aren’t doing enoughRead More …

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Going gourmet in Vietnam’s uplands

1 August, 2013 by (comments)

Hoa Bui sits crossed-legged, pouring green tea into small china cups with a thoughtful look on her face. An ethnic minority farmer in Vietnam’s upland northwestern district of Tan Lac in Hoa Binh Province, her stilted house is nestled in remote green sloping fields. She’s mulling over whether to grow chayote again this year – the leafy vegetable envelopingRead More …

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Breaking new ground – mapping soil in Africa

30 July, 2013 by (comments)

In 2009, a group of scientists in Africa embarked on the Africa Soil Information System (AfSIS) project. Their goal: to fill a gap that has hampered scientific progress and agricultural and economic development in Africa for years – detailed information about African soils. Four years, more than 350 partners and 17,000 soil samples later, they’ve done just that –Read More …

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