China investing billions to manage drought

2 March, 2011 by (comments)

China, the world’s largest wheat exporter, is investing US$1 billion drilling for water to curtail the effects of a longstanding drought and avoid a global grain crisis, the BBC reports. With wheat farmers in the dry north struggling to produce sufficient yields, a billion dollar construction project is also underway to channel water from the Yellow River in theRead More …

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Small-scale seed systems key to food security

2 March, 2011 by (comments)

Providing improved crop varieties to smallholder farmers through local seed enterprises is key to ensuring food security and nutrition in the developing world, according to a new FAO report. Promoting the Growth and Development of Smallholder Seed Enterprises for Food Security Crops is designed to help governments build efficient seed delivery systems adapted to the level of their agriculturalRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en