Putting nitrogen to work for smallholder farmers

19 November, 2013 by (comments)

Many soils across Africa are starved of nitrogen, making it difficult for smallholder farmers to produce the yields needed to feed growing populations. For many, the cost and accessibility, or lack thereof, puts nitrogen fertiliser beyond their reach. But what if they could harness free nitrogen from the atmosphere? They can – by growing legumes, which ‘fix’ nitrogen intoRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Soils, Soils website

The world in 2050: on the front line

12 November, 2013 by (comments)

Devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, with thousands dead, has left the Philippines reeling. As the typhoon headed across the South China Sea towards Vietnam, more than 600,000 people were evacuated from regions at risk by the authorities. The country escaped major disaster, but the threats posed by extreme climate conditions are ever present. “Recent extreme weather events taking place in Southeast Asia are a starkRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Inside CIAT

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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Filed Under: Africa @en, Gender, Soils, Soils website

Thinking out of the box on climate change

7 November, 2013 by (comments)

Picture this. Floods in the Mekong Delta brew trouble in Southeast Asia, as agricultural land is submerged. Suddenly, private sector investment sparks mass buying of agricultural land – and what follows is a decline in critical biodiversity, combined with wildlife smuggling as poor farmers struggle to make a living from dwindling natural resources. Then climate change kicks in. SeaRead More …

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Framing the bigger picture: climate change in SE Asia

6 November, 2013 by (comments)

One thing is clear – thrashing out the big picture on climate change is not easy. Day one of the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security and Food and Agriculture Organization’s Economics and policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture (EPIC)* program’s Southeast Asian workshop: “Scenarios for Future Food Security, Environments and Livelihoods in Southeast Asia,” is over, and culminated in some heatedRead 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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Filed Under: Asia @en, Soils, Soils website