World Water Day: Tapping the potential of H2O

22 March, 2011 by (comments)

On World Water Day 2011, an occasion for raising awareness about the sustainable use of one of the world’s most precious resources, you can calculate your water footprint here to check if you’re a water saver or a water waster. The FAO has marked world water day by calling for greater investment in water management innovations, including improved agriculturalRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Inside CIAT

Green economy key to development success—UN

22 February, 2011 by (comments)

A global transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy will help boost economic growth and reduce poverty, and won’t cost the earth, according to a new report from the UN. Towards a green economy: Pathways to sustainable development and poverty eradication insists that a two per cent investment of global gross domestic product in “greening” key sectors such as agriculture,Read More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Climate Change

Oil company sued $8.6bn for Amazon pollution

15 February, 2011 by (comments)

An Ecuadorian court has found Chevron guilty of massive contamination in the Amazon, fining them US$8.6 billion for damages to agriculture and human health, the BBC reports today. Thirty thousand Ecuadorians filed the lawsuit against the oil giant, claiming that the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic waste into unlined pits and rivers between 1972 and 1992 damagedRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

DR Congo gets research boost

14 February, 2011 by (comments)

The EU has donated EUR8 million to dramatically boost the scientific capacity of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) reported today. DR Congo is the site of important agricultural and forestry research being led by the FAO, in collaboration with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the International InstituteRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions