When growing coffee conserves biodiversity

22 May, 2014 by (comments)

There are several ways to grow coffee, from the traditional shaded plantation, where a canopy of trees protects coffee plants from the sun, all the way to intensive, full-sun coffee production, where only coffee plants are grown to, theoretically, increase yields. Shaded coffee farms do notably better at conserving biodiversity and providing ecosystem services, including pollination, pest control, climateRead More …

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Millions in Horn of Africa face food, water crisis

15 June, 2011 by (comments)

Prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa is becoming critical and threatens the livelihoods of eight million people, according to new analysis from the FAO. In Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia severe water shortages have lead to the death of hundreds of thousands of livestock, crop failures, unaffordable food prices, and increased rates of malnutrition. The rising costs ofRead More …

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Eco-efficiency preserves soil life, CIAT study confirms

16 February, 2011 by (comments)

New research from CIAT and the University of Western Australia has found that through the Quesungual Slash and Mulch Agroforestry System (QSMAS), soil health is maintained through the presence of soil-dwelling organisms. QSMAS is an eco-efficient farming system developed as an alternative to slash and burn agriculture. It involves a combination of post-harvest mulching, no tillage, and efficient fertilizers-useRead More …

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Wild fish stocks remain in troubled waters

1 February, 2011 by (comments)

As global fish consumption reaches an all-time high, fish farming and tighter control of the fisheries industry is crucial to maintaining supplies, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Billions of people worldwide depend on fish as a vital source of protein, and while production from fish farming is set to overtakeRead More …

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