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Hooking the bigger fish

Coastal communities in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka have a rough time. People whose livelihoods depend on fishing inshore waters in simple, traditional craft are vulnerable not only to the many natural hazards of their environment but also to policies that often penalize the poorest sectors of society. How can...

Seeing Red

One deft slice with a sharp, shining blade and the thick cactus leaf is severed. Two quick strokes with the brush bound to the other end of the knife and the grainy dust scattered across the leaf's surface is swept into the waiting box. The harvest from that leaf complete, the woman labourer throws it...

No place to hide for BFSB

Vegetables that look and taste good to consumers are invariably also attractive to pests. Enhanced aroma and flavour, together with softer flesh, also make pest damage more likely and more damaging. This is especially true of pest damage that gives rise to serious...

Taking a closer look at agrobiodiversity

A variety of black maize has been traditionally grown and conserved by Mazahua upland hill farmers in Mexico. An unusual aspect of this variety is that it produces vivid blue tortillas, highly prized by local people not only for their colour but also their taste. More recently they have also become...

Red alert to Lethal Yellow

Coconut palms are a vital part of the subsistence agriculture in many tropical coastal areas. However, the relentless spread of a fatal disease of coconuts throughout the Caribbean region is having a serious impact on many vulnerable communities. And, even more worryingly, a new strain of the disease appears to be ...

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