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Colours out of grey

In the eastern Terai, Nepal, farmers harvest their rice and then leave the plots fallow during the dry winter - the rabi season - until it is time to plant the next rice crop. Yet the people in this region have the time and the energy to make more productive use of this land and indeed could do so given practical advice. And it is practical advice and experiment that has brought colour to the landscape...

Milk in the urban market

For the peri-urban cattle owners of Debre Zeit, milk production is a booming business. One particular association has over 540 members, 248 of them being women. Together these smallholders are selling over 6000 litres of milk per day, and are currently applying for funding for a processing unit so that they can supply quality dairy products to urban consumers in towns up to 100 miles away...

Pheromones - the trappings of sustainable pest control?

The yellow stem borer is a pest that is threatening Bangladesh's rice crop and food security. But scientists from three organisations are working in collaboration to find a sustainable control method - sleeve traps with a pheromone lure are both effective and cost-efficient in controlling the insect...

Rinderpest report

For a disease that has been around since the Middle Ages, killing millions upon millions of animals in that time, for the whole of Asia the disease is now almost certainly free of rinderpest: a time for congratulation to all concerned but not a time for complacency...

Southern Africa's aquatic chicken set to fly

Long-known to aquaculturists as a species that can adapt to many environments and culture systems, and becoming increasingly well known to fish consumers, tilapia are cultured worldwide in over 100 countries. They can be raised in a wide range of...

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