In this month'sNew Agriculturist...
With scenes reminiscent of the Asian Tsunami, nature has again revealed its strength in the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina. The US, usually the world's largest donor, is gladly accepting pledges of aid for emergency food supplies, technical and medical assistance. But, wherever we may live, we are all vulnerable to extreme events. Questions will inevitably be raised about those factors that contributed to the extensive damage caused by Katrina, including loss of strategic wetlands, and many of the lessons learned will have global implications. Our Points of View on coastal livelihoods highlights the complexity and fragility of coastal ecosystems.
As the US comes to terms with the aftermath of the hurricane, and policymakers battle it out to decide the future direction of development in the forthcoming UN summit (14-16 September), researchers continue their work to meet the needs of farmers around the world. Approaches to tackling plant disease is the subject of Focus On, whilst innovative interventions for rainwater harvesting, and malaria control are highlighted in Developments. Biocontrol in Kenya's rose farms, the progress in biotech research in Africa, and the genetic development of finger millet are also featured.
The diverse and rich cultural heritage of Belize is presented in Country Profile, and heritage is also reflected in Perspective, provided by Tewolde Berhan from Ethiopia, on feeding and restoring the land. Water management is the focus of the lead book in In Print, as it is in the Proceedings of World Water Week 2004 featured. In News, a controversial new report funded by the DFID Forestry Research Programme questions the benefits of planting trees and their impact on water availability.
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