New Agriculturist on-line
 This month  Points of view  Perspective  Focus on . . .  In print  News brief Picture feature In conference  Developments  Country profile  Download sections  Search the New Agriculturist  Go to back issues section
Enter your e-mail address below to be added to the list. We will then inform you when each new edition of New Agriculturist is online.

If you would like to be removed from the mailing list then click here.

Back to current edition


In this month'sNew Agriculturist...

If you have a few minutes, your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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.

In the diversity of information presented in this edition of New Agriculturist, we hope that you find much to stimulate your interest. If you have any comments, including ideas for future editions, please email us.

Points of view
Coastal livelihoods

Focus on Plant disease
Uganda's war on wilt
Information: key in the fight against blight
The plant detectives: A clinical approach to plant disease
Cassava mosaic: a new threat to Burundi's emerging peace
CMD: a blessing in disguise for Nigeria?
Grass stunt draws a crowd
Taking out the blast
Disease recognition and control in DRC

In print
Keepers of the spring: Reclaiming our water in an age of globalization
Rural livelihoods and poverty reduction policies
New directions for African agriculture: IDS Bulletin Volume 36 number 2
Agropolis: the social, political and environmental dimensions of urban agriculture
Agricultural growth for the poor: An agenda for development
In the lap of Pacha Mama, Bhootalli, Mother Earth
Controlling crop pests and diseases
Sugar-cane and sugar industry in Nigeria: The bitter-sweet lessons
Genetically modified crops: Their development, uses, and risks
Drainage basin management - Regional approaches for food and urban security

Feeding the world and restoring the land
By Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher
Director General of Environmental Protection Authority of Ethiopia

Swine flu in China and FMD in Russia
Harvest hopes in Niger but help still needed
Rice unravelled
Green Muscle exercised, but needs building
World Food Prize catch and Fish for All in Africa
India's Bt cotton: report backs farmers' claims
Cassava multimillion makeover
COARD in Uganda: enhancing innovation
Land use and water management for the rural poor
Zambia takes the lead in sorghum-based biofuel
Botanists unearth Cameroon's hidden treasures
Did you know... about rodent management?

Biotech in Africa - turning research into reality
Deluge, disputes and drought mitigation
A 'mitey' good approach to biocontrol
Artemisia in Africa
Forging ahead with finger millet

Country profile

Picture feature
Squeezing a profit from farm produce


To access an earlier edition of New Agriculturist visit the back issue page, where we provide access to all articles in previous editions of New Agriculturist. The latest information on conferences is contained in the current edition only.

Alternatively if you are looking for an article on a specific subject, you can search the site.

To suggest a subject for a future edition of the New Agriculturist, or to offer material to us, please use our suggestions page.

Interacting with New Agriculturist

You are free to print copies of the articles contained within the New Agriculturist and distribute them to those who do not have internet access. Articles may also be used in other publications on the condition that New Agriculturist is credited as the source of the material, and a sample is sent to WRENmedia. For all other uses please ask permission of the authors.

Photographs are from the photo library of WRENmedia unless otherwise stated and may only be duplicated with express permission. Please contact Mike Davison for further information.

Organizations and companies wishing to display services in New Agriculturist and to be linked with this site should contact Patrick Harvey.

For information on WRENmedia services, simply click on the logo below.

Editorial team:
Susanna Thorp, Mike Davison and Susie Emmett.

Patrick Harvey

The authors of the New Agriculturist do not guarantee the accuracy of the information contained in the New Agriculturist, nor do they accept responsibility for errors or omissions or their consequences. The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of WRENmedia.