The New Agriculturist - Reporting Agriculture for the 21st Century

Developments

Martin Wolfe believes in the potential of willow in agroforestryWillow could become an important crop of the future, either grown for fuel in its own right or used in agroforestry systems

Bananas are the most popular fruit in the world (credit: IITA)An international conference to be held in Kenya intends to develop a long-term strategy to harmonise and guide future research to change the way bananas are produced and marketed in Africa.

After training, Kamayoqs return to their communities to give advice and technical assistance to farmers (credit: Practical Action)Based on Inca traditions and a form of advice provided to farmers, an alternative approach to extension has been developed to provide agricultural advice and technical assistance to indigenous communities in the high Andes of Peru.

IFPRI has called for scientific research to be more relevant to poor farmersWith agriculture already in the international spotlight as a major development tool, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)'s recent conference championed the importance of innovation and the pressing need to make scientific research relevant to farmers.

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July 2008
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