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Riding Argentina's bullish beef market

Three years of strong domestic and international demand have pushed Argentina's beef industry to record growth. But thriving internal and foreign demand have created supply pinches and rising domestic prices...

Rice rivalry

Rice is a major staple in Ghana and yet only 33 per cent of rice sold is produced locally. Sixty per cent of the country's rice is grown in the north but dry conditions result in brittle and broken rice grains. Dr John Manful, at the Food Research Institute (FRI) based in Accra, has been developing improved technology, with one clear goal in mind...

Mapping the future

Roughly 20 million hectares of agricultural land is lost globally, either due to excessive use, or to urban development. Marginalised and poorer communities who know little about the developments, are often pushed onto further degraded land. But Solomon of the Kitengela Landowners Association is determine to not just watch this happen...

Reading between the rows

Wheat, oats and potatoes are some of the crops being tested in trials at Wakelyns Agroforestry in the UK, one of three sites associated with Elm Farm Organic Research Centre (EFORC) based near Newbury. The focus of the research is to encourage genetic diversity, which protects crops against environmental variation and encourages resistance to pests and disease...

Survival skills for Kenyan schools

In 2005-6, up to one in ten Kenyans faced starvation, as drought swept across East Africa. Yet while some schools closed due to food shortages, the Father Makewa High School in Machakos district has a different story. Despite four years of drought, the school Principal is keeping his 290 students off food aid...

1st September 2006

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