In this edition, the value of the world's plant genetic potential is highlighted as we focus on neglected and underutilised species and how they can contribute to health, resilience and improved livelihoods. CIMMYT's Surabhi Mittal questions the value of mobile phones in delivering useful information to farmers and we review The Ecological Hoofprint, which challenges consumers to eat less meat for more sustainable living.
Date published: November 2013
A focus on disability and agriculture, and opinions on innovation platforms for technology adoption from the FARA Science Week are included in the latest edition. FAO's Eve Crowley advocates strengthening farming institutions as the most vital step to transforming smallholder agriculture. We also review Feeding Frenzy by Paul MacMahon, who offers a stringent analysis of the global food challenge.
Date published: September 2013
The latest edition of New Agriculturist includes a focus on value chains, with examples from Africa and the Pacific. Stephen Hall of WorldFish gives his perspective on the need to broaden fisheries policies through stakeholder involvement. From Peru, a picture story on work to protect the future of Brazil nut trees; and a review of Bankrupting Nature, whose authors explain how we are exceeding our planet's natural boundaries.
Date published: July 2013
Urban agriculture, for years outlawed by municipal authorities, offers solutions to numerous urban problems, including poverty, food and nutrition insecurity, unemployment and waste management. Exciting developments in this edition of New Agriculturist include micro-irrigated greenhouse cultivation in Tunisia, development of urban agriculture policy in Liberia, urban dairying in Kenya and micro-gardening in Senegal.
Date published: May 2013
How to feed 9 billion by 2050 is a complex question. Yet the staggering fact that women farmers, who produce the majority of the world's food, own less than two per cent of the world's land and receive only ten per cent of agricultural credit does at least suggest a good place to look for answers. In this edition, we present experiences and insights from a range of initiatives that are working to achieve sustainable improvements in the lives of smallholder women, their families and communities.
Date published: March 2013
In this special edition of New Agriculturist, we share some of the achievements of the second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) held in Punte del Este in Uruguay in October 2012 and look at how the Conference outcomes will be taken forward, through the plans and commitments of those involved in each area.
Date published: January 2013
Whilst the media focused primarily on the impact of Superstorm Sandy in the US, it is Caribbean households, particularly in impoverished Haiti, that have suffered the greatest impact and will take the longest to recover. In this edition, we review adaptation to climate change, effectiveness of cooperatives and linking to markets in bringing about improved food security and income, especially for smallholder farmers.
Date published: November 2012
If smallholders are to continue to play a dominant role in the world's food production in the future, policymakers need to play their part to support them. We can share information and experiences, discuss problems and propose solutions, but if we are to really help millions at risk from food insecurity and natural disasters, such words must lead to action.
Date published: September 2012
As the dust settles after the Rio +20 Earth Summit, we look at the role of sustainable agriculture as an integral part of a green economy and highlight a variety of initiatives for the efficient and sustainable use of water in agriculture.
Date published: July 2012
In this edition, we focus on a number of climate sustainable practices that increase agricultural productivity and income, strengthen resilience to climate variability and reduce agriculture's contribution to climate change, whilst positive developments for the youth in agriculture are also highlighted.
Date published: May 2012
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