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In this edition we focus on some of the most destructive diseases and the latest approaches to controlling them, from renewed efforts to contain and clamp down on cassava witches' broom disease in Southeast Asia, to the implementation of a global wheat rust tracking system, the use of breeding to combat rice blast, and provision of training to extension officers in crop protection.
Date published: January 2014
In this edition, we highlight the nutritional value of traditional crops such as minor millets and quinoa, as well as the niche marketing opportunities that are currently being developed, the role of conservation at international and community level, and the farmers in Bolivia, India and Nepal who are using neglected and underutilised species to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Date published: November 2013
From a food security project in Bangladesh that set out to ensure the equal participation of people with disabilities, to a group of disabled individuals in Ghana engaged in commercial vegetable production, we highlight the ways poverty, food security and disability are linked, and how research and development organisations have responded to the needs of people with disabilities in their agricultural projects.
Date published: September 2013
Unless an entire value chain consists of strong links, pulling together - and each individually profiting from that activity - the processes that create a viable economic enterprise are likely to break down and any development benefits will be lost. Focus on value chains highlights five projects in Africa and the Pacific, illustrating some of the factors that go into making these chains both effective and durable.
Date published: July 2013
We focus on a number of initiatives that are working with governments and urban farmers to remove barriers and provide incentives, inputs and training in order to empower the poor and contribute to their food security and nutrition.
Date published: May 2013
Focus on gender presents experiences and insights from a range of initiatives in Africa and Asia that are working to achieve sustainable improvements in the lives of smallholder women, their families and communities.
Date published: March 2013
We focus on some exciting new initiatives presented in the GCARD2 that are working through collective actions to improve foresight, investment and research planning, partnership and delivery at all levels, to ensure that farmers are equal partners in shaping the future of agriculture.
Date published: January 2013
From ancient cooperative traditions in Timor-Leste, collective grading and selling of alpaca fleeces and fibre in Peru, to cooperatives in Lesotho and Zimbabwe, we focus on a variety of approaches that are helping smallscale farmers manage shared natural resources, attract buyers, access financial services and buy inputs at better prices.
Date published: November 2012
From an agricultural make-over television programme, to the use of video, radio and mobile phones, we focus on a number of initiatives that are using ICTs to provide farmers in developing countries with the information they need to be productive and profitable in an increasingly challenging sector.
Date published: September 2012
From wetland farming in Zambia, cattle management systems in Uganda and water harvesting technologies in Sudan, to organic cotton practices in India and the use of 'water funds' in Latin America, we focus on a variety of initiatives and approaches that are helping farmers to use water more efficiently and improve their livelihoods.
Date published: July 2012
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