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African banana - on an upward curve

African banana - on an upward curve

Reviewing progress in African banana research and development, we explore how farmers can better exploit the potential of banana and gain a more significant slice of the international market.

Date published: January 2009

Common resources

Common resources

Three-quarters of the world's poor depend on their immediate surroundings in order to survive, but many of these common resources are at risk. In this edition, we look at some of the threats, benefits, constraints and opportunities faced by communities worldwide.

Date published: November 2008

Potato

Potato

Potato has provided food security for millions of people over thousands of years. We look at the continuing potential of this much-valued staple and the challenges ahead.

Date published: September 2008

A green revolution for Africa

A green revolution for Africa

Achieving an African green revolution will be harder and more complex than the green revolution in Asia and a one-size-fits-all approach will not work. In this edition we review a selection of approaches with a potential for raising agricultural productivity in Africa.

Date published: July 2008

Neglected species

Neglected species

With prices for rice, wheat and maize having recently doubled or even tripled, it is timely to re-focus on the neglected or underutilised crops that can provide food security and income generation, particularly for the poor.

Date published: May 2008

Rehabilitating degraded land

Rehabilitating degraded land

Deforestation, overgrazing, continuous farming and poor irrigation practices have affected almost 2 billion hectares of agricultural land worldwide, threatening the livelihoods of over one billion people. We take an in-depth look at ways to successfully rehabilitate degraded land.

Date published: March 2008

Livestock feed and fodder systems

Livestock feed and fodder systems

Access to quality fodder remains an important constraint for livestock producers. In this edition, we look at some of the technologies and approaches being developed to address fodder scarcity and improve nutritional quality of fodder in different regions.

Date published: January 2008

Agriculture after conflict

Agriculture after conflict

The legacy of war continues long after opposing factions have laid down their arms. We look at some of the ways in which formerly war-torn countries have emerged from the shadows of conflict and their attempts to rehabilitate agricultural production.

Date published: November 2007

Non Timber Forest Products

Non Timber Forest Products

Environmental degradation is evident in many forested regions worldwide. And yet, with sustainable forest management policies and the right institutional support, forest communities in affected areas are learning to maximise their use of non-timber forest products whilst protecting the habitat in which they grow.

Date published: September 2007

Urban agriculture: balancing risks and benefits

Urban agriculture: balancing risks and benefits

Farmers are often evicted, dismissed, ignored and even condemned for promoting waste, pollution and illness within the city. But beyond its value as a survival strategy among the urban poor, there is growing evidence that urban farming increases the availability of fresh food, provides green spaces to combat pollution, and supports agritourism initiatives.

Date published: July 2007

 

 

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