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Alternative livelihoods

Alternative livelihoods

Economic alternatives to opium in Afghanistan, coca in Peru, tobacco in Bangladesh and logging in the Amazon; a few examples from this collection of articles focusing on alternative livelihood options for rural people.

Date published: May 2007

Horticulture in the city

Horticulture in the city

In this edition we focus on the rooftop gardens, backyard enterprises and peri-urban plots that supply fresh produce to the world's cities whilst providing a good income for urban growers.

Date published: March 2007

Health and agriculture

Health and agriculture

Focus on Health and Agriculture goes beyond food security and livelihoods to look at the nutritional functions that farming could and should fulfil.

Date published: January 2007

Biofuels

Biofuels

Biofuels, including bioethanl, biodiesel and biogas, are renewable fuels produced from agricultural crops or organic matter such as livestock waste. With rising oil prices the debate over biofuels as an energy source for the future has been heating up but if they are to provide a long-term option, biofuels needs to be environmentally and economically sustainable.

Date published: November 2006

Tree crops

Tree crops

Conflict, disease and lack of markets are all factors affecting tree crops that feature in this edition of New Agriculturist, as we focus on the people and communities who depend on them and the improved management and marketing that can help to realise the potential of fruit, nuts and other tree products.

Date published: September 2006

Combating desertification

Combating desertification

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and has been designated 'The International Year of Deserts and Desertification'. In this edition of New Agriculturist, we focus on a variety of technologies, methodologies and policies that are being implemented to combat desertification and land degradation in various regions around the world.

Date published: July 2006

Making more of livestock (part 2)

Making more of livestock (part 2)

Almost a third of all agricultural land is used for livestock production, either as permanent pasture for grazing or as cropland for growing animal fodder and feed. But increasing demand for livestock products, together with changes in international trade, is placing pressure on the global livestock sector both to expand and adapt. This edition of New Agriculturist looks at some of the policy and institutional changes required to make more of livestock.

Date published: May 2006

Making more of livestock (part 1)

Making more of livestock (part 1)

Livestock are central to the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people, especially the rural poor. But livestock development is constrained by many factors, including inappropriate policies, scarcity of livestock feeds, widespread diseases, degraded lands and limited water resources, and poor access to markets. In this edition, we focus on a selection of technologies that can help small-scale farmers make more of their livestock.

Date published: March 2006

Biocontrol

Biocontrol

Biocontrol is a vital component of integrated pest management and is seen as an effective alternative to chemical pesticides in controlling pests and diseases. However the challenge remains at policy level to have effective legislation in place to ensure that these agents are safe and effective for farmers to use. Here we focus on recent developments from different regions to provide an examples of biocontrol agents and their use in the field.

Date published: January 2006

Fisheries in Africa

Fisheries in Africa

Fish are an important source of both nutrition and employment in Africa. In this edition we cover the management and governance changes required to better managed fisheries, the need for improved aquaculture development, the threat of HIV/AIDS and climate change, and the need for better processing and marketing.

Date published: November 2005

 

 

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