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Crop diseases
Crop diseases
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.
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Points of view

Research and policy for orphan crops
Research and policy for orphan crops
Delegates at the 3rd International Conference on Neglected and Underutilised Species (NUS) offer their views on policy and development priorities for improved use of NUS, how to convince policymakers of their importance, and ways to promote multi-disciplinary research.
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My Perspective

Joost Gorter, NewForesight strategic consultancy
Joost Gorter, NewForesight strategic consultancy
Joost Gorter, Senior Consultant at NewForesight strategic consultancy, believes that sustainable agricultural intensification in developing nations depends on creating a larger number of professionally managed, medium-sized farms, while also providing opportunities for less entrepreneurial farmers to leave the sector and earn a living elsewhere.
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Country profile

Bhutan
Bhutan
Bhutan, or the 'land of the thunder dragon', is a small, land-locked, mountainous country in South Asia with a wide range of agro-ecological zones and climates, ranging from sub-tropical to temperate and alpine vegetation, providing opportunities to cultivate a wide variety of crops.
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News brief

Global surveillance detects outbreak of stem rust in Ethiopia
After detecting an outbreak of stem rust on more than 10,000 hectares of wheat in southern Ethiopia, a global surveillance network is moving quickly to mobilise a global response.
Banana, avocado and citrus - boosting African exports
Banana, avocado and citrus farmers in Africa will now be able to export their produce to lucrative markets in Europe, the Middle East and South Africa, thanks to new research.
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Research and innovation

Gender equity in agricultural research
GFARFrom work to include women at the forefront of agricultural research and development, to women taking the lead in developing potato enterprises in Peru and fish farming in Bangladesh, GFAR draws attention to a number of examples of how organisations are helping to transform and strengthen agricultural innovation to more directly benefit women.
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Editorial

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.
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In pictures

Unsettling times for India's buffalo nomads
Unsettling times for India's buffalo nomads
Van Gujjars are nomadic water buffalo herders who live in the forests and mountains of north India. In recent years, creation of national parks in their ancestral grazing lands has put their traditional way of life at risk.
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Developments

After Haiyan - 'building back better' in the Philippines
Following initial life-saving support for displaced families after Typhoon Haiyan, the humanitarian charity World Vision is assessing longer-term strategies to restore farming livelihoods and improve disaster resilience in the Philippines.
The world is your oyster - if you TRY!
From just 40 members in 2007, the TRY Women's Oyster Association in The Gambia has grown to over 500 and has become the first women's group in Africa to be given exclusive use rights of a coastal fishery, under a co-management plan.
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GFAR updates

Nothing for the youth without the youth
GFARA youth session at the Global Landscapes Forum showcased youth driven initiatives that are proving that agriculture can be attractive to young people when innovative solutions are applied to meet certain key challenges.
International Year of Family Farming
The International Year of Family Farming 2014 will be officially launched on 22 November 2013, at UN Headquarters in New York.
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Book reviews

A journey in the future of water
A Journey in the Future of Water travels to 25 countries and all continents to explore water's role in the life of the planet and find out more about the ways in which different nations are seeking to respond to water issues.
Milk and dairy products in human nutrition
This book draws together information on the role of dairy products in human nutrition and the way that investment in dairy-industry development has changed.
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