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South African land reform data published

South African land reform data published

A new series of fact sheets, published by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), present facts about land reform in South Africa in an easily accessible way.

Date published: April 2013

Africa's land rush: a call for accountability

Africa's land rush: a call for accountability

People are taking a variety of steps to seek justice in response to injustices caused by large-scale land deals in Africa. However, a lack of transparency surrounding the deals and limited accountability on the part of the public authorities that decide them mean that, overall, conditions are not conducive for people to obtain justice, new research has revealed.

Date published: April 2013

Climate change threatens food security of urban poor

Climate change threatens food security of urban poor

Climate change impacts will not only affect harvests but also the systems that people use to transport, store and buy and sell food, which will affect the ability of poor urban residents to access and afford food, says a report published by the International Institute for Environmental Development.

Date published: March 2013

Africa's agriculture and agribusiness could be worth US$1 trillion by 2030

Africa's agriculture and agribusiness could be worth US$1 trillion by 2030

If African farmers were provided with electricity and irrigation, smart business and trade policies and a dynamic private agribusiness sector that worked side by side with governments to link farmers with urban consumers, agriculture and agribusiness together could be a US$1 trillion industry by 2030, a report from the World Bank has revealed.

Date published: March 2013

Catastrophic loss of Cambodia's tropical flooded grasslands

Catastrophic loss of Cambodia's tropical flooded grasslands

About half of Cambodia's tropical flooded grasslands around the Tonle Sap Lake have been lost in just under ten years, research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) has revealed.

Date published: March 2013

Biocontrol reduces poultry mortality

Biocontrol reduces poultry mortality

Feeding poultry with maize treated with a biocontrol product for controlling aflatoxins reduced mortality rates by 43.9 per cent, according to a new study by scientists from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and the University of Ibadan.

Date published: March 2013

CIMMYT upgrades its bioscience facilities

CIMMYT upgrades its bioscience facilities

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has opened a new bioscience facility, which will enable it to upgrade and expand its use of genetic technologies in developing new crop varieties.

Date published: February 2013

Community-based extension improves livelihoods

Community-based extension improves livelihoods

The use of community-based extension to support agricultural development can enhance innovation and deliver more cost-effective services to rural communities, a new study has revealed.

Date published: February 2013

Ignoring land rights is an expensive mistake

Ignoring land rights is an expensive mistake

Two reports warn of the financial risks and damage to political stability, democracy and long-term economic gain, that result when companies ignore the land rights of local people.

Date published: February 2013

Training videos - new funds to build skills

Training videos - new funds to build skills

An NGO that encourages the use of training videos in local languages to help farmers improve their profits has recently obtained funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to train partners in Benin, Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Mali and Uganda.

Date published: February 2013

 

 

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