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A bright future for agricultural extension?

A bright future for agricultural extension?

Specialists from around the world offer their views on the ways forward for agricultural extension, including new models of funding, the importance of public-private partnerships, use of ICT and new visions for what extension should entail.

Date published: December 2011

Climate smart agriculture

Climate smart agriculture

Is Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) a useful term to stimulate and guide a transformation in global farming, or another fashionable phrase with a short shelf-life? Key figures in the research community offer their assessments of CSA, and how it could potentially be funded and scaled up.

Date published: November 2011

Achieving greater impact in food and nutrition security

Achieving greater impact in food and nutrition security

In June 2011, the Africa College hosted by the University of Leeds held an international conference to share lessons on translating food security and health research into impact on the ground. Points of view gathers the participants' assessment of present weaknesses and recommendations for increasing impact.

Date published: September 2011

Land grab or development opportunity?

Land grab or development opportunity?

Following the food price crisis of 2008, leasing of land to foreign farming interests has boomed, and productivity in these foreign-owned fields is being transformed through irrigation and investment. But is this good news or bad in terms of tackling poverty?

Date published: June 2011

Pastoralism - seeking a better future

Pastoralism - seeking a better future

Throughout history, nomadic livestock keepers have been the ultimate survivors. In a time of crisis, can pastoralism in Africa find a vibrant, productive and market-oriented future? And what might be needed to bring that about?

Date published: May 2011

Gender and market-oriented agriculture

Gender and market-oriented agriculture

Women play a critical role in agricultural production, but often face problems in accessing markets. At a workshop on gender and market-oriented agriculture, participants shared their views on why gender is important, and what needs to be done to promote gender-sensitive agricultural development.

Date published: March 2011

Agriculture in a changing climate

Agriculture in a changing climate

Over the centuries, farmers have shown a remarkable ability to adapt to climate uncertainty. However, with rapidly rising temperatures and associated unpredictable weather, vulnerable small farmers could be pushed beyond their ability to cope. At the recent UN Conference on Climate Change in Cancún, Mexico, a number of participants offered New Agriculturist their views on agriculture in a changing climate.

Date published: January 2011

Women's rights and access to land in Africa

Women's rights and access to land in Africa

Women produce more than 80 per cent of the food in Africa, yet they own only one per cent of the land. At a symposium on women's rights and access to land, researchers from across Africa shared their findings and recommendations with policymakers. They also shared their thoughts with New Agriculturist.

Date published: November 2010

Evidence and impact in agricultural research and development

Evidence and impact in agricultural research and development

With up to 300 million Africans facing chronic hunger, has agricultural research achieved significant impact in Africa? Experts at a recent conference in Burkina Faso offer their perspectives on how research can be better used to influence policy, increase productivity and cut poverty.

Date published: September 2010

Africa's agricultural future - large-scale or small?

Africa's agricultural future - large-scale or small?

The Guinea Savannah zone of west and southern Africa has enormous potential for commercial agriculture, according to a World Bank Report - Awakening Africa's Sleeping Giant. But is large-scale or smallholder farming the best option for the region, or for the continent more widely? Participants at a recent workshop in London offer their views.

Date published: July 2010

 

 

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