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Coming clean on wastewater irrigation

Coming clean on wastewater irrigation

Wastewater is an invaluable asset for urban and peri-urban agriculture, but also carries health risks for farmers and consumers. At World Water Week 2008, experts in water management, health and agriculture offered their views on the importance of wastewater and ways of preventing disease transmission.

Date published: September 2008

Pushing for potatoes

Pushing for potatoes

With prices for wheat, rice and maize now at record levels, the humble potato continues to offer a haven of food security for some of the poorest regions of the world. We asked the experts for their views on this meek but much-loved staple.

Date published: July 2008

Making more of undervalued crops

Making more of undervalued crops

Underutilised crops can provide a valuable source of income and nutrition for those living in marginal areas. They can even help to provide food security in the face of climate change. So why aren't more of them grown? We ask the experts about why these plants have become neglected and what can be done to raise their profile.

Date published: May 2008

Booming biofuels - who will benefit?

Booming biofuels - who will benefit?

Growing food crops for biofuel production is being met with increasing criticism - especially with rising world food prices. So, do biofuels mean big business for Africa and other regions, and are smallscale farmers really likely to benefit?

Date published: March 2008

Agricultural research and development - which way now?

Agricultural research and development - which way now?

Farmers and farming systems are changing and there is an urgent need for changes in approach if more effective agricultural development is to be achieved. But how best to go about it?

Date published: January 2008

Agriculture and HIV/AIDS

Agriculture and HIV/AIDS

World AIDS Day, on the 1st December each year, raises some thought provoking issues. But agriculture is rarely among them and according to the experts, it should be.

Date published: November 2007

Making soil matter

Making soil matter

Good soil is one of the cornerstones of life. Without this precious, dynamic resource the world we know would cease to exist - crops would not grow; forests would vanish; humanity itself would disappear. But our appreciation of soil - like soil itself - is being eroded. In this edition, we present a range of opinions on the state of our soils and the challenges ahead.

Date published: September 2007

Transforming agriculture in Africa

Transforming agriculture in Africa

Promoting the productivity and competititiveness of African agriculture in a global economy was the theme of the recent General Assembly for the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). A selection of participants attending the conference provide their viewpoints.

Date published: July 2007

Animal health provision for poor livestock keepers

Animal health provision for poor livestock keepers

To address the decline of animal health services in Africa, a new, ten-year programme is working to build partnerships between the private and public sectors. Participants give their views on the current state of veterinary services and the challenges ahead.

Date published: May 2007

The food miles debate

The food miles debate

With rising concerns over climate change, there are questions being raised in the North about the impact of importing foodstuffs by long distance air freight. For the smallholder farmers in developing countries who have worked hard to meet export standards, the danger of losing those markets is deeply worrying. Points of View presents the response of Kenyan farmers, exporters and horticultural advisors to some key issues in the food miles debate.

Date published: March 2007

 

 

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