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GFAR

The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) brings together all those working to strengthen and transform agricultural research for development around the world. As part of this role, GFAR is working with New Agriculturist to showcase and raise awareness of important initiatives and their outcomes, to update and inspire others.

Research and innovation... Water in agriculture

Ensuring universal access to water, and using it wisely in agriculture, is essential to reducing poverty, hunger and maintaining a sustainable environment. In this edition, GFAR draw attention to work in Jamaica, India and Cambodia to develop water-efficient methods of food production and manage competition over water resources.

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Precision farming - sustaining agricultural productivity in India

Precision farming - sustaining agricultural productivity in India

In Tamil Nadu, India, farmers have been trained in precision farming - precise delivery of inputs such as water and fertiliser - to address a range of constraints including groundwater depletion, escalating input costs and lack of labour.

Date published: July 2012

Building resilient community fisheries in Cambodia

Building resilient community fisheries in Cambodia

Tonle Sap, in Cambodia, is the largest lake in Southeast Asia, and one of the most productive freshwater fisheries in the world. But managing water for food and income also means harnessing the full value of these fisheries for local communities. By joining competing stakeholders, a WorldFish initiative has contributed to strengthening resilience in local livelihoods, while reducing the risk of broader social conflict.

Date published: July 2012

Water harvesting technologies increase productivity in Jamaica

Water harvesting technologies increase productivity in Jamaica

In the dry south of Jamaica, around 50 farming families have adopted water saving technologies, including mulching with guinea grass, gravity fed drip irrigation and solar water pumps. The Jamaican government is now promoting these technologies in other parts of the island.

Date published: July 2012

 

 

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