text size: smaller reset larger

 

 

Editorial (July 2010)

Agriculture is more than just farming (WRENmedia)
Agriculture is more than just farming
WRENmedia

Agriculture is more than just farming; it is about business, education, health, land rights and culture. Cutting across these vital aspects of a country's structure, agriculture should no longer be seen as one sector or confined to one government ministry but should be fully integrated into national and regional development processes.

A great many economies are still heavily dependant on agriculture. And it is agriculture that is predicted to provide the growth that many countries need to lift their populations out of poverty. To achieve this, agricultural champions will be vital - from the grassroots to those who can change the direction of a nation through well-informed policies. The media too needs to play its part, reporting contemporary agriculture, in all its forms, as a business for the future and not just a tradition from the past.

In this edition of New Agriculturist we focus on livestock and climate change, examining how the sector will be affected by global warming, as well as featuring a selection of approaches to enable livestock keepers to adapt. The livestock sector is often condemned for its contribution to climate change but poor small-scale livestock keepers and pastoralists are more likely to be impacted by climate change than to contribute significantly to global warming. Discussions on this issue need to be less polarised and better informed.

Poor livestock keepers are more likely to be impacted by climate change than to contribute significantly to global warming. (WRENmedia)
Poor livestock keepers are more likely to be impacted by climate change than to contribute significantly to global warming.
WRENmedia

Challenging the direction of agricultural development is a theme that continues in Developments, with coverage of the launch of the New Sussex Manifesto, and with conclusions reached by those working in fodder innovation in Africa and Asia. The potential to transform African agriculture by exploiting the currently underused African Guinea Savannahs is presented by Hans Binswanger-Mkhize in his cautiously optimistic perspective; concurring and opposing voices are provided in Points of View.

Reasons for optimism in these challenging times are also highlighted in the lead book review of The rational optimist. Whether the author's arguments appear convincing or flawed will depend on your own viewpoint, but he has been bold enough to propose a different perspective, which we applaud.

Striving to make a difference to agriculture, in the next edition we plan to focus on the vital role of women in agriculture. If you would like to propose ideas and individuals for our coverage of this or indeed other topics, then do get in touch.

New Agriculturist CD Resource available now
New Agriculturist CD Resource available now

And if you are into social networking, you can now find New Agriculturist on facebook, as well as on twitter. We look forward to connecting with you there. Otherwise, you can subscribe to email updates or sign up to the RSS feed to be kept up-to-date with the latest articles published online. And last but not least, we are also pleased to announce that the latest version of New Agriculturist on CD is now available, containing over 1200 articles. Please use the CD order form if you would like a free copy of this offline resource.

Date published: July 2010

 

Have your say

 

The New Agriculturist is a WRENmedia production.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.
Accept
Read more