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Food & Agriculture

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Esri Geospatial Technology Promotes Local Food Systems in US

As part of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ongoing commitment to support local and regional food systems, it recently released the KYF2 Compass Map. The interactive, web-based map provides information about these food systems and is a component of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass, announced by agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack and

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture

The State of Land and Water Resources (SOLAW) is FAO’s first flagship publication on the global status of land and water resources. It is an ‘advocacy’ report, to be published every three to five years, and targeted at senior level decision makers in agriculture as well as in other sectors.

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Food from Space: Satellites Show Future of Eco-endeavors

It’s not as futuristic as greenhouses on Mars, but farmers on terra firma are using space-based technology to certify organic crops. Satellites have been used to prove that crops were fertilizer-free in a year-long project by Ecocert, one of Europe’s leading organic certification agencies, and the European Space Agency. Read More

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

How National Soil Fertility Surveys Can Boost Food Production

The demand for such surveys has been made on sharp deterioration in soil fertility due to erosion, repeated cropping, and agro practices that deplete nitrogen and micro nutrients. Director, Centre for Community-Based Farming Scheme (COBFAS) University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Prof  Kolawole Salako, said  detailed soil surveys  would  help in-depth study of the capacity for

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Food Security Task Force Embarks on Five-year Mission

No one denies that all living organisms need food in order to survive, but not everyone draws an immediate connection between food and social, economic and environmental security. Food security is, in fact, something that the European Union takes very seriously. A new project, Plant and Food Security (or PLANTFOODSEC), is an initiative of the

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