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Food & Agriculture

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Trimble Introduces GreenSeeker Handheld Crop Sensor for Agriculture

Trimble introduced today the GreenSeeker handheld crop sensor, an easy-to-use measurement device designed to assess the health of a crop. Readings taken with the GreenSeeker handheld can be used to make objective decisions regarding the amount of fertilizer to be applied to a crop, resulting in a more efficient use of inputs.

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Introducing Leica GeoAce the New RTK Base Station for Agriculture

Today Leica Geosystems announces the new Leica GeoAce RTK base station. The product provides access to Leica Geosystems patented Virtual Wrench, the Agriculture industry’s first web based remote service, support and diagnostics tool. With the market’s demand for telematics and remote connectivity the Leica GeoAce was developed to support these requirements.

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Pro-Poor Land Program Unveiled for Myanmar

Non-government organisations working on agriculture-related issues last week launched a plan aimed at protecting the land use rights of the country’s smallholder farmers. The Land Core Group Program Plan, which was in development for nine months, runs until the end of 2014 and “is meant to serve as a framework to guide all agencies and

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

More than 30 Years of Global Soil Moisture Obesrvations for Climate Applications

Water held in soil plays an important role in the climate system. The dataset released by ESA is the first remote-sensing soil moisture data record spanning the period 1978 to 2010 – a predecessor of the data now being provided by ESA’s SMOS mission.   The datasets are now available to the science community for

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Experiments Underestimate Climate Change Impacts to Plants

As the climate has warmed, many plants are starting to grow leaves and bloom flowers earlier. A new study published in the journal, Nature, suggests that most field experiments may underestimate the degree to which the timing of leafing and flowering changes with global warming.

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.

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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