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Smart gender policy
January 20, 2016Expert opinion
Smart gender policy

Recognizing the management prowess of women in agricultural family enterprises. Women’s rights, supporting women’s economic participation and female entrepreneurship are priorities on the Trade and Development agenda of the Dutch government. However, how can we effectively support this agenda in a complex sociocultural context in programmes with so many other priorities? »

Land rights are crucial but not the ultimate solution
January 6, 2016Expert opinion
Land rights are crucial but not the ultimate solution
Theme: Soil Management

Last article in the IYS 2015 series. Land rights and investments in soil improvement are closely related. Land-owners or long-term tenants are definitely willing to invest in soil fertility and erosion prevention, but land ownership or tenancy alone is not a panacea. »

Farmers are cherishing their trees again
December 14, 2015Expert opinion
Farmers are cherishing their trees again
Theme: Soil Management

Sixth article in the IYS 2015 series. Success stories from Nigeria, China and Ethiopia have proven that it takes 20 years to turn deforested and depleted soil back to green and fertile land, giving its people a future again. Ensuring farmers ownership of trees and land is crucial. »

Youth employment and agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa
November 19, 2015Expert opinion
Youth employment and agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa
Theme: Youth in Agri-Food

This expert opinion written for the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies, underlines that agriculture has an important role to play in tackling the youth unemployment challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa. »

Investing sustainably in food security: The water-energy–food nexus
November 4, 2015Expert opinion
Investing sustainably in food security: The water-energy–food nexus

This FAO article focuses on the role of the water-food-energy nexus approach in designing and implementing sustainable investments. It is part of a series of articles earlier published by The Broker, think net on globalization and development. »

Precision fertilizing using drones and scanners
October 5, 2015Expert opinion
Precision fertilizing using drones and scanners
Theme: Soil Management

Fifth article in the IYS 2015 series. The first drones are already flying over potato, wheat and soya crops. By combining drone-recorded imaging with soil scans, growers are able to target their fertilizing much more precisely than before. This method has great environmental advantages as some plots of soil require far less fertilizer than others. »