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December 27, 2018Knowledge Portal
The time is ripe for climate adaptation in agriculture

This blog argues that adaptation efforts fall short of those who need them the most: the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Crops are already being lost by pests and invasive species. This is getting worse due to climate change, by impacting the biology, distribution and outbreaks potential of pests and invasive species across land uses and landscapes. »

August 22, 2018Knowledge Portal
Understanding root, tuber, and banana seed systems and coordination breakdown: A multi-stakeholder framework

This article describes a multi-stakeholder framework in vegetatively propagated crop (VPC) seed systems. VPC are reproduced not with true seed but with vegetative planting material. The multi-stakeholder framework is a tool to, e.g. document VPC seed systems and build a stronger evidence base for future interventions. »

July 9, 2018Knowledge Portal
Assessment of production potential and post-harvest losses of fruits and vegetables in northern region of Ethiopia

This study assesses the production potential and post-harvest losses of fruits and vegetables at farmer’s feld and uidentifies the technological gaps in the existing production and post-harvest handling techniques, in Northern Ethiopia. »

March 13, 2018Knowledge Portal
Competitiveness of the Ghanaian vegetable sector: Findings from a farmer survey

This study looks broadly at the state of vegetable competitiveness in Ghana; focusing on trade, production, profitability, and marketing. Ghana depends on import to meet local consumption requirements of horticulture foods. Seasonality is one reason that vegetable production cannot meet local demand. »

February 14, 2017Knowledge Portal
Urban expansion brought stress to food security in China: Evidence from decreased cropland net primary productivity

This paper in the Science of the Total Environment journal assesses the impact of urban expansion on the CNPP in China from 1992 to 2015 in a spatially explicit manner. The authors concluded that rapid urban expansion from 1992 to 2015 caused stress to China’s food security. It is still vital for China to effectively protect cropland to improve the urbanization level to 60% by 2020. »

February 8, 2017Knowledge Portal
Improved crop productivity for Africa’s drylands

TThis book by the World Bank argues that the drylands in Africa have the potential to make a significant contribution to reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience. Improved farming technologies that can increase and stabilize the production of millet, sorghum, maize, and other leading staples are available. Yet many of these opportunities have not been exploited on a large scale, for reasons that include lack of farmer knowledge, nonavailability of inputs, unfavorable price incentives, high levels of production risk, and high cost. »