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April 3, 2019Knowledge Portal
Innovative irrigation system could future-proof India’s major cereals

This blog describes a study that demonstrated how rice and wheat can be grown using 40 percent less water through an innovative combination of existing irrigation and cropping techniques. Rice and wheat grown using a sub-surface drip fertigation system, combined with conservation agriculture approaches used at least 40 percent less water than flood irrigation for the same amount of yields, and is still cost-effective for farmers. »

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. »

November 8, 2018Knowledge Portal
Super platforms: Connecting farmers to markets in Africa

This blog is on super platforms that are pushing the boundaries of financial inclusion around the world, creating million of new jobs and stimulating trade, especially in rural markets. As Africa’s population doubles by 2050 and the demand for food and rural jobs escalates, the transformative power of super platforms becomes a strategic imperative. »

August 21, 2018Knowledge Portal
How digital apps and services are boosting rural youth employment

In this blog by FAO, several digitial innovations examples are mentioned that are stimulating youth back to agriculture. There are already new ways of working in agriculture that harnesses digital and technological innovations, rendering it more efficient and, not as a small byproduct, providing new opportunities and services for young entrepreneurs. »

July 5, 2018Knowledge Portal
Eyes in the sky: How drones and satellites can transform African agriculture

This blog is on precision agriculture, in which micro-level data on e.g. stress, moisture and the presence of pests, is gathered by drones or satellites and used to enhance decision making on the farm. Results of a pilot study demonstrated the potential real-world impact of the the precision farming model. »

June 5, 2018Knowledge Portal
Agroforestry: Why don’t farmers plant more trees?

This blog focuses around the question: why isn’t every farmer planting trees? Agroforestry has proven to cultivate more diverse, productive and profitable crops, helps protect the environment and gives financial benefits. The main reasons farmer resist agroforestry are described as well as opportunities for adoption. »