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  • Equitable Food Systems Need Equitable Science
    by Farming First (Farming First) on May 24, 2021

    Dorine Odongo, Communications Manager at African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), outlines the importance of ensuring the representation of women in science to strengthen research and innovation in our food systems. Science has been at the forefront of public consciousness for the past 12 months, as a result of the global Covid-19 crisis and the race to develop an effective vaccine. Although we cannot immunise against the food insecurity and malnutrition that the pandemic has exacerbated around the The post Equitable Food Systems Need Equitable Science appeared first on Farming First.

  • Efficiency Must Go Hand-in-Hand with Equity to Build Resilient Food Systems
    by Farming First (Farming First) on April 6, 2021

    Mathieu Denis and Lizzie Sayer, Science Director and Senior Communications Officer at the International Science Council, outline the importance of ensuring inclusive resilience in our food systems as the world sets out to build back better. Around seven million children in West Africa currently benefit from school feeding programmes, and for many of them, this food makes up an important part of their diet. When schools across the region closed for lockdown, family food supplies in the most vulnerable households The post Efficiency Must Go Hand-in-Hand with Equity to Build Resilient Food Systems appeared first on Farming First.

  • Harnessing an Expanded Cold Chain to Safeguard Food Security and Strengthen Livelihoods
    by Farming First (Farming First) on March 30, 2021

    Didier Coulomb, Director General of the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), investigates the potential of an extended cold chain in the Global South to help strengthen food security, health and livelihoods, while protecting the planet. Refrigeration extends the shelf life of food products, and thus prevents losses throughout the supply chain – from the producer to the consumer via its use in transport, storage and marketing. It is a key element of global food security which also has an impact The post Harnessing an Expanded Cold Chain to Safeguard Food Security and Strengthen Livelihoods appeared first on Farming First.

  • Digital Climate Advisory Services Are Key to a Sustainable Food Future
    by Farming First (Farming First) on March 23, 2021

    John Corbett and David Bergvinson, CEO and Chief Science Officer of aWhere Inc, explore the potential of digital climate advisory services to help smallholder farmers ensure nutrition and food security in the face of increasing climate change. Agriculture is a weather-driven industry: For Africa, more than 95 per cent of the production is rainfed. Small-scale producers (SSPs) dominate the farming landscape in Africa, Asia, and Central America – and they face an increasingly challenging production environment. One of the most The post Digital Climate Advisory Services Are Key to a Sustainable Food Future appeared first on Farming First.

  • Can Urban Agriculture Help Cities Access More Diverse Diets?
    by Farming First (Farming First) on March 16, 2021

    James Wong, ethnobotanist and presenter of BBC’s ‘Follow the Food’ series, examines how urban farming could offer sustainable ways for city populations to access high-value, nutritious yet perishable foods like fruits, vegetables and protein. In the future, there will be more of us than ever, but we won’t all be living in the countryside next to where our food is grown – most of us will be in cities. By 2050, it is estimated that more than 60 per cent The post Can Urban Agriculture Help Cities Access More Diverse Diets? appeared first on Farming First.

  • Four Keys to Feeding ­– and Nourishing – the Planet
    by Farming First (Farming First) on March 11, 2021

    Steve Godfrey, Director of Policy and External Relations at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), outlines why putting farmers at the centre of rebuilding our food systems is crucial to sustainably feeding a growing global population.   In September, the UN Secretary General will convene a global Food Systems Summit to look into changes needed to make our food economy more sustainable and able to feed a growing population. A grand title, it also adds weight to a growing clamour The post Four Keys to Feeding ­– and Nourishing – the Planet appeared first on Farming First.

  • World Food Prize Laureates Send Open Letter to President Biden
    by Farming First (Farming First) on February 23, 2021

    24 World Food Prize Laureates came together to send President Biden an open letter asking for continued U.S. leadership in ending world hunger. Read the full letter below.   World Food Prize Laureates Open Letter: U.S. Leadership Needed to Help End World Hunger   Dear Mr. President, As World Food Prize Laureates from across the globe, we have dedicated decades to driving change in food systems, continuing the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Norman Borlaug. Some of us The post World Food Prize Laureates Send Open Letter to President Biden appeared first on Farming First.

  • Nominations Now Open for the 2022 World Food Prize
    by Farming First (Farming First) on February 11, 2021

    Nominations are now open for the 2022 World Food Prize – the prestigious $250,000 award that recognises outstanding contributions towards ending world hunger. The Prize, which has been called the “Nobel Prize of food and agriculture”, is awarded annually to an individual whose achievements have helped increase the quantity, quality, availability of, or access to food – especially in relation to the Global South. This year, the deadline for nominating candidates is May 1, with the World Food Prize Foundation The post Nominations Now Open for the 2022 World Food Prize appeared first on Farming First.

  • Empowering Women in Uganda’s Coffee Sector
    by Farming First (Farming First) on February 4, 2021

    Benjamin Okia, Gender Specialist at Farm Africa, examines how more inclusive farming practices are helping female Ugandan coffee growers to increase their autonomy. “Traditionally, the coffee was for a man and women were not benefitting anything from it.”  23-year-old Hildah Turyamusiima is a mother and coffee farmer from Kanungu, a major coffee growing region in western Uganda. The high altitude, tropical climate and fertile soil provide ideal conditions for coffee production. Yet despite its profit-making potential, Hildah – like many The post Empowering Women in Uganda’s Coffee Sector appeared first on Farming First.

  • Biofortified Staple Crops: Empowering Smallholder Farmers to be Food System Change Agents  
    by Farming First (Farming First) on January 26, 2021

    Andrew Natsios, former Administrator of USAID and current Advisory Committee Chair of HarvestPlus, examines the many ways in which biofortified crops are empowering smallholder farmers to improve nutritional outcomes and how their use can be scaled up in the future. The Nutrition for Growth Year of Action got off to an auspicious start at a virtual launch event last month, where prominent stakeholders announced investment commitments of more than $3 billion toward the upcoming Nutrition for Growth Summit‘s goal of The post Biofortified Staple Crops: Empowering Smallholder Farmers to be Food System Change Agents   appeared first on Farming First.

  • CHAP helping biosolutions industry to change perceptions
    by Rita Bird (Farmers Weekly) on June 20, 2021

    Farmers Weekly SUPPORTING the development of novel biological product solutions to help growers meet the evolving demands of sustainable crop production, is the aim of a new campaign from Agri-Tech Innovation Centre, CHAP. Changing Perceptions brings together a range of CHAP projects, collaborations and activities that all strive for the same goal – facilitating evidence to improve The post CHAP helping biosolutions industry to change perceptions appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Q&A: New Scottish rural affairs minister quizzed on policy
    by Philip Case (Farmers Weekly) on June 20, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Mairi Gougeon was appointed Scotland’s new cabinet secretary for rural affairs and islands in first minister Nicola Sturgeon’s post-election reshuffle in May. Ms Gougeon, the Scottish National Party’s MSP for Angus North and Mearns, takes over the farming brief for the Scottish government from Fergus Ewing, who had held the cabinet secretary post for rural The post Q&A: New Scottish rural affairs minister quizzed on policy appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Opinion: Clarkson will have us shouting at the TV screen
    by Phillip Clarke (Farmers Weekly) on June 19, 2021

    Farmers Weekly It could be said that humanity can be roughly divided into two camps; those who prefer Chris Packham to Jeremy Clarkson, and those who prefer big Jezza to Mr Springwatch. What is interesting for us farmers is that both these household names have much to say about farming, but come at it from very different The post Opinion: Clarkson will have us shouting at the TV screen appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Empower farmers to carry out water and flood management – CLA
    by Philip Case (Farmers Weekly) on June 19, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Government agencies must work more closely with farmers and landowners, and empower them to carry out low-risk flood defence work, according to a new report released by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA). The recommendation is contained in the landowner lobby’s new report – A CLA Water Strategy: A Vision for the Water Environment The post Empower farmers to carry out water and flood management – CLA appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Farmer Focus: Life is getting sweeter with new farm beehives
    by Emma Gillbard (Farmers Weekly) on June 19, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Life on the farm at Belvoir is about to get a whole lot sweeter with the arrival of our very first beehives. Special thanks must go to Donya from Peacock Farm next door for bringing us a swarm and generally helping us to get going. Like most things in life, it’s certainly not as easy as The post Farmer Focus: Life is getting sweeter with new farm beehives appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Farmer drives Shire horses 650 miles in brother’s memory
    by Phillip Clarke (Farmers Weekly) on June 19, 2021

    Farmers Weekly A Gloucestershire farmer is raising funds for police and firefighters’ charities by driving his pair of Shire horses 650 miles to the north of Scotland, in memory of his late, ex-policeman brother. Jamie Alcock owns the 50-acre Coldcroft Farm at Huntley, to the west of Gloucester, where he keeps Gloucestershire cattle, Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs The post Farmer drives Shire horses 650 miles in brother’s memory appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Landquip adds driven axle to new PowerTrac trailed sprayers
    by Oliver Mark (Farmers Weekly) on June 19, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Suffolk maker Landquip has launched a new trailer sprayer range with the novel addition of a driven axle to improve performance in less favourable conditions. The PowerTrac is propelled by the towing tractor’s 1,000-speed pto, which spins a load-sensing axial piston pump on the sprayer. This fires oil to drive motors in the axle hubs, The post Landquip adds driven axle to new PowerTrac trailed sprayers appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Can old traditions and tech help Singapore reach zero waste?
    on June 18, 2021

    Singapore sees its traditional rag and bone collectors as key to its sustainability plans.

  • TB testing penalty threat ‘causing stress for NI farmers’
    by Philip Case (Farmers Weekly) on June 18, 2021

    Farmers Weekly The threat of cutting farmers’ direct support if they do not carry out TB testing of their herd on time must end, the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has said. During the earlier stages of the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera) relaxed this warning for overdue TB tests. Under normal The post TB testing penalty threat ‘causing stress for NI farmers’ appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Political rumour and weather combine to hit OSR values
    by Jonathan Riley (Farmers Weekly) on June 18, 2021

    Farmers Weekly Oilseed rape prices have dropped, driven down by improved weather prospects in key growing areas and rumours over US president Joe Biden’s intervention in the biofuel market. Paris Matif rapeseed prices fell by as much as €20/t (£17.14/t) on Thursday 17 June before bouncing back to end the day €15/t (£12.85/t) below starting levels. The The post Political rumour and weather combine to hit OSR values appeared first on Farmers Weekly

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