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  • Harnessing Digital Tools for Climate and Agriculture
    by Farming First (Farming First) on August 11, 2020

    J. Nicolas Hernandez-Aguilera, Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Columbia University, explores how digital tools can empower farmers in developing countries with information and support, and the role that researchers, governments and the private sector can play in bridging digital divides. The digital age of farming is within reach. Among the poorest 20 per cent in low and middle-income countries, 70 per cent of people have access to a mobile phone and one The post Harnessing Digital Tools for Climate and Agriculture appeared first on Farming First.

  • Digital Agriculture: Strengthening Food Systems Through the Pandemic and Beyond
    by Farming First (Farming First) on July 28, 2020

    Robynne Anderson, President of Emerging Ag Inc, explores how innovative technologies are helping agri-value chain actors in developing countries through the COVID-19 crisis, and the role that digital agriculture can play in rebuilding more sustainable food systems post-pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on nearly every facet of life, and food systems are no exception. The disruptions and dislocations caused by the virus have rocked each link in the global food chain from farming, to processing, to The post Digital Agriculture: Strengthening Food Systems Through the Pandemic and Beyond appeared first on Farming First.

  • Why the Sustainable Development Goals Matter to the Plant Science Industry
    by Farming First (Farming First) on July 23, 2020

    Giulia Di Tommaso, President and CEO of CropLife International, discusses the prevailing importance of the Sustainable Development Goals in tackling global issues including hunger, poverty and climate change, and explores how the private sector – and the plant science industry in particular – can play an active role in helping society achieve these Global Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were designed to be the blueprint to adapt to twenty first century challenges and achieve a better and more sustainable The post Why the Sustainable Development Goals Matter to the Plant Science Industry appeared first on Farming First.

  • Investing in Robust Local Food Systems for a More Resilient Post-Covid Future
    by Farming First (Farming First) on July 20, 2020

    James Jenkin, CEO, and Alethia Kang, Director, Business Development at Acceso, explore how strengthening local food systems from end to end can alleviate the poverty, market limitations and economic injustices that many smallholder farmers face globally. We have always considered it a matter of economic injustice that smallholder farmers around the world are often excluded from formal domestic markets – yet millions are. In many developing countries, the poor – mostly involved in agriculture – are concentrated in rural areas, The post Investing in Robust Local Food Systems for a More Resilient Post-Covid Future appeared first on Farming First.

  • Helping Africa’s Food Systems Respond to Covid-19
    by Farming First (Farming First) on June 24, 2020

    Kindra Halvorson, Chief Transformation Officer at TechnoServe, explores how Covid-19 is affecting farmers, food processors and other small businesses within Africa’s complex food systems and how these can be strengthened through coordinated support.  Phillip Nderitu’s small corner store in Kenya is far removed from any Covid-19 hotspots, but he is still feeling the impact of the global crisis. “The Covid-19 pandemic has been a blow to our shop,” he explains. “Sales have reduced significantly. Prices of items have skyrocketed, reducing The post Helping Africa’s Food Systems Respond to Covid-19 appeared first on Farming First.

  • Local People Hold the Key to Solving Burkina Faso’s Water Challenges
    by Farming First (Farming First) on June 17, 2020

    Liza Debevec, Senior Gender and Water Specialist at the Global Water Partnership and former Senior Social Scientist at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), explores how local participation in river, reservoir and other water resource management can help improve livelihoods and protect the environment. Thanks to its usually abundant rice production, the Kou River Valley has for decades been known as Burkina Faso’s granary. But then the water stopped flowing. The river is running dry, with local experts blaming climate change The post Local People Hold the Key to Solving Burkina Faso’s Water Challenges appeared first on Farming First.

  • Tackling Pandemic Hardships with Precision Agriculture Tools
    by Farming First (Farming First) on June 1, 2020

    Alexander Sakal, Chief Business Development Officer at EOS Crop Monitoring, discusses how precision agriculture tools can help U.S. farmers adapt amidst labour shortages, financial worries and future uncertainties brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to pose a significant threat to American food production, as well as other industries across the country. But unlike other goods producers, farmers are bound by their planting and harvesting schedule, which gives them less flexibility for crisis management. During these The post Tackling Pandemic Hardships with Precision Agriculture Tools appeared first on Farming First.

  • Bootstrapping Urban Food Systems in African Economies with Digital Technologies
    by Farming First (Farming First) on May 11, 2020

    Dr Debisi Araba, Managing Director of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) and Malabo Montpellier Panel Member, explores how adapting existing digital tools can help bolster African food systems amidst the Covid-19 crisis. Eminent scientists and opinion leaders are lending their voices to discussions about the coronavirus pandemic – some questioning whether Covid-19 is a ‘Black Swan’ event, and others commenting on its predictability, with reference to Bill Gates’ 2015 TED talk on ‘The Next Outbreak’. What is indisputable, though, The post Bootstrapping Urban Food Systems in African Economies with Digital Technologies appeared first on Farming First.

  • How Peer-to-Peer Learning Helps Farmers Adopt New Technologies
    by Farming First (Farming First) on May 5, 2020

    Laura Elphick, Communications and Engagement Officer at EIT Food, discusses the value of peer-to-peer learning in overcoming the slow adoption of farming technologies and why supporting farmers is more important than ever amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, farmers across the globe are experiencing many difficulties from depleting soil, to pest problems to harsh weather conditions. Climate change in particular is affecting the agricultural sector, causing extreme weather events that lead to reduced crop yields, along with desertification and land degradation The post How Peer-to-Peer Learning Helps Farmers Adopt New Technologies appeared first on Farming First.

  • Helping the World’s Most Vulnerable Through COVID-19
    by Farming First (Farming First) on May 1, 2020

    Dirk Schattschneider and Iris Krebber, Co-Chairs of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP), explore how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the world’s most vulnerable and why planning for the post-pandemic recovery is so important for global food security. COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on the world. Before this pandemic, there were already more than 820 million chronically hungry people globally. COVID-19 has put food right at the front of everyone’s minds as we hear about possible harvest The post Helping the World’s Most Vulnerable Through COVID-19 appeared first on Farming First.

  • AHDB marketing campaign helps drive pork sales spike
    by Philip Case (Farmers Weekly) on August 13, 2020

    Farmers Weekly A nationwide marketing campaign which urges consumers to eat more home-produced pork has triggered a spike in sales of this versatile meat, new figures reveal. The AHDB’s Love Pork Mix Up Midweek campaign reached 26.3 million homes (94%) in the UK, with the aim of inspiring consumers to build a habit of using pork in The post AHDB marketing campaign helps drive pork sales spike appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Golden eagles breeding success at Scottish Highlands estate
    on August 13, 2020

    The raptors have bred on an estate in the Scottish Highlands for the first time in 40 years.

  • Beet growers face double whammy on imports and neonics 
    by Johann Tasker (Farmers Weekly) on August 13, 2020

    Farmers Weekly British sugar beet growers face seeing their competitiveness undermined by a rising tide of imports and a ban on production methods allowed in other countries. It follows a government decision to allow more tariff-free raw sugar cane imports into the UK – while refusing to let British growers protect their crops with neonicotinoid seed treatments. The post Beet growers face double whammy on imports and neonics  appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Farmers don’t have to suffer in silence, says charity
    by Johann Tasker (Farmers Weekly) on August 13, 2020

    Farmers Weekly A new campaign aims to help rural men who are struggling to cope with the effect of coronavirus restrictions on their mental wellbeing. Launched by the Samaritans, the Real People, Real Stories campaign is being supported by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust and the Farming Community Network. See also: Fit2Farm – campaign improves farmer’s health The post Farmers don’t have to suffer in silence, says charity appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Video: Silage gas escape sparks health and safety alert
    by Rhian Price (Farmers Weekly) on August 13, 2020

    Farmers Weekly A video on Twitter showing a deadly brown gas escaping from a freshly clamped silage pit has sparked a health and safety warning, after the gas was identified as the highly dangerous Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2).   The video, uploaded by a farmer from west Wales, showed the gas lingering around the bottom of the clamp less The post Video: Silage gas escape sparks health and safety alert appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Britain’s Fittest Farmer 2020: New dates and venue announced
    by Oliver Hill (Farmers Weekly) on August 13, 2020

    Farmers Weekly This year’s Britain’s Fittest Farmer competition is back on track after months of disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  The next round of the popular competition will be held at a farm in Wiltshire across two days in late September. Over 160 farmers and agricultural workers are already signed up to compete for the £1,000 The post Britain’s Fittest Farmer 2020: New dates and venue announced appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Harvest 2020: Lincs grower cuts OSR crop at exceptional yield
    by David Jones (Farmers Weekly) on August 13, 2020

    Farmers Weekly Lincolnshire Wolds grower Tim Lamyman has just harvested a monster oilseed rape crop yielding just over 7t/ha in a season of generally dismal rapeseed yields and falling popularity for the crop. He managed to fight off pest problems and survive a dry spring to record his best-over OSR yield on his farm of 7.04t/ha –  The post Harvest 2020: Lincs grower cuts OSR crop at exceptional yield appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • FW Opinion: UK beet growers need neonics as much as the French
    by Philip Clarke (Farmers Weekly) on August 13, 2020

    Farmers Weekly It’s a well-established fact that the French government is more supportive of its farmers than our own. For evidence, look no further than this week’s announcement that France is to lift its ban on neonicotinoid seed treatments to help its sugar beet growers through an “unprecedented crisis”, while Defra has confirmed it is sticking to The post FW Opinion: UK beet growers need neonics as much as the French appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Five-year Yorkshire tenancy on offer for young farmers
    by Lauren Harris (Farmers Weekly) on August 13, 2020

    Farmers Weekly Yorkshire Water has put an 84ha holding up for tender as part of an initiative to support young farmers. Scow Hall Farm, in the Washburn Valley, will be let on a five-year agreement from November 2020 through a scheme run by the company, which is Yorkshire’s second-largest landowner. The initiative is part of its Beyond The post Five-year Yorkshire tenancy on offer for young farmers appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Buyers and sellers stay quiet in uncertain grain market
    by Suzie Horne (Farmers Weekly) on August 13, 2020

    Farmers Weekly Wheat prices came under pressure again this week, with both buyers and sellers holding off in an uncertain market. While prices are in a wide regional range, the midweek August feed wheat average collected from merchants by Farmers Weekly was £156/t ex farm, about £1.50/t down on a week earlier. The range of £150-£162/t for The post Buyers and sellers stay quiet in uncertain grain market appeared first on Farmers Weekly

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