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  • Transforming Agriculture Through Smart Farming: From Data Ownership to Open Data
    by Farming First (Farming First) on October 15, 2020

    Dr. Viola Prifti, Postdoctoral Researcher at HTW Berlin, explores the transformative potential of smart farming practices and how open data can help overcome ownership barriers. Transformation is at the heart of agriculture. Hunting, domestication of wild crops, the Green Revolution and most recently agriculture 4.0, are all phases of agricultural evolution. Yet our food system remains fragile, and it is clear that achieving food security for all in line with the Agenda 2030 goals demands further transformation towards sustainable agriculture. The post Transforming Agriculture Through Smart Farming: From Data Ownership to Open Data appeared first on Farming First.

  • A Carbon-Zero Future: Agriculture’s Role in Mitigating Climate Change
    by Farming First (Farming First) on October 12, 2020

    Liam Condon, member of the Board of Management for Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division, discusses new techniques and approaches for empowering farmers to reduce the sector’s contribution to climate change. He is speaking about agriculture’s potential for carbon sequestration and the rise of carbon markets at this week’s 2020 Borlaug Dialogue, hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation. Dr. Rattan Lal, renowned soil scientist and this year’s World Food Prize Laureate, has pioneered groundbreaking research in The post A Carbon-Zero Future: Agriculture’s Role in Mitigating Climate Change appeared first on Farming First.

  • How Livestock are Improving Women’s Livelihoods in Eastern Africa
    by Farming First (Farming First) on September 30, 2020

    Meron Yomcwiny, Project Coordinator at Farm Africa, explains how the Livestock for Livelihoods project is empowering pastoralist women in rural Uganda and Ethiopia to earn their own incomes and better support their families. Across pastoralist areas in rural eastern Africa, it is traditionally a mother’s role to ensure that there is enough food for the family and that children have clothing, go to school and can access medical services when they are sick. However, all these basic human needs cost The post How Livestock are Improving Women’s Livelihoods in Eastern Africa appeared first on Farming First.

  • Food systems resilience tops agenda at AGRF Summit
    by Farming First (Farming First) on September 21, 2020

    Actions to strengthen Africa’s food systems in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis underpinned discussions at this year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). Held in a virtual format for the first time this year due to the ongoing pandemic, the theme of the 2020 Summit was ‘Feed the Cities, Grow the Continent: Leveraging Urban Food Markets to Achieve Sustainable Food Systems in Africa’. The event highlighted how the plight of urban areas has become tangible during the pandemic, as food The post Food systems resilience tops agenda at AGRF Summit appeared first on Farming First.

  • Building Nutrition Resilience in the Covid-19 Era
    by Farming First (Farming First) on September 17, 2020

    Lynn Brown, Director of Alliances and Policy at HarvestPlus, explores the importance of strengthening nutrition resilience amongst vulnerable populations to protect against future food system and income shocks. A version of this article originally appeared on Devex. Building resilience is a priority across multiple global development sectors, including health, climate adaptation, disaster preparedness, livelihoods, and more. But relatively little attention has been paid to nutrition resilience – more specifically micronutrient resilience. This is the ability to withstand dietary diversity shocks, The post Building Nutrition Resilience in the Covid-19 Era appeared first on Farming First.

  • 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.

  • Jacto builds colossal 470hp, 30m-wide self-propelled drill
    by Oliver Mark (Farmers Weekly) on October 31, 2020

    Farmers Weekly Anyone willing to pay whatever it takes to get their crops sown in double-quick time will be casting an envious eye at Brazilian maker Jacto’s new articulated self-propelled drill. The whopping Uniporter 500 carries an 8,700-litre tank for seed and fertiliser, which should also save pesky breaks in play to refill. And its 30m, 61-row The post Jacto builds colossal 470hp, 30m-wide self-propelled drill appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Avian influenza prevention tips and how to handle an outbreak
    by Emma Northam (Farmers Weekly) on October 31, 2020

    Farmers Weekly Avian flu is every poultry producer’s worst fear; infection can cause widespread mortality, and confirmation of the disease will usually trigger a cull of the flock, followed by stringent cleaning and disinfection measures. Producers are not able to restock until at least 21 days after the clean-down has been approved, and movement restrictions will be The post Avian influenza prevention tips and how to handle an outbreak appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Farmer Focus: Flooding has already compromised next harvest
    by Emma Gillbard (Farmers Weekly) on October 31, 2020

    Farmers Weekly Harvest was completed on 20 September, with spring barley and wheat performing much better than expected, benefitting from drier than average conditions, but with sufficient moisture and sunshine at the crucial flowering and grain fill periods.  There is no doubt that newer malting barley varieties such as Laureate and Diablo are a big step forward The post Farmer Focus: Flooding has already compromised next harvest appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Business clinic: How to regain possession of inherited land?
    by Suzie Horne (Farmers Weekly) on October 31, 2020

    Farmers Weekly Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Duncan Sigournay of Thrings advises on how trusts can protect assets and in some cases save tax. Q: My grandparents have just passed away and we have inherited their land. We are due to sell the house The post Business clinic: How to regain possession of inherited land? appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Rise in working dog thefts prompts farm warning
    by Ed Henderson (Farmers Weekly) on October 31, 2020

    Farmers Weekly A rise in dog thefts across the country has prompted an industry warning for farmers with valuable gundogs that are often a prize target for thieves. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) said vigilance and extra safety measures were essential for reducing risk. See also: Rural crime costs reach highest level in 8 The post Rise in working dog thefts prompts farm warning appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Improved sexed-semen option gives 97% females
    by Michael Priestley (Farmers Weekly) on October 31, 2020

    Farmers Weekly A sexed-semen product claiming to lift the probability of a female calf to 97% has been launched in the UK. Genetics company Cogent said its 4M High Purity semen gives 4-5% more chance of a female calf compared with its standard sexed product that was marketed as producing 92% females. This has been achieved with The post Improved sexed-semen option gives 97% females appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Opinion: Politicians have ‘parted with reality’ on farm plans
    by Philip Clarke (Farmers Weekly) on October 31, 2020

    Farmers Weekly Given that presidents outrank prime ministers, we must assume that Boris Johnson was suitably humbled to finally meet the NFU’s Minette Batters at Downing Street a couple of weeks ago. Mr Johnson reportedly declared that he “would rather die than hurt British farmers”, a characteristically superficial statement that was perhaps met with a subtly arched The post Opinion: Politicians have ‘parted with reality’ on farm plans appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Cumbrian woman crowned Farmers Apprentice 2020
    by Tim Relf (Farmers Weekly) on October 31, 2020

    Farmers Weekly A 23-year-old from a family farm in Cumbria has won the coveted title of Farmers Apprentice 2020. Lucy Dickinson beat off stiff competition from nine other finalists at the week-long bootcamp to take the title, winning £10,000 to spend on agricultural education or developing a farm business. “It was a fantastic experience,” said Lucy. “The The post Cumbrian woman crowned Farmers Apprentice 2020 appeared first on Farmers Weekly

  • Climate change: You've got cheap data, how about cheap power too?
    on October 31, 2020

    The iPhone transformed mobile phones in just 10 years. Could green energy see a similar revolution?

  • UK farmers braced for first autumn storm
    by Johann Tasker (Farmers Weekly) on October 30, 2020

    Farmers Weekly A wet and windy week ahead is set to bring heavy rain across much of the country with farmers bracing themselves for the first autumn storm. See also: Exclusive survey – farmers count cost of extreme weather The Met Office says Storm Aiden is forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the UK The post UK farmers braced for first autumn storm appeared first on Farmers Weekly

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