What we’ve been reading this week

This week’s summary on the news stories, reports and blogs that have grabbed our attention. We welcome your thoughts and comments on these articles.

Highlight: the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association (NASFAM) in Malawi, PAEPARD

FAO launches new standards for plant genebanks, FAO

Africa and India cultivate agricultural research ties, SciDev.Net

Who will pay for ecosystem services?, IIED

It’s not the ‘skipping’ three who should be questioned, it’s the wasteful supermarkets, The Independent

Pesticides halve bees’ pollen gathering ability, research shows, The Guardian

Natural Gas and Albacore: What Tuna Says About the Future of Mozambique, New Security Beat

Press Briefing of H.E. Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, PAEPARD

Fertilizer nutrient imbalance to limit food production in Africa, IIASA

Genetic weapon against insects raises hope and fear in farming, New York Times

The end of North-South, in one graph, Duncan Green

Scientists against environmentalists, Basler Zeitung

Farming Today This Week: Soil, BBC

UN report sounds alarm on farming land-use crisis, Phys.org

Kenya first to earn carbon credits from sustainable farming, Reuters

EU outlines 2030 climate goals, BBC

Increasing frequency of extreme El Niño events due to greenhouse warming, Nature

A united call for action on climate change, Kofi Annan, Washington Post

An Agricultural Revolution in the Making? – The System for Rice Intensification (SRI) gains support, Food Tank

 

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