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.

Bridging the microfinance gap for smallholder farmers, This Is Africa

Report Identifies Research Priorities to Sustainably Meet Expected Increase in Global Demand for Animal Protein, National Academy of Sciences

Ten Must-See Farming First Videos of 2014, Farming First

Nexology for the New Year, Global Food Security

Ethiopia dam project could start power generation by June,Thomson Reuters Foundation

The people pushed out of Ethiopia’s fertile farmland, BBC News

Agroforestry: African Agric Ministers Need To Own Orphan Crops, News Diary Online

Africa: Global Efforts Needed to Stop Deadly Banana Disease, Protect Industry – UN Agency, All Africa

Biosciences research ‘key but gets small local support’, SciDev.Net

Why Africa’s degraded soils will cost the continent dearly, The Is Africa

Amazing animal farmers that grow their own food, BBC Earth

Organic farming not always best for environment, says government adviser, The Guardian

Africa has an astonishing food waste problem–this is what one group is doing about it, Mail & Guardian Africa

Soil: the sustainable alternative to oil income in Africa, The Guardian

Barbarians at the farm gate, The Economist

EU Banned Pesticides to Help Bees. Now Other Bugs Are Invading, Bloomberg

Lima climate deal: what was agreed – and what wasn’t,The Guardian

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