By Marcia MacNeil Agricultural is a major player in the competition for the world’s finite water supplies: 70 percent of the world’s extracted freshwater goes to crop irrigation. For this reason, technologies to maximize irrigation efficiency—increasing the “crop per drop” of irrigated water—are among the top tools promoted to improve food and nutrition security while […]

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By Heather Tallis, Global Managing Director and Lead Scientist for Strategy Innovation, The Nature Conservancy; Stephen Polasky, Regents Professor and Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota Climate change, declining air and water quality, rapid population growth – it can seem overwhelming to even contemplate solutions to such global challenges, let alone what it […]

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We are approaching harvest season. Overview Maize is a valuable commodity that is geographically dispersed across Nigeria and suitable for most Nigerians. It is perhaps the most common staple food in developing countries, providing food for 900 million people earning less than US $2 per day. Economics The world-wide consumption of maize is more than […]

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By Maxwell Young Agricultural development is among the most effective tools for reducing poverty and is central to the economic growth strategies of many low-income countries. A recent special issue of World Development—edited by IFPRI Senior Research Fellow Will Martin and World Bank Lead Economist Luc Christiaensen—explores this crucial relationship between agriculture, structural transformation, and […]

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As part of our agroecology in action series, Kalongo Chitengi, Zambia Country Director, Self Help Africa speaks to Farm Africa about the importance of sustainable agriculture and responsible farming for preserving Africa’s environment and ecosystems. Rosemary Chate’s seven children gather around the table inside their home in Malela, a village in Zambia’s remote Northern Province. […]

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A changing energy system is posing “critical questions” for many of the world’s largest oil and gas producing countries, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says. The rise of shale gas and oil in the US, global improvements in energy efficiency, and the response to climate change are leading to “sustained pressure” on countries that rely heavily on […]

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For the International Day of Rural Women, Thrive contemplates women farmers and how they are coping with today’s agricultural challenges. Take farmer Rachel from Kenya. With severe weather on the rise, Rachel’s farm is besieged by erosion. And downstream water users are also feeling the impacts. But researchers are finding that the right interventions can cut […]

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