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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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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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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Originally published on Farming First. This week, the world marks 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 […]

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By Gashaw Tadesse Abate, Tanguy Bernard, Alan de Brauw, Nicholas Minot and Elena Hildebrandt Smallholder farmers in Africa South of the Sahara often experience low yields, and efforts to increase them have sprouted throughout the continent. Yet many farmers fail to adopt modern inputs or farming techniques that would increase productivity because of several constraints, […]

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By Yinuo Li One in a series of guest blog posts from leading voices in global development on achieving long-term sustainability and growth while ending hunger, poverty, and malnutrition. Agricultural cooperation was one of the main topics at the recent 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). The summit’s action plan stressed the importance […]

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