Agroecology can feed Africa and tackle climate change — with enough funding

Farmers with their crop.With 350 million people facing food insecurity on the continent, most African nations face a quandary: how to vanquish hunger and meet the climate challenge. The continent is warming faster than the rest of the world, despite contributing less than 5% of global carbon emissions historically. Advocates say that farming based on ecological principles could […]

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Biofertilizers cut costs and GHG emissions for Brazilian soybean producers

The successful use of microorganisms in the production of soybeans is driving R&D for the development of bioproducts focused on different crops. Image by Bruno Kelly/Greenpeace.Brazilian soybean producers have been highly successful in using genome technology to benefit their crops, with huge economic and environmental gains, a new paper highlights. Currently, the growers are using biofertilizer on 80% of their crops and their benefits are pushing scientists to develop new bioproducts for other crops as well. Scientists in Brazil have […]

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Europe considers large-scale seaweed farming; environmental effects unknown

Sea spaghetti in a kelp forest.BANTRY BAY, Ireland – Claire O’Sullivan runs her small family firm, Wild Atlantic Seaweed Ireland, out of her house a short walk from Bantry Bay on the country’s southwestern coast. Her wild kelp is hand-harvested, a sustainable and traditional method of collecting seaweed. The company focuses on niche high-end products: Seaweed Infused Beard Oil, €15.00 […]

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Seaweed an increasingly fragile lifeline for Philippine farmers

Seaweeds are harvested and dried.Balintang, PHILIPPINES — “Seaweeds are important to me because they give me joy when we plant them,” says Melinda Gimotea, as she crouches down among the pile of seaweed seedlings under her stilt house on the southwestern coast of the Philippines’ Palawan province. Facing the teal blue sea on a fine July morning, the 55-year-old […]

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In Bali, snakefruit farmers hope agroforestry bears fruit as island reopens

A farmer shows a salak variantDENPASAR, Indonesia — People in Sibetan village got used to wearing face masks before the coronavirus pandemic shut down Bali’s tourism industry for two years and killed more than 4,000 on the Hindu-majority island. In 2017, families hurried to evacuation shelters after Bali’s Mount Agung erupted just 10 kilometers (6 miles) away from the village […]

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In Indonesian Papua, a one-time gun trafficker now preaches permaculture

Mbah GimbalSORONG, Indonesia — Thriving across half a hectare in the hills of West Papua’s Mariat district are mustard greens, long beans, spinach, chilies and tomatoes. There’s also fruit such as watermelon and soursop, and tubers including taro, cassava and sweet potatoes. These bountiful crops have all been planted by Mbah Gimbal, who once sold illegal […]

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