FAO, the United Nations food and agricultural agency, created an online database that uses satellite data and Google Earth images to help farmers achieve more reliable agricultural yields and allowing for the optimization of irrigation systems, focusing on parts of Africa and the Middle East that are facing water scarcity. The new tool is named WaPOR (…)
Sustainable agriculture is necessary to conserve water resources and enhance water security in the future, according to the agriculture ministers of the G20 countries. On Sunday (Jan. 22), the agriculture ministers of the G20 met in Berlin to discuss the contributions of the agriculture sector to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ahead of the (…)
Organic farming systems produce lower yields compared with conventional agriculture. However, they are more profitable and environmentally friendly, and deliver equally or more nutritious foods that contain less (or no) pesticide residues, compared with conventional farming, according to a paper published in the journal Nature. Agronomists at Washington State University argue that organic farming can trump conventional (…)
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