‘High-yield’ farming costs the environment less than previously thought—and could help spare habitats
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‘High-yield’ farming costs the environment less than previously thought—and could help spare habitats

New findings suggest that more intensive agriculture might be the “least bad” option for feeding the world while saving its species—provided use of such “land-efficient” systems prevents further conversion of wilderness to farmland. Continue reading

India’s northeast Bihar State gears up to approve and implement a ‘livestock master plan’
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India’s northeast Bihar State gears up to approve and implement a ‘livestock master plan’

Bihar is gearing up for a ‘livestock master plan’ being prepared for it by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). ‘It is almost ready and ILRI experts will present its draft to the government here on July 4. The master plan, which will be for a 15–year period, will emphasise on various steps to give a push to dairy, goat-rearing, poultry, piggery and other allied sectors with an aim to improving food security and reducing poverty through better and more sustainable use of livestock. Continue reading

Africa RISING looks back at what the project achieved in ‘intensifying’ agriculture in its first five years
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Africa RISING looks back at what the project achieved in ‘intensifying’ agriculture in its first five years

A new report from Africa RISING—Footprints of Africa RISING Phase I (2011–2016)—summarizes the achievements of the project’s first phase. Continue reading

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Where wealth and opportunity walk on four legs—AFKInsider

with a growing number of firms gobbling up arable land in Africa—not solely for crop production but also for livestock and cattle—investment shops are slowly redirecting capital to this agricultural subsector. Investing in this segment of African economies can be transformative, as a significant portion of African wealth and growth opportunity is walking on four legs on the African continent. Continue reading

New analysis reports we don’t need to double world food production by 2050
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New analysis reports we don’t need to double world food production by 2050

Do we really need to double food production? In an analysis published in BioScience, my coauthors and I offer a recalibrated vision of sustainable intensification. We conclude that food production does not need to double by 2050, which would require unprecedented growth, but instead needs to continue increasing at roughly historical rates. . . . Continue reading