Tag Archives: land grab

Biofortified GM bananas

James Dale is a scientist at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT, Australia). His lab has developed a genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) banana (Musa × paradisiaca) rich in ‘pro-vitamin A’. Here’s the QUT report. This is the ‘super banana’ … Continue reading

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Invest More in Agriculture Not Industries

Originally posted on Foundation for Young Farmers:
A very appropriate theme when Africa is rising, was one of my first thoughts. Participants were researchers, academics, policymakers from the UN, AU, governments and NGOs as well as people like me who…

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The Value of Soil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=403sT9CGRl0 A clever little film from the ELD Initiative (http://eld-initiative.org/) on the value of soil and the reasons why we should be pursuing sustainable land management systems.

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Western corporations carve up Africa

Originally posted on ECO-opia:
. A newly released report reveals how the British and American governments are facilitating the corporate takeover of African food systems. Campaigners protest outside the UK Department for International Development. Photo: WDM  . Huge tracts of…

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Food security and biofuels

Biofuels are renewable because they’re made from plants or animals, which grow. But sometimes biofuels are produced in ways that are not sustainable. Hungry people sometimes pay the cost. Can food security and biofuels go hand in hand? Today Léna … Continue reading

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Food sovereignty: the next big idea

The Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) shows us an article by Raj Patel. Mr Patel says that ‘food sovereignty’ is the next big idea. My fellow blogger Noah Zerbe at Global Food Politics explains the difference between … Continue reading

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Green Rush to carve up Africa

‘There is a gold rush happening in Ethiopia, but it’s not a hunt for the yellow metal. It’s a quest for the green gold of fertile farmland.’ So says Richard Schiffman at Farmland Grab. ‘A nation more associated with periodic … Continue reading

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Land grabbing

Pascal Liu at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) tells us that land grabbing is on the increase. In this hungry world, with populations rising, Mr Liu says that people with money should work with resource-poor farmers. Not just exploit … Continue reading

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G8 and tragedy of Africa

Originally posted on ECO-opia:
  DON’T SELL OUT ETHIOPIA! HOLD YOUR GROUND! Author: Latha Jishnu The white man’s burden never eases. Long after the sun set on colonial empires, the rich nations of the world who make the G8, the…

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Agroecology Is Not For Sale!

Originally posted on The Noah Project:
The International Commision on Sustainable Peasant Agriculture’s booklet From Maputo to Jakarta. 5 Years of Agroecology in La Vía Campesina was made available to the delegates of the Sixth Annual Conference of the LVC as…

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