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Cocoa prices are surging, but cocoa farmers are still making a pittance

argylesock says… Chocolate tastes so good, but it’s not so sweet for the smallholders who grow it. You can scroll down for info about other tropical commodity crops. Advertisements

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Paving the Way For Invasive Species

Originally posted on Living With Insects Blog:
Horticulturalists help bring beauty to our gardens and landscapes by introducing plants from other parts of the world and breeding them for aesthetic characteristics. In the past, not enough attention was paid to…

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The Role and Risk of Coffee-based Development in Ethiopia

Originally posted on Global Food Politics:
  Two Farmers in Ethiopia Pick Coffee Cherries, the fruit processed into coffee beans (Image courtesy The Upcoming). A new report issued by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) claimed that the child mortality…

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Gorse

Here’s a good article about gorse (Ulex spp.) by Chris at Woodlands.co.uk There’s gorse in bloom now, somewhere in the British Isles. There’s always gorse in bloom. As Paul Simons at the Guardian reminds us, an old proverb says that … Continue reading

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How agroforestry schemes can improve food security in developing countries

Caspar van Vark at the Global Development Professionals Network has written a good article about agroforestry. That means farming with trees and shrubs amongst crops and livestock. Dr van Vark calls for more discussion of agroforestry as part of improving … Continue reading

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Rhododendron ponticum – much more than just an invasive weed

Originally posted on The Invasives Blog:
Rhododendron ponticum, native to southern Europe and south west Asia was introduced into the UK in the 18th Century. Since then, this plant has grown uncontrollably and is now a common sight throughout western…

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Swaddling clothes, gold, frankincense and myrrh

Myths about the birth of Jesus say that ‘three wise men’ visited him as he lay, ‘wrapped in swaddling clothes,’ in a manger in Bethlehem. The myths say that the wise men gave him ‘gold, frankincense and myrrh’. Swaddling means … Continue reading

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