Agriculture

Uganda Agricultural Effort Gets $12M From World Bank
August 20, 2007 11:59 AM - Ochieng' Ogodo, SciDevNet

Agricultural research in Uganda has received a US$12 million boost from the World Bank. The bank's board of directors approved the loan for Uganda's Second Agricultural Research and Training Project this month (August). "Raising agricultural productivity is a key area for the [Ugandan] government's Poverty Eradication Action Plan and a flagship operational area for the bank's Africa Action Plan," said John McIntire, the World Bank's country director for Tanzania and Uganda, in a press release.

Mom Always Said "Eat Your Veggies", But What About Your Whole Grains?
August 20, 2007 10:48 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Every cause has a day, or month, and why should grains be any different? So, courtesy of the Whole Grains Council, and the US Rice Federation, September is now, officially, the first-ever National Whole Grains Month.

Fish Farms Help Families In Africa Hit By AIDS
August 19, 2007 09:43 PM - Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent, Reuters

Tiny fish farms have helped 1,200 poor families hit by AIDS in Malawi to raise their incomes and improve their diets in a scheme being expanded to other African nations, a report showed on Monday. About $90 can enable construction of a small rain-fed pond that can be stocked with juvenile fish costing $10. Once the fish grow and reproduce, the ponds produce food with far less back-breaking work than subsistence farming.

Bat Breath Reveals The Identity of a Vampire’s Last Victim
August 19, 2007 03:15 PM - Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Vampire bats that live in Latin America have switched to blood meals from cattle instead of from rainforest mammals, Farmers are now observing vampire bats satisfying their need for blood by attacking their own livestock.

Ohio Orders New State Policy: Grow 'Local' Food Sales
August 18, 2007 06:50 PM - Organic Consumers Association

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has signed an executive order to create a new policy for the state's $93 billion food and agriculture industry focusing on beefing up sales of local foods. Its mission will be to analyze food production, processing and consumption in Ohio, and link producers and consumers in local food systems to ensure citizens in need have greater access to fresh and nutritious food. The council also said it will assist farmers and businesses in marketing their products to encourage the growth of Ohio food products.

The Regreening Of The Himalayas - Community Forestry
August 17, 2007 07:46 PM - T. V. Padma, SciDevNet

Leafy forests replanted by communities in Nepal are flying in the face of accepted conservation practice. Now, something called "Community Forestry" aims to mix pine with more broad leaf plants and restore forests.

Dupont Presents Views To Wall Street On Its Ag And Biofuels Markets
August 17, 2007 05:24 PM - PRNewswire

The synergies among agricultural biotechnology, biofuels and biomaterials are creating potential game-changing solutions to the global challenges we face today and significant growth opportunities for DuPont.

Succesful Farming Launches TV Show Devoted To Farm Machinery
August 17, 2007 05:18 PM - Successful Farming News Release

Successful Farming will launch the first-ever agricultural program solely devoted to farm machinery for farmers and ranchers presented in high-definition (HD) television.

New Study: Whole Grains Lower Blood Pressure Risk
August 17, 2007 03:16 PM - Reuters

Women who get plenty of whole grains in their diet may lower their risk of developing high blood pressure, a large study suggests.

Brazil Gives Preliminary OK To Monsanto's GMO Corn
August 17, 2007 02:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Brazil is one step closer to approving Monsantos controversial GMO corn for future use. Corn is the third most planted crop in the world and Brazil ranks third in the world based on harvested area. Critics and scientists worldwide emphasize that, while not required by law, genetically modified crops have never been tested for their impact on the environment or human health.

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