Food and Agriculture : Newsfile

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  • Dust bowl threatens China's future

    3 October 2002

    Last year's dust storms in China were among the worst in memory, signalling a widespread deterioration of the rangeland and cropland in the country's vast northwest.

  • Gloomy outlook for malnourished children

    3 September 2002

    Unless more aggressive measures are taken, progress against child malnutrition is likely to slow over the next two decades, according to a new report from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

  • Empowering Asia's rural poor

    11 July 2002

    Inadequate farm technology and poor government support are preventing small farmers in Asia and the Pacific from unleashing their full productive capacities that boost food output and reduce poverty.

  • Organic farms more fertile

    14 June 2002

    Organic farms are more efficient than their conventional cousins and leave soils far healthier, according to new research in Science (May 31, 2002).

  • World leaders shun food summit

    11 June 2002

    The failure of many world leaders to attend this year's UN food summit,in Rome (June 2002), was seen by many commentators to indicate a lack of political will to tackle the issues of hunger and global poverty.

  • Rice farmers in Vietnam get the message

    31 May 2002

    An initiative of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to persuade a million rice farmers in Asia to stop spraying harmful and unnecessary insecticides is the winner of this year's St Andrews Prize, the only international environmental prize in the United Kingdom.

  • Hunger reduction still way off target

    14 November 2001

    The number of hungry people declined by only 6 million a year on average, during the 1990s, according to a new UN report.

  • Feeding the hungry in the world's hotspots

    22 October 2001

    Breaking with both traditional conservation policies and common agriculture techniques, a new report is urging for the adoption of eco-agriculture. This involves helping farmers, notably those living in or near threatened biodiversity "hotspots" rich in species, to grow more food while conserving habitats critical to wildlife.

  • Low till agriculture takes off in Asia

    19 October 2001

    The trend towards low till agriculture is sweeping across Asia, increasing harvests, reducing water use by as much as 30 to 50 percent, and requiring less fuel for running tractors on farms, report scientists from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).

  • Farming audit reviews population challenge

    5 April 2001

    How will the world feed an extra 1.5 billion people over the next two decades when current farming methods have already jeopardised world food production? That is the question posed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).