Food and Agriculture : Features

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  • Going bananas: fighting hunger with Africa Harvest

    20 November 2008

    Developed countries like Australia must transfer advancements in science and technology, especially biotechnology, to help the poor in Africa achieve food security, economic independence and sustainable rural development, urges Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International's Chief Executive Officer, Florence Wambugu.

  • Iceland fisheries: a model for the world

    3 November 2008

    Iceland is in the spotlight because of the financial meltdown, but Iceland has another more positive claim on our attention. Until the 1960s it had an economy no better than many developing countries, but it has since evolved a sophisticated fisheries management system which has the support of both the public and the fishing industry. It is a model for other coastal countries struggling to manage dwindling stocks of fish as demand increases. This exclusive report is by Contributing Editor, Don Hinrichsen.

  • The bitter price of Indian salt

    9 September 2008

    The human and environmental cost of the salt we sprinkle on our food is rarely disclosed. Here, Geeta Seshu tells the story of the women who work in the saltpans in the Rann of Kutch in India, despite the illegal status of these operations in a protected area.

  • Marginal farmers must not be forgotten

    16 June 2008

    Half of the world's undernourished people, three-quarters of Africa's malnourished children and the majority of people living in absolute poverty, live on small farms. Unless more is done to help them, the world's burden of hunger and suffering - along with its stressed environment - will not be relieved, argues John Madeley in this special report.

  • Peasant farming 'essential to feed the world'

    16 June 2008

    The Rome food summit, earlier this month, pledged itself to 'help farmers, particularly small-scale producers, increase production and integrate with local, regional, and international markets'. But, said George Monbiot, writing in The Guardian, big business is destroying them. His important article has stirred much comment and is reproduced here in full.

  • Greener and leaner - how the west could stave off disaster

    2 June 2008

    The world food crisis is a tragedy frequently and passionately foretold. For years, food experts warned that chronic under-investment in agriculture in developing countries, by governments and donors alike, would one day spell disaster. Julian Borger of The Guardian reports:

  • Chinese farmers are losing their land

    16 January 2008

    China, a country that first domesticated rice in the Yangtze Valley 10,000 years ago, now faces a farming crisis as mass migration from the countryside into the factories and industrial zones of mushrooming cities eats up fertile land, while patterns of food consumption and land rights change. Valerie Sartor and He Shan sent this exclusive report from Inner Mongolia on the urgent challenge facing Chinese agriculture and the rural environment - one that is already impacting the rest of the world.

  • FIRST HAND REPORT GM crops sprout in an Indian village

    4 October 2007

    Aarkavaadi is a typical Indian village in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It has a population of 1870, with women very much outnumbering the men. The main source of livelyhood is farming of rice, groundnuts, tapioca and sugarcane. But now some farmers are being approached to grow geneticaly modified cotton. Natasha Garyali sent this personal report from Aarkavaadi.

  • 'Biofuels can help rural farmers'

    21 August 2007

    Biofuels have come under attack for taking up land needed for food and wildlife, but now a new study says the increase in world agriculture prices caused by the global boom in biofuels could benefit many of the world's rural poor.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Urban farming thrives in Cuba

    11 April 2007

    Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cubans in towns and cities began spontaneously to grow their own food - organically - in whatever spaces available. In doing so, they started a revolution in food production which now makes a major contribution to their health and wellbeing. This is the first of a two-part article.