Food and Agriculture : Features

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  • World's rangelands are turning to desert

    11 February 2002

    Earlier this year (2002), a dust storm originating in northwestern China engulfed Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, closing the airport for three days and disrupting tourism. Such dust storms are no longer uncommon. Dust storms originating in Central Asia, coupled with those originating in Saharan Africa that now frequently reach the Caribbean remind us that desertification of the world's rangelands is ongoing.

  • Brazil's settlers sow seeds of change

    21 January 2002

    After winning land for the people it represents, Brazil's landless peasant movement has now taken the important step of switching from chemical farming to organic farming, Sue Branford reports.

  • Lighting a dark corner

    27 November 2000

    Ray Choto reports on a women's garden club in Zimbabwe.

  • Helping farmers fight pests

    16 November 2000

    A national programme in the Philippines, to reduce over-reliance on chemical pesticides and free farmers to find more natural methods of pest control, is now being extended both in area and its range of activities. Linda Bolido reports on one successful project.

  • Turning dusty land into a flowering orchard

    16 November 2000

    Bishakha Datta reports on an Indian success story.

  • City farmers of Kenya

    19 October 2000

    All over the developing world urban people are finding ways of growing their own food. In some Chinese cities over half the food is grown within the city borders. Here Diana Lee-Smith of the Mazingira Institute tells the story of city farmers in Kenya and calls for national policies which will help them be even more productive.

  • Sustaining the harvest

    18 September 2000

    A recent global analysis of 109 sustainable programmes and projects in 26 countries has shown that resource conserving methods and farmer-centred approaches can produce startling increases in food production and contribute to the regeneration of rural economies. John Thompson and Fiona Hinchcliffe from the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), which carried out the research, report here on its important findings.

  • Mimicking nature to grow more

    18 September 2000

    The poor red baked soils common in the hilly peasant farms of Central Honduras, are becoming dark, rich producing ones through new organic farming methods. Charlie Pye-Smith travelled through the region to research this report.

  • Feeding a future world

    15 September 2000

    Although some experts are confident that a future world of eight or ten billion people will be able to feed itself, others share grave concerns about the future sustainability of current farming practices - especially in poor, food deficit countries with growing populations. Don Hinrichsen reviews the latest evidence.

  • Creating an evergreen India

    15 September 2000

    Few people exemplify the paradigm shift from yesterday's high-technology solutions to the problem of producing enough food for growing populations better than Professor M.S. Swaminathan. One of the leading forces behind the Green Revolution, he is now convinced that the sustainable solution to staving off hunger lies in the new, more gentle formula of 'eco-development'.