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Needs for agrometeorological solutions to farming problems

Last modified September 26, 2008 09:25

Here we have discussions on problems for which operational solutions with agrometeorological components are highly required, but not yet or incompletely available, or available but not applied. Here pre-publication information may be exchanged and experiences swapped on possible services, research, training/extension and policies related to food security, on-farm and market related. [Discuss items for this section with the President or the Vice-president.]

Kenyan local climate fund's success heralds expansion to 29% of nation — Last modified January 30, 2014 13:38
A pilot project to support adaptation to climate change at the local level in Kenya's Isiolo County has been such a success that it is being replicated in four more counties, to cover a combined 29 per cent of the nation. The move is significant as it shows how county governments could access global climate finance, which is set to rise to US$100 billion a year by 2020.
Allotment Gardens Sprout One after Another as Interest Grows in Urban Agriculture — Last modified December 30, 2013 12:12
Japan's food self-sufficiency rate is as low as 40 percent on a caloric basis, but in recent years, interest in agriculture is growing among citizens. In this issue, we report on the burgeoning popularity of allotment gardens.
Many countries could harvest crops more frequently — Last modified December 23, 2013 08:48
When a community wants to produce more crops, it usually has three options – to increase the productivity of the land, increase the area of cropland, or harvest more frequently. While data on land productivity and cropland area are widely available, less is known about how often crops are harvested. With that in mind, researchers in the US conducted a global study into crop harvest frequency; they were surprised by some of the findings.
We’ll rise or fall on the quality of our soil — Last modified November 18, 2013 14:48
Great civilisations have fallen because they failed to prevent the degradation of the soils on which they were founded. The modern world could suffer the same fate.
Human water use has boosted drought — Last modified November 07, 2013 09:04
Drought: it is a word that seems to crop up with increasing frequency in the news. Be it the Amazon River slowing to a trickle, ships stranded by the retreat of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan, or hosepipe bans in the UK, drought is becoming an all too regular feature in our lives. Climate change is certainly a contributory factor, but a new study suggests that our unquenchable thirst for water is also playing a major role.
Science Field Shops in Indonesia, a start of Improved Agricultural Extension that Fits a Rural Response to Climate Change — Last modified September 02, 2013 14:59
Science Field Shops in Indonesia. A start of Improved Agricultural Extension that Fits a Rural Response to Climate Change
Elevated carbon dioxide making arid regions greener — Last modified June 07, 2013 09:02
Scientists have long suspected that a flourishing of green foliage around the globe, observed since the early 1980s in satellite data, springs at least in part from the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. Now, a study of arid regions around the globe finds that a carbon dioxide "fertilization effect" has, indeed, caused a gradual greening from 1982 to 2010.
Plants adapt to drought but limits are looming, study finds — Last modified February 05, 2013 10:01
By Daniel Stolte/UANews and Ann Perry/USDA ARS
Intensive farming with a climate-friendly touch: farming/woodland mix increases yields — Last modified November 26, 2012 15:29
In the world of agriculture, climate protection and intensive farming are generally assumed to be a contradiction in terms. At Technische Universitèt Mƒnchen (TUM), however, scientists have come up with a new land development concept that could change this view. The new model is tailored to medium-sized farms in South America and sees farmers transitioning from large-scale monoculture to more diverse crop mixtures spread over smaller plots interspersed with wooded areas – a switch that can bring significant financial benefits.
Wheat yields are levelling off, even in some developing countries — Last modified June 25, 2012 11:30
Wheat yields have levelled off in many countries around the world, even in regions of greater food insecurity such as India and Bangladesh, say researchers in the US.
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