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Needs for agrometeorological solutions to farming problems

Last modified September 26, 2008 08:25

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.]

'White revolution' to 'white pollution' - agricultural plastic film mulch in China — Last modified October 01, 2014 09:37
Volume 9 Number 9 . E K Liu et al 2014 Environ. Res. Lett. 9 091001 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/9/091001
How has water availability for growing maize in Africa changed? — Last modified July 31, 2014 13:59
It has been a tough few years for Tanzanian maize farmers, who have seen yields decline as East Africa struggles with drought and unreliable rains. Now it’s unclear what the future might hold and whether it is worth investing in drought-resistant maize. It’s a dilemma that is being echoed across many regions of Africa. A new study investigates how and why water availability has been changing in recent decades.
Changing water availability during the African maize-growing season, 1979–2010 — Last modified July 22, 2014 13:25
Lyndon D Estes et al 2014 Environ. Res. Lett. 9 075005 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/7/075005. Changing water availability during the African maize-growing season, 1979–2010.
Stanford research shows importance of European farmers adapting to climate change — Last modified May 30, 2014 07:55
By Laura Seaman
Announcement: Observing April dust storm in China with the AIRS Dust Score — Last modified May 19, 2014 08:01
In late April 2014, a powerful storm churned the surface of China’s vast ocean of sand called the Taklimakan Desert and surged eastward, creating what the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Earth Observatory called “China’s Great Wall of Dust”.
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.
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