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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Announce $120 Million in New Agriculture Grants: Bill Gates to Call for United Action to Support World's Poorest Farmers

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on Thursday, October 15, 2009  will urge governments, donors, researchers, farmer groups, environmentalists, and others to set aside old divisions and join forces to help millions of the world's poorest farming families boost their yields and incomes so they can lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.


Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Opens Doors for 100 Million Seeds from 100 Countries

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault established in the permafrost in the mountains of Svalbard opened on February 26, 2008 on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving inaugural shipments of 100 million seeds that originated in over 100 countries.


Flood-tolerant Rice Offers Relief for World's Poorest Farmers

Farmers should soon have access to a new strain of flood-resistant rice, say scientists.


Asprin-like Hormone Found to Fight Plant Diseases

Scientists have finally identified a key component in the disease-fighting process in plants that activates plant-wide defenses after a pathogen attack.


Chinese Scientists Show That Intercropping Maize With Faba Beans Increases Yield

Intercropping, which grows at least two crop species on the same pieces of land at the same time, can increase grain yields greatly.


Cusco, Peru Bans GM Products To Protect Diversity Of Native Potatoes

The regional government of Cusco, Peru has banned genetically modified (GM) products in the region to protect the diversity of thousands of native potato varieties and other Andean food crops.


Researchers find Africa's land degradation can be reversed

They showed that dryland degradation can be reversed if farmers, researchers and governments invest in planting trees, farming more sustainably and replenishing groundwater.


“Food Force” World's Leading Humanitarian Video Game Reaches Four Million: Available As Free Internet Download

Twelve months after its launch, the world’s first humanitarian video game about hunger is being celebrated as an unprecedented success story.


Over 700,000 People In 118 Countries Walk To Deliver A Message: Child Hunger Has No Place In This World And Citizens Working Together Can Root It Out.

On Sunday 21 May, more than 760.000 people in 118 countries and 420 locations, across 24 time zones, participated in “Fight Hunger: Walk the World.”  People came out in force to deliver a message: child hunger has no place in this world and citizens working together can root it out.


Ozone-Friendly Agricultural Products Are Goal of New Global Initiative

More than 5,000 farms and organizations joined forces with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to accelerate the phase-out of an agricultural pesticide that damages the ozone layer, the Earth’s protective shield.


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