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Cameroon: Farming in the Dark / Camerún: La actividad agrícola en la oscuridad

Poor farmers have little chance of getting a fair price for their produce if they don’t know how much markets beyond their villages are willing to pay. The internet is leveling their playing field through schemes such as INFOSHARE, which is giving access to the latest market news to thousands of remote cocoa and coffee farmers in Cameroon.


Around 70 000 farming families receive seeds and tools in North Darfur

The rainy season has just begun in North Darfur, and around 70 000 vulnerable rural families will be able to plant with seeds and agricultural tools provided by FAO, the UN agency said today.


Half of Poland Declares Itself GMO Free Zone

Mazowieckie Province with a population of over five million has become the sixth Province in Poland whose local authorities have passed a resolution declaring them a GMO Free Zone.


JOINT SEED AWARD PARTNERSHIP FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The 12 finalists of the first biennial Seed Awards were announced tonight at a reception at the 3rd IUCN World Conservation Congress in Bangkok.


Biosafety Protocol Now Operational as Governments Agree on Documentation Rules for GMO Trade

The 87 member States of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which entered into force in September 2003, have adopted documentation requirements and other procedures for promoting the safety of international trade in living (or genetically) modified organisms (known as LMOs, or GMOs), during their one-week meeting in Malaysia.


Scientists Find Why Intercropping of Faba Beans with Maize Increases Yields

Chinese scientists have discovered why an agricultural practice called "intercropping' increases crop yields. The discovery could help farmers cut down the amount of chemical fertiliser they use on their crops, reducing chemical pollution in soils.


An improved method for storing maize, Togo's main cereal crop

Slightly changing the construction methods of traditional maize storage granaries can result in significantly reduced insect infestation and mildew losses for small farmers


Policy Dynamics and Alley Farming Adoption in West and Central Africa

Traditional agricultural practice in Africa involves shifting cultivation in which cultivated land is left to fallow so that soil fertility is restored. However, increased land demand from a growing population is placing constraints on this practice. Alternatives to this farming practice have become inevitable.


Using carbon emission credits to promote environmentally sensitive agriculture

Forests and tree plantations are seen as part of the solution since they store carbon at a rate 20 to 100 times more per acre than pastures and croplands. The substitution of composting and other organic techniques for fertilizers and pesticides on tree plantations also allows for increased carbon storage.


Bole, Ghana: Research and development of the shea tree and its products

In recent years the shea tree has gained importance as an economic crop because of the heavy demand for its butter, both locally and internationally. In recognition of the need to find substitutes for the rather expensive cocoa products, and to maximize economic exploitation of the vast shea resource in Ghana, the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) initiated scientific research into the cultivation and processing of shea nuts.


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