Month: May 2013

Growing Peas and Greens to Maximize Water Usage

Intermittent prolonged dry spells across Kenya are causing the drying out of crops. To combat this, researchers recommend agrobiodiversity, the growing of vegetables and fruits. Because vegetable crops do not require large amounts of water, they are a good alternative to growing maize. Growing vegetables will not only aid in water preservation, but also address nutrition and health security. Read…

Preserving the Soil and Reaping Greater Harvests

Smallholder farmers in Morogoro, Tanzania, are more than doubling their harvests by using conservation agriculture. This resource-efficient crop production practice involves zero or minimum disturbances to the soil by keeping the soil covered at all times (by a growing crop or dead mulch of crop residues). Soil is protected from drought by reducing water requirements by up to 30 percent.…

Breed Insects to Improve Human Food Security: UN Report

Governments are analyzing the use of houseflies and other insects as a major food source. The United Nations reported that one way to feed the 9.6 billion people expected to be alive by 2050 could be to rear billions of insects to use as animal feed. Raising insects on a large scale is much cheaper than raising any other animal.…

New Record Expected for Coarse Grains

The production of global wheat, coarse grains and rice production in 2013 is expected to be strong. Coarse grains production is expected to reach a new record at 1,266 million metric tons, and maize plantings will likely reach the highest level since 1936. In spite of these record highs, world cereal utilization is expected to stagnate because of rising prices…

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