October 1, 2015

In City Farming, supporters ask the wrong question of a great solution

Anne PalmerCenter for a Livable Future, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Every so often, I read a headline highlighting a study that proposes to prove cities are able to grow significant amounts of food. These studies claim that urban farming can provide for the food needs of an entire city. For you urban dwellers, spend a day or two writing down everything you eat and then look at the lan…
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September 29, 2015

Solar Energy in Egypt for Agriculture, Business and Social Development

Bijan KafiSEKEM Initiative

The ancient Egyptians developed the first means for using solar thermal energy by designing their buildings in architecturally appropriate ways. Today, thousands of years later, the conscious use of renewable energy is more important than ever. That’s why the Egyptian SEKEM Initiative has installed a number of sol…
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September 22, 2015

Report on climate change resilience for service providers-Part 2

The science is clear—climate change is happening. How are farmers grappling with changes in local climate regimes, vegetative variability and soil quality? Editor's Note: In August we posted the first part of an interview with researcher Rachel Schattman on her graduate work for the University of Vermont Center of…
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September 17, 2015

New research finds lessons for policy action around Green Growth

Kedar Mankad

The new book Steps Toward Green presents research across six countries in East and Southeast Asia to provide guidance to national policy makers in how to make seemingly conflicting land use priorities mutually beneficial. Academics and civil society often refer to the ‘enabling environment’ needed to solve some of…
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September 12, 2015

Biogas for Cambodian Farmers reduces emissions and inputs of agrochemicals

Jakob AssmannPolarstern

A German company, a Dutch development organization, and the Cambodian government work with smallholder farmers to turn livestock waste into light and fuel. All around the world, both advocates and opponents of renewable energies are looking at Germany and its Energiewende, German for ‘energy transition.’ Since the…
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September 10, 2015

Market Incentives for Eco-friendly SRI Rice Production in Cambodia

Caryl LevineLotus Foods

A recent push to grow sustainable rice in Cambodia has benefited producers, communities and landscapes, as well as created demand at home and abroad for environmentally-friendly products. Editor’s Note: Across East and Southeast Asia, civil society, NGOs and agribusiness leaders have piloted integrated landscape man…
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