Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) officially launched its new agricultural research and development indicators for Latin America and the Caribbean at a roundtable event at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on Wednesday, April 27.
More than 150 participants gathered at a series of workshops in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania to discuss how to improve gender parity in irrigation, focusing on identifying key guiding questions for policy makers and practitioners.
Systems and markets that provide farmers with access to seeds and planting materials lie at the heart of efforts to boost agricultural productivity and improve rural livelihoods in many developing countries. Seeds are the very embodiment of modern science – they represent the efforts of farmers and scientists to select and breed for desirable traits such as yield, pest and disease resistance, tolerance to abiotic stresses, and quality attributes preferred by consumers and other actors in the value chain. Seeds are also a hotly contested space: public, private, and civil society actors involved…
It takes millennia to develop fertile soils, but according to authors of a chapter on soils in the 2016 GFPR, we are losing 75 billion tons of soil globally each year, with impacts that not only hurt poor farmers, but extend well beyond the farm.