Farm Resource Articles

  • From (cyber)space to ground: new technologies for smart farming

    Increased water demand and climate change impacts have recently enhanced the need to improve water resources management, even in those areas which traditionally have an abundant supply of water, such as the Po Valley in northern Italy. The highest consumption of water is devoted to irrigation for agricultural production, and so it is in this area that efforts have to be focused to study ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Farming in a Controlled Environment

    There is considerable pressure on today’s farmers. This is because of farming, as a special type of manufacture, largely depends on climate and natural resources. Climate changes have led to unpredictable weather conditions that can endanger farmer’s efforts with frequent hail, frost or drought. With increased global population, that is predicted to reach a number of 9.6 billion by ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Manage Your Farm Inventory with Agrivi Software

    Every farmer, whether on a small family farm or with large farm production, has an inventory of all his farm materials; crop seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, fuel, harvested crops and other farm items. Whatever the size of his production, he uses those materials on fields and thus has the necessity to keep records of their inventory level. In farm management, inventory plays a key role. It’s ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Wavelet analysis of the complex precipitation series in the Northern Jiansanjiang Administration of the Heilongjiang land reclamation, China

    Due to interference from natural factors and the intensity of human activities, the complex characteristics of the regional precipitation process have become increasingly evident, which creates a challenge for the rational development and utilisation of precipitation resources. In this perspective of complexity diagnosis, the multi-timescale variation characteristics of precipitation were ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Conversion of coconut gene farms threatens diversity

    The land conversion of coconut gene banks located in research farms across the Asia-Pacific threatens the future of coconut diversity, researchers warn. A coconut gene bank in Indonesia was recently converted into a racetrack while another in Samoa was turned into a prison, SciDev.Net has learned. Scientists in Southeast Asia are worried that ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Climate, vulnerability and farming: a preliminary study among Australian food growers

    The present study examines climate change, vulnerability to climate, and other environmental challenges from the perspective of 80 horticulture operators from different Australian states. Vulnerability in the form of storms and droughts are respondents’ main environmental concerns; in some cases, the impact of wildlife displacement is affecting their production outputs. In addition, substantial ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Farmers' (local and colonists) perceptions of environmental changes in the forest frontier of the upper Amazon, Peru

    Amazon ecosystem degradation profoundly impacts life supporting processes of global importance such as climate regulation, as well as local conditions for livelihoods. In Peru's highland jungle, an expanding deforestation front of forest conversion to agriculture has vastly transformed the landscape. Small–scale farming, the main driver of forest degradation, and consequently household natural ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Family as an autonomous institution for local agricultural resources governance: discourse on organic agriculture development in the mountains of Nepal

    This paper focuses on the institutional dynamics of family–led organic farms in the mountains of Nepal. It is based on continuous observations and experiences of local farmers who have dedicated themselves to organic agriculture for a significant period of time. It is found that family–led organic farming can contribute significantly to the sustainable use of local agricultural resources. The ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Investing in people and evidence for sustainable farming

    Evaluation of farming systems, new ideas and learning with practitioners should be part of a transformed agriculture. Food security is difficult to pin down. It can be explained simply as access to enough food. But behind that simplicity lies an interconnected web of factors — from food prices to ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Food sustainability: Key resources

    From contentious hunger estimates to trends in agriculture, Zareen Pervez Bharucha outlines a range of resources. Hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity The website of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is a key resource and offers access to several reports on hunger and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Agroecology Taps a Wellspring of Farming Knowledge

    Agroecology shares family farmers' evolving knowledge — and should go mainstream, says Fernando R. Funes-Monzote. Over recent decades, formal research and extension, led by governments and big enterprises, have led to novel answers for emerging problems in agriculture. However, these have generally ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Green technologies and business practices: a study on rural microenterprises in PURA scheme villages of Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu, India

    This paper present the study that was carried out in the PURA scheme villages of Thanjavur District, India. The investigation was to determine the impact of education on green technologies and business practice among the villagers, who deals with micro–enterprises. The data were collected from PURA villages that consist of seven clusters. Each cluster has been allocated an activity that yield ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A Global Assessment of the Water Footprint of Farm Animal Products

    The increase in the consumption of animal products is likely to put further pressure on the world’s freshwater resources. This paper provides a comprehensive account of the water footprint of animal products, considering different production systems and feed composition per animal type and country. Nearly one-third of the total water footprint of agriculture in the world is related to the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Land tax: towards a multifunctional institutional tool for land reform and rangeland conservation

    This paper presents a bio-economic modelling technique which provides insight on the probable impacts on the management of natural resources of a land tax as an example of policy instrument. The paper is based on a case study carried out in arid natural rangelands of Namibia, where an agricultural land tax has been implemented in 2006. Responding to concerns regarding the impact of this ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Farm size and economic efficiency: a case study of tea production in West Bengal

    Once tea was the major source of export earnings for India, but now India is trailing behind in the field of tea production and exports. Darjeeling tea is considered as India?s pride and almost entire production are exported. The depressed tea export of India actually caused the breakdown of the tea industry in West Bengal. Under such circumstances, it is appropriate to verify whether the tea ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Distorted agricultural prices cause hunger and resources dilapidation

    The main objective of this paper is to present facts and arguments trying to prove that price distortion has been the main reason for the dilapidation of human and physical resources all over the world. In some countries, farmers sell their products at prices below their real cost. In these countries, most often, family labour and equipment depreciation are not accounted as real costs. The ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Peak phosphorus - conserving the world`s most essential resource

    Abstract Phosphorus (P) is one of the three major plant nutrients but it is the scarcest on the planet; at the current rate of exploitation, today's resources will be exhausted in about 70 years; 80% of the extracted P is used as fertiliser. Additional reserves might last another 200 years; when they are exhausted, crop yields will decline rapidly. All living cells require P; it cannot be ...


    By Cambi Group AS

  • Gender and sustainable livelihoods: case study of South African farm workers

    This study investigates how gender affects sustainable livelihoods in terms of the impact on food and nutrition security in farm worker households. Gender variables play a crucial role in the well-being of households, especially for women and children. A case study of South African farms shows that female-headed households, although having less access to earned income, take better care of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • When population growth and resource availability collide

    As land and water become scarce, competition for these vital resources intensifies within societies, particularly between the wealthy and those who are poor and dispossessed. The shrinkage of life-supporting resources per person that comes with population growth is threatening to drop the living standards of millions of people below the survival level, leading to potentially unmanageable social ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Farm models and economic valuation in the context of multifunctionality: a review of approaches from France, Germany, The Netherlands and Portugal

    Multifunctionality of Agriculture (MFA) is a concept that supports the recognition of complex interdependencies between different resources, production processes and outputs of agricultural land use. Political decision making within a sustainable development frame requires extensive information about these interrelationships in order to analyse the impact of implemented policies and to assess ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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