Crop Water News

  • Open-access database will help water-scarce countries get more crop per drop

    A new open-access data portal to be developed by FAO will use satellite imagery to help water-scarce countries in the Near East and North Africa better manage this precious resource.  Currently all countries in North Africa and the Near East suffer from severe water scarcity, with significant consequences for irrigated agriculture, the region's largest water user. ...

  • Pakistan needs a new crop forecasting system

    Pakistan's outdated crop yield forecasting system needs a revamp, says Ibrar ul Hassan Akhtar. Like most developing countries, Pakistan is staring at the spectre of food insecurity, with its food production out of sync with population growth. The food availability scenario is further ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New study on `public goods provided by agriculture in the European union`

    The Common Agricultural Policy plays a critical role in helping farmers to deliver environmental goods and services, provided that policies are targeted in the right way. This is the key message of a report published today for DG Agriculture and Rural Development by the Institute for European Environmental Policy. The report is a first ever attempt to identify the full range of environmental ...

  • It never rains in California...

    They came by the thousands, united in one common goal - to protest reduced water deliveries to one of the world’s major agricultural regions. Growers, farm workers, community leaders, politicians and environmental activists participated in a four-day, 50-mile 'March for Water' in California’s Central Valley last week to protect an industry vital to central and southern California. One clear ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Crops and soil threatened by floods in the Midwest

    Here, in some of the best soil in the world, the stunted stalks of Dave Timmerman's newly planted corn are wilting in what sometimes look more like rice paddies than the plains, the sunshine glinting off of pools of collected water. Although time is running out, he has yet to plant all of his soybean crop because the waterlogged soil cannot support his footsteps, much less heavy machinery. Mr. ...

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