Last month, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture released the 2010 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative competitive grants request for applications (RFA). View full announcement: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/afri_rfa.html. We are interested in hearing your view on the RFAs.
Agritech Expo comes to Arusha, Tanzania!
The success story of the outdoor agricultural show, Agritech Expo, is about to expand to Tanzania with the inaugural farming B2B platform taking place in the agri-hub of Arusha in January. Says Agritech Expo Tanzania event director Yolanda dos Santos: “continued agriculture economic growth in Tanzania has awoken the need to facilitate an enabling environment where suppliers, farmers of all scales and industry professionals from the agri-value chain can meet on a professional B2B platform. Working in...
The Cloud and the Changing Face of Agriculture
Enterprises, non-profits, and startups around the world are using the cloud to accelerate innovations that are changing the face of agriculture. In support of The Ohio State University’s Discovery Themes initiative, and in tandem with the 2016 Farm Science Review, Amazon Web Services and experts from around the country will demonstrate how massive public data sets of satellite photos and other earth-observation data can be used in precision agriculture. Coupled with advanced sensor technology and the...
State of progress of the IOC project to increase the economic yield of the genetic olive resources through the creation of pilot demonstration nurseries
In the framework of its programme of activities for the first semester of 2016, at a project mid-term evaluation meeting with the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), the project implementing agency (Tunisian Olive Tree Institute) and the collaborating centres (the National Institute of Agricultural Research of Morocco (INRA), the Technical Institute for Fruit Tree and Vine Growing of Algeria (ITAF), the Horticulture Research Institute of Egypt and the National Office for Olive Oil of Tunisia), the IOC assessed the...
FAO’s State of the World’s Forests Calls for Positive Interactions Between Agriculture and Forestry
It is not necessary to cut down forests to produce more food. Promoting more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry can stop deforestation, build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food security. This is the key message of `The State of the World`s Forests` (SOFO), the flagship publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), presented at the opening of the 23rd session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO). Focusing on `Forests and Agriculture: Land-use Challenges...
Gauging the impact of climate on U.S. agriculture
Original story at MIT News To assess the likely impact of climate change on U.S. agriculture, researchers typically run a combination of climate and crop models that project how yields of maize, wheat, and other key crops will change over time. But the suite of models commonly used in these simulations, which account for a wide range of uncertainty, produces outcomes that can range from substantial crop losses to bountiful harvests. These mixed results often leave farmers and other agricultural stakeholder...