agriculture water-use News

  • New USGS map of worldwide croplands supports food and water security

    A new map was released on November 14 detailing croplands worldwide in the highest resolution yet, helping to ensure global food and water security in a sustainable way. The map establishes that there are 1.87 billion hectares of croplands in the world, which is 15% to 20%—or 250 to 350 million ...

  • App ‘trained’ to spot crop disease, alert farmers

    Researchers win grant to further test app for smallholders App diagnoses deadly cassava diseases in field, sends alerts Roll-out in Africa needs engagement with farmers, says expert A team of scientists has received US$100,000 grant to refine a mobile application (app) that ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Method that cuts sugarcane emissions gets global prize

    A Brazilian scientist who developed a method that reduces greenhouse gas emissions from sugarcane cultivation has been awarded a prize that each year recognises a researcher whose work has excelled in the area of fertiliser use. Heitor Cantarella received the International Fertilizer ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • How much water is used for irrigation in European agriculture?

    Agriculture plays a large role in the management of water in the EU. However, there is little consistent information on water use in irrigation. New EU supported research has estimated how much water is used for irrigation in European countries, providing a framework to analyse agricultural pressures on water quantity. Water scarcity is an increasing problem in the EU and the situation is ...

  • Exploring the use of wastewater in agriculture

    With food demand and water scarcity on the uptick, it's time to stop treating wastewater like garbage and instead manage it as a resource that can be used to grow crops and help address water scarcity in agriculture. ...

  • G8 pledges US$20bn for agriculture

    G8 leaders meeting in L’Aquila, Italy, unveiled a plan to commit US$20 billion of funding to the development of agriculture and said they would tackle persistent food shortages in developing countries. The three-year initiative will also help developing countries develop scientific research in agriculture; foster international collaborations and improve the dissemination of research. The leaders ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The Benefits of Urban Agriculture; Trends in Green Agriculture and Sustainability

    August 31, 2010 - www.InvestorIdeas.com and its environmental investor portals, report on the benefits of urban agriculture for investors following green agriculture.   Aquamer Medical Corp. (OTCBB: AQUM) (DBA/ Urban Agricultural Corp.) a sustainable agriculture stock recently announced the acquisition of Urban Agricultural Corp. ("Urban ...


  • Crop water use efficiency

    Crop water use efficiency (WUE), or yield per unit of water used, can be improved through irrigation management and methods, including deficit irrigation (irrigating less than is required for maximum yields) and supplemental irrigation (irrigating to supplement precipitation so as to avoid crop failure or severe yield decline). Thus, WUE is key for agricultural production with limited water ...

  • Adapting agricultural water to climate change

    This policy brief, published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), examines the relationship between climate change, water and food security and outlines potential adaptation strategies and policy priorities for developing countries. Agriculture in developing countries is already under pressure from growing populations, industrialisation and environmental degradation. Climate change is ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Future of water is in agriculture says Diouf

    FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf has called for more attention to be paid to water management in agriculture and for increased support and guidance for farmers in developing countries to tackle water scarcity and the related problem of hunger. “The future of water is in a more efficient agriculture,” Diouf said at the opening of the Ministerial Conference of the 5th World Water Forum being held ...

  • China: agricultural production and groundwater

    As in many parts of the People’s Republic of China, Shanxi Province is experiencing reduced water security for the agriculture sector. Changing climate conditions, including reduced rainfall, are increasing reliance on groundwater resources in the province. Unsustainable groundwater use for food production intensifies the impacts of climate change, and cost-effective adaptation responses ...

  • Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture

    The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) is presenting itself to the outside world as ‘the world's award-winning sustainable agriculture event’. With 40 ministerial delegations and numerous top figures from the agrifood world, this trade fair and conference is guaranteed to feature many innovations in a wide range of fields. As an innovation partner, Wageningen UR is ...

  • Agricultural technologies must be `appropriate`

    How an agricultural technology is generated and where it comes from — be it through local efforts or global centres —  are not as important for development as whether the product is appropriate, says development expert, Sara Delaney. 'An appropriate technology is accessible, affordable, easy-to-use and maintain, effective — and most importantly, it serves a real need', says Delaney. A ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Making agriculture sustainable

    Agriculture is possibly the most important sector of global activity. It is a source of foods, fibers and, increasingly, fuel. It provides livelihoods and subsistence for the largest number of people worldwide. It is vital to rural development and therefore critical to poverty alleviation. Up to 40% of the land’s surface is used for agriculture, along with 70% of the world’s fresh water supply. ...

  • Agriculture to 2050 – the challenges ahead

    Agriculture must become more productive if it is to feed a much larger world population while responding to the daunting environmental challenges ahead, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said here today. Opening a two-day High-Level Expert Forum on How to Feed the World in 2050 Diouf told the 300 delegates that over the next 40 years: 'The combined effect of population growth, strong income ...

  • Sustainable agricultural partnerships

    American Business Conferences will be hosting its 4th in the global series of Sustainable Agriculture Summits in San Francisco on 10-11 August. This established forum where incisive and detailed strategies on how to measure and reduce water and carbon impacts throughout the agricultural supply chain is quickly filling up due to the exceptional value building qualities the summit promotes. ...

  • Sustainable Agriculture to Promote Biodiversity

    • Biodiversity affects key ecosystem services, such as the primary production of food for humans and the rest of nature, plus the recycling of nutrients and water. • One hectare of land contains a lot of biodiversity in the soil – equivalent to the weight of one cow of bacteria, two sheep of protozoa, and four rabbits of soil animals such as earthworms. The INSPIA* project is ...

  • Diesel efficiency in agricultural production

    The topic of diesel efficiency has only become an increasing focus for farmers in recent decades, following earlier decades of concentrating above all on timely and high quality performance of work with modern agricultural machinery and equipment. The discussion on diesel efficiency, which is still topical today, was triggered not only by rising fuel costs, but also by the environmental policy ...

  • Latest agricultural technology innovation

    Companies and breakthroughs most likely to help the world produce more food with less Dwindling water, farmland and fossil-based fertilizers are making it increasingly difficult to feed people today, let alone those expected in the future. Select companies are poised to reinvigorate large scale agriculture with cleantech innovations that help expand yields, increase efficiencies, ...


    By Kachan & Co.

  • Advancing agricultural adaptation and mitigation

    This policy brief, published by Science, examines how agricultural science can help improve policies for climate change adaptation and ...


    By SciDev.Net

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