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  • NASA Satellite Set to Get the Dirt on Soil Moisture

    A new NASA satellite that will peer into the topmost layer of Earth's soils to measure the hidden waters that influence our weather and climate is in final preparations for a Jan. 29 dawn launch from California. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will take the pulse of a key measure of our water planet: how freshwater cycles over Earth's land surfaces in the form of soil moisture. ...

  • 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    Pakistan's outdated crop yield forecasting system needs a revamp, says Ibrar ul Hassan Akhtar.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 satellite sensing tool for improving agricultural land use observation

    FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) data indicate that annually 2500 km3 of freshwater are used for agricultural production, which amounts to 70% of the water resources the whole of humanity consumes in a year. With the global population continuing to grow at a high pace, it is essential to optimize the use of water resources and to increase agricultural production in ...

  • 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. ...

  • Modern rice information system helps DA plan and respond to disasters

    Reliable information based on satellite data and ground observations can help the Philippines prepare for and mitigate the effect of recurring disasters, such as typhoons and El Niño, on rice areas in Mindanao.  Since 2014, the Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM) has been providing the Department ...

  • ISRIC releases upgraded SoilGrids system: up to two times improved accuracy of predictions

    ISRIC – World Soil Information has just released a major update of its global predictions of soil properties and classes, now available at a spatial resolution of 250 m. The previous SoilGrids system at 1 km resolution has been systematically upgraded and the accuracy of the predictions has been improved (up to two times) compared to the previous predictions. The new version of SoilGrids ...

  • FarmMaps (Akkerweb) launched

    Fields used by growers contain a treasure trove of data. These data are registered and recorded for use by various (trade) partners, but rarely used actively by growers themselves. This was the idea behind the launch of Farm Maps on 12 February: to establish an independent and open platform on which companies can share data and applications that allow growers to obtain added value from their data ...

  • Supporting food security from space

    Standing rice crops in some parts of the world are routinely devastated by storms and extreme weather events, threatening the food security and livelihood of half of humanity. “sarmap and IRRI have developed tools that bring more transparency and accurate information to those who manage rice production, which is certainly important in general, and absolutely crucial for meaningful and ...

  • Traditional knowledge `can enable precision farming`

    Farmers in developing countries could take advantage of the emerging field of precision farming without needing the expensive technology usually associated with it, a geostatistics expert says. Crop yields could be improved by applying ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

  • Program designed to help prepare for droughts

    Federal agencies will provide better and more accessible information about matters such as long-term weather prospects and soil moisture levels under a program designed to help communities prepare for future droughts and respond more effectively when they happen, Obama administration officials said Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Precision Agriculture Webinar offered Jan. 20

    The more data farmers and producers can access regarding their fields, the better they can make decisions regarding how to manage their farm operations, experts say. But boiling down information from field monitored data, satellite data and remote sensing data captured using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles can sometimes be challenging, said Greg LaBarge, an Ohio State University Extension field ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Research funding and skills key to food for post-2015

    Public spending on agricultural research must double in the next decade if the world is to successfully move to sustainable methods of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Dynamic New Platform to Protect Forests Worldwide

    Managing the world's forest resources is today both a local and global undertaking, and technology has provided Global Forest Watch with an unprecedented opportunity to connect not only information and data but people, whether they be forest managers, businesses and private sector, or consumers across the globe. The World Resources Institute (WRI), Google,UNEP and a group of more than 40 ...

  • New Report Offers Menu of Solutions to Close the Global Food Gap

    New research presents solutions to meet the world's growing food needs, while advancing economic development and environmental sustainability. The analysis finds that the world will need 70 percent more food, as measured by calories, in order to feed a global population of 9.6 billion people in 2050. It is possible to close the food gap, while creating a more productive and healthy environment ...

  • Guidelines for combating soil erosion and desertification with plants

    A set of guidelines has been developed to reduce soil erosion by planting vegetation in desertification hotspots.Farmers and policymakers can use the guidelines to identify the most suitable places to plant vegetation in the channels where water and sediment move through the landscape. Land degradation through desertification typically occurs in vulnerable, semi-dry areas. As a result of ...

  • Youth deserve gold medals for sustainability

    Over 1,000 young athletes from 70 nations will compete in the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Not only will they compete for coveted medals, they will cooperate in various hands-on workshops as part of a Culture and Education Program that includes the Youth Olympic Games Sustainability Project. As we prepare to cheer the young athletes of the Winter Youth Olympics, ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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