Scaling Up Sustainable Land and Water Management Practices

One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?

ID-100135195Land degradation and declining soil fertility are major threats to agricultural productivity and food production, particularly in the drylands of sub-Saharan Africa, where land management practices, high fertiliser prices and water shortages contribute and exacerbate the problems. The World Resources Institute have previously calculated that to eradicate food insecurity we need to produce 69% more calories between 2006 and 2050, while at the same time protecting the world’s water, climate and ecosystems. A new report by the WRI entitled Improving Land and Water Management, instalment four of their Creating a Sustainable Food Future series, outlines some of the land and water management practices that can mitigate land degradation and increase agricultural output. They highlight four practices that are particularly promising, which along with raising yields and productivity can increase incomes, natural capital and resilience to climate change. These are:

Agroforestry – the integration of trees and shrubs onto farms

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Benefits of high-tech agriculture (AfricaFiles / The Globe and Mail)

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http://www.africafiles.org/article.asp?ID=26375

http://www.theglobeandmail.com

When Bill Gates pushes high-tech agriculture, who benefits?

Summary & Comment: This article says what many alternative sources say: “Big Ag, including the Monsantos of the world, would have you believe that GM foods, and all the chemicals and fertilizers that go with them, are the solution to world hunger. It’s an argument that should be challenged far more energetically than it is. Sadly, it looks like Gates, with all his crushing power, wealth and influence, is oiling this propaganda machine”. JK

Author: Eric Reguly
Date Written: 26 April 2012
Primary Category: Food and Land
Document Origin: Globe and mail
Secondary Category: Economic Justice
Source URL: http://www.theglobeandmail.com

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When Bill Gates speaks, the world tends to listen. The second-richest man on the planet is treated like a god when he opens   his mouth. He’s still chairman of Microsoft. The billions of dollars  of donations he…

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