In Malawi, land and aquatic food systems engage 80 percent of the population playing a key role in food security, employment and economic growth. However, the increasing impacts of climate change are threatening the productivity of small-scale producers. Increased temperatures … Read the rest
Integrated agriculture-aquaculture with rtb crops within ponds. Aquaculture, Bangladesh. Photo by Mark Prein, 2006.
What do catfish and bananas have in common? No, this is not a riddle or the start of a bad joke. Some farmers know the answer: Bananas and catfish are a win-win when grown together in the same farming system. … Read the rest
Researchers, development practitioners and policy makers recognise that efforts during the 1970's and 80's to develop new high yielding hybrid seeds and transfer them to farmers played an important part in removing the spectre of widespread starvation, especially in Asia. This, combined with the introduction of fertiliser and efforts to develop markets, also ushered in a period of cheap and relatively stable prices for the world's staple crops and brought millions of farmers out of poverty. Aptly named The Green Revolution this undoubted success deserves celebration.