Sustainable Agriculture

SOS : Save Our Soils

Kevin Godlington | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Kevin Godlington

I used to be a soldier, a journey through the European wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, then Africa and the Middle East, spanning three continents over 12 y...

Our National Parks Show How To Make Brexit Work

Rob Adam | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Politics
Rob Adam

Local sensitivity and innovation are important and should be encouraged. But they also raise the spectre of fragmentation - national parks forced to fight individually to protect the landscapes which belong to all. It would be a tragedy if this were to transpire. Politicians in Westminster, Cardiff and Edinburgh would do well to heed the words of Sarah Fowler: "This works when we work together."

The Rise Of Smart Farming

Mohsen Mohseninia | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Tech
Mohsen Mohseninia

Today, we use sensors to monitor cattle, which means that a farmer can make informed decisions on how to manage his livestock based on real-time data, and he can do that remotely without having to be physically in the field. Therefore, the time saved by avoiding manual monitoring can be used elsewhere to make the farm more efficient.

Brexit: A Blank Canvas For Farming

Peter Stevenson | Posted 19.08.2017 | UK
Peter Stevenson

We have a real opportunity therefore, as we move away from this flawed system, to treat Brexit as a blank canvas upon which to redesign our food and farming policy. If we paint the right picture, we can make huge changes for the better not only here in the UK, but globally too, by setting a new benchmark for others to follow suit.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Inspiring Interview With the Global Crop Diversity Trust

Frontier | Posted 25.02.2017 | UK

Given the colourful clamour of bright and shiny food packaging on supermarket shelves, not to mention the influx of superfoods to hit the market, we c...

Let's Not Forget Seasonal Hunger in Sustainable Development Policymaking

Libby Blanchard | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK
Libby Blanchard

Agricultural development through productivity improvements, crop intensification, irrigation, and investment in infrastructure has significantly improved food security and the seasonal dimension of hunger worldwide in recent years. Yet seasonal hunger still persists among the rural poor, and should not be lost within poverty statistics or forgotten when addressing chronic hunger in policymaking.

Cashews, Co-ops and Constantine: One Woman Entrepreneur's Remarkable Story

Konaté Issa | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Konaté Issa

Against the odds, she completed primary school and moved to Côte d'Ivoire's second largest town, Bouaké, to become secretary to a local pharmacy and learn business administration.

Secure Land Rights Are Crucial for Feeding Nine Billion People by 2050

Martin Koehring | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK
Martin Koehring

Feeding a growing global population of nine billion people by 2050 is one of the world's biggest challenges--especially in the context of rapid urbanisation, rising amounts of food waste and climate change. During one day of discussions senior executives from agribusiness, policymaking and the NGO community examined approaches to food and nutrition security.

We're Raising Living Standards for the People Who Grow Your Tea

Sarah Roberts | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Sarah Roberts

Tea is enjoyed the world over - it's the most popular drink after water - but as we sip our cuppa how many of us pause to think about the life of those who produce it?

Green Meets Brown: The Many Colours of a Food Revolution

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

The Green Revolution is criticised for promoting excessive use of fertilisers that can run into waterways and even lead to over-salinisation of farmland and loss of biodiversity.

Could African Farmers Teach Us How to Stop the UK Floods Returning?

Guy Watson | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Guy Watson

Back in the UK one could blame the farmers but the real culprit is our government and their ideology of scrapping environmental regulations in the absurd belief that a free market will hold back the waters. Whether through corruption, ideological dogma or an obsession with self-serving headlines rather than finding lasting solutions, both governments fail their people.

Britain's Economic Bubble Re-Inflated

Colin Tudge | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK
Colin Tudge

Britain's economy is recovering, we're told. More people in Britain are now in work than ever before. We have "growth". Whoopee! Why then do I (and just about everyone else I know) feel such disquiet?

A Tale of Two Conferences

Colin Tudge | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Colin Tudge

One city (Oxford). Two conferences on opposite sides of the road, both on agriculture - yet with two quite different world views. The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) for the past 60-plus years has presented the Establishment view...

The Road From Hollywood to Uganda Is Paved With Chia

Nicholas Rutherford | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicholas Rutherford

As we mark World Food Day, it would seem that not many things express the gap between how the world's rich and poor view food quite as well as Chia seeds.

The Great Food Waste Scandal

Philip Lymbery | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK
Philip Lymbery

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation has declared today World Food Day and this year is concentrating on the issue of "healthy food systems". This focus comes as governments and international institutions are casting around for solutions to feeding the ever-growing world population...

Open Letter to the G8 Leaders: You Can't Feed the World on Animals

Jasmijn de Boo | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jasmijn de Boo

We call on the UK Government to show leadership by recognising and acting upon the environmental, health and food security benefits of a move away from animal farming. With the CAP reform looming and many farmers ('dairy' farmers in particular) struggling to make ends meet, action plans should be developed for people wishing to switch from animal farming

Small Scale, Big Impact: How to Improve Nutrition Through Small Scale Agriculture

Larissa Pelham | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK
Larissa Pelham

Small scale farming in Africa and Asia - that is, farming small plots of land of up to two hectares and typically much less - provides 80% of the food for the market places and households across these continents. And women produce 60-80% of the food in developing countries.

Food Waste and Hunger Side by Side, Scandalous

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK
Adnan Al-Daini

In the industrialized west we need only a change in the way we think about food to reduce appreciably the waste.

Putting Money Where Hungry Mouths Need It

Raconteur Media | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK
Raconteur Media

With rising populations creating more mouths to feed, newly affluent citizens in developing countries hungry for meat and other resource-intensive foods, growing global water stress and changes in climate, agricultural supply chains are facing unprecedented pressure.

Rising Food Prices? Time to Create More 'Resilient' Food Systems Worldwide

Dr Julia Wright | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Julia Wright

Last week's prediction that food prices will rise after poor UK harvests due to the recent wet weather has set the alarm bells ringing amongst the general public at a time when finances for many families are already stretched to the limit.

Blood Fish: Why Prawns Should be Blacklisted From All our Shopping Baskets

Andrew Wasley | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK
Andrew Wasley

As many as 250,000 Burmese migrants work within the Thai fishing industry. Investigators found evidence that some of those working onboard fishing vessels operating in the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea suffer brutal exploitation during long periods at sea, enduring cramped - and potentially dangerous - working and living conditions.

Robert's Daily Dairy Routine

Dan Griffin | Posted 30.09.2012 | UK
Dan Griffin

The moon still casts a silver glow over Legetio when Robert Ndeno gets up to milk the cows. Every morning at 6 am the 24-year-old 'shamba boy' makes his way across the dew-soaked grass to the small wooden hut.

How Agroecology Can Support Food Security

Dr Julia Wright | Posted 15.07.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Julia Wright

We need to acknowledge that food security is not just a third world problem. Food prices rose by 4.6% between March 2011 and March 2012. However, as most of us are able to afford to eat well, this fuels a perception that food security is not a problem in the UK. The key issue actually lies in how food security is interconnected with other serious issues.

Striving for Global Food Security Management

Dr. James Bennett | Posted 15.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Dr. James Bennett

Food security is of critical concern globally and the development of food systems that can provide food of adequate quantity, and quality, in a sustainable way is now a research and policy priority.

Fairtrade Cambridge: Coffee, Rugs and Ethical Wedding Rings

Graeme Keeton | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

When you think of Holland, you probably think, too, of windmills, clog dancing and cheese. The tourism board knows it, for sure, but one association that you have probably never made, is that of the Dutch and the Fairtrade movement.