Agriculture

UAE’s innovative new rain enhancement program draws interest at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture

Alia Mazroui: "Our country could become a world leader in rain science"

Alia Mazroui: “Our country could become a world leader in rain science”  Today, Alia Mazroui, Director of the UAE Program for Rain Enhancement Science, outlined the objectives of this ground-breaking initiative to an international audience at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, an event being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy ...

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Global Forum for innovations in agriculture launches call for innovations

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Submissions for 2015 event open to all applicants – deadline 31 August 2014 The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), the world’s most influential event for the future of sustainable agriculture, has today launched the Call for Innovations for next year’s event, to be held from 9-10 March 2015 in Abu Dhabi. The deadline for submissions is 31 August ...

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FAO urges countries to step up action against destructive banana disease

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FAO urges countries to step up action against destructive banana disease / Following its spread to Africa and the Middle East, Fusarium wilt TR4 increases the risks to livelihoods and banana markets The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention of one of the world’s most destructive banana ...

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Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture opened by he UAE Minister of Environment

HE Rashid bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water

Day One of GFIA also saw Keynote Speeches from Bill Gates via video, and Dr Mark Post, scientist behind world’s first lab burger. HE Rashid bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water, today inaugurated the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture. The Minister inaugurated the event on behalf of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister ...

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Better land care may be worth US$1.4 trillion a year

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By Lou Del Bello – SciDev.Net Better management of degraded lands could deliver up to US$1.4 trillion a year in increased crop production, says a report presented at the UN Convention to Combat Desertification conference in Windhoek, Namibia, last month (24 September). But it adds that much of the work on the economic valuation of such land in countries in ...

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Non-food crops lock up enough calories to feed 4 billion

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By Lou Del Bello – SciDev.Net Global calorie availability could be increased by as much as 70 per cent — feeding an additional 4 billion people — by shifting cropland use to produce food for humans rather than livestock feed and biofuels, according to new research. Such a shift could free up calories roughly equivalent to the yield increases achieved ...

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Ancient Egyptian river could be revived for farming

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By Ian Randall – SciDev.Net A 5,000-year-old river could be resurrected to bring sustainable agriculture to one of the planet’s rainiest yet driest deserts, according to a study, which proposes an ambitious engineering scheme for Egypt that the country’s government is now reviewing. The desert of the Sinai Peninsula receives the most rainfall of any part of Egypt — around ...

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Nanotech filter may protect farmed fish from fungus

By Wagdy Sahel – SciDev.Net Iranian scientists have coated a water filter with silver nanoparticles to prevent fungal infections in fish farmed indoors, in a step that they say could replace the direct release of nanoparticles into tanks — a process they have found is toxic to young rainbow trout. The filter was developed following a study published in the ...

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In Perspective: What really holds back Islamic science

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By David Dickson – SciDev.Net Conservative traditions, rather than religious belief, seem to be the main barrier to modern science in Muslim countries, says David Dickson. Earlier this month, I visited Jordan to participate in a workshop at the country’s Hashemite University on a topic that generates heated debate in much of the Muslim world, and increasingly in the West: ...

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Developing countries to share community-based adaptation experience

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By T.V. Padma – SciDev.Net Countries in Asia and Africa have formed an open and informal ‘government group network’ to help mainstream community-based adaptation (CBA) to climate change and share knowledge and evidence gathered from projects. The formation of the network was announced at the seventh international conference on CBA, which was opened in Dhaka last week (22 April) by ...

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