Access and perception can keep many smallholder farmers in developing countries from swapping out pesticides for sustainable solutions.
In the Central Highlands of Vietnam, a cooperative of coffee farmers is working to produce high-quality beans through sustainable production practices.
One Kenyan produce company, Twiga Foods, is working to improve the lives of small-scale farmers and vendors through innovative technology and education.
Regenerative agriculture is catching the eye of policymakers and companies that see these farming practices as good for boosting soil health and farmer resilience as well as reducing GHG emissions.
“Slaughter data suggest that up to 100 million hogs could be removed from China, potentially reducing production by 20 percent.”
Drones for agriculture are increasingly popular, but technology needs tailoring to small farmers’ needs and diverse crops if UAVs are to take off across the developing world.
Storing nearly 1 million seeds from genebanks worldwide in a cave at -18 degrees Celsius, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault ensures that if a genebank’s seeds vanish or fall into ruin, much the world’s biodiversity will still remain helping ensure food security.
While financial interests in the current input-intensive systems are responding to growing calls for agroecology with attacks on its efficacy, it is surprising that they are so ill-informed about the scientific innovations agroecology offers to small-scale farmers who are being so poorly served by “green revolution” approaches.