We look for a fruitful collaboration

For over three years, IAS officer Sumita Dawra was posted at the Indian mission in Beijing. During this period Dawra got to observe several aspects of the Chinese economy and society. The following is an excerpt from a book she wrote based on those observations. Being curious about the agricultural system in China, I got my […]

via An Indian bureaucrat is amazed by China’s ability to grow crops without soil — Quartz

Chinas’ soft power projection

The study was mammoth. It cost $54 million, and involved some 1,000 researchers and 65,000 local bureaucrats. But academics around the globe are calling the results an agricultural miracle. The project already saved Chinese farmers more than $12.2 billion over 10 years, and in the process may have unveiled a key to answering one of…

via Chinese researchers discovered an agricultural miracle that could feed the planet without destroying it — Quartz

Is Organic really better

IN BRIEFIs eating organic really healthier? Four of the biggest misconceptions about organic food that need to be challenged. Myths and Misconceptions For some consumers, the mere act of shopping at the supermarket can be full of overwhelming decisions. After extended debate in the grocery aisle, after attempts to parse through the misleading packaging, you […]

via Is Organic Really Better? 4 Food Myths Debunked By Science — PesPro

Crowdfarming is being used to bring Somalia’s livestock market into the digital economy — Quartz

The global business of raising livestock and crops is gaining a new entrant.

Lets ensure that the mistakes of the past are corrected and that sustainable farming is the critria used to measure success. 

Somalia is a global leader in the export of goats and sheep, and livestock trade generates about 40% of the country’s gross domestic product. Yet almost every other year, recurring droughts and water scarcity take a toll on local pastoralists’ ability to keep their animals live and healthy. In 2017 alone, livestock loss has ranged…

via Crowdfarming is being used to bring Somalia’s livestock market into the digital economy — Quartz