Demand for alfalfa grows in Bamiyan — Wadsam com Afghanistan

Bami Bamiyan agriculture department officials have undertaken programs for the promotion of alfalfa production aimed at the development of Bamiyan’s livestock and environment. “snip” Alfalfa is grown in the districts of Waras, Punjaw and Yakawlang through the agriculture department. In the districts of Sheebar, Saighan and Kohmard, alfalfa is grown through the HELVETAS incorporation and…

USDA-supported Programs Help Mali Farmers Adapt in Hard Times – Inter Action Org News story and also on Aga Khan Foundation’s trainings to Farmers and more

Submitted by David Taylor on Tue, 02/05/2013 – 10:00am On the day before Thanksgiving, Mary Beth Leonard , the U.S. ambassador to Mali, took a trip to see how the farm families and grower cooperatives of Mopti, eight hours northeast of Bamako, the capital, are coping in the challenging conditions of this West African nation….

Pakistan: US to help small farm businesses increase profits – Daily Times com

ISLAMABAD: The US government on Wednesday announced it would help 45,000 farmers in the fruit, vegetable, dairy and livestock sectors to increase their profits. Farmers will work with US-funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to form over 3,000 small farmers’ groups and will receive specialised training to improve their products and sales. “snip” The twelve Pakistani NGOs…

Farming in the Sky in Singapore – IPS News by Kalinga Seneviratne

Workers harvesting vegetables from one of Sky Green’s vertical towers. Credit: Kalinga Seneviratne/IPS SINGAPORE, Dec 8 2012 (IPS) – With a population of five million crammed on a landmass of just 715 square kilometres, the tiny republic of Singapore has been forced to expand upwards, building high-rise residential complexes to house the country’s many inhabitants….

Crop biofortification – By Fahim Nawaz at Dawn com Pakistan

A GROWTH rate of 1.2 per cent was estimated in the agriculture sector of the country during 2010-11 with a significant increase in staple food crops like wheat, maize and sugarcane. These crops are grown to feed the country’s ever increasing population with little awareness about the hidden malnutrition. No real effort has been made…

Dr. Alex Awiti based at Aga Khan University in Nairobi to cotribute a new initiative which aims to monitor ecosystems, agriculture and livelihoods in five regions of sub-Saharan Africa – Blog.Conservation Org News article

  Why Africa Needs Agricultural Monitoring: One Kenyan’s View ***** CI and partners recently received a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create the Africa Monitoring System, a new initiative which aims to monitor ecosystems, agriculture and livelihoods in five regions of sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Alex Awiti, an ecosystems ecologist based…