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Coordinating policies, R&D and activities among a vast swath of international, national and smaller-scale agricultural research and development organizations and programs may be the greatest challenge to G20 agriculture ministers meeting in Montpelier, France this week.
“How do we spread the knowledge not just from China and Brazil but from suppliers, informational technology providers,” executive secretary of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research Mark Holderness was quoted as saying to The Guardian.
“Not just scientific knowledge, but innovations and practices that can be shared and made relevant to farmers. The core message of the meeting is that the G20 recognizes the importance of agricultural research. It’s good it’s happening at all, but we are looking for not just more talk but action.”
The Walmart Foundation is donating $1 million to sustainable farming non-profit Growing Power to fund the organization’s nationwide Regional Outreach Training Center programs, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Growing Power transforms urban communities by supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live through the development of Community Food Systems. Founder, CEO and farm owner Will Allen has become a nationally recognized thought leader and practitioner in the growing field of urban agriculture.
Large-scale, aka industrial, hog farming is a big business in North Carolina. It’s also a large-scale source of water and air pollution, including the emission of significant amounts of greenhouse gases (GHGs), including methane, which by weight is 21x more potent a greenhouse gas than CO2.
A young Nigerian entrepreneur is leveraging a radio station and a mobile phone network to provide rural farmers a vital, interactive agricultural news and information service focused on disseminating and promoting sustainable agricultural knowledge and practices.
A Rolex Laureate and Ashoka Fellow, 29-year-old Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu is the founder of the Smallholders Foundation, “a multi-technology platform that promotes environmentally sustainable agricultural activity” in rural parts of Nigeria’s Imo province, according to this report from All Africa.
Visiting a farm where pigs and hogs are raised, or even living anywhere near an ‘industrial’ hog farm, can be a decidedly unpleasant olfactory experience. But when visiting Herbert Pantua’s 1.6-hectare farm, where he raises 200 hogs and some 300 chickens, people say “they can only pick up the scent of fresh basil, oregano, lavender and many other herb varieties,” according to an Inquirer news report.
It turns out that Mr. Pantua is a strict and rigorous practitioner of his own, homegrown organic farming operation, growing vegetables and herbs and raising his livestock solely with fermented crops as feed as opposed to synthetic feeds. Pantua, in other words, is raising vegetarian hogs.