Carbon farming: How agriculture can both feed people and fight climate change

Richard Lindsay  Head of Environmental and Conservation Research, Sustainability Research Institute, University of East London   Imagine “carbon emissions”, and what springs to mind? Most people tend to think of power stations belching out clouds of carbon dioxide or queues of vehicles burning up fossil fuels as they crawl, bumper-to-bumper, along congested urban roads. But in Britain and many other countries, carbon emissions have another source, one that is almost completely invisible. In the UK, these overlooked emissions come from our most extensive semi-natural habitat, yet it is a habitat…

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Land reform not driving farm sales

Farms that are being put on the market in South Africa have more to do with financial challenges and the impact of droughts, rather than fear around land expropriation without compensation. That’s the view of agricultural economist Johann Bornman, who says statistics show a decline in the number of farm properties sold in the country last year. New mortgages granted for farms have also declined. Other agricultural economists shared similar views when questioned by Moneyweb this week on farm sales trends. Bornman, founder of Agri Development Solutions, says the number…

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Farming and rural non-farm activities can provide solutions to rising youth unemployment in Africa

Investing in rural transformation and reaching a world free of hunger and malnutrition go hand in hand FAO provides unemployed rural youth with the necessary training and equipment to start their own farming or rural non-farm-based businesses. Young man in Ethiopia working on his vegetable plot. Farming and rural non-farm-based activities still have untapped potential to generate employment opportunities for Africa’s rising youth population, FAO stressed today at a high level forum – Harnessing Skills for Rural Transformation and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – held at the margins of the United…

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African women farmers can liberate continent if given more than just financial support

Ninety three per cent of young women provided with other support, in addition to funding, succeed in business, compared with just 57 per cent who thrive when given financial aid alone, according to Dr. Jemimah Njuki, Senior Program Officer, at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Speaking during a session organized by the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) on the prosperity of women in agribusiness at the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Dr. Njuki said access to finance, capacity building, mentorship and links to markets…

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Urban wastewater for food security: Averting the next health crisis in Africa

BY: CHRISTOPHER A. SCOTT Wastewater from sewage that is churned out by expanding cities and towns worldwide helps meet food security globally, especially in developing regions. It is the one resource (unlike land, labour, or fresh water) that is continuously growing in volume and used to cultivate vegetables, grains, animal feed, and fish at a larger scale than we ever realised. A new study shows how widespread this practice is among farmers who grow our food. Using satellite images, Geo spatial data sets, and computer modelling of the water cycle, the report estimates…

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