Western Australia’s farmers growing more crop per drop
Jun22

Western Australia’s farmers growing more crop per drop

By 2050, the world’s population is projected to reach 9 billion while per capita income is expected to almost triple. This will likely lead to a substantial increase in demand for food as well as natural resources especially if global production and consumption choices of emerging economies converge with those of OECD countries. With water for food production already accounting for around 70% of water withdrawals and water demand...

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A floating dairy farm in Rotterdam
Jun01

A floating dairy farm in Rotterdam

90% of all large cities are located near water. With rising sea levels threatening many cities around the world one city is turning this threat into an opportunity. Rotterdam is pioneering the way forwards in building on water. Not only does it provide additional space in the dense city but it also provides the city with an opportunity to reduce its ecological footprint when combined with urban agriculture. Floating dairy farm in...

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San Francisco’s urban water-food efficiency program
Apr14

San Francisco’s urban water-food efficiency program

San Francisco has committed itself to a food secure and hunger free city by 2020. The challenges of achieving this goal is ensuring adequate: Food resources (the ability to purchase sufficient nutritional food on a regular basis Food access (the ability to obtain affordable, nutritious and culturally sensitive food Food consumption (the ability to prepare healthy meals and knowledge of basic safe cooking) More crop per drop To help...

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Mitigating bio-energy-food nexus pressures
Jan27

Mitigating bio-energy-food nexus pressures

Countries around the world are beginning to transition away from fossil fuel-based economies towards bio-economies that use biological sources, materials and processes to achieve sustainable economic, social and environmental development. One of the main activities in a bio-economy is the production of bio-energy, which is energy produced from organic matter or biomass. The most common form of bio-energy is bio-fuels (combustible...

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Reducing the costs of land degradation from agriculture
Dec09

Reducing the costs of land degradation from agriculture

Over the past two centuries, humans have converted or modified 70% of the world’s grasslands, 50% of the savannah, 45% of temperate forests and 27% of tropical forests for farming and grazing activities. Today, of the 13 billion hectares of ice-free land in the world, 46% is used by agriculture and forestry, of which 52% is considered moderately or severely affected by soil degradation. Over the past 20 years alone global croplands...

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Mixing education with food security
Nov24

Mixing education with food security

Urban farming is the growing of plants and the raising of animals within and around cities. Examples of food products grown include crops such as grains, root crops, vegetables, mushrooms and fruit. Most importantly urban farming can make an important contribution to food security especially in times of crisis or food shortages. Produce is either consumer by the producers or sold in urban markets such as weekend farmers’ markets that...

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