World’s indigenous peoples to bear brunt of climate change, warns UN paper

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Indigenous peoples around the world – the guardians of traditional knowledge systems and underutilized, forgotten crops that may yet prove critical for global food security – are likely to be hit hardest by climate change, says a United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) 2021 brief co-authored by scientists representing the Association of International Research and…
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A range of incentives could help open up free access to FAIR data in agriculture

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Access to data on soil health, agronomy and fertilizer based upon FAIR could be a ‘game changer’ in helping to create greater food security within Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia who are already battling with the impacts of climate change, crop pests and diseases, writes Ruthie Musker, Project Officer – Data Policy & Practice at…
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Tackling pests to boost Uganda’s blossoming trade in floriculture

Breaking down the barriers to international trade has never been more important. Flowers are a profitable form of income for many low- and middle-income countries. However, small-scale growers in places like Uganda face hurdles accessing the kind of information and technologies needed to improve the standard of produce to supply lucrative global markets like the…
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Global rescue plan needed for fruit and vegetable diversity

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UN Food Systems Summit 2021 brief charts a path forward to conserve precious genetic resources for future food crop options. The many fruit and vegetable species in food production systems contributing essential nutrients to human diets are under threat from land use, climate change, and other factors, reports a United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS)…
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How to find your dream research with Boolean Searching

A new record uploads to CABI databases every 60 seconds, so if you’re trying to learn how cats communicate by searching ‘meow’, it’s unlikely that you’ll find the niche record you need to revolutionize your research. But with Boolean searching, you tell databases exactly what you’re looking for, so that within seconds you’re sat reading…
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Preprints – Accelerating plant sciences and agriculture

In recent years, the use of preprints (pre-peer reviewed versions of scholarly papers) has accelerated. Many researchers now share their work with the scientific community before or in parallel to publication with a journal. In agriculture and plant sciences, preprints are becoming a more popular means for disseminating research findings and results. John Inglis, the…
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Punjab wheat growers hope to boost productivity with combine harvester and wheat straw chopper

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CABI is working with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help small-scale wheat farmers in the Hafizabad and Sheikhupura districts of Punjab, Pakistan, boost their productivity by demonstrating the benefits of modern machinery – the New Holland TC-56 combine harvester and wheat straw chopper.
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Maize growers of Punjab helped to manage aflatoxins through biological control technology

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Maize crop in Pakistan presents a remarkable success story from the last few years. For instance, the country’s maize production increased from 705 tonnes in 1971 to 7,000 tonnes in 2020 – growing at an average annual rate of 5.15%.
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Kamla Bai charts her journey of empowerment from farmworker to women village trainer for CABI

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This is the story of Kamla Bai who has been a Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) farmworker since 2015. Mrs Bai belongs to a minority Hindu community and lives in a small village of district Mirpur Khas in Pakistan. She received her education to Matric level (10th grade), graduated from high school, and has since been…
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On Earth Day, how does landscape composition and pesticide use affect pollinators?

On Earth Day, we take a look at landscape composition and pesticide use. Landscape composition is an important area of research in agricultural science. Understanding the relationship between cropland and its surrounding natural habitats, for example, can help to shed light on issues such as fostering natural, non-chemical pest control and reducing the use of…
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