October 9, 2015

What We’re Reading: Soil Visions, Land Grabbing, and Strawberry Fields Forever

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Stories we loved this week:

Impact assessment helps rice farmers adapt to climate change in Vietnam

Rising sea levels in the Mekong Delta have impacted the livelihoods of rice farmers. A climate adaptation assessment reveals new technologies that will improve food security, increase productivity and promote sustainability.

Vietnam Breaking News

France looks to soil as the key to reducing 40% of CO2 emissions by 2030

Ahead of the United Nations COP 21, French agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll proposes plans to bring climate-smart agriculture to French soils. Beyond a 0.04% year-on-year carbon increase in soils, Le Foll hopes to spark engagement between researchers and farmers to help achieve emissions goals.

The Conversation

Can drones be the new park rangers?

The Alto Maya Protected Forest experiences some of the highest rates of deforestation due to illegal logging and unsustainable farming practices. Conservation International uses drone technology as a way to better monitor protected areas in the air and on the ground.

Human Nature Conservation International Blog

160 strawberry farmers are back in businesses thanks to UNDP recovery program

Nepal’s devastating earthquake earlier this year severely impacted the country’s agriculture sector. Months later, small-holder strawberry farmers are cultivating both crops and their communities.

UNDP

Land “grabbing” by foreign investors increases resource vulnerability

Land grabbing is the acquisition of land by foreign interests. On behalf of the Worldwatch Institute, Gary Gardner argues that land grabbing not only transfers vital resources to foreign investors, but also poses a threat to food security of target nations.

Worldwatch Institute

 
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