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One Farmer’s Plan to Spice Up Tea Farming—A Super-Hot Chili Pepper, Of Course

Damodar Boruah is an award-winning yet “unknown writer, lesser-known poet” as he self-deprecatingly describes himself. He’s also a tea farmer, though his background is in software …

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Developing Better Cowpeas, with Gender and Youth Concerns at the Forefront

By Michael M. Chipeta (Ph.D.) Cowpea, a leguminous crop, is grown in most parts of the world but a substantial volume of production and consumption …

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Jatropha: Haiti’s next big food crop?

Only a few short years ago many on Wall Street were convinced that the jatropha plant was destined to become the next breakthrough biofuel crop. …

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A Looming Famine in Madagascar Linked to Climate Change and More

Last Friday Stéphane Dujarric, the top spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, took time from his daily noon press briefing to steer reporters’ attention toward …

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Expect Climate Chaos for Smallholder Farmers—IPCC

Last week the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its latest look at the science surrounding climate change and future climate scenarios. …

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Under the Sea: Fighting Hunger by Farming the Ocean

What kind of innovation would both improve food security and fight climate change? Sahil Shah thinks he has the answer: seaweed. Many varieties of seaweed …

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Can Pigeon Peas Kill Two Birds with One Stone?

“It is a dense source of nutrients and plays a promising role in human nutrition.” First cultivated on the Indian subcontinent some 3,500 years ago, …

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Farmers gain a healthy appetite for biofortified crops

By Busani Bafana Farmer James Rusike loves white maize, the corn variety that’s the national staple here. But he’s since grown to love a different …

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