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Could adorable tiny tech backpacks save the honeybees?

The Christian Science Monitor

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Concerned with colony collapse syndrome in honey bees worldwide, scientists, farmers and tech companies teamed up in Australia to create a micro-sensor that collects data on the bee's environment.

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How Female Farmers Can Help End Hunger and Malnutrition

TakePart

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By supporting small-scale female farmers, Groundswell International, an NGO, is diversifying diets and combating food insecurity in countries in West Africa.

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What a Little Land Can Do

The New York Times

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In many parts of the world, not owning one's own land is more directly correlated to poverty than other factors such as illiteracy, but land reform is controversial, difficult, and expensive. A new program called Landesa is having success in India through a non-confiscatory model that gives famil...

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Why Are Only 1 Percent of Farms Using This Eco-Friendly Practice?

NationSwell

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture assists farms which follow the sustainable farming style, Silvopasture, but few farmers take advantage of the program. ForeverView Farms in Vermont is advising policy groups about ways they can boost this type of farming.

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Four Ways Mexico's Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future

Yes! Magazine

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With a global food crisis, farmers look for how to get long-term high yields out of difficult farmland. In Oaxaca, Mexico, farmers farm like a forest, eat low on the food chain, restore damaged land, and have reverence for the planet.

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From the roof to the living room, startups tackle urban farming

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Farmland is expensive and scarce in urban areas. In Boston Higher Ground Farm uses green roofs to grow its produce and Grove Lab has designed a cabinet for people to grow their vegetables indoors.

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Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die

NPR

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In just the next couple of decades, the World Bank says, farmers across Africa could lose more than half their cropland to drought and heat - the issue is considered so pressing that, a few years ago, Malawi's Department of Meteorological Services added "Climate Change" to its name. A new aid gro...

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It's the seed that has the money

The Swazi Nation

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Seed farming—growing seeds, rather than crops, to sell—is on the rise in Africa, as climate change and tough droughts are leading farmers to seek drought-resistant seeds. Several international organizations are targeting women to grow seeds for resale, which has also improved the lives of women i...

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How to grow food in a slum: lessons from the sack farmers of Kibera

The Guardian

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A Kenyan government initiative is helping a growing community of residents to tackle food insecurity in one of the largest slum areas in Africa, championing an unusual form of urban farming: sack gardens.

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A 700-year-old West African farming practice could be an answer to climate change

Quartz

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For the last 700 years women in Ghana and Liberia have been using a valuable farming technique that modern-day agronomists have only recently figured out. It transforms depleted soil into "enduringly fertile" farmland.

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