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Doing More Than Praying for Rain

The New York Times

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Most insurance companies avoid insuring poor farmers because the transaction costs are too high, but a non-profit in Kenya created a sustainable way to cover them.

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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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Filling the Gap Between Farm and Fair Trade

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The non-profit RootCaptital created a lending initiative in Mexico which helps mid-size rural farmers gain access to capital, skills, and consumer markets from which they would otherwise be excluded.

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Greener Pastures for Cattle Ranching

Future Food

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In Colombia, traditional cattle pastures have caused soil degradation, deforestation, and desertification. To reconcile this, several thousand acres of land in Latin America have been transformed into a silvo-pastoral system of grazing and raising cattle with agro-forestry. The Colombia-based C...

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In Search Of Salvation From Drought, California Looks Down Under

KQED

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Farmers in California increasingly face water shortages. To help solve the problem, some are looking to Australia, where a national water market has provided an economic solution. By buying and selling water rights, farmers have incentives to reduce consumption.

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In Tanzania, Farmers Reap the Benefits of Radio

The New York Times

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In Tanzania, a country that has yet to fully embrace mobile phones and whose road infrastructure remains weak, farmers have embraced radio as a means of receiving pricing and planting information. The reach and relatively low expense of radio afford the medium its popularity.

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How to Grow More Food with Less Water

Ensia

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Water shortages caused by drought have increased across the globe, and farmers are faced with economic burdens. The U.S. government has developed different sensors for irrigation devices that gauge water demand and help conserve use.

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In Bangladesh, 'Floating Farms' Overcome Monsoon Rains

Voa News

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During rain seasons in Bangladesh, rivers flooded villages and their agriculture so that local economies and food supplies were in jeopardy. A Bangladeshi non-profit Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha introduced small floating farms designed to be run by women. Consequently, the organization has initia...

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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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Quenching Our Future, Part 2: 'Big Dry' Lessons: Southwest can learn from Australia's drought

El Paso Times

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In Australia, the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council was formed after a severe drought to bring together federal, state and regional governments and bridge parochial concerns. It was meant to manage the basin as a whole and end overuse and salinization of farm land, leveraging new technolog...

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