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Urban horticulture in the Congo reaps $400 million for small growers, FAO, 10 June [1]


  • Worldwatch Institute launch two-year project to point the world toward innovations in agriculture, supported by a $1.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, July 8 [2] The project will focus specifically on sub-Saharan Africa. Among the many innovations and approaches that Worldwatch plans to examine are
  • Adding nitrogen-fixing plants into crop rotations as a low-cost solution for enriching soils and breaking weed and pest cycles;
  • Overcoming freshwater shortages with rain harvesting, efficient irrigation, micro dams, and cover cropping;
  • Strengthening local breeding capacity, including the use of farmer-run seed banks and genetic markers of important crop traits;
  • Tapping international carbon-credit markets to reward farmers for enriching their soils and planting carbon-sequestering tree crops;
  • Involving women farmers in decision-making at all levels.

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  1., 10 June 2011
  2. Worldwatch Institute, July 8, 2009

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