- 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  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.