Land management

News Analysis: The Hidden World of Soil Under Our Feet

Originally Published by The NY Times

– Scientists are working hard to understand the life that teems within our soil and that is threatened by farming and development.    

March of the Beekeepers protest held over pesticides

 BBCOriginally Published by The Guardian - The Guardian reports from the March of the Beekeepers, a protest in Parliament Square against the UK's opposition to an EU plan to ban insecticides linked to serious harm in bees

Bees to have their day in court over insecticide use

Originally Published by New Scientist

– The long-running row over insecticides linked to declines in bee numbers is going to court. Beekeepers and activists are suing the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), saying it should have banned neonicotinoid insecticides.

New Development for Phytoremediation: Harvesting Collected Contaminants

Originally Published by ENN

– A team of researchers led by the University of Warwick are about to embark on a research program called “Cleaning Land for Wealth” (CL4W), that will use a common class of flower to restore poisoned soils.

Beyond Big Dams: Turning to Grass Roots Solutions on Water

Originally Published by NYT > Environment

– Mega-dams and massive government-run irrigation projects are not the key to meeting world’s water needs, a growing number of experts now say.

Mitigation of Negative Impacts of Drainage Water Reuse in Northern Delta Region of Egypt

The presentation addresses the water quality issues in the Nile system in Egypt and the impact on aquatic life. This is followed by suggestion of a management approach to mitigate some of the effects of water quality degradation on aquaculture production in the Northern Delta Region.

(By Prof. Dr. Ashraf Ghanem, Irrigation & Hydraulics Department, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University.)

DRIPS dew collection

A cheap plastic or metal conical funnel, about the diameter of a large dinner plate, collects dew and delivers water below the evaporation layer for deep root irrigation in arid environments. DRIPS is a free open source dew collection project for agriculture in arid regions. 

Family Planning and Subsistence Agriculture Key to Food Security

Papua New Guinea's high fertility rate is exerting pressure on land and food
production in a country where 80 percent of the population lives in rural
communities. But the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) argues that
traditions of subsistence agriculture provide a firm foundation to build food
security for a growing population.

Q&A: The World Must Learn From Smallholder Farmers

As Africa's Sahel region faces a new food crisis, smallholder
famers hold the key to making future development policies

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