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Amid India's drought crisis, new ways of growing cotton helps small farmers
Date: 20 May 2016 More than three million farmers in India's Maharashtra state depend on cotton. In India, two consecutive years of weak monsoons have left some 330 million people — a quarter of the country — in the grip of drought.
AgTalks - William Otim-Nape: Dr. Cassava
In 2010, Times Magazine cited cassava as one of the most dangerous crops in the world, to be eaten at one's own risk if cooked improperly.
Reducing childhood malnutrition in Mexico
Date: 19 April 2016 Once a sacred grain for the Aztecs, amaranth and its incredible nutritional properties have long been forgotten in Mexico.
Senegal – Let the Sun Shine
Until a few years ago Awa Ndiaye and her women's farming cooperative were struggling to grow anything due to soil degradation and lack of water. But the adoption of a solar-powered water pump sparked a series of innovations which are helping Ndiaye and other farmers in South East Senegal adapt to the challenges posed by the changing climate.
Protecting the endangered bong tree
Date: 6 April 2016 Incense sticks are ever-present at Buddhist shrines across South East Asia. They are mostly made from the bark of the endangered bong tree, which is endemic to the region. Bong trees were once abundant in countries like Laos but, in 2008, overexploitation led the Lao government to declare that they were on the verge of extinction.
AgTalk – Seaweed Power
On the island of Zanzibar, the sea had always been a man's domain. But researcher Flower Ezekiel Msuya says things started to change when local women unleashed the commercial potential of seaweed.
IFAD Lecture: Winnie Byanyima on the future of aid
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, delivered the inaugural IFAD Lecture at the 38th session of the Governing Council, IFAD's annual meeting of Member States. Her lecture – entitled 'The Future of Aid' – took place on 17 February 2015. It was the first in a planned series that IFAD has launched to advance thinking on rural transformation as a key to sustainable development in the post-2015 world.