Farmer-made fertilizer doubles vegetable yields in rural Bangladesh

Author : Hans-Peter Schmidt and Sabine Gabrysch
Published Date : Friday, April 6, 2018
Home gardening plays an essential role in rural Bangladesh by providing access to fresh and varied food and thus contributes to reducing undernutrition. Gardens can also help families to earn a small income through sale of surplus produce. However, yields in backyard gardens are often low due to degraded soils. Also, many families lack financial resources to buy fertilizers, and the manure they collect from cows is mostly used as fuel for cooking.Could there be a solution?The FAARM project...

Affecting change in fragile countries is more art, than science

Author : Jaideep Gupte
Published Date : Monday, November 27, 2017
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) describes persistent fragility as occurring in areas or regions that are “in protracted crisis” (pdf) and characterised by recurrent natural disasters, conflict, persistent food crisis, a breakdown of livelihoods and/or insufficient institutional capacity to respond to the various crises. Today, 1.2 billion people live in countries affected by these conditions. In the 22 countries identified by FAO as being in protracted crisis (or...

Sustainable Farming Systems for Food and Nutrition Security

Author : Alan Dangour
Published Date : Friday, October 13, 2017
The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition call on all countries to end hunger and prevent malnutrition in all its forms by 2030. This is quite a challenge, and it is a challenge with sustainable agriculture and food systems at its very heart.And the current situation doesn’t look good. The latest State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report estimates that in 2016 the number of chronically...

Blog Series for NNW2017: Part 3-Nutrient-nutrient interaction

Author : D J Nithya
Published Date : Wednesday, September 6, 2017
This is the third and final blog as part of the special series for National Nutrition Week in IndiaNutrient-nutrient interaction may affect bioavailability in a positive or negative way - i.e their interaction may either enhance or inhibit nutrient absorption or utilization.Relative proportion of nutrient present in the diet may be the most important in determining impact of nutrient interaction on the nutritional status. Eg, in the case of zinc-calcium-phytate, although calcium and phytate...


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